TECH LINE exhaust system coatings are designed to maintain adhesion at temperatures above the normal operating range of an exhaust system. Unless otherwise indicated, temperatures given refer to the base metal temperature that a coating can normally be expected to handle. Depending on the resin system, Tech Line’s coatings designed for exhaust systems, can handle base metal temperatures in excess of 2000°F. Color change can be expected at lower temperatures with many of the coatings. A color change does not necessarily reflect a failure of the coating, as color stability is secondary to the protective function. Several colors have maintained color stability to base metal temperatures in excess of 1600°F. The application of a base coat can raise the color stability of all exhaust system coatings.

Many of these coatings require full cure at 750°F for one hour. Full cure can be achieved on vehicle, with care and monitoring of temperature and tuning.


Approximate Coverage for All Exhaust System Coatings
PART AMOUNT
Small V8 Headers and Cast Iron Manifolds 4oz Per Pair
Medium V8 Headers 6 to 8oz Per Pair
Large V8 Headers 10 to 12oz Per Pair


CERMAKROME™
The Highest Performing, Most Widely Used “Chrome” Exhaust Coating Available

CermaKrome (MCX) is a metallic ceramic coating capable of providing extremely high levels of corrosion and chemical protection in a very thin film while producing a very high luster, near chrome appearance. When applied to exhaust systems, MCX will withstand substrate temperatures of over 1300°F and environmental temperatures of up to 1600°F (higher temperatures with a base coat or double coating). In addition, direct flame will not cause delamination as long as substrate temperatures do not exceed this temperature. Due to its unique ceramic nature, the coating also functions as a very effective thermal barrier, with reduced thermal radiation characteristics. Requires a 500°F cure, with maximum hardness achieved with a 650°F cure. After curing, the coating requires “burnishing” to be sealed. This burnishing process can produce a very high luster, near chrome, appearance. MCX cures out to a very hard surface with excellent adhesion. The water based solvent system provides for an environmentally friendly material with a bake/cure cycle that is not as hazardous as other thermally cured resin systems.

  • Protective to over 1300°F Base Metal Temperature
    • Maintains adhesion at environmental temperatures up to 2000°F.
  • Designed for single coat coverage (.001″ to .0015″)
    • Can be applied in a thicker film without cracking or flaking (.0018″ to .0020″).
  • High Corrosion Resistance
    • 6500 Hour Salt Spray ASTM B117.
  • May be applied over MCS to withstand higher substrate temperatures.
  • Water based, non flammable, no V.O.C.’s.
    • Requires oven curing at 500°F for 1 hour.
    • Easy cleanup with water.

Part #MCX available in Quart & Gallon. Available to professional applicators only.


CERMAKROME™ – LOW HUMIDITY FORMULA

CermaKrome – Low Humidity Formula (MCX-LH) has all the characteristics of MCX above and is formulated for improved application in low humidity environments with additives for improved flow and to prevent hard packing of the solids.

  • Water based, non flammable, no V.O.C.’s.
    • Requires oven curing at 500°F for 1 hour.
    • Easy cleanup with water.

Part #MCX-LH available in Quart & Gallon. Available to professional applicators only.

Part #MCX-LH-F is also for low humidity environments with anti-foaming additives. Available in Quart & Gallon to professional applicators only.


CILOXIDE™

Ciloxide is a family of ceramic coatings capable of providing extremely high levels of thermal protection in very thin films. It is designed to be applied primarily to exhaust system components and other parts subject to high temperature and movement/flexing. When properly applied, Ciloxide will withstand substrate temperatures of over 2000°F. In addition, direct flame will not cause delamination as long as substrate temperatures do not exceed 2000°F. Ciloxide will handle environmental temperatures of up to 2000°F. Due to its unique ceramic nature, it also functions as a very effective thermal barrier with reduced thermal radiation characteristics. Ciloxide dries to the touch after approximately one hour and partially cures at 400°F for one hour with the use of Activator (ACT). The coating cures to a very hard surface with excellent adhesion, lubrication and release properties.

