Three Benefits of Stainless Steel Exhaust Systems

If you're looking for an XFORCE performance exhaust system for your car, you may notice that one of the most popular choices is stainless steel. This contrasts with mild steel, which is another popular option. While both materials have their pros and cons, here's a closer look at the benefits of stainless steel:

1. Stainless steel forms its own protective layer. 

Regular steel, unfortunately, doesn't have the resistance to the elements that you need with a performance exhaust system. As a result, when manufacturers create exhaust systems out of steel, they add a layer of aluminium over the steel. As the aluminised layer is not integral with the rest of the steel, if it gets scratched, the protective coating disappears, putting the underlying steel at risk.

In contrast, stainless steel does not have this issue. Stainless steel is essentially a steel alloy that contains a lot of chromium. The chromium in the stainless steel creates a protective layer around the steel through an oxidation process. However, the layer is integral with the metal. As a result, if the protective layer is scratched from a rock on the road or anything else, it doesn't expose the underlying metal. Rather, the protective coating basically heals itself as it comes into contact with oxygen.

2. Stainless steel resists rust.

As the chromium oxide coating on the stainless steel exhaust system resists scratches, it also resists rust. This is especially important if you are planning to drive around a lot in coastal areas. You don't have to worry about the salty air hitting your exhaust system and making it look pock marked or otherwise damaged.

3. Stainless steel adds style with very little maintenance required.

Finally, stainless steel exhaust systems add a stylish element to your vehicle that requires very little maintenance and promises to stand the test of time. You don't have to paint or reseal stainless steel exhaust systems. If you want them to shine, you can simply wipe them gently with a soft cloth and a bit of stainless steel polish.

With just that little bit of maintenance, your stainless steel exhaust system may even last longer than your car. Alternatively, if you don't like a shiny look, you can get all of the benefits of stainless steel without the shine by choosing a matte stainless steel exhaust system.

Want to hear more about the pros and cons of a stainless steel exhaust system from XFORCE or any other manufacturer? Contact an exhaust system salesperson.