: UGLY to Beautiful in 15 Min or Less!



Marc NY
08-15-11, 07:22 AM
I thought I would start a thread up to show your improvements made to enhance the look of your SRX.

What do you see or notice in rear of the SRX photo below? (That drives me nuts) :thepan:

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd198/MarcNY/DSC_8002Sm.jpg

Have you ever noticed or followed a SRX around town? Did you happen to see the silver lower rear axle arms and the large muffler under the bumper and wish it didn't stand out so much? If so ... you have noticed the same thing I have and wondered why GM doesn't have their muffler vendors paint all their mufflers to match the undercarriage!

A friend of mine and I were talking when he first bought his new SS Orange Camaro. We both stared at the rear of his beautiful Camaro and said why oh why didn't GM paint their mufflers a mat-black finish to hide the muffler??? :confused:

Below you can see two examples of before and after that drove me to finally painting the mufflers! First one is my 2012 SRX and the second is my wife's 2011 GMC Terrain.

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd198/MarcNY/DSCN0697.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd198/MarcNY/DSCN0704-1.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd198/MarcNY/DSCN0710.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd198/MarcNY/DSCN0713.jpg

So.... what are your thoughts of the UN-painted mufflers and or rear axle areas?

Razorecko
08-15-11, 07:32 AM
I always though the same to myself. I thought about doing it but wasnt sure. Now that I see it I will def do it, looks great ! what type of paint did you use ? high heat ?

Marc NY
08-15-11, 10:04 AM
I always though the same to myself. I thought about doing it but wasnt sure. Now that I see it I will def do it, looks great ! what type of paint did you use ? high heat ?I used a small pint of "mat" black finish made by Rustoleum. The paint which is designed for painting the extreme heat of a charcoal grill so it should be able to withstand the high temps of a muffler too.

My friend with the SS Camaro says it is holding up very well and looks great even after he painted his a year and half ago. :thumbsup:

Razorecko
08-15-11, 10:37 AM
I've used similar stuff/high heat out of a rattle can before on a downpipe on one of my previous cars and it held up great. You just have to heat treat it after you coat it so it "burns" in

Kuya
08-15-11, 10:10 PM
I love it . . . . so ummm. . .when can I come over so you can do mine? lol

duke11
08-15-11, 11:01 PM
Marc, I LOVE IT!! I will definitely paint the mufflers and rear axle areas of my 2012 SRX. Did you spray or brush the black paint. Also did you have a lift to raise to get under the car. I am not to handy so I will go to a local body shop. You said the paint is for charcoal grills, did you buy from Home Depot or Lowes.

Marc NY
08-16-11, 06:30 AM
I love it . . . . so ummm. . .when can I come over so you can do mine? lolSure I would be glad to help you out. :D


Marc, I LOVE IT!! I will definitely paint the mufflers and rear axle areas of my 2012 SRX. Did you spray or brush the black paint. Also did you have a lift to raise to get under the car. I am not to handy so I will go to a local body shop. You said the paint is for charcoal grills, did you buy from Home Depot or Lowes.I hand brushed the mat black heat paint while on my sides and back. Good thing I have long arms. Use safety glasses and an old hat too. Lay a drop cloth underneath you so you don't drip paint on your garage floor or drivway... unless you have a black top driveway. :D

BTW: You can buy Rustoleum type paint at any hardware store like Home Depot or Lowes.

Hey, if you know someone who has a garage you can have them do an oil change and then ask them if you can paint the muffer and arms while he is changing your oil... opps forget that idea I forgot that Cadillac now changes your oil for free the first 4 years. :canttalk:

RAB
08-16-11, 09:17 AM
Great job Marc! :thumbsup: That really improves & completes the look of the rear of the vehicle. I'd want to do the same when taking delivery of a new SRX.
I can't imagine any future issues in painting these components. Did you happen to clear the job with your dealer prior to painting? I ask this only from a new vehicle warranty coverage point of view.

Marc NY
08-16-11, 02:02 PM
Actually I never thought of clearing it with the dealer but I guess it is too late now... ;) To be honest with you I wouldn't think that coating a muffler with heat paint would cause any serious warranty issues.

