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The Science Behind Exhaust Ceramic Coatings

Exhaust ceramic coating is a popular choice among car/bike enthusiasts when looking to protect their exhaust systems and enhance performance. But have you ever wondered about the science behind coating and how it works? In this blog, we will be delving into the science of how exhaust ceramic coating actually works.

Understanding the Basics – Thermal Conductivity and Heat Retention


To understand how ceramic coatings work, it’s important to understand one form of heat transfer: thermal conductivity. Thermal conductivity measures how well a substance transfers thermal energy through its structure.

In the case of exhaust ceramic coatings, thermal conductivity is low as they are designed to reduce heat transfer from the coated surface and increase exhaust gas velocity within the coated part through heat retention. The coating acts as a thermal barrier, preventing excessive heat from escaping the exhaust system to unwanted areas of the vehicle, and retaining it within the exhaust flow. Coated components can help maintain higher exhaust gas temperatures within the system, improving exhaust flow, accelerating the process. Our coating technologies have been tested and proven enhance overall engine performance and efficiency.

Exhaust Thermal Cross Section

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Reduce Heat Soak


Furthermore, exhaust ceramic coatings also aid in dissipating heat efficiently. By retaining the heat within the exhaust system, exhaust ceramic coatings prevent excessive heat soak into surrounding engine bay components and bodywork. This reduces the risk of heat-related damage to neighbouring components which can be vulnerable to heat, further increasing their longevity and reliability. Another benefit is the reduction of in-cabin/riding temperatures, making it more comfortable and safer for the driver/rider.

Choice of Material


The choice of material plays a crucial role in its performance as an exhaust ceramic coating. Performance 1 Coating’s polymer ceramics are designed to exhibit strong adhesion and flexibility. The high adhesive strength ensures the coating to remain securely bonded to the exhaust surfaces, even under high temperature stresses. Our polymer ceramic coatings flexible, allowing them to withstand extremely high temperature thermal cycles whilst reducing the disk of drastic failure. The layer of polymer ceramics also acts as a physical barrier, preventing exposure of moisture and air to the exhaust system, therefore making it corrosion resistant.


Performance1Coating’s exhaust ceramic coatings is a well-developed technology that has been utilised across OEMs. Get in touch today to find out more about the different ranges of ceramic coatings, and their associated features and benefits for your exhaust system.