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#4641323 - 01/20/18 08:07 PM What color to paint rear end?
eyeofthetiger Offline


Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 683
Loc: South Carolina
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.
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#4641328 - 01/20/18 08:13 PM Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger]
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Registered: 12/24/11
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Hmm...

Black or silver.
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#4641332 - 01/20/18 08:16 PM Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger]
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Registered: 06/10/09
Posts: 247
Loc: Texas
Flat Black will radiate more heat.

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#4641337 - 01/20/18 08:18 PM Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: 2009Edge]
eyeofthetiger Offline


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Originally Posted By: 2009Edge
Flat Black will radiate more heat.


Should I use the high heat BBQ spray paint?
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#4641350 - 01/20/18 08:33 PM Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger]
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Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1777
Loc: Alberta
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.

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#4641355 - 01/20/18 08:37 PM Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: 2009Edge]
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Registered: 10/14/14
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Loc: Utah
Originally Posted By: 2009Edge
Flat Black will radiate more heat.



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

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#4641358 - 01/20/18 08:39 PM Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
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Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Ultimately, satisfaction depends on quality and formulation of your materials.
A good BBQ paint vs. cheap automotive paint?
Abrasion resistance is needed. Frame paint??

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#4641373 - 01/20/18 08:52 PM Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger]
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Registered: 09/06/15
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What color is the truck?
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#4641381 - 01/20/18 09:01 PM Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger]
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Registered: 10/22/09
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Loc: Wet side WA
After reading the title my first thought was I'd just leave it flesh colored!
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#4641392 - 01/20/18 09:10 PM Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: BrocLuno]
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Originally Posted By: BrocLuno
What color is the truck?


Multi-colored, mismatched body panels, patina, and rust.
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#4641398 - 01/20/18 09:17 PM Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger]
AZjeff Offline


Registered: 01/14/11
Posts: 2656
Loc: PV Az
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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#4641429 - 01/20/18 09:56 PM Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger]
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Like a pumpkin!
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#4641434 - 01/20/18 10:02 PM Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger]
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Registered: 03/30/14
Posts: 3052
Loc: NJ
Red. That's the only appropriate color.
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#4641484 - 01/20/18 10:57 PM Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger]
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#4641487 - 01/20/18 10:59 PM Re: What color to paint rear end? [Re: eyeofthetiger]
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Registered: 03/04/17
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Cherry red like a hemorrhoid.
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