The expansion-chamber exhaust pipes that have graced two-stroke dirt bikes for decades have historically been painted black—and more recently sometimes plated for more bling and durability. Black paint makes sense as a standard coating because it keeps the production costs low, is easily redone with aftermarket rattle-can paints, and in the event touch-ups or repairs to the pipe are needed, limited areas can be painted, even with the pipe still mounted. Try that with nickel plating! Getting the right sheen or finish with over-the-counter paint can be tricky though, due to some paints being too shiny and others too flat. In addition, and hopefully obviously, the selected paint should be heat-resistant to withstand the high temperatures present at the header pipe. Here are some viable choices.