However, I will ask the next time I am at the dealership.

*Just got off the phone with service guy and agreed that it would look much better painted. He said he didn't think there would be any problem with warranty unless the muffler failed do to the extra thin coating of paint.

stevec5375
08-16-11, 05:20 PM
I agree that it looks much better with the flat black paint on the black SRX. I have the Platinum Ice and am wondering if I should do the same or just leave it alone. The black on mine might stick out worse than the aluminum look. Comments?

Marc NY
08-17-11, 06:44 AM
I agree that it looks much better with the flat black paint on the black SRX. I have the Platinum Ice and am wondering if I should do the same or just leave it alone. The black on mine might stick out worse than the aluminum look. Comments?Steve if you use a mat black finish on the muffler and lower control arm it will blend in very nicely with the lower trim molding on the SRX and IMO will not stick out. Even a gloss or flat black would be much better appearance than looking at the silver rear control arms and the silver (before it rusts) muffler that also shows up under the trim.

Again because the bottom molding is a semi mat black finish I believe no matter what color your SRX is... it will definitely look much better or cleaner looking with a mat-finish painted on those parts.

*The mufflers on the 2012 appear to be a lot lower and or bigger and thus shows up even "worse" than the 2010-2011 SRXs do. :(

**BTW: I have always liked my vehicles to have a nice clean looking (underneath) rear end!

***Take a good peek at my SSR rear end! ;)

Smokin' SRX
08-17-11, 09:31 AM
Hey Marc, I did same when she was 2 mos old for same reasons. Sorry I too didn't share the idea. Just assumed anyone would see it themselves. My lapse. But you came thru and it sure looks great. I've done it in past also on other rides including my neighbors Honda Pilot, which has a HIDEOUS rear view under her skirt. Honda even ran the exhaust pipes UNDER the split axles! (watch that curb!!) Looks very mechanical and cheap ....until I painted it for him with Rustoleum Hi-Heat. Works great! Ever see a '05-09 GMC Envoy/Chevy Equinox tail? Big drum muffler hanging down.....until presto. It's "gone" with good ole Rusty! LOL New Nox/Rains are just as bad , if ya get the V-6. I guess they think nobody looks under the sheets LOL

Enjoy that new ride!

SS

Marc NY
08-18-11, 06:32 AM
Yikes I was just told by my contact at Cadillac that my concern or issue with the rear of the SRX being painted was the first that they have ever heard about. At the looks of some of our members here they seem to agree that the SRX would look so much nicer if GM would paint their mufflers and control arms semi mat black finish. This would help take ones eyes off of those parts and be able to focus on the true beauty of the SRX. :D

Here is what I heard back in my email.



Hey Marc,

... I appreciate your comments regarding the rear axle and certainly do not take them personally. Honestly, I have been on the SRX program since 2008 (about 1 year prior to launch) and you are the first person to bring forward this concern. I forwarded your comments to a few people on the team and even received the comment that "the SRX has beautiful aluminum that some may suggest looks good without paint." I think it's safe to say that this particular area is quite subjective and depends on individual tastes.

Anyway, it appears that overall you are very happy with your new 2012 SRX and I hope you will continue to have many happy miles in front of you.

All the best,

Tony

So what do you think? I think there are many SRX owners who feel the same as some of us do about the undercarriage of the SRX. I think we should conduct a poll and send GM a message that there are way more than one customer that thinks the SRX needs to have the undercarriage painted.

What do you think?

Razorecko
08-18-11, 09:44 AM
lol...i'm sure gm saved some money by NOT painting every single car in their lineup with exposed aluminum. Its all just cost savings

TheCaptain
08-18-11, 10:25 AM
Not to mention, usually when you have it undercoated, they usually hide some of that grey.

duke11
08-18-11, 10:40 PM
Marc, I have a 2012 SRX on order and the very 1st project on the new ride will be to paint both muffler area and rear axle arms. My vote is for painted undercarriage!

