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Q:I am won­der­ing if you could help me out with a mind-bog­gling thingy re­gard­ing my ex­haust pipes. I have a Moto Guzzi V7 spe­cial and I just changed to a set of matte black Mis­tral muf­flers. I was won­der­ing if you sug­gest that I wrap the pipes since they are in stain­less steel, to help match them with the muf­flers, or if I should pow­der enamel coat them in black in­stead? Or if you have other sug­ges­tions?

A:I gen­er­ally dis­cour­age pipe wrap, as it will keep heat (and mois­ture) in and shorten the life of the pipes. But if you dig the look, you must. With good prepa­ra­tion, VHT ex­haust paint (or sim­i­lar) has worked well for me. I bead­blast the pipes to get a bit of etch on the sur­face be­fore paint­ing. Cheap and eas­ily touched up. Pow­der­coat­ing is great on ex­haust pipes but might cost more than buy­ing brand-new black pipes.

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