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Username Post: OK to paint '57 drive shaft?        (Topic#358609)
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10-28-19 08:12 AM - Post#2778943    

I'm putting a '57 rear axle and drive shaft into a '50 Chevy tin woody station wagon. Are there any reasons not to paint the drive shaft? The parts came from a show car and everything was finished very nicely except the drive shaft, which seems to be finished in a spotty flat black that rubs off easily.

OK to paint?

Thanks folks!

Mike Ahlmann
Las Cruces, NM
'50 Tin Woodies (two) Ramon and Willard
'58 Impala Sport Coupe
'69 El Camino SS-396
'07 Ford F150 to haul parts for above
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10-28-19 10:42 AM - Post#2778954    
    In response to mahlmann

yes. paint or powdercoat it.

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10-28-19 01:23 PM - Post#2778972    
    In response to WagonCrazy

I would recommend paint rather than powder coat, since if powder coat gets a chip in it, and the chip starts to rust, the rust will continue under the powder coat and by the time you realize that the tube has rusted, it will be too late to save the shaft.

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10-28-19 03:52 PM - Post#2778987    
    In response to mahlmann

I use Tractor Supply machinery enamel. It takes a while t dry but it is rugged protection compared to Krylon and cetera. In these situations I especially like to use a light coat of marine etching primes as it will stick to almost anything and the enamel will readily stick to it - all w;/o a lot of build-up.

I'd rather be thorough than vague


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