KevinOpp
08-21-11, 05:56 PM
i think the black looks AMAZING!!!!

i will defintiely be doing this, particularly since i will also be hauling a boat in and out of salt water----a little extra rustoleum should only help.


Kudos to you, Marc!!!! :thumbsup:

Marc NY
08-21-11, 06:40 PM
Marc, I have a 2012 SRX on order and the very 1st project on the new ride will be to paint both muffler area and rear axle arms. My vote is for painted undercarriage!


i think the black looks AMAZING!!!!

i will definitely be doing this, particularly since i will also be hauling a boat in and out of salt water----a little extra rustoleum should only help.


Kudos to you, Marc!!!! :thumbsup:So glad to hear that I am not the only guy who believes a rear end should look great! :)

While I was in Michigan this weekend attending the WDC (Woodward Dream Cruise) & "Back to the Bricks" Car Show in Flint; I ran into two of my old GM friends who have since retired from GM. I was talking to their daughter who works at GM and she told me she is now working at the Tech Center in Warren on some future vehicles. She brought up the topic of the rear of vehicles should get as much attention or focus as does the front end gets :holycrap: ... does that ever sound familiar??? WOW... I told her I was thinking the exact same thing too. She mentioned to me that she is currently working on some of Cadillac's newest products yet to be announced. Hmmm I have a young GM person who is very eager to listen to my thoughts. :)

I then proceeded to explain to her that I recently bought a new 2012 SRX and how happy I was with the new refinements and the superb new 3.6 engine. I then mentioned that my old 2010 SRX had some undercarriage exposure and I wasn't too thrilled about it's looks.... and it is even worse on my 2012! Wait a minute... I happened to still have those photos I took before of the undercarriage and the after shots still left in my camera. So I decided to show her those photos and get her opinion of the before and after I painted my new 2012 undercarriage. She was amazed at how much better the after looked! I mentioned to her that because the 2012's undercarriage was even more exposed than my old 2010's was, that I finally decided to paint it. I told her I suffered through the looks of the 2010 undercarriage but I wasn't going to do the same with the newer 2012 undercarriage which now looks more FUG-UGLY! :mad2:

She agreed totally with my thoughts and reiterated once again that the real focus of the back of a vehicle should be on the beautiful lines of the vehicle and one should not be focusing on the undercarriage unless it was to see some beautiful exhaust tips! So SRX members I think we have a new champion who will carry our concerns back with her on Monday. :highfive:

mm9351
08-21-11, 08:45 PM
Sorry, I'm not believing the rave reviews of "spray painting" the rear link suspension components and exhaust system on your new $45,000 vehicle with a $3 can of rustoleum is quite unanimous. Agreed, the blacked-out looks is nice....but...here it comes...considering the elements including water, salt, ice, sand, gravel, etc. now you will be needing to maintain the look, so you will be touching up rear end of your nice new Cadillac every other month. This is appalling. For example, how can you be so certain that the paint will not entrap salt deposits and lead to early corrosion? Checking out the rear suspension, I actually like the look of the bright aluminum alloy, which is properly finished (anodized) to withstand the elements. In addition, considering that exhaust components exceed temperatures of 700 degrees F, I would think that the paint will virtually burn off in short order. Finally, I don't think the burning paint smell will be all too attractive. Since this is a modification not endorsed by Cadillac, any warranty claims will be flatly denied. I'm not buying into the hype, and will enjoy my ride as it was designed by the engineering team.

