Ceramic Coating Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What is ceramic coating?
Ceramic coating is the most advanced and durable thermal barrier coating for exhaust headers and manifolds today. Available in a variety of colors, ceramic coatings give your project a personalized touch that will make your project superior in both appearance and performance vs. the competition. From corrosion and debris protection, to reductions in radiant heat of up to 50% in some cases, ceramic coating will improve your engine’s horsepower and torque while extending component life by reducing temperature fatigue in critical components.
What are the benefits of ceramic coating?
Streetwerkz customers span a wide range of industries and interests - aftermarket car enthusiasts, motorcyclists, racers, aviation, marine, ATV’s, heavy equipment, application engineers and government agencies. But they all have a common interest - getting the most performance & longevity out of their parts.

This list provides a simple outline that explains how Streetwerkz ceramic coating process can help your parts perform better and last longer all while maintaining a showroom finish.
  • Improves thermal efficiency of the engine system
  • Reduces radiated heat levels on all exhaust components, especially effective on tubular performance headers and exhaust manifolds.
  • Maintains uniform temperature throughout the exhaust system
  • "Trapped" heat improves exhaust gas velocity, effectively "scavenging" each cylinder and increasing horsepower and torque
  • Keeps the engine compartment cooler
  • We use the most advanced ceramic exhaust coating available
  • Extends header life
  • Lower temperatures extend the life of neighboring components
  • Improves thermal oxidation protection at higher temperatures
  • Reduces parasitic drag losses
  • Our ceramic reinforced coating provides protection up to 1,800F
  • Provides a custom appearance with flat, satin & semi gloss finishes
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Ceramic coating provides protection against rust and corrosion
  • Available in a variety of colors and finishes to fit any project
  • Unlike chrome, ceramic coating's silver finish won’t blue
What parts can I use ceramic coating on?
  • Headers
  • Mufflers
  • Exhaust Pipes
  • Intake Manifold
  • Exhaust Manifold
  • Heads
  • Engine Blocks
  • And More!
How do I care for my ceramic coated items?
If you’ve selected Streetwerkz ceramic coating, it’s obvious that you care about your project. You probably want to keep your ceramic coated parts looking and performing at their best for years. These simple maintenance tips will help you get the most out of your ceramic coated investment.

  • When dyno testing or breaking in a new motor or valve train it is very important to ensure adequate cooling of heat-quenched coated exhaust components. Stagnant air or no vehicle movement combined with high RPM settings can result in component temperatures exceeding the limitations of the aluminum in the ceramic coating's matrix. To eliminate this problem, we suggest a large fan be used to dissipate and transfer heat.
  • To maintain a beautiful finish and prevent corrosion for years to come, periodic maintenance of the coating is required. We recommend periodic cleaning of your parts to remove road grime, salt and oil from the ceramic coating.
  • Colors require special handling when installing. These all can be very soft in nature. Although much tougher than paints, they should be handled with the same care.
  • Unequal fuel distribution or advanced spark timing can result in extreme EGT's (exhaust gas temperatures) which will exceed the temperature limitations. Make certain all cylinders are functioning properly. Static-time your engine prior to starting it up for break-in. Ceramic coating failure due to improper engine tune up is not covered under warranty.
  • Do not use any kind of caustic solutions to clean your Jet-Hot coated components. A variety of chemicals are being used on race tracks and highways today, so make it a habit to occasionally wash off your headers.
Do I need to prep my exhaust or other components before sending them to Streetwerkz to be coated?
Prior to sending Streetwerkz your exhaust system or other components to be coated please make sure that all small hardware, rubber and plastic bushings are removed or any other parts that may be damaged or destroyed by heat exceeding 550 degrees F.
Is ceramic coating the same as powder coating?
No! This process is ceramic based and is designed for thermal management. Although it can be decorative, it is primarily a functional coating designed to increase performance and durability of the part.
What about corrosion resistance?
Our coatings have been rigorously tested up to 5,000 hours of five percent salt spray & are the only ceramic coatings with an ASTM certification.
What parts should be treated?
Parts that are subjected to friction, heat damage, corrosion, abrasion, or requiring appearance enhancements such as headers, brackets and engine components.
How much power will I gain?
This will depend upon many factors that will vary from application to application. Testing has shown significant power increases on a dyno. Horsepower gains of up to 40 horsepower have been measured in independent dyno testing.
Will I see a temperature change?
Parts will run cooler, engine oil and water temperatures have shown a reduction. On headers, the radiated heat will be substantially reduced, leading to lower under hood temperatures and less heat absorption by air intake, nearby parts and surfaces.
What kind of temperature can your coatings withstand?
Ceramic coatings can withstand up to a 1,800 degree base metal temperature.
What can I do to help avoid the coating from burning?
The first thing is to avoid fuels with ethanol in them. The ethanol adds oxygen to the fuel that can raise the exhaust gas temperature (EGT) above the limit for the coating. Tests have shown a 50F-80F degree increase in EGT with ethanol fuel use. Setting the ignition timing is also very important. Retarded ignition timing can actually cause some of the fuel mixture to burn in the header causing severely high EGT’s. Many of the universal electric choke carburetors run very lean on the cruise circuit, which can cause some burning of the polished coatings. Richen the mixture up a couple of steps & this is usually enough to take care of the issue. If you have an intake gasket leaking, there can be one of the cylinders running very lean causing one primary tube to burn.
Will the coating hide surface imperfections like scratches, grinding marks, rough casting, weld splatter, rust pitting or seal holes and cracks?
No, the coating does not hide any imperfections in the substrate. The coating doesn't fill in holes or cracks in the substrate either. The coatings that are applied are very thin and vary from 0.0005" to 0.003" thick, depending on the coating type. Even though the coatings are extremely durable and effective, they will not fix surface imperfections. Imperfections will show through on the finished coated product as well as any engraving such as serial numbers. If you want a smooth finish, you must clean or smooth out these imperfections before you send your parts in for coating. Should we discover issues such as rust pinholes in the process of coating your parts, we will stop our process and let you know of the issue so that it can be repaired prior to continuing the coating process.
Does the coating require any maintenance?
Our ceramic coatings do not require any other maintenance other than cleaning with soap and water.
What about machining, balancing?
All machine work should be done first.
What tuning changes will be necessary?
The changes necessary will vary from engine to engine and depend on how many parts are coated. In general coating the combustion chamber surfaces will allow you to run less initial timing with no loss of power (usually a gain will occur). You may also be able to run significantly less fuel, due to the more efficient oxidation that occurs with the coated parts. There are cases where the opposite applies. Obviously no specific recommendations can be made as every engine/combination will be different.
Can used headers and exhaust components be coated?
Yes. Used parts may require additional treatment to remove excessive rust and contamination. There will be an extra charge for this.
What is the recommended break in procedure?
Breaking in an engine with freshly painted ceramic coated headers WILL result in damage to the coating. Ceramic coated headers require several heat cycles and/or an hour run of your engine at idle or driving normally to fully cure before they will withstand extreme heat. Streetwerkz recommends using uncoated cast iron exhaust manifolds or old uncoated headers to break in new engines to avoid coating damage. The use of header wraps can cause the header tubes to crack or rust due to excessive heat and moisture build–up. Streetwerkz does not recommend the use of header wraps.