  • Exhaust component coating with excellent corrosion and chemical resistance.
  • Thermal barrier/heat management
    • Reduces part temperature. Protective to above 2000°F.
  • Very thin film application
    • .001″ to .0015″
    • May be applied over MCS or HHBK to withstand high substrate temperature or to increase thermal barrier functions.
  • Solvent based
    • Requires oven curing. Partial cure at 400°F for one hour with supplied Activator (ACT). For full cure, the part will have to see 750°F for one hour. Avoid excessive EGT’s during on-vehicle curing, as the resin can be damaged prior to achieving a full cure.
    • Easy cleanup with Acetone or similar.
  • Available colors:
  • Ciloxide All Black (CXAB)

    Ciloxide Satin Black (CXBK)

    Ciloxide Satin Blue (CXBL)

    Ciloxide Light Blue (CXLB)

    Ciloxide Dark Green (CXDG)

    Ciloxide Light Purple (CXLP)

    Ciloxide Dark Purple (CXDP)

    Ciloxide Hot Rod Gold (CXGD)

    Ciloxide Satin Red (CXRD)

    Ciloxide Rat Rod Red (CXRR)

Available in 4-ounce, Quart & Gallon to professional applicators only.



TURBO X™

Turbo X is a silicone ceramic coating designed to be applied primarily to exhaust components. When applied to exhaust systems, Turbo X will remain color stable at exhaust gas temperatures up to 2000°F. Due to its unique ceramic nature, the coating also functions as a very effective thermal barrier, with reduced thermal radiation characteristics. The coating cures to a very hard, durable surface with excellent adhesion. Turbo X is designed to be an air drying coating capable of being cured with exhaust heat. However initial exhaust gas temperatures at startup are critical, as the extremely high temperatures that can be generated by both lean and rich conditions can damage the resin system before full cure is achieved, leading to failure of the coating and adhesion issues. Corrosion and chemical resistance is only achieved after the coating reaches a full cure.

  • Extreme temperature exhaust component coating designed especially for turbos.
    • Reduces temperature under the hood and on the exhaust manifold surface.
  • Improves exhaust gas velocity, resulting in horsepower increase.
  • Designed for single coat coverage. Dry film thickness of .001″ to .0015″.
    • Can be applied over a base primer coating such as PrevCor, MCS or HHBK.
  • Solvent based.
    • Recommend full cure at 750°F  for one hour.
    • Oven baking not required, can cure with exhaust heat. Avoid excessive EGT’s during on-vehicle curing, as the resin can be damaged prior to achieving a full cure.
    • Easy cleanup with Acetone or similar.
  • Available in Satin Black (Part #TXBK) and Blue (Part #TXBL).

Available in Quart and Gallon to professional applicators only.


BLACK SATIN EXTREME THERMAL BARRIER

Black Satin (BHK) is a ceramic reinforced thermal barrier coating originally designed to handle reentry temperatures for space vehicles. It has been modified for easy application to automotive exhaust components. When applied to exhaust systems, BHK will remain color stable at exhaust gas temperatures up to 1600°F. Due to its unique ceramic nature, the coating also functions as a very effective thermal barrier, handling exhaust gas temperatures up to 2000°F, while reducing thermal radiation. The coating cures to a very hard, durable surface with excellent adhesion. BHK is designed to be an air drying coating capable of being cured with exhaust heat. However initial exhaust gas temperatures at startup are critical, as the extremely high temperatures that can be generated by both lean and rich conditions can damage the resin system before full cure is achieved, leading to failure of the coating and adhesion issues. Corrosion and chemical resistance is only achieved after the coating reaches a full cure. Black Satin can be used to determine exhaust component metal temperatures as it experiences several color changes as base metal temperatures ramp up from 1000°F to 2000°F. This can be a tuning aid.

  • Extreme temperature exhaust component coating maintains adhesion at base metal temperatures in excess of 2000°F.
  • Highly resistant to thermal shock
    • Survives cyclic heating and cooling.
  • Insulative
    • Functions as an effective thermal barrier.
    • Rapid dissipation of heat that reaches the surface leads to an additional reduction in under hood and surface temperatures.
  • Air drying
    • Rapidly dries to a tough film, allowing for large parts that can not be oven cured.
    • Oven baking not required, can cure with exhaust heat. Recommend full cure at 750°F  for one hour for chemical, moisture and corrosion resistance. Avoid excessive EGT’s during on-vehicle curing, as the resin can be damaged prior to achieving a full cure.
    • Solvent based. Easy cleanup with Acetone or similar.
  • Designed for single coat coverage
    • Can be applied over a base primer such as PrevCor, MCS or HHBK to increase corrosion resistance, withstand higher temperatures or to increase thermal barrier characteristics.