Marc NY
08-21-11, 10:42 PM
Sorry, I'm not believing the rave reviews of "spray painting" the rear link suspension components and exhaust system on your new $45,000 vehicle with a $3 can of rustoleum (1) is quite unanimous. Agreed, the blacked-out looks is nice....but...here it comes...considering the elements including water, salt, ice, sand, gravel, etc. now you will be needing to maintain the look, so (2) you will be touching up rear end of your nice new Cadillac every other month. This is appalling. For example, how can you be so certain that the paint will not entrap salt deposits and lead to early corrosion? Checking out the rear suspension, I actually like the look of the bright aluminum alloy, which is properly finished (anodized) to withstand the elements. In addition, considering that exhaust components exceed temperatures of 700 degrees F, I would think (3) that the paint will virtually burn off in short order. Finally, I don't think the (4) burning paint smell will be all too attractive. Since this is a modification not endorsed by Cadillac, any warranty claims will be flatly denied. I'm not buying into the hype, and will enjoy my ride as it was designed by the engineering team.(1) I certainly would never try to imply that it was an "unanimous" choice by everyone here... and you have every right to your own personal preference(s). FYI: I PM'd a Moderator a while back to ask if I could conduct a poll on our site to see who thinks it is a great idea and who doesn't like it ... unfortunately I have not heard back from him.

(2) You insinuate that I will all have to touch up the rear suspension or muffler every other month and to me that is grossly over exaggerated.

BTW: I have painted many a under-carriage components over the years; trailer hitches, leaf springs, rear ends etc and mostly with a mat black Rustoleum finish paint and I have never experienced having to touch them up every other month. (Granted one may have to lightly touch up some areas over a much longer period of time but if the part(s) are clean the paint should last for a long long time.)

(3) You suggest that the muffler temps could exceed 700 degrees F. and even if that is correct this Rust-oleum specialty "High Heat" paint is capable to withstand up to 1000 degrees F.

Actually Satin Black "High Heat" paint has been used on many other vehicles exhaust systems i.e. my friends 2010 Camaro mufflers was painted with the same can of paint and as of today he hasn't found the need to touch them up. BTW: He painted them back in the fall of 2009, over a full year and half ago! His friend just bought a new Camaro vert and he liked the look of the painted mufflers so much more that he insisted that the dealer paint the mufflers before he even picked up the car. The dealer agreed and sent it to their paint shop where they painted the mufflers. After it was done his salesman liked the look so much that he told him that he will suggest doing that to all his new Camaro customers in the future. So if the dealer is willing to paint the mufflers for their customers I wouldn't think there would be any issues with warranty coverage. (I will follow up on this concern more)

(4) I just talked to my friend with the Camaro who painted his exhaust and asked him if he has ever smelled any foul odor(s) from the mufflers and or paint? He said he has not smelled any fumes or odors since it was painted.

*It is possible that this procedure may or may not get approved by Cadillac even though a local area Chevy Dealer has already done it for some of their customer(s).
**What I understand is there are couple of small holes in the muffler itself that need to be open to make sure they aren't plugged up with paint in order for any possible condensation to drain out. I will definitely look further into these issues and or concerns and if GM states to me that we shouldn't paint the mufflers with high heat paint I will certainly share that with everyone here.

Cadillac Tony
08-22-11, 11:09 AM
Looks great. :thumbsup:

And don't worry about warranty concerns- GM painted the mufflers on CTS and SRX models until 2010, and they were fine. No need to touch up the paint, and no problems with heat or corrosion. If anything, having the coat of paint on there will keep salt and contaminants OFF the aluminum, not the other way around.

Marc NY
08-22-11, 11:24 AM
Looks great. :thumbsup:

And don't worry about warranty concerns- GM painted the mufflers on CTS and SRX models until 2010, and they were fine. No need to touch up the paint, and no problems with heat or corrosion. If anything, having the coat of paint on there will keep salt and contaminants OFF the aluminum, not the other way around.Thanks for the heads up Tony! :)

BTW: I didn't know that Cadillac had painted mufflers on the CTS and other SRX models before 2010.

Great to know that it has done before. Now if we can only get GM to do it again. :thumbsup:

allgm
08-22-11, 12:36 PM
I have a 2004 Olds Bravada Final 500 just looked and the muffer & exhaust pipe are painted flat black from the factory.
I painted my 2010 SRX muffler but left the suspension unpainted.

frankrizzo135
08-24-11, 09:56 PM
Great Idea- I went out today and did it too! I have a pair of car ramps and just backed the SRX onto them. That lifted the back enough to be able to spray the paint just kneeling down. I used a piece of cardboard to block the wheel wells from over spray.

stevec5375
08-25-11, 06:21 PM
Does this paint come in a paint on version? I don't want to risk a spray can for overspray reasons.

