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Old 10-13-2019, 03:02 AM   #1
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Default Painting Model A/AA Hubs and Backing Plates

The correct finish for painting Model A/AA Hubs and Backing Plates is...Gloss Black...Is that correct?

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Old 10-13-2019, 07:51 AM   #2
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Both pieces where dipped, hence gloss.


Review the era Yokahama (?) Model A video to see AA hubs being painted.
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Great to see the question regarding painting the brakes on the same day that I intent to do the job. I was planning on using the black caliper spray paint. Would that be OK or should I use something else?

Also, I'll be reassembling both the rear brakes after painting them. So I need some more guidance.
1. What's the proper grease to use for lubricating the Model A - Synthetic or non-synthetic?
2. Do I need a special grease for packing the wheel bearing?
3. Since I am just starting with my first lubrication job on this car, what grease gun is the most appropriate to buy?

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Old 10-13-2019, 08:18 AM   #4
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Default Re: Painting Model A/AA Hubs and Backing Plates

Thanks Jim.

When I think of the hub being dipped, I wonder what kind of item they used to mask off the inside OR was the inside painted also. I have never really noticed black paint on the inside.

Has anybody?

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Default Re: Painting Model A/AA Hubs and Backing Plates

All of the many NOS black Model "A" parts I have owned were dipped in black enamel, and many of them had runs, solidified drips and hard puddles of black paint that didn't drain. The shininess ranged from gloss black to satin black.
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So would it be OK to use brake caliper spray paint?
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I do not know what "Brake Caliper" spray paint is...I try to use one good brand of paint.

If it says Gloss Black...then go for it.

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Thanks. Found the same paint on Bratton's (https://www.brattons.com/gloss-black...ray-paint.html).
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We have been using the "VHT brake caliper" paint on the drums for some time. It covers good but not a thick paint. For the rear end and chassis we use, think it is same brand or similar, which is not gloss but more semi-gloss.

If it is anything like the Model T; the rear end was assembled with backing plates, then caps were put over the parts that didn't get paint and the whole assembly was dipped.
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If you are trying to replicate the finish for fine-point, then using alkyd enamel is the most perfect way. Go to your local farm supply store and purchase a gallon or two of their Black tractor paint. Use scrap wood and frame up four sides a tad larger than the brake plates. Use a contractors size trash bag to line the inside of the wood. (-think pool liner here). Pour the newly formed dip-tank 2/3rds full of the Black paint and then submerge the brake plates. As soon as the plates are submerged, then hang them onto a rack to dry. You can re-dip them if you like, but I didn't see the need. Once the paint has dried, it will be slick as glass. You can use a piece of masking tape wrapped around your fingers backwards to remove any drip at the edge. Once you are finished, lift the bag of paint and drain back into the can for re-use. By just reconfiguring the wood to make different shapes allows you to paint many different items such as rear radius rods, cross-shafts, engine mounts, etc.
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