In the midst of replacing my Catalytic Converter on my 03 Nissan 350z, I have taken off the Catalytic Converter to reveal a pretty rusty mating surface between the two components. My question is what is sufficient for cleaning this area up. So far I used some parts cleaner, and a wire brush to get off the lose material (as pictured below). Is it wise to also follow up with some high temperature paint (primer/topcoat)? Perhaps a small amount of Nickel/Copper Anti-seize?

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I use High temp anti-seize compound, Nickel compounds are best but more expensive than copper, which will do in your case unless it is turbocharged, then use Pure Nickel compound.


  • Thanks for the input! I have read around and some people were claiming that where you apply your anti-seize compound it could create an exhaust leak. Is there any truth to this? If not it truly seems like anti-seize is the way to go. Jun 26, 2020 at 21:43
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    Never had this happen to me in decades of working on cars for a living., internet folklore. Put some on the bolt threads also.
    – Moab
    Jun 26, 2020 at 21:48

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