Marc NY
08-25-11, 09:11 PM
Does this paint come in a paint on version? I don't want to risk a spray can for over spray reasons.Yes Steve, I used a small can of Rustoleum paint to brush it on. I didn't want to spray it from up underneath while I was on my side on the ground... perhaps if I had used a hoist I might have tried a spray can using a piece of cardboard to keep from over spraying unwanted areas like the rims etc.

Marc NY
04-11-13, 09:49 PM
I thought I would bump up my old thread for those that might like to hide their rear silver trail arms and muffler and paint them both black like I first did back in the summer of 2011 on my 2012 SRX.

To quickly jump to the first post click on link below.

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-srx-second-generation-forum-2010/237572-fug-ugly-beautiful-15-min-less.html

adamjeeps
04-11-13, 09:59 PM
I'll do this if we still have it after the warranty expires.

Marc NY
04-12-13, 07:54 AM
I'll do this if we still have it after the warranty expires.GM has painted other vehicle mufflers before and I have seen pictures of the new 2014 Camaro (below) showing that their mufflers are also painted too. So there is really no reason for you to wait for your warranty to expire before you paint your muffler. :)

*See photo

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd198/MarcNY/Camaro2014Muffler.png (http://s222.photobucket.com/user/MarcNY/media/Camaro2014Muffler.png.html)

adamjeeps
04-12-13, 08:38 AM
Your probably right, I just don't want to have any potential warranty fights, not that either exhaust or that part of the suspension is likely to need it. It does look MUCH better painted though.

KevinOpp
04-12-13, 03:22 PM
hey marc,

i did wind up painting it all about a year or so ago. easy as pie with tire ramps, a tarp and 2 different sized brushes for the big broad areas and the more detailed parts. most parts got a double coat until the can was gone, and it still looks mint.

paid4c4
04-12-13, 05:10 PM
A great idea! I don't usually mod cars but I'm considering this one.
Bill

Marc NY
04-13-13, 02:00 PM
I probably should add my 2013 SRX that had been painted underneath before I picked it up from the dealer.

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd198/MarcNY/b05ee86d-38dc-4673-87a4-31867e2faa82.jpg (http://s222.photobucket.com/user/MarcNY/media/b05ee86d-38dc-4673-87a4-31867e2faa82.jpg.html)

adamjeeps
04-13-13, 04:25 PM
Wow, is this all 2013 or something special you had them do?

Marc NY
04-13-13, 04:54 PM
Wow, is this all 2013 or something special you had them do?Sorry if I didn't make this a little bit clearer... I asked my dealer if they would paint my muffler and the rear suspension before I picked up my 2013 SRX.

b4z
04-14-13, 09:30 AM
I would leave the suspension the natural color but definitely paint the muffler it looks awful that way. And what is the deal with the huge heavy mufflers manufacturers are designing now anyway?

Marc NY
04-14-13, 09:56 AM
I would leave the suspension the natural color but definitely paint the muffler it looks awful that way. And what is the deal with the huge heavy mufflers manufacturers are designing now anyway?Unfortunately the reason for bigger mufflers is because a larger size muffler can help the manufacture gain more net HP... you can see a big difference from the 2010-11 SRXs that had the 3.0L engines to the larger size of the newer more powerful 3.6L engines.

*I actually prefer to have my two rear trail arms painted matte black as well so this way nothing is visible from behind the SRX. I don't mind seeing silver trail arms on a sports car but not really on a SUV.

Just my .02 :)

Indy_Mike
04-14-13, 06:24 PM
I've used similar stuff/high heat out of a rattle can before on a downpipe on one of my previous cars and it held up great. You just have to heat treat it after you coat it so it "burns" in

I realize this comment is over a year old but what does this mean? How do you heat treat it so it burns in?

Likely
04-14-13, 07:42 PM
NO QUESTION THE PAINTED PARTS LOOK COOL.....I think I will do that little project. Is Rustoleum the best paint?

