i was reduging my drum breaks today and a whole bunch of crap happened so i decided to wait till tomorrow..while i was driving home i had an idea could i paint my outside of my drums..like use a scratch pad and get them clean then sand and paint or would it be a dumb idea?
Having said that, IF you paint them, use a paint that is designed for high heat applications, specifically brake parts. I know Wal-Mart sell brake caliper paints, I see no reason they shouldn't work here. Or Grill paint for that matter.
Now, back to the logistics. Can you? Yes, always. As me & my buddies like to say, there isn't anything we won't f*** up.
Should you? I see no reason why it would interfere with normal operations, as long as you only painted the outside, which I am sure you already knew.
If you ask me, I would reseach the paint and try it. I see no difference in painting the outer housing of the drum than I do painting the axle housing or the frame.
It might be best to use a small sand-blaster to get the drums clean of any rust or scale first.
Most of the "HighTemp" paints require a bake-in time - easily done with your kitchen oven. 350° to 400° would be about right.
I bought some silver/chrome VHT (Very High Temperature) paint that I used on a set of headers. It held up fairly well.
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You should have no problem. I used rustolem and used a brush to apply the paint. I also used a wire wheel to get the rust off. I use this method on my frame also. It is much easier to get the mud off if the surface is painted.