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Old 03-22-2009, 03:52 PM   #1
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Header wrapping question

I have been hearing that wrapping your header will cause moisture to become trapped in between the header and the wrap causing premature rusting on the header and leads to holes and welds breaking. If its wrapped nice and tight this shouldn't happen, right?


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your always going to run the risk of moisture no matter how tight you wrap it but tighter is better, when installing the fiberglass cloth ones most require you to get them wet to help them form to the contour of the header, but it eventually dries and the moisture goes away when the header gets hot, then they kind of melt together a little. alot of guys put a coat of rustoleum or like product before installing a wrap. but for the most part i wouldnt worry that much about premature weld breaks and rusting
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Thats what i was thinking but i was just talking to a buddy before i posted and i told him i was going to wrap my header and he was like noooo dont do it. i just wanted to make sure i was thinking right. thanks
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I painted mine with 2000 degree paint first. Didn't bake it like you should so some of it came off when I wrapped them.

I soaked the head wrap in water first which being wet let you wrap it a lot easier and tighter.

And then once done, I sprayed it with DEI high temp silicone which will help hold it together and protect it. May even prevent moisture from getting in there. Believe me, after spraying it, the header wrap was real stiff and felt like it was on there really well.
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Old 03-22-2009, 05:56 PM   #5
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yea im doing the same thing. i just have to wait for it to get here
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yap that's what i did .
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You're header is will be fine, no worries. Once you wrap it and let it sit to dry, it will harden to a cast like feeling.

I recommend the DEI wrap and the sealant/spray. You can get them at Advance Auto. It will take one 50' roll and one can of the spray. Do NOT use rustoleum or anything like that, it will burn off. Use something that is made for high temp ... that DEI header wrap sealant/spray is your best option. Also, I recommend skipping the wrap ties that they sell and go get some stainless steel hose clamps instead. They will hold the wrap much better. Just turn the clamps so the screw part is facing out of view and it will look nice.

Like mentioned, you want to get the wrap damp to make wrapping easier. Let it dry completely before you paint it (I let mind sit overnight to be sure). Then when you paint it, it will dry a little, but not completely. You have to install it on your car the take it out and let it idle and heat up. It will smoke like mad and stink. That cures the paint.

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The svt header is stainless, so rust shouldnt be much of an issue in the first place.
mines been wrapped for 4 years now and no problems.
soak the wrap and apply nice and tight. I used small cv boot clamps on mine and have had no problem. No silicone coating either, I've never found it to make any difference, other than making the wrap a pain if you ever pull it off.
Any moisture will dissapear when the engine is running, remember the wrap is to keep heat in the header so moisture cooks out pretty quick.
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how would you remove the wrap if you did use the silicone spray? just curious
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Evverything came in the mail today. And im wrapping the spa manifold btw. thanks for all the input
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