I use to glass bead and paint, last a couple of years. Finally broke down and had them ceramic coated (factory cast iron look) Cost $85.00 and this is forever. Depending on budget, I did not want to spend the money. Then after pulling the manifolds off every two years, Jacking up the engine, cleaning and painting, putting them back on. Pulling the manifolds off of a 70 LS-5 with air and power steering. It was a PITA job. I even did the manifold bolts in black ceramic. Again depending on budget. Mine will never come off and YES they do look nice. Bob ACES--AACA
P.S. My 70 driver, I use Eastwoods Stainless manifold paint.