I have asked powder folks in the business and they say the ceramic powder coatings are the "only" ones that are high heat durable. The other (mostly epoxy based) powder coatings are durable but not as able to withstand heat near as much.
In fact, the 3 different powder shops that I talked with told me they would not garuantee any powder "except ceramic" on heat shields. The other powders are fine for handlebars, luggage racks etc, but for heat sheild they said it needs to be a ceramic based powder.
BTW my BBQ painted heat shields continued to chip off when ever I hit them with my boot. I was gonna get them powdered (for $104 locally) but instead I traded the bike in on my Nomad. I told the Kawa dealer up front that they had BBQ paint on them and that they should have a good powder job to be permanent. I was satisfied with the trade they gave me.
Alright, you’re confusing me even further. You stated earlier that “I do not like ceramic coating” so I asked you why. You never answered that question and you’re seemingly saying the opposite and praising the virtues of Ceramic Coating.
Let’s start with some coatings clarification. People use these terms interchangeably and they are not the same things. For the purposes of pipe related coatings, there is NO SUCH thing as Ceramic Powder Coating.
-Standard Powder Coatings
-High Temp Powder Coatings
As you would guess both standard and high temp powder coatings are in powder form. High temp powder coating is typically silicone based and has NO Ceramic Coating components. Ceramic Coatings on the other hand are wet sprayed, high temperature coatings which have no similarities to powder in any way, shape or form. Ceramic Coatings sometimes referred to as Thermal Barrier Coatings are FUNCTIONAL coatings for the sole purpose of either keeping heat in or out of something, much the same way your thermos works. More importantly, Ceramic Coatings are designed to withstand extreme temperatures unlike paint or high temp powders.
I agree with the shops that recommended Ceramic Coating for the shields, it’s exposed to exhaust temps so that makes sense. Now there are some powder coating shops that try to powder coat exhaust pipes & shields with both standard and high temp powder. Nine times out of ten they DON’T offer Ceramic Coating. We’ve been in the business for close to 15 years. Standard powder coating on any exhaust pipe is useless. High temp powder may work in some cases but it’s not the best choice. High temp powder is glorified BBQ paint and is good for an occasional 800F - 1100F. It only comes in a few colors and it tends to be somewhat textured. The biggest downfall to high temp powder is that it offers no thermal protection / properties like Ceramic Coating does. The Ceramic keeps the exhaust temp IN the pipe where it’s supposed to and stays cooler on the outside.
Below are a couple pics of what Black Ceramic looks like.
Hopefully this clears things up a bit.