Marc NY
04-14-13, 08:02 PM
NO QUESTION THE PAINTED PARTS LOOK COOL.....I think I will do that little project. Is Rustoleum the best paint?There are a number of High Temp paints on the market... but I highly recommend Rustoleum for it has worked great for me over the years. :thumbsup:

Lencarguy
04-15-13, 11:47 AM
I also believe GM didn't paint it to save money. I used to have a 2008 CTS and the mufflers were painted, subsequent years were not. No one can convince me it was done because the bare aluminum looks good. I think I'll paint mine too, it always looks unfinished to me.

Marc NY
04-15-13, 01:10 PM
I realize this comment is over a year old but what does this mean? How do you heat treat it so it burns in?I would be interested to know too. I have found that painting the way I do has held up very well for me and I haven't had to touch up any of my vehicles at all yet.


I also believe GM didn't paint it to save money. I used to have a 2008 CTS and the mufflers were painted, subsequent years were not. No one can convince me it was done because the bare aluminum looks good. I think I'll paint mine too, it always looks unfinished to me.I agree on both points! BTW: I am pretty sure GM did it to save money...

Indy_Mike
04-15-13, 11:31 PM
I would be interested to know too. I have found that painting the way I do has held up very well for me and I haven't had to touch up any of my vehicles at all yet.


Thanks Marc....I think I am going to give this a try in the next few weeks!

themacguy
04-22-13, 07:24 PM
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj528/themacguy/20130422_184219_zps41603eb5.jpg

I did this on the weekend. 1 rattle can of flat black BB-Q paint. 3 thin coats. Took about 1 hour. No need to heat treat. Just follow the directions on the can.

Left the control arms alone. I like the contrast.

Marc NY
04-22-13, 07:36 PM
It looks great! :thumbsup:

I also like the color of your SRX too. :D

themacguy
04-22-13, 08:05 PM
Thanks. Xenon Blue*Metallic. Luv it.

TheCaptain
04-23-13, 11:00 AM
Very nice macguy! Are those winter tires, or just new tires? I don't recognize the tread pattern as the stock Michelin Latitude Tour HP's.

themacguy
04-25-13, 07:44 PM
They're Cooperwinter's. Coming off Monday. Work great.

TheCaptain
04-28-13, 10:26 AM
I did this 'mod' yesterday. Tremclad non high heat paint. (Wasn't thinking) I guess I'll see how long it lasts!

DTurmel
05-04-13, 09:33 PM
I must say that I am not a big fan of car modifications and after market parts - but this post confirmed one thing that always bothered my eyes....I couldn't resist to make the change with the warm weather being back - and here's the result - thanks for the good idea.


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DTurmel
05-04-13, 09:38 PM
I must say that I am not a big fan of car modifications and after market parts - but this post confirmed one thing that always bothered my eyes....I couldn't resist to make the change with the warm weather being back - and here's the result - thanks for the good idea.


107559




sorry - first time attaching pictures on this forum - here are the pics after:

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107562

Marc NY
05-09-13, 11:19 AM
Definitely a whole lot nicer looking! :thumbsup:

Reidler
09-05-13, 08:32 PM
Just got my 2013 this week and funny thing was today I was looking at it thinking "I sure dont like how big and bulky that muffler looks", and viola! I came across this thread. This will be the first mod I do to my new ride! Thanks for the great pics.

Zachary
09-06-13, 03:11 PM
And I thought I was the only one that this bothered ! Great job , what a diff it makes in the overall appearence of the rear end . What type/brand of paint did you use ? This may be a dumb question but , when the muffler gets hot will you start smoking from behind ? Won't the paint get hot ? Let me know cause I definiteley want to do this to my SRX .

ladypro
09-06-13, 04:29 PM
rust-oleum high heat satin black paint 8oz.

dbair07
09-06-13, 04:58 PM
I just did this with matte black paint designed for high heat engine applications. Two coats and 5 minutes and it looks so much better!!! Home depot. One can for $15.

njacobsen
09-06-13, 11:04 PM
I painted mine last weekend using Rust-Oleum high heat satin black brushed on. I will give it a second coat this weekend. Spraying would look better up close, but I did not care to deal with all of the masking and possibility of over-spray where I did not want it like on my chrome wheels.

