No more ugly gray brake drums

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No more ugly gray brake drums

Postby Escape94 - November 16th, 2016, 8:18 pm

Since I had a nice weekend, I decided it was time to do something about the ugly gray brake drums. It became impossible to keep them "clean", and if you touched them the gray paint also got on your hands. You can also see a little rust on the drums. I went to autozone and got some black high heat paint, and some mild/ medium grit sandpaper. My neighbor also let me borrow his floor jack which helped a lot. Anyway, here's how the process went.

1. Pre-work, here is what they looked like before
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2. Jacked up by the differential. The jack wouldn't fit under the control arm
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3. Pre-sanding
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4. Drums sanded, and the studs wrapped up with masking tape
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5. Also put tape behind the drums
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6. Coat 1
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7. Coat 2 (after ~10 minute wait time)
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8. Waiting for the paint to dry (~20-30 minutes)
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9. The finished product
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It looks a lot better (especially with the black wheels :D ) hope this little how-to can help others, enjoy!
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Hopefully some more to come in the future...(suggestions welcome :D)
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Re: No more ugly gray brake drums

Postby Stryfe - November 17th, 2016, 4:39 am

Very nice attention to detail! Simple things like that make all of the difference. Also, I'm glad you didn't go bold with it and try like silver or red. :thumb:
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Re: No more ugly gray brake drums

Postby FRENCHY - November 17th, 2016, 7:11 am

Very nice, thanks for sharing :thumb: :thumb:

Which paint you use?
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Re: No more ugly gray brake drums

Postby Jay2TheRescue - November 17th, 2016, 9:17 am

Its a shame that by 2011 they had taken the rear discs off the 4wd and hybrid models, but then I guess you would have been painting the calipers.
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Re: No more ugly gray brake drums

Postby Escape94 - November 17th, 2016, 9:14 pm

Stryfe wrote:Very nice attention to detail! Simple things like that make all of the difference. Also, I'm glad you didn't go bold with it and try like silver or red. :thumb:


Red paint is only for calipers when you want that Brembo look :hyst:

FRENCHY wrote:Very nice, thanks for sharing :thumb: :thumb:

Which paint you use?


Thanks! It's just a standard high heat paint that Auto Zone had

Jay2TheRescue wrote:Its a shame that by 2011 they had taken the rear discs off the 4wd and hybrid models, but then I guess you would have been painting the calipers.


Yeah, though I have no intent to paint the calipers
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Currently:
Hidden hitch tow hitch, OEM all weather floor mats, ESCAPE third brake light overlay, sport appearance headlamps, strut tower brace, Drag Wheels DR-33 rims, Mazda Tribute tail lights
Firestone Destination A/Ts P235/75/R16
Plastidip: smoked tail lights, gloss black shifter bezel, gloss black air vent trim
OEM black moulding (grille, bumper, hatch)
LEDs: front turn signals, front side markers, Morimoto XB LED fog lights, VLEDs V3 Triton Switchbacks, OPT 7 auxiliary pods
Hopefully some more to come in the future...(suggestions welcome :D)
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Re: No more ugly gray brake drums

Postby MadMax - November 18th, 2016, 7:44 am

Wow, makes a huge difference, nice work :thumb:
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Re: No more ugly gray brake drums

Postby Escape94 - November 18th, 2016, 6:51 pm

MadMax wrote:Wow, makes a huge difference, nice work :thumb:


Thanks!
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Currently:
Hidden hitch tow hitch, OEM all weather floor mats, ESCAPE third brake light overlay, sport appearance headlamps, strut tower brace, Drag Wheels DR-33 rims, Mazda Tribute tail lights
Firestone Destination A/Ts P235/75/R16
Plastidip: smoked tail lights, gloss black shifter bezel, gloss black air vent trim
OEM black moulding (grille, bumper, hatch)
LEDs: front turn signals, front side markers, Morimoto XB LED fog lights, VLEDs V3 Triton Switchbacks, OPT 7 auxiliary pods
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Re: No more ugly gray brake drums

Postby AusEscape - November 19th, 2016, 3:48 am

Gives them a nice finish as you can see a lot of them with those wheels.
I got a bit carried away and did my drums and callipers blue.
You get used to it. Lol.


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Re: No more ugly gray brake drums

Postby Squirrel - November 19th, 2016, 11:43 pm

AusEscape wrote:Gives them a nice finish as you can see a lot of them with those wheels.
I got a bit carried away and did my drums and callipers blue.
You get used to it. Lol.


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Re: No more ugly gray brake drums

Postby AusEscape - November 20th, 2016, 6:28 am

I was thinking of doing a few more bits under there.
The shocks look good


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