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Old 11-14-2010, 08:34 AM   #1
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paint my shocks and springs?

Was wondering if anyone has painted their shocks and springs before? My shocks are yellow, they are ome's. I want to put a fresh coat of yellow on them. And my springs are grey, I want to make them red, to match my jeep. Anything I should look out for while doing this? Any specific type of paint. I don't want to take them off. I'm gonna spend the time on prep work. Has anyone else done this before? Before and after pics would be great. Thanks to all...

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Old 11-14-2010, 10:45 AM   #2
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:06 AM   #3
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As long as you scuff up the original paint before you apply the new paint, you should be ok. I wouldn't paint the part of the shock that actually moves though, as you would potentially damage a seal or something else inside the shock. I have seen springs painted before with not very good results. The best solution would be powder coat, as it would come out nice and smooth and last a long time (that is what is originally applied to your springs). Being that you probably don't have your own PC booth and oven, this would cost you a little bit more than painting. Not to mention you would have to strip the springs down to bare metal first.

Scuff>paint, and avoid the bottom sliding part of the shock.
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Painting springs requires careful attention to prep and using the right paint. Otherwise, because the springs continually flex and move, the wrong kind of paint will eventually start cracking and flake off. I'm not sure what paint to recommend but I'm thinking having them powder coated the color you want would give you a better less crack-prone result.

Paint-wise, if you really don't want to remove them and have them powder coated, I'd try Krylon Fusion. Fusion remains flexible for use on plastics so I'd have to think it would be a likely type of paint that might work pretty good for springs.
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:23 AM   #5
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I painted my OME shocks, and its held up fine for 2 years.

I did zero prep. I even painted right over the labels. I layed them on a piece of cardboard and painted them quickly with Rustoleum flat black. I didn't even wait for them to fully dry before flipping them over and painting the other side. The paint job ain't pretty, but if somebody crawls under my Jeep and comments on the finger prints on my shocks, I'm going to kick them in the nuts.
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:26 AM   #6
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Krylon fusion is the paint I have already bought for it. I'm probably just gonna paint under the rear of the jeep today. Then next weekend when I have a full weekend ahead, I will probably do the springs and shocks then. Yesterday was my birthday so my girlfriend got my whole day yesterday.....
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I would go for the powder coating on the springs, I painted mine with Krylon Fusion and they are already chipping and flaking after only two months.
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I painted my OME shocks, and its held up fine for 2 years.

I did zero prep. I even painted right over the labels. I layed them on a piece of cardboard and painted them quickly with Rustoleum flat black. I didn't even wait for them to fully dry before flipping them over and painting the other side. The paint job ain't pretty, but if somebody crawls under my Jeep and comments on the finger prints on my shocks, I'm going to kick them in the nuts.
haha. same with my fender flares.. my identity is forever imprinted on 'em.
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i also use rustoleom on my plastic/moving-part paint-jobs. i have heard real good things about krylon fusion, though.

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