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What color to paint rear end? #4641323
01/20/18 08:07 PM
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This is probably the most important part of installing a mini-spool, or doing any service to the rear differential of a truck. What color should I paint the cover? It's a GM 8.5" 10-bolt, if that matters. Red is the obvious choice because it's one of the fastest colours. I'm open to suggestions, however.


2017 Ford Fiesta 1.0T - Valvoline SynPower 5W-20, Motorcraft FL910S
1988 GMC K1500 4.3/700R4 - Supertech 15W-40, Fram TG3980
1986 Ford Ranger 2.0 - uhh
Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4641328
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Hmm...

Black or silver.


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Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4641332
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Flat Black will radiate more heat.

Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: 2009Edge] #4641337
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eyeofthetiger Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: 2009Edge
Flat Black will radiate more heat.


Should I use the high heat BBQ spray paint?


2017 Ford Fiesta 1.0T - Valvoline SynPower 5W-20, Motorcraft FL910S
1988 GMC K1500 4.3/700R4 - Supertech 15W-40, Fram TG3980
1986 Ford Ranger 2.0 - uhh
Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4641350
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Does any one know how hot differentials get. I heard it’s not too bad if you run synthetic fluid. I like a gloss black.


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: 2009Edge] #4641355
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Originally Posted By: 2009Edge
Flat Black will radiate more heat.



The amount of heat it would radiate wouldn't be substantial.

Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4641358
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Ultimately, satisfaction depends on quality and formulation of your materials.
A good BBQ paint vs. cheap automotive paint?
Abrasion resistance is needed. Frame paint??

Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4641373
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What color is the truck?


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4641381
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After reading the title my first thought was I'd just leave it flesh colored!


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Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: BrocLuno] #4641392
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eyeofthetiger Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: BrocLuno
What color is the truck?


Multi-colored, mismatched body panels, patina, and rust.


2017 Ford Fiesta 1.0T - Valvoline SynPower 5W-20, Motorcraft FL910S
1988 GMC K1500 4.3/700R4 - Supertech 15W-40, Fram TG3980
1986 Ford Ranger 2.0 - uhh
Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4641398
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Some country song has a verse that goes: red- red- red- red- redneck...... crazy

Yeah I painted diff covers years ago too, guilty. If this is under your '88 and you spooled it then it should be painted red. thumbsup

And you've got the battle flag rear window shade thing hopefully.


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Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4641429
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Like a pumpkin!


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Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4641434
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Red. That's the only appropriate color.


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Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4641484
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Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4641487
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Cherry red like a hemorrhoid.


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