Part #BHK available in 4-ounce can, Quart and Gallon to professional applicators only.


COLORGARD™ SERIES EXHAUST COATINGS

ColorGard is a ceramic reinforced coating designed to be applied primarily to automotive exhaust components. Due to its unique ceramic nature, the coating also functions as a very effective thermal barrier while reducing thermal radiation. The coating cures to a very hard, durable surface with excellent adhesion. Most ColorGard coatings can be applied over PrevCor, MCS or HHBK to increase corrosion resistance, withstand higher substrate temperature, or increase thermal barrier functions.

ColorGard coatings achieve full cure in an oven at  between 650oF and 750°F for one hour (can be partially oven cured at 500°F for one hour and finished on vehicle):

  • ColorGard Black (Part #CGBK)
    • Color stable at substrate temperatures of over 1300°F, environmental temperatures up to 1600°F.
    • Available in 4-ounce can, Quart and Gallon to professional applicators only.
  • ColorGard White (Part #CGW)
    • Color stable at substrate temperatures of over 1400°F, environmental temperatures up to 1800°F.
    • Available in 4-ounce can, Quart and Gallon to professional applicators only.
  • ColorGard Shiny Aluminum (Part #CGSA)
    • Two part mix gives a semi-reflective, bright aluminum appearance.
    • Color stable at substrate temperatures of over 1300°F surface temperature, environmental temperatures up to 1600°F.
    • Available in 4-ounce can, Quart and Gallon to professional applicators only.
  • ColorGard Matte Aluminum (Part #ALK)
    • Color stable at substrate temperatures of over 1300°F, environmental temperatures up to 1600°F.
    • Available in 4-ounce can, Quart and Gallon to professional applicators only.
  • ColorGard Grey Ice (Part #GHK)
    • Dark Grey color, somewhat metallic appearance.
    • Color stable at substrate temperatures of over 1300°F, environmental temperatures up to 1800°F.
    • Available in Quart and Gallon to professional applicators only.
  • ColorGard Titanium (Part #TIK)
    • Available in 4-ounce can, Quart and Gallon to professional applicators only.
  • ColorGard Cast Iron Gray (Part #CHK)
    • Available in 4-ounce can, Quart and Gallon to professional applicators only.
  • ColorGard Red (Part #CGRD)
    • Available in Quart and Gallon to professional applicators only.

 


MCS INSULATING COATING

MCS is a ceramic reinforced coating capable of providing extremely high levels of insulation and chemical protection in very thin films. Designed to be used as a base coat for CermaKrome (MCX) and other Tech Line coatings. It is to be used either as a base coat on the outside diameter or as a standalone coating on the inside diameter. MCS as a base coat allows CermaKrome to be used in applications where normal metallic ceramic coatings will not maintain adhesion. In independent testing, CermaKrome applied over MCS, maintained adhesion with exhaust temperatures over 1800°F with no significant dulling of the highly polished surface. When applied to exhaust systems, MCS is capable of withstanding substrate temperatures of over 1800°F (EGT’s of over 2000°F), in addition direct flame will not cause delamination as long as substrate temperatures do not exceed this temperature. Due to its unique ceramic nature, the coating functions as a very effective thermal barrier, with reduced thermal radiation characteristics. MCS does not have good corrosion resistance and should not be used as a standalone outside diameter coating.

  • Primarily used as an insulating coating.
    • Extreme temperature capable (over 2000°F).
    • Survives cyclic heating and cooling.
    • Improves exhaust gas velocity, which can lead to an increase in horsepower.
  • May be used as a base coat for other Tech Line coatings to increase the temperature that the top coating can withstand.
    • Requires etching prior to top coating.
    • Increases the temperature that CermaKrome (MCX) can experience, without dulling.
  • Water based, easy cleanup, no VOCs.
    • Water based solvent system provides for an environmentally friendly material with a bake/cure cycle that is not as hazardous as other thermally cured resin systems.
    • Requires oven curing at 500°F for one hour. Maximum hardness achieved with a 650°F cure.
    • Cures out to a very hard surface with excellent adhesion.

