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The silver mufflers hanging down from the rear of the SH (2010) really spoil the rear appearance of the current Forester.
I painted the muffler backs and pipes of my Forester with high temperature matt black stove enamel. I masked the sides of the muffler to give a good finished appearance, and used brushable paint to avoid overspray.
What a difference!
The area below the bumper is now uniformly black, and the whole rear appearance is much more integrated and uncluttered.
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I did this last week, although I only painted the rear face of the muffler as I couldn't be bothered doing the whole muffler.

I masked up the area and sprayed it with black heat proof paint.

Looks much improved from behind, my Legacy came from factory with black mufflers :shake:
 

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I like this idea, especially over the visible part of the muffler side as well...keep us updated as to how the paint holds up to flaking off though.
 

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Still deciding whether to do the entire muffler, they get quite dirty so not sure its worth it.

I did it almost word for word how Canonshooter described :biggrin:
 

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Paint the whole can, looks much better when you view from the side. My Cobb has been painted for three+ years now, just leaving the SS tip to shine:biggrin:

Yes once a year you scrub with some steel wool and repaint. Depends on your location. Once I ran I80/84 thru Salt Lake in winter with there chemicals and a day later all paint was gone, yup 100% just like that.

No bling here:cool:
 

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Did the painting over a year ago and all is well. Just do good prep work. Also painted the exhaust pipes that were silver.
 

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Saw this thread a while back and finally found the time and opportunity to do it (it was raining on and off for 2weeks). Thanks for the write-up. This little mod was so easy to do and took little time. The forester looks so much better from behind! :Banane35:
 

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I used Duplicolor "High Heat with Ceramic" that is supposed to be OK to 1200 degrees. Part is "DH 1602 High Heat Black" with a bar code of 26916 34602. I dropped the mufflers from the exhaust pipes (2 bolts) and the inside hanger. That meant that those big tin cans dropped into almost full view. I didn't take them off entirely since I was only painting the rear of the mufflers.

I don't have the painting skills of the earlier poster that I think it looks much better than stock...even if there is a paint run on one of the tailpipes. Sigh.
 

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Looks good

I decided not to paint the whole thing as they get too dirty.

Six months on and no flaking or chipping.
 

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header paint

I actually saw some header paint at a parts store that rated at 2000f. I bet that would be the best paint for exhaust parts.
 
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