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Old 11-02-2013, 04:17 PM
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Default Painted the Driveshafts today...

One coat of primer and two coats of Rustoleum Black. I decided to do it in place rather than remove them. Hopefully it will keep the rust away for a while. Once fully cured, I plan on Fluid Filming them and the whole underside. Also plan on spraying the spline ends with Corrosion X HD once the paint is cured. Also sprayed the rear axle in spots where rust was starting. I would have loved to fluid film today but the paint must cure.
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Nice job on doing this to your drive shafts, it's something I have thought about doing but have never got around to doing.
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Rustoleum works well for what it's intended. Seeing as you primed it first, you did it properly. You should enjoy good longevity.

Great job.

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Very nice job!!!
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WHY do they not do this from the factory???
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WHY do they not do this from the factory???
I have wondered that myself.

EDIT: to the OP damn nice job, looks great!
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Looks awesome. Nicely done. I am going to have to do that. That turned out really we'll...

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It was petty easy.

Put 1/2 the truck on ramps, put down a tarp. Remove stickers with 3m sticker remover. Used a green scotchbrite on the whole thing, scrubbed off the little rust that was there. Washed with acetone on a rag. Used newspapers around it to protect from overspray. Fastened the paper with blue 3m tape. I jacked the rear wheel on the ground 1" off the ground after putting chocks under the other 3 wheels. I also used a jackstand. I carefully put the truck in neutral and released the parking brake. (Disclaimer, not responsible if you try this yourself) I bought the large silver can of Rustoleum industrial gloss black enamel (says resist chipping) and the matching gray primer ($7.50 each). You could get away with a regular can of the standard stuff, but this said industrial. Primed the shaft and ends where I could get the can. Rotated the rear tire until the other side of the shaft was showing. Primed that side. Waited 15 minutes (Rustoleum says you do not have to wait, but I did). Applied the black the same way. Literally this was a total time of 45 minutes. I let it dry to the touch and repeated with a second coat of black. Did the front the same way but masked off any rubber boots. Front shaft was done in 20 minutes. Let dry for 30 minutes, removed the paper, took the photos and let it down.

I did debate silver versus black. Or even day glow and a black light or two (not really). Anyway, I wish they were aluminum. Would not have been needed.

It was kind of rewarding and does look slick. I have never known of a driveshaft to rust
out. I just am pretty soured by brine solutions used on our roads and the corrosion it brings. My suburban went from 100% texas rust free to bubbles in rocker panels and rear quarters in 2 years after my town started brining the roads.
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