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Painting suspension parts?

Post by Midnight_Rider » Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:50 pm

I bought the Mopar Performance P4510870 Rear Adjustable Control Arm(s). BRR advised me to put a new finish on them as he has experienced rust. I don't think that powdercoating is an option as they come pre-assembled. Any advice on products to use? Rustoleum? Also, I had planned to use "Mopar blue" for additions like this or would it look dumb? Should I just keep the parts black?
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Post by NickKo » Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:15 pm

I like the idea of painting suspension parts - Not just to keep rust and corrosion away - but because it can help make the parts more 'visible' when doing work underneath the car.

Not only that, paint will make them easier to clean, if that is your thing.


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Post by gtxtreme19 » Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:43 pm

I dig the Mopar blue, as a matter of fact your sway bar has pretty much inspired the paint plan for my car
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Post by occasional demons » Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:25 pm

If you are going the Rustoleum route, use the rusty metal primer, since it has a higher zinc content. Too bad the Appliance epoxy doesn't come in anything but White, Biscuit, Almond, Black, and Stainless steel.
Not sure how well regular paint will hold up against road debris bombarding it.

The Stainless is more of a flat instead of a gloss, so it wouldn't be as friendly to clean as the others, if you opted for the Appliance epoxy.
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:28 pm

NickKo wrote:I like the idea of painting suspension parts - Not just to keep rust and corrosion away - but because it can help make the parts more 'visible' when doing work underneath the car.

Not only that, paint will make them easier to clean, if that is your thing.
Thanks, I agree with all points.
gtxtreme19 wrote:I dig the Mopar blue, as a matter of fact your sway bar has pretty much inspired the paint plan for my car
Aww, glad that my car is an inspiration. :D

Bill, does the Appliance epoxy leave a gloss finish? That might sway me to go with black. I don't plan on exposing the car to the elements any more than I have to but the best time to do something like this to the parts is before they are installed.
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Post by menigoz_rt » Sun Feb 23, 2014 6:22 pm

The bushings can be pulled out to powder coat. Aren't they just like the solid motor mounts.

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Post by Midnight_Rider » Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:18 pm

^^I don't know. I'll have to go out in the garage to check the boxes and see. You can't really tell from the photo in the catalog.
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Post by occasional demons » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:00 am

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Bill, does the Appliance epoxy leave a gloss finish?
Yes, all but the Stainless Steel are gloss. But like it may eventually oxidize, as it is still rattle can paint. It is a lot more durable tho. Powder coating would hold up better, but of course cost more.

The black Appliance epoxy does seem to have a longer cure time for some reason than the other colors. Also, you have to recoat within 1/2 hour or after one week. Otherwise it may wrinkle up. It also specifies for indoor use only, but it has held up so far as the finish on Casper, being exposed to the elements/sunlight. Being on the underside, it might fair even better.

http://www.rustoleumibg.com/images/tds/ ... 200909.pdf
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:06 pm

My mechanic is suggesting Duplicolor black. Since he will be doing the install, I think that I'll have to go with whatever he suggests.
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Post by r/tguy02 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:20 pm

i've used duplicolor on rims, brackets, and such and it holds up decent
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Post by NickKo » Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:02 pm

r/tguy02 wrote:i've used duplicolor on rims, brackets, and such and it holds up decent
Good stuff !! :thumbup:

My personal favorite, is the Duplicolor high-heat ENGINE enamel 'with ceramic'.... That stuff is awesome, it sticks tenaciously, and is very durable. :thumbup: "Not just for engines anymore !!" :D


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Post by Midnight_Rider » Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:52 pm

I was at the 19th Annual Indy Cylinder Head Chrysler Performance Trade Show & Swap Meet this afternoon. Mancini Racing had their trailer there with cans of Mopar blue OEM spray paint but they recommended Rustoleum instead. Not surprising, they had no SRT-4 parts there. :sad2:
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Post by MichNeon » Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:16 pm

NickKo wrote:
r/tguy02 wrote:i've used duplicolor on rims, brackets, and such and it holds up decent
Good stuff !! :thumbup:

My personal favorite, is the Duplicolor high-heat ENGINE enamel 'with ceramic'.... That stuff is awesome, it sticks tenaciously, and is very durable. :thumbup: "Not just for engines anymore !!" :D


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Now that you mentioned that, Nickko, i'm considering painting my valve cover. There are a couple of spots where the original paint is flaking off, and i'd like it to look better than it does.
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:37 pm

menigoz_rt wrote:The bushings can be pulled out to powder coat. Aren't they just like the solid motor mounts.
Went to a PC shop last Saturday. After looking at my parts, the owner said that he wouldn't pull out new bushings and recommended that I spray paint. I appreciate his honesty but I'm disappointed that the parts won't be powdercoated after all. I now know where I'll take a new K-frame once I buy one though. :thumbup:
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Post by ducktapetg » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:06 am

r/tguy02 wrote:i've used duplicolor on rims, brackets, and such and it holds up decent
:withstupid:

Considering the price of powder coating and prep, the high heat engine rattle cans come out rather smooth and clean looking (I was surprised). With the leftover money, you will be able to pay your mechanic to install them too.
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Post by dblsg » Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:37 pm

I agree with Nick with using high temp paint or brake caliper paint as it seems more durable/harder
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Post by NEON PARABOLA » Fri May 02, 2014 11:38 am

if you do go with powdercoat, specify either a hybrid or epoxy chemistry powder, more salt spray resistance and oil/chemical resistance. stay away from polyesters
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Mon May 05, 2014 1:56 am

^^Thanks! I'll be sure to tell the PC folks that once I scrape up the cash for a new K-frame and front LCA's.
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