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Painted Hubs?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by taco terror, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. Jul 29, 2012 at 7:04 PM
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    taco terror

    taco terror [OP] got 5VZFE?

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    I'm looking to paint the piece that turns on my locking hubs red. I see that the pre-tacos have them, and they look good in my opinion.

    I have polished aluminum wheels and think that the red would go well. Has anyone painted theirs, or are there aftermarket hubs that look cleaner?
     
  2. Jul 29, 2012 at 7:10 PM
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    Are you talking about ones like these?

    [​IMG]

    I painted mine with a small bottle of bright red touch up paint. It brushed on. Then I used a screwdriver to scrape the paint off of the lettering. I don't know how well it will hold up, but it looks better than before.
     
  3. Jul 29, 2012 at 7:20 PM
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    That's exactly what I am talking about. I want to use something that will hold up. And how did you get that aluminum so shiny on those?
     
  4. Jul 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM
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    I'm hoping that the paint holds up. I just bought some cheap stuff at Walmart. I wanted to try caliper paint, but couldn't find any in red. I figured I shouldn't try to spray paint them...Lol. The metal was covered in rust and dirt. I cleaned them up with brake cleaner and wd40--Spent a few hours getting them clean and painted. Had to use rags, a screwdriver to scrape rust, and a bunch of qtips.
     
  5. Jul 29, 2012 at 8:43 PM
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    Post some pictures! I need to add new brakes/rotors in front and figured might as well clean and grease my hubs. Might paint em.
     
  6. Jul 29, 2012 at 8:44 PM
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    thegame

    thegame WUT?

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    I just got some standard red Rustoleum paint for mine. Seems to hold up good so far, I'm not worried about them fading or anything. It's easy enough to disassemble the hub and re-paint.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Jul 29, 2012 at 8:49 PM
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    I don't have any before pics of the hubs. But, this is the axle they were off of (the hubs were in the same condition as the rest of the axle):

    [​IMG]

    Still don't have them on the truck... But, here is a better pic of them all cleaned up and painted.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Jul 29, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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    TacoMX

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    I have learned that cheap enamel paint (krylon, rustoleum..) chips off easy.

    Best paint to use if you want durability is an acrylic lacquer like duplicolor.
     
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