For anyone who hasn’t bought these, Painted headers are for poor people. the idea is, you get the header and drench it in high temp paint to prevent them from rusting, rather then spend an additional 300$ for a heat resistant ceramic coating. when they ship it to you, they ship it in this black paint that is designed to prevent them from rusting, but will flake off after a heat cycle. You must then remove this coating in order to put on high temp primer.
Pictured are hooker competition headers. This is the result of four hours work with aircraft remover and various wire brushes and scrapers. I gave up, and am getting them sandblasted. My question is, “Why not ship them in primer in the first place?”
Because that would make too much goddamn sense that is why.