It really makes a difference in how the SRX looks from the back. It seems to sit lower because that ugly silver muffler no longer grabs your attention. The satin black is an exact match for the lower bumber and the cover for the factory hitch.

This was a great idea and quick inexpensive upgrade to the appearance of my SRX.:D:D:D:D:D

MJDART
09-08-13, 09:27 PM
Marc, really looks great, I actually have polished my muffler with steel wool trying to make it look better. I was going to try a high temp spray paint next, but the brushed on rustoleum sounds pretty easy. I'll try painting muffler first as I don't mind the muscular aluminum suspension arms, but I might just paint them as well as it does look very neat and tidy under your vehicle after your modification. What size can of paint, pint?

MJDART
09-10-13, 08:36 AM
I found a spray can of the Rustoleum "grille paint" in my cabinet last night. I decided to try it out on the "muffler". Wow it really does a great job hiding that component and making it blend in. I didn't have enough to finish so I drove up to WalMart and got a full can (last one) for $13.77. I painted the muffler and the two exhaust pipes that leave the muffler. Doesn't take very long but it can be messy painting upside down. Use gloves and have plenty of newspaper down or a paint tarp. The Rustoleum goes along way you could probably do 3 to 4 vehicles with a pint can. I left the aluminum suspension pieces unpainted natural for now, will see how I like the look.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y25/mjdart/Cadillac%20SRX%20Premium/2013CadillacSRXMufflerMod_zpse1aec340.jpg (http://s2.photobucket.com/user/mjdart/media/Cadillac%20SRX%20Premium/2013CadillacSRXMufflerMod_zpse1aec340.jpg.html)

srochwerg
10-04-13, 01:23 PM
I've noticed some have the muffler showing and some don't even for 2012 and 13. Is it possible the sport suspension or 4x4 requires a different muffler? Even some 3.6 motors seem to have different mufflers, some protrude lower and some don't. Any thoughts?

RickUSAF
10-04-13, 06:35 PM
Thanks for this tip!!! Just did mine and think it was so easy and looks so great that I did my 2012 Camaro also... both look Great now. Thanks again!!!:thumbsup:
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crump13
12-05-13, 08:28 PM
I love the look of the blacked out muffler. I will definitely be doing this mod when I get my SRX back from service. Thanks for the suggestion

~Tina~

JBG1
12-06-13, 05:38 PM
If you notice on the "build your own" site, it would appear if Cadillac has also made this modification. Just expand the graphic. Also the same in the '14 brochure. I haven't checked to see if this is a change for '14, but it's interesting.

Movinon
12-06-13, 08:21 PM
My 2014 SRX, Performance was built in Nov. It is bare metal as far as the exhaust and other parts you can see under it at the rear.
Tom

adamjeeps
12-06-13, 08:24 PM
Yeah it looks like the pictures on the web are just photo shopped to black out the muffler. The 2013 and 2014 pictures look the same to me from the back anyway.

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Marc NY
12-07-13, 09:58 AM
I've noticed some have the muffler showing and some don't even for 2012 and 13. Is it possible the sport suspension or 4x4 requires a different muffler? Even some 3.6 motors seem to have different mufflers, some protrude lower and some don't. Any thoughts? As far as the 2012 & 2013 SRXs having different size mufflers I would tend to believe you might have been comparing 2010s or 2011 SRXs for I have not seen any 3.6 L SRXs having varing muffler sizes. As you know the 2010 & 2011 had smaller mufflers sized for the 3.0 L engine. When the larger 3.6L engine came out in 2012 the mufflers were increased in size to accommodate for the larger engine and to also helped achieve added HP too.


