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can i paint my radiator?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Nepil, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Mar 6, 2011 at 9:25 AM
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    Nepil

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    I'm about to install my new mesh grill. Because of the size of the holes, you can really see the light grey behind it. If I lightly rattle can it flat back,do I run a risk of messing it up? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Mar 6, 2011 at 9:28 AM
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    skytower

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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    Any coating will reduce the efficiency of the radiator.
     
  3. Mar 6, 2011 at 9:31 AM
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    rcfreak201

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    nah your fine, alot of guys do it but i believe there is a paint specifically for painting them so try looking into that but im not 100% sure
     
  4. Mar 6, 2011 at 9:34 AM
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    ColtsTRD

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    Just because people do it, doesn't mean its "okay" to do :laugh:

    :p

    I won't paint mine because I live in AZ and it really, really, really HOT here...I don't wanna take the risk of it :eek:
     
  5. Mar 6, 2011 at 9:39 AM
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    topgun155

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    I did mine in Grill paint. I havn't noticed anything not even 1 degree of temp climb. What I did was go kinda heavy on the side pilars and then just lightly mist the fins. I just wanted to slightly change the color not clog the whole thing up.
     
  6. Mar 6, 2011 at 9:40 AM
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  7. Mar 6, 2011 at 9:43 AM
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    I don't see where a light misting of the radiator will do any harm to the effects of the cooling system.
     
  8. Mar 6, 2011 at 9:44 AM
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    Nepil

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    That's exactly what I'll do. Thanks guys.
     
  9. Mar 10, 2011 at 2:07 AM
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    Cheesycook

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    Eastwood makes radiator specific paint. HERE on Jegs.
     
  10. Mar 10, 2011 at 7:20 AM
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    BFA

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  11. Mar 10, 2011 at 7:32 AM
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    Yes, It does not affect the efficiency of the radiator. The eastwood stuff is good as well, I have used it in the past on radiators and intercoolers.

    Most radiators are painted black from the factory anyways. Some people have argued that black painted radiators are actually more efficient than if they weren't painted.
     
  12. Mar 10, 2011 at 9:08 AM
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    Yamaha Dave

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    You will be fine. Painting a radiator will not affect your cooling system or its abilities lol...
     
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