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Paint new rear drums?

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May be a silly question, but I have seen differing opinions on whether you would paint new rear drums?  What is your guys' opinion?

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Make sure the paint thickness does not prevent proper seating of the wheel.  The paint's going to come off there anyway so you could mask off the center and paint the outer portion.

 

Would I paint mine?  On my car I wouldn't bother - it's a daily driver.

 

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Original drums were painted a gray color, so I always paint mine with a hi-temp gray to prevent the rust(ic) look!

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I do too- black hammerite, here. 

Pretty thin coats, maybe 2 or 3 max.

Only on the non- contact surfaces.

Clean them REALLY well, first.

 

The first time you get them nice and hot

they'll smell, but the paint doesn't seem to mind.

 

t

not so rustic, either.

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I believe it would boil down to how often you drive it, where it's stored and of course... personal preference.

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Matt

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I refinished my steelies and the rusted hubs shone through, so it was bugging me.  I just did a "hamm" (half a$$ mickey mouse) job on mine, just taped the lug bolts and hub, and sprayed whatever black paint I had. 

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Just got new Brembos. I taped off the inner area that is machined and where the wheels attaches, and painted the rest silver. Looks great.

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We know stoves are usually painted black, so does it make sense to paint the drums black vs. a lighter color for heat dispersion, retention, etc.?

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I painted mine black so you can't see them through the spokes of the wheels. Nothing tackier to me than rusty brake drums behind pretty wheels. 

 

Ed

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39 minutes ago, John_in_VA said:

We know stoves are usually painted black, so does it make sense to paint the drums black vs. a lighter color for heat dispersion, retention, etc.?

On the Healey the drums are the same flat silver as the wire wheels.  But then, it's English...

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The calipers that I bought for both my 02 and my Toyota came unpainted. I made the mistake of not painting the ones for the Toyota and they got covered in surface rust in no time. Learned my lesson. For my 02, I bought some high temp silver, taped them off and gave them 2 coats. Used the same stuff on the new drums.

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The original drums on both my '69 and '73 were blac from the factory, and the outer surfaces of the drums (except where the wheel touches the drum) were as-cast.  Back in the day, replacement drums sourced from BMW came in a flat grey.  Haven't bought a drum from BMW in a long time, but I've noticed that replacement drums from outside suppliers are fully machined on the outside, and depending on manufacturer, are either unpainted or painted black.  

 

Calipers were always unpainted from the factory, and started rusting before the cars were delivered to their new owners.

 

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Black does radiate heat better.  Flat black, especially.

 

Not a huge deal on rear drums, tho.  

 

BMW was 'cad' plating their calipers at one point, so I tend to

use a paint that kinda looks like that.

 

But I paint the hats of my brake rotors sometimes, too.

 

t

 

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