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So I am wanting to black out my front end. I'm taking a strong look at Perrins Stealth Intercooler. Does the black absorb heat to the point of counter-productivity? I know that moving air will not be an issue, but here in TX where we have 106 degree summers with high humidity, anything black absolutely cooks in this heat. The hot, water-filled air here is not cooled easily anyway. Please chime in with your thoughts.

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I was more curious if the black reduced the efficiency of the intercooler. I don't know how well it is at conducting heat, since an intercooler is a heat exchanger.
 

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The black doesn't seem to absorb heat. I've driven in really hot weather for long distances and the intercooler is still cool to the touch. I will say that the intercooler is so big that it blocks the radiator to the point where the water temp goes up pretty significantly on the highway :mad:

 

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The Perrin IC is coated with a material that increases thermal efficiency. (both black and grey ones)

good to know. Was trying to find info on this. any suggestion on where to look/what to search for?
 

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Any coating that CANNOT transfer heat better than slightly oxidized aluminum, is going to decrease the efficiency. Will it be any more or less than any of you could ever tell? Nope. Should you get a black anodized (probably top 2 best coatings for this application) intercooler for your car so you can look cool and never tell the difference? Yep.
 

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^^ yeah, that's what i figured. Even if it wasn't as efficient the difference would probably be so miniscule as to not matter.
 

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The black doesn't seem to absorb heat. I've driven in really hot weather for long distances and the intercooler is still cool to the touch. I will say that the intercooler is so big that it blocks the radiator to the point where the water temp goes up pretty significantly on the highway :mad:

That's not good.
 

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I will say that the intercooler is so big that it blocks the radiator to the point where the water temp goes up pretty significantly on the highway :mad:
I have not experienced this at all. My water temp stays pretty consistent.
 
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