It won't be long before the stage 2 modifications commence after Xmas. I have all the relevant bits apart from the code (and a clutch plate), and before I refit the parts from my S3 8P2, I've been cleaning all the bits up ready for re-installation in the New Year.
I was going to get some reflect-a-gold tape for the intake, but I'm REALLY not a fan of the colour gold, too ostentatious for me, so have been exploring alternative options. Heat seems to be such a big issue for these engines at Stg 2 + especially if like me you aren't running with I/C or WMI, so wondering if some careful choosing of bits like the ITG metal pipes for the CAI, the exhaust system (in black to match the car) will be easy to get coated whilst they're sat about. Wondering if there is any other bits that could be considered too (although the bit I should do (exhaust manifold) I can't be bothered to take off as I'm lazy.
I came across these guys who are semi-local to me, and wondered if anyone had used these guys, has any thoughts as to whether these treatments might be good, detrimental or otherwise.
Zircotec, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Zircotec Performance white ceramic coating
Zircotec Diamond Black thermal coating
Thermal barrier coatings for components