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I'm putting the finishing touches on the engine compartment restoration. I don't know what to do with the stock exhaust manifolds. Basically everything else is done. I never removed the engine, and don't really want to remove the manifolds (trying to keep this a managble project.) The car will be a driver (about once per week) but I want it to look good. I'm afraid if I put any kind of paint of finish on that it will require maintenance. I'm also concerned that in order to do it right, I'll need to remove them from the engine to blast them etc. Is it considered acceptable for street driven division to have rusty manifolds or is this just personal preferrence? Should I bight the bullet, pull them off and do it right? Maybe I'll wait till next year when I'm suffering from withdrawls and needt something to do on the car. Can I paint them on the car and what can I use?

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I think you could probably do a pretty good job with them still on. Of course you know and I know you can do a better job with them off. I used the VHT cast color paint I ordered from a vendor and it looks just as good as the day I put it on. I didn't blast mine, although I may have put some rust converter (Rustmort) on them, I really can't remember. If you don't want to wait on mailorder for VHT I remember seeing some 800 degree high temp cast iron paint in my local Advance Auto Parts store. Whatever you do, don't just leave them rusty.

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Bite the bullet!!! Take them off and have them ceramic coated. You won't be sorry and its not expensive
 
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I used the high temperature paint for stoves and barbecues on mine. I wasn't concerned about having the correct color as my car is a daily driver so I picked a grey that looked nice (from Home Depot).

I took mine off (I had to work on the choke stove too though) and I was glad I did. What a dfference!

I used a wire wheel to remove the rust and a smaller wire wheel (on a dremel tool) to get at the hard to reach areas.

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If you have a small block, removing them is easy. Get them cleaned and paint with either cast blast or eastwood stainless steel manifold paint.

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