Customer is responsible for final break in. Ceramic coated items cannot be installed on a motor in which the internals need to be run to be broken in due to the extreme temperatures achieved during a new break in. Streetwerkz is not liable for items that are not broken in properly.

When you receive your ceramic coated item, it will have a partial cure. It will achieve a full cure once it is installed on the car/motorcycle. For a full cure you must run your ceramic coated item at operating temperature for a minimum of 1 hour at idle or by driving normally. If you have any questions concerning your break in period for ceramic, please contact us.

CAUTION: Excessive exhaust heat due to a poorly tuned engine can damage the coating during the cure period. Do not install on a new engine until all adjustments have been made to the camshaft, springs, valves, timing and jetting. Allow the engine to idle, or drive gently for approximately 1 hour or until no vapor/smoke is given off by the coating. MAINTAIN adequate ventilation during this process.
How much will it cost to have my parts ceramic coated?
Streetwerkz is a custom shop. This means that each order is different from the last. The cost for any given part could vary substantially depending on the part's condition. For example: We get a pristine clean metal part, the charge is - $45. That same part covered with three layers of paint excessive rust and grease all over it could go to $150.
Can you tell me how much it will be to ship a.....?
No, but we have an easy way to find out. Since we don't know your address and the exact size and weight of your parts we can't quote you a price. You can calculate shipping your item with UPS at www.ups.com, FedEx at www.fedex.com, or the US Post Office at www.usps.com. Any carrier will do but we suggest you use a service that uses tracking numbers. Please remember that you are responsible for shipping your package to and from Streetwerkz so ask the shipper for a return label.
What about my privacy?
We respect your privacy so we do not allow anyone outside of our company to view the information we collect for your quote. We only use your information to contact you in response to your quotes or questions or measure our business. We may post a picture of work we have done which could be your property but we will not identify you. If you send us comments we may post them and your first name. If you do not want your comments or pictures posted please e-mail us and we will remove them if they have been posted. If you have any questions about our privacy policy, please contact us. We hate SPAM and junk mail as much as you do and do not wish to add to the problem.
Where are you located?
We are located at 469 Bonham Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43211.
How can I contact you?
Please visit our Contact Us page for contact information. We check for messages several times a day so if you have a question we should be able to get back to you in a few hours. A quote will still take the normal time to respond to since we have to check availability for the color you want and determine the cost for your particular project.
Do you offer a warranty?
Streetwerkz will warranty products for one year for any failure that is determined to be Streetwerkz' responsibility for the original purchaser only. The following are not considered warranty circumstances: negligence; improper care; high friction areas; discoloring due to chemicals; and normal wear and tear. Cracking, flaking, and peeling are considered warranty issues for one full year.