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    Re: FUG-UGLY to Beautiful in 15 Min or Less!

    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!

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    Re: FUG-UGLY to Beautiful in 15 Min or Less!

    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!!!!

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    Re: FUG-UGLY to Beautiful in 15 Min or Less!

    Quote Originally Posted by duke11 View Post
    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!
    Quote Originally Posted by KevinOpp View Post
    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!!!!
    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 ... 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!

    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.

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    Re: FUG-UGLY to Beautiful in 15 Min or Less!

    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.

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    Re: FUG-UGLY to Beautiful in 15 Min or Less!

    Quote Originally Posted by mm9351 View Post
    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.



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    Re: FUG-UGLY to Beautiful in 15 Min or Less!

    Looks great.

    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.
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    Re: FUG-UGLY to Beautiful in 15 Min or Less!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac Tony View Post
    Looks great.

    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.

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    Re: FUG-UGLY to Beautiful in 15 Min or Less!

    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.

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    Re: FUG-UGLY to Beautiful in 15 Min or Less!

    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.

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    Re: FUG-UGLY to Beautiful in 15 Min or Less!

    Does this paint come in a paint on version? I don't want to risk a spray can for overspray reasons.

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    Re: FUG-UGLY to Beautiful in 15 Min or Less!

    Quote Originally Posted by stevec5375 View Post
    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.

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    Re: FUG-UGLY to Beautiful in 15 Min or Less!

    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...-min-less.html

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    I'll do this if we still have it after the warranty expires.

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    Re: FUG-UGLY to Beautiful in 15 Min or Less!

    Quote Originally Posted by adamjeeps View Post
    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.

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    Re: FUG-UGLY to Beautiful in 15 Min or Less!

    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.

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