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Painted Brake Parts

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by Andrew Theros, Sep 4, 2021.

  1. Sep 4, 2021
    Andrew Theros

    Andrew Theros Member 2022 Sponsor

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    Hello All!
    Wow RockAuto is fast. They must have a warehouse near me. Ordered brake drums yesterday, got ‘em today!

    Question is, do you guys paint brake drums and hubs?
    Why/why not?

    I sand blasted and painted my backing plates and other small parts that weren’t replaced, with high temp bbq paint. I was planning on the same for drums and hubs before deciding to replace them.

    As always, look forward to your thoughts!

    Thanks,
    Andy

    ETA, I live in a coastal environment. I am pretty sure a Pelican’s butt would rust here if it is not cleaned and oiled…
     
  2. Sep 4, 2021
    OzFin

    OzFin Vintage Jeep Guy

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    I paint them.
    The drums get Rust-Oleum Black BBQ and the backing plates, hubs, etc get Rust-Oleum black semi-gloss.
    I like the clean look of carefully painted hardware and its easier to clean mud or road grime from the painted surface, I personally don't like the "rust patina" look.
     
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    givemethewillys

    givemethewillys Been here since sparky ran it. 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

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    I'm interested to hear other's take on this. I never do, but always hate the way it looks in short order. I'd love to hear some definitive rationale why I should do this....
     
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    Dandy

    Dandy Member 2020 Sponsor

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    What ever ya do, make sure that you re torque the lugnuts.
    Put your tires on, torque em. Drive 5 miles or so and retorque em.
     
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    timgr

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    I paint everything.

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    Sometimes it's hard to tell where to stop.
     
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    FinoCJ

    FinoCJ 1970 CJ5 Staff Member 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

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    My mag slot wheels show quite a bit of the drums through the slots...initially I didnt paint the drums (I did paint the backing plates etc), and after a couple years, the rust colored drums were a bit of an eye-sore behind the nice wheels. I've now painted them black, although I debated a grey of some type to match the the wheels, but figured the black would help provide more 'shadow' in the window slots. In other words, I painted the drums for purely aesthetic reasons, not function.
     
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    Dave Deyton

    Dave Deyton Member

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    If I go in and build this stuff, I paint it all.

    Brake rebuilding M38A1.jpg

    Rebuilt brakes on my 55 M38A1.



    Dave
     
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    boopiejones

    boopiejones I can’t drive 55

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    I just pulled one of my front drums apart to replace a leaky wheel cylinder, and it looks like the entire brake system has been sitting at the bottom of the ocean for a couple decades. I’m in a relatively dry climate. Northern CA, not coastal. So my vote would be to paint everything.

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    Howard Eisenhauer

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    I paint things just on the general principle of I Hate Rust.

    It's also a lot easier, at least psychologically, to work on them later on if things are nice & clean, or at least easily cleaned.

    brakes.jpg
     
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    Andrew Theros

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    I was wondering what my dog was barking at the other night…
    Clearly it was you in my driveway taking pictures of my brakes!
     
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    Andrew Theros

    Andrew Theros Member 2022 Sponsor

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    Thank you All!

    Primer and paint tomorrow!
     
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    CJ Joe

    CJ Joe Truckhaven Tough!

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    Does the BBQ paint require heat curing? I find it very inconvenient to have to wait until the wife leaves to bake my parts in the oven.
     
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    Alan28

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    You forgot to paint the brake shoes (in red) (y)
    Long ago, there was some oil on the Norton brake shoes that I was driving.
    At the 1 st stop on my road, the feeling was intense... absolutely no brakes! :bow::censored:
    But, no car at the time on the road! :shock:
     
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    Jonbbrew

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    C8ABB21D-7974-49D0-9754-BB60B93CF1BC.jpeg FADD5D4A-8C29-433D-8E17-E2271EADCB89.jpeg I painted most everything...
     
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    EFranzen

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    I use Dupli-Color Cast Iron Paint so it still looks like cast iron, but without the rust.

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    OzFin

    OzFin Vintage Jeep Guy

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    Here are the instructions I followed.

    "Sprays: Dries to touch in 30 minutes and to handle in 1-2 hours. Allow paint to dry for 1 hour before heating. In order to achieve full cure, the coating must be heat cured at 450ºF for one hour. Product may emit smoke and harmless odor."


    I can fit two drums at a time in my propane grill :lol:
     
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    Jonbbrew

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    GENIOUS!!!!!
     
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