In 1974 Ceramic Internal Engine Coatings were introduced by Swain to a select group of NASCAR Winston Cup teams. The purpose of the coating was to increase power by enhancing thermal efficiency of the pistons and to improve the durability of the pistons, cylinder heads and valves. In 1981 Swain Tech Coatings was established to offer ceramic thermal barrier and friction reducing coatings to professional race teams and high performance engine builders. For more than two decades, our performance improving coatings have been proven in all levels of racing. Our coatings have been directly attributed to Winston Cup championships, helping Infinity with their first IRL victory, drag racing champions, countless land speed record holders and just about every other imaginable form of racing.
Gold Coated Piston
Swain Tech’s thermal barrier and friction reducing coatings are an easy choice for any engine build project. No other engine modification will offer benefits as great as piston coatings.
Swain coated bearings will improve bearing and journal life. If oil starvation occurs, Swain’s coating will provide a solid film of lubrication to protection of the bearing shells and journals.
Head and Pistons
Coated pistons, combustion chambers, and valves will increase power, reduce operating temperatures, help overcome detonation and extend part life.
We at Swain Tech Coatings are proud of the benefits our coatings have offered champions for over two decades and our leadership position in the high performance automotive market.
If you are still wondering “Do coatings work?” you are behind the curve. Most leading engine builders depend on the coatings to make more power and keep the motor together. It has been a long time since “do coatings work” has been a legitimate question. Now, the only legitimate question would be “Which coatings will benefit me the most?”
The JEG’S Engine Master Challenge (JMEC) is the perfect showcase to display how essential Swain Tech Coatings are to victory. JMEC is a competition where engine ouput determines the winner. Variables such as driver skill or chassis set up are eliminated. The most powerful engine that withstands several rigorous dyno pulls will win based on average horsepower and torque numbers. In 2003, Swain Coatings were used in the 1st and 2nd place motors, 2004 the second place and in 2005 the first and third place finishers relied heavily on Swain Tech to give them the power and durability advantages needed to win.
Since the inception of the JEMC competition, Swain Tech’s Coatings have proven essential to victory. What other engine modification can be done that will provide both power and durability gains?
JEMC receives coverage in Popular Hot Rodding and has its own magazine appropriately called Engine Masters. Due to high level of coverage the competition receives and the fact that the winner will take home approximately $100,000 in cash, this is a competition that attracts the top engine builders.
Jegs Viper Exhaust
Swain’s White Lightning™ coating is the ticket for real performance improving heat insulation. It is the most durable and best insulating exhaust coating available.
With Swain Tech providing coatings that improve both engine output and durability, the coatings are an obvious choice for the informed engine builder. Winners know, Swain Tech’s coatings simply work.
Here are some other independent projects we are proud to have been a part of over the past couple of years:
Muscle Mustang and Fast Fords, March 2002
Intake Manifold for 5.0 Mustangs.
The 5.0 Mustang is notorious for power robbing heat absorption in the induction system. Plenum surface temperatures were at 190 degrees F before the intake manifold was coated. After coating, plenum surfaces were lowered to 150 degrees F. They also found that the coated manifold allowed air entering the manifold to stay cool and actually reduce the temperature of the manifold. This meant the manifold literally got cooler as the motor was run. Unlike iced manifolds that get hotter during a burnout, the coated manifold gets cooler. Dyno runs revealed a 19 lb-ft and 14 hp improvement with the manifold Swain coated.
Popular Hot Rodding, November 2003
The Power Squeeze, Maximizing the Compression Ratio Delivers More Bang for the Buck Than You May Imagine.
This article detailed how to run high compression ratios and avoid the problems associated with high compression motors. Details are given on how coatings on valves, heads and pistons reduce the heat absorbed into these parts. Testing shows on a typical hot street 350 Chevy small-block, at least 11 hp should be expected from the coatings on the valves, combustion chambers and pistons.
Super Chevy, December 2000
Ceramic Coated pistons and Low Friction Skirt Coating on 1,000 HP Twin Turbo Small Block build up done by Dana Engine Controls Engineer, Joe Alameddine.
Joe wanted to build a 1,000 hp small block twin turbo that could get 20 mpg on pump gas. Being a research and development engineer at Dana Engine Controls, Joe was used to researching what needed to be done to accomplish these lofty goals. Pistons were coated with Gold Coat, a unique ceramic thermal barrier for extreme heat applications. The purpose of the coating was to help eliminate detonation, increase power, and to protect the pistons. Piston skirts were coated with Poly Moly, a low friction, oil attracting, solid film lubricant coating.
Popular Hot Rodding, October 2002
Dodge 360 Small Block Build Intake Manifold Coating.
PHR was looking to improve the performance of a 2000 RT truck without compromising the durability of the truck that would primarily be used for a daily 100 round trip commute. Bolt on modifications were selected such as high-flow throttle body, air box modifications and an intake manifold update were done. The manifold was sent to Swain Tech Coatings for our Thermal Barrier coating on the bottom of the manifold to help reduce heat transfer into the manifold. The top of the manifold was coated with our Black Body Emitter (BBE) to help draw the heat that got into the manifold out. At the start of the project, the truck delivered 224 hp at the wheels. Final power was up to 308 hp.
Hot Rod, June 2002
1050 hp on 91-octane With Coated Piston Tops and Skirts.
For this project, a 565-ci motor without nitrous, blower, turbo or fuel injection achieved 1,050 hp on 91-octane pump gas. The CP forged dished pistons were coated with Gold Coat to make more power and protect the pistons from detonation, improve tensile strength and for thermal protection. Skirts were coated with the slick Poly Moly coating. 1,050 hp and 900 lb-ft of torque was achieved.
Turbo, July 2003
Function and Benefits of Thermal Barrier and Low Friction Coatings.
We worked with Scott Tsuneishi to explain the function and benefits of thermal barrier and friction reducing coatings. Detailed descriptions and pictures are included.