Jim Smart
January 1, 2009

It's amazing what technology has brought us since World War II and the Cold War. Every time we've had something important to do for the greater good of the country, great minds in research and development have come up with better ways to deal with new challenges. The news isn't always from the Defense Department, either. Our space program has developed better technology through sheer necessity. Necessity in nearly every situation is what brings us the better mousetrap.

Jet-Hot Coatings got its start in military and aerospace applications developing durable coatings for some tough assignments. Jet-Hot's primary responsibility was to provide our military with specialized coatings for missions involving high temperatures and extreme ambient conditions. After years of practice with tough military contracts, Jet-Hot decided to introduce this technology to the aftermarket performance industry.

This is Jet-Hot's Sterling Silver, a striking high-temperature coating that keeps heat in and does not corrode.

In the years since Jet-Hot brought this service to the consumers, selection has become diverse. There are plenty of coatings and colors to choose from for your Mustang. The shiniest coating is Sterling Silver, which looks like polished aluminum and can withstand up to 1,300 degrees F. It reduces surface temperature by 300 degrees F. Jet-Hot's Extreme Sterling is similar to Sterling Silver but is good for higher temperatures, up to 1,700 degrees F. Available colors include Sterling Silver, Extreme Sterling Silver, Flat Black, Semi-Gloss Black, Dark Blue, Sky Blue, Light Green, Yellow Green, Dark Green, Semi-Gloss Red, Cast-Iron Gray, Medium Gray, and Corvette Gray.

There's also Jet-Hot 2000, which is formulated for very high temperatures of 2,450 degrees F and available in only black, blue, or gray.

How about Sterling Silver on a water pump pulley? You can Jet-Hot just about anything made of steel or aluminum.

This means you can Jet-Hot-coat just about anything on your Mustang for roughly the same price you'd spend on powdercoating. What makes Jet-Hot different is its durability. You can beat the daylights out of this stuff and it comes back for more. However, you must also be smart about Jet-Hot and understand its limits. If you're going to dyno-test an engine, where exhaust gas temperatures are going to go off the map, wait until after dyno-testing to have your headers Jet-Hot coated because the extreme exhaust gas temperatures may discolor the Jet-Hot coating.

To have headers or other parts Jet-Hot coated, you'll need to deliver or ship them to a Jet-Hot distributor. For shipping, Jet-Hot makes it easy by providing a box and even calling FedEx for you. See the company's website for details.

Here's Jet-Hot Sterling Silver on a brake caliper, proof of its good looks on iron and aluminum castings.

FPA Headers Get Jet Hot
Ford Powertrain Applications (FPA) makes the perfect header for just about any Ford application. We had FPA headers made for a '67-'70 Mustang with a 390/427/428 FE big-block and were pleasantly surprised by their perfect fit, tucking in close to the side of our 390. The fit was so good we were able to drop in the engine with the headers installed. If you're going to install an FE big-block with the transmission attached, you'll have to remove the driver-side header. If you're installing only the engine, you can install it with FPA headers installed. Small-blocks are a cakewalk when you use FPA headers.

Not Just For Good Looks
Jet-Hot is certainly about good looks, but its primary purpose is protecting your Mustang and its parts from extreme heat by creating a thermal barrier and a smoother surface. When you're building an engine, utilize Jet-Hot to improve durability and reduce internal friction. Piston skirts aren't always perfectly smooth surfaces. When you have them Jet-Hot-coated before machine work is performed, the Jet-Hot coating acts as a bearing surface between the cylinder wall and piston skirt, improving stability and oil control. You can also have the piston domes Jet-Hot-coated to protect the piston from extreme heat when you push an engine to its limits. Valve stems can also be Jet-Hot-coated to create a thermal barrier to protect the valve from extreme heat and wear. This can extend valve and guide life considerably.

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