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#4491522 - 08/18/17 12:03 AM Painting rotors
wallyuwl Offline

Registered: 06/02/09
Posts: 1728
Loc: Wisconsin
On my "new to me" vehicle it has rotors that are not powder coated and they are already starting to rust (they were new just prior to use buying it, so about a month old).

So I want to paint the hub part of the rotors. But what paint to use?

I want something I can brush on because I don't want to tape everything off or remove the rotors. I could spray paint into a cup and then brush it on - I did that before with calipers. I want something that dries quickly.

Do I need to use a high heat paint? Would paint designed for BBQ grills work?


#4491523 - 08/18/17 12:07 AM Re: Painting rotors [Re: wallyuwl]
Reddy45 Offline

Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2541
Loc: USA
Yup BBQ grill paint will work, as will any other hi-temp paint you can find in the auto parts store.

I'd recommend multiple coats unless you like repainting...
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#4491524 - 08/18/17 12:07 AM Re: Painting rotors [Re: wallyuwl]
Leo99 Offline

Registered: 03/30/14
Posts: 2776
Loc: NJ
Leave it alone.
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#4491560 - 08/18/17 03:12 AM Re: Painting rotors [Re: wallyuwl]
Char Baby Offline

Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 9621
Try a caliper paint. I used BBQ paint but, it doesn't seem to hold up to spraying brake cleaner. Washes right off.
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#4491565 - 08/18/17 03:49 AM Re: Painting rotors [Re: wallyuwl]
Kibitoshin Offline

Registered: 04/19/16
Posts: 639
Loc: Kaiōshinkai
Rustoleum's High Perf Enamel spray paint or quart cans works for me. Clean surfaces and apply directly no primer needed.

And next time spend a bit more for coated rotors. I'm surprised how much of the brake rotor can be seen through OEM aluminum wheels.

Edited by Kibitoshin (08/18/17 03:51 AM)
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#4491584 - 08/18/17 05:42 AM Re: Painting rotors [Re: Leo99]
Donald Offline

Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20125
Loc: Upstate NY
Originally Posted By: Leo99
Leave it alone.

Get the fluids/belts/hoses taken care of. Use coated rotors for your next brake job.
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#4491604 - 08/18/17 06:29 AM Re: Painting rotors [Re: Char Baby]
HangFire Offline

Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 2505
Loc: Central Maryland
Originally Posted By: Char Baby
Try a caliper paint. I used BBQ paint but, it doesn't seem to hold up to spraying brake cleaner. Washes right off.

Same here, even though it had a day to cure.
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#4491616 - 08/18/17 06:48 AM Re: Painting rotors [Re: wallyuwl]
KrisZ Offline

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 7123
Loc: Toronto, Canada
+1 on Rustoleum enamel or caliper paint. As mentioned, these will stand up to brake cleaners.
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#4491619 - 08/18/17 06:51 AM Re: Painting rotors [Re: wallyuwl]
Silverado12 Offline

Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 2961
Loc: Central Virginia
I used gloss black enamel automotive paint for the rotor "hats" on the 2010 Mustang. That was about a year ado and still looks good.
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#4491628 - 08/18/17 07:15 AM Re: Painting rotors [Re: wallyuwl]
DdDd Offline

Registered: 06/08/17
Posts: 184
Loc: NY
Decent coated rotors will set you back less than your time spent painting and prepping.

If you don't do a thorough job the paint will flake off anyways and you might get wobble issues from the coating on the rotor face.

Cheap rotors that rust so quickly are going to be crepe anyways. Why polish a turde?

#4491638 - 08/18/17 07:25 AM Re: Painting rotors [Re: wallyuwl]
barkingspider Offline

Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 1934
Loc: socal
Yeah, I wouldn't worry about it leave it alone, too. If u must, I recommend high heat engine or header paint
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#4491663 - 08/18/17 07:57 AM Re: Painting rotors [Re: wallyuwl]
meep Offline

Registered: 02/20/07
Posts: 3449
Loc: Southeast
I had some black auto lacquer in the garage. lacquer tends to be thinner than enamel. I lightly sanded then cleaned a nearly-new set and hit the centers and they haven't had any paint-heat issues yet. Didn't give it much thought, just 2 very light coats and put it all together.

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#4491768 - 08/18/17 09:45 AM Re: Painting rotors [Re: wallyuwl]
WillsYoda Offline

Registered: 10/17/15
Posts: 467
Loc: MN
Not worth it to paint. Just use them a few more years, and when they go bad (which should be years from now) just replace with pre-coated rotors like Centric 125s. I used the cheap uncoated rotors in rust country and they last many years with a little rust on the edges.

#4491815 - 08/18/17 10:32 AM Re: Painting rotors [Re: wallyuwl]
wallyuwl Offline

Registered: 06/02/09
Posts: 1728
Loc: Wisconsin
The rotors were put on prior to me buying the vehicle. I will use the enamel, only an hour job not including dry time.

#4491823 - 08/18/17 10:46 AM Re: Painting rotors [Re: wallyuwl]
WillsYoda Offline

Registered: 10/17/15
Posts: 467
Loc: MN
Painting over rust usually fails quickly, even if you sand the heck out of it.

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