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painting the radiator?

my radiator doesnt look so good anymore, i guess hitting bugs as 80+ mph has taken its toll. there are a bunch of spots where the fins are bent over and you can see the silver alum. i was wondering if i could just repaint the radiator with black high temp paint? i dont think this would block the fins and restrict air flow, i mean im not goin to put it on that heavy just enough to cover the silver spots. what do you guys think?

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is it the actual radiator or the front exposed cooler which could be either a/c or the air to air, depending on what setup you have. I guess i wouldn't see it hurting other that yes it could block off some air flow. I have never heard of anyone painting a rad in a truck, but hey if its what ya want then just don't do it too thick.

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i wouldnt do it. Thats actually your AC condensor thats right in front...and if you paint it your air conditioning will probably get 4-6 degrees warmer for the coldest temp it can blow...
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They do not recommend painting alum. radiators. With the old copper cores, 10% thermal insulation can occur if it is not done correctly.. so I assume the same would apply to alum. Just get a fin brush and make it look somewhat pretty again.

Aren't these work trucks anyways??



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mines deffinetely a work truck, just tryin to make the ol girl look a little better. ill take ya'alls advise and just leave it. i dont want my a/c getting any warmer. thanks.

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