Monthly Archives: August 2016

  1. Why Does My Exhaust Wrap Smoke?

    You’ve finished installing your freshly wrapped headers and exhaust, but a few minutes after firing up the engine, you notice wisps of smoke coming from the engine bay and exhaust. You open the hood and nothing is on fire, but your freshly installed exhaust heat wrap is smoking like it’s going to catch on fire. Not to worry—this is actually normal for newly installed exhaust wraps that haven’t yet been exposed to heat.

    Exhaust/header wraps are made with binders, which are specially formulated starches that give the wrap’s fibers some structure and lubrication during the weaving process. Once the manufacturing process is done, the job of the binders is complete, and when exposed to exhaust heat they tend to burn off, creating the aforementioned smoke after using exhaust wrap.

    Another question often asked is why cheap wraps become brittle after a period of time/heat cycles and can disintegrate. This is the result of

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  2. Wrap BS: The Truth About Exhaust and Header Wraps

    Think all exhaust wraps and header wraps are the same? The correct answer to that question is an emphatic NO! While they might look the same, the truth is, the design of the material can differ greatly, and taking the cheap route when choosing a wrap can often lead to nightmares, not to mention a waste of valuable money and time. Heatshield Products’ Steve Heye has seen it during his career in the thermal-barrier industry and shares some of his experience to help you choose the best exhaust or header wrap for your vehicle.

    “There is a lot of BS out there,” Steve explained. “Some companies mislead temperature parameters, so people blow a gasket when their advertised 2,000-degree F wrap gets brittle and falls apart. The reality is, Heatshield Products is the only company with a truly 2,000-degree F capable exhaust

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