I know it's tacky to ask about money... but I LOVE those ceramic coated/painted pipes. My header looks like crap, so I am thinking this might make a good winter project.
So how much am I looking at if I wanted to follow suite and coat/paint my pipes? Any foreseeable downsides (chipping, flaking, etc..)?
If anybody knows a good shop in/near Minneapolis... I take recommendations.
The place I mentioned above quoted me $150 to coat the pipes. He sandblasted them first and coated both the outside and the inside. He also welded my two brackets for me and painted my can brackets. There was also a small hole in my headers that he didn't see, so he lost some of his ceramic liquid just doing my set of pipes. For all his trouble and extra work, I paid him $180. I hope it was enough for his work, he did an excellent job.
Powdercoat is definitely cheaper, I paid $170 for 35lbs of parts, (essentially all you see on the bike that is powdercoated).
The coating is definitely more fragile than you would think, much more so than powdercoat. It's made to take heat, not abrasion. I had to take my wedding ring off to install them, as just turning the pipes in my hand and rubbing against my ring left marks. Permanent marks. You can see three little nicks in the pipes near the midpipe. Those were just from installation, and I was really careful. So, I'm sure I'll have nicks and dings from rocks, road grime, etc. but when they get real bad, I'll probably yank them off and take them back to this guy and have them redone. They look really good.
I should have mentioned, I did clean off the end of the headers where they meet the engine, as well as the fittings in between each piece. The coating on both pieces was enough to make it really difficult to get them connected again. I just used my dremel tool and a small wire wheel.