Thanks for this tip!!! Just did mine and think it was so easy and looks so great that I did my 2012 Camaro also... both look great now. Thanks again!!!:thumbsup:
150313150321Looks a whole lot nicer now and really blends in great! :thumbsup:

Movinon
12-12-13, 03:52 PM
I just painted my muffler and the 2 trailing arms. I used a quart of BBQ Black Rust-oleum in the can. When I opened the can the paint really looked thin. so I stirred it quite a bit making sure there were no deposits at the bottom.
When I started to paint, it still went on very thin leaving numerous brush marks on the muffler. I looked on the can to see how long to wait for the second coat, it stated that a second coat was not recommended. I put on a second coat and it looks like it could use one more coat. The trailing arms took the paint a lot better.
Tom

crump13
12-12-13, 04:01 PM
I got my SRX back from service yesterday and I have this on my agenda to do this weekend. :-)

~Tina~

Movinon
12-13-13, 10:09 AM
I painted mine in the garage, but I should have done it outside. The garage really smells, even the next day.
Tom

crump13
12-13-13, 02:55 PM
I painted mine in the garage, but I should have done it outside. The garage really smells, even the next day.
Tom

I will keep that in mind. :)

~Tina~

Gold Mist 08
12-13-13, 07:43 PM
Marc,

Great job, and I'm glad to hear that it just isn't me that thought the same thing about the silver look. I do the same thing with my 1998 Corvette and I will do the same with my wife's 2011 SRX.
Thanks for posting your results.

Bill

crump13
01-27-14, 11:38 AM
Quick question to anyone that has done this. The can of paint indicates to wait 24 hours before heat should be applied to the painted area. Did y'all wait the full 24 hours before driving your vehicle?

I have been wanting to do this for a few weeks now but I can't seem to find a 24 hour window of time where I won't need to drive my SRX.

~Tina~

Movinon
01-27-14, 08:36 PM
I painted it in the afternoon and drove it about 14 hours later. It took me 3 coats, 2 the first day and the 3rd coat the following day before all the brush marks were gone. The paint goes on really thin.
The first coat I just painted the back and a little over half of the bottom going toward the front. When I pulled up behind it in my other car you could see where I stopped painting. I didn't realize you could see that much of the bottom of the muffler, so of course I painted the rest. It looks perfect now.

Mark Bo
01-27-14, 10:02 PM
I will be doing this mod this weekend. Maybe we need to start a thread to show off your mods. The first post of this thread speaks to showing off your mods, but only addresses one mod throughout the thread.

Movinon
01-28-14, 10:50 AM
That would be helpful. I have run out of ideas of reasonable things to do with my SRX. It would be nice to see some mods that other owner's have done. I had the front door windows tinted; hard wired & hard mounted my radar detector, under the mirror; painted the muffler & trailing arms with BBQ black rust-o-leum; put in Lloyd floor mats; had the dealer throw in the spare tire kit during the negotiating process and used my heat gun to remove the dealer name on the tailgate. I'm still thinking of installing a vertical package net at the aft end, of the cargo area.

Movinon
02-02-14, 01:48 PM
Here is a picture of the back after I painted the muffler and trailing arms after I painted it with BBQ black Rust-o-leum.182441

Marc NY
02-02-14, 01:59 PM
OH YESSSSSS! It really looks so much "nicer" now! :thumbsup:

Hey, so where are you hiding the snow?? LOL

morven39
02-03-14, 10:09 AM
Getting ready to do mine. Did any of you do any cleaning, prep, or whatever before painting?

TheCaptain
02-04-14, 12:42 PM
I pressure washed with soap and rinsed.

rtsittner
02-04-14, 02:59 PM
I pressure washed with soap and rinsed.

Same here. I did this on my 2011 SRX right after the OP posted this back in the day. I traded it in two weeks ago for a 2014. In those four years, I never had to do any touch-ups. This was the first mod that I performed on my new SRX.

Bodis22
02-05-14, 08:42 AM
Did mine with high temp spray can, just used a piece of cardboard to protect from overspray. I did the can only, not the arms. No one has mentioned the ugly black strip or streak that runs up the exhaust can from the water coming out of the drain hole on the bottom front of it. This makes the silver even more unattractive with burnt water creating a mess of black on the can. My wife found this thread and had me do this immediately. Thanks