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.