Part #MCS available in Quart & Gallon. For professional applicators only.


HHBK INSULATING COATING

HHBK is a metallic ceramic coating capable of providing extremely high levels of thermal protection in very thin films. When applied to exhaust systems HHBK will withstand substrate temperatures of over 2000°F. Additionally, direct flame will not cause delamination as long as substrate temperatures do not exceed this temperature. Due to its unique ceramic nature, the coating also functions as a very effective thermal barrier, with reduced thermal radiation characteristics. The water based solvent system provides for an environmentally friendly material with a bake/cure cycle that is not as hazardous as other thermally cured resin systems. Has excellent “hiding” characteristics where surface flaws need to be covered. Single coat coverage. HHBK is flat black in color, the finished material can be used with a clear top coat to achieve a semi-gloss appearance.

  • Primarily used as a base or insulating coating for black coatings.
    • Extreme temperature capable (over 2000°F).
    • Improves exhaust gas velocity, which can lead to an increase in horsepower.
    • Excellent base coat for Black Satin, Turbo X and ColorGard coatings. Use on outside diameter only.
  • Resistant to Thermal Shock, Flexible
    • Survives cyclic heating and cooling.
    • Survives the bending and flexing of exhaust systems.
  • Water based, easy cleanup, no VOCs.
    • Requires oven curing at 500°F for one hour. Maximum hardness achieved with a 650°F cure.
    • Cures to a very hard surface with excellent adhesion, requires no burnishing.
    • Once cured, etching is not required before top coating.

Part #HHBK available in Quart & Gallon. For professional applicators only.


PREVCOR™ CORROSION INHIBITOR

PrevCor™ is a metallic ceramic coating capable of providing extremely high levels of corrosion and chemical protection in very thin films. PrevCor is designed to be a base coat to enhance the corrosion capabilities of non-metallic ceramic coatings. PrevCor requires no baking prior to top coating. Simply allow to dry completely, lightly etch and then apply the top coat. PrevCor will withstand substrate temperatures of over 1300°F. Direct flame will not cause delamination, as long as substrate temperatures do not exceed this temperature. PrevCor will handle environmental temperatures of up to 1600°F. PrevCor can be cured with a top coat at any temperature required by the top coat, as long as the minimum temperature is over 350°F.

  • Designed as a base coat to enhance corrosion protection.
    • Also a good thermal barrier.
  • Thin film application
    • Spray, allow to dry completely, lightly etch, then apply the top coat (non-metallic coating).
  • Flexible
    • Survives bending and flexing.
  • Water based, easy cleanup, no VOCs.
    • Cures to a very hard surface with excellent adhesion, requires no burnishing.

Part #PCI available in Quart & Gallon. For professional applicators only.

 


TLHB POLYPHEN™ HOT STOP THERMAL BARRIER (HIGH HEAT I.D. COATING)

TLHB is a thermally cured thermal barrier. TLHB makes use of a unique binding system, to retain high temperature stability while reducing thermal transfer. The cured material is capable of providing increased thermal resistance while also providing a very slick surface. Film thickness as applied ranges from .0005″ to .003″ and is not sensitive to the manner in which it is applied. If a run or other excessive film build occurs it will simply bubble and crack. The damaged surface may be lightly sanded and then put in service, as normally the coating is not damaged to the base metal level. TLHB achieves full cure at 300°F, after 1 hour at temperature. When cured, TLHB is not affected by most chemicals. TLHB can aid in the more even distribution of heat as well as allow for more efficient operation of the protected part. Part life increase is also a benefit as well as increased corrosion resistance. TLHB may be applied in multiple coats to achieve maximum thickness. Apply a single coat at a time, with a ‘flash’ at 200°F for ten minutes between coats. Allow to cool to ambient before applying the next layer of material.

  • Designed for the inside diameter of chrome pipes to reduce bluing.
  • Excellent thermal barrier for exhaust systems, exhaust ports and brake system components.
    • Smooth finish enhances flow in exhaust ports.
  • May be flowed, brushed, sponged or sprayed.
    • Compatible with the following Tech Line products: TLMB, TLTD and TLML.
  • Solvent based, cleanup with Acetone or similar.
    • Requires oven curing at 300°F for 1 hour.

Part #TLHB available in Quart & Gallon. For professional applicators only.