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Black is probably the best colour if you aren't able to get a great finish after rubbing down the drums.

You'd be best to allow most of a day for this - jack the car up, remove wheels and place car on axle stands. Rub the drums down with something like 80 grit sandpaper (after placing the wheel nuts/studs back in place to keep the threads clear), once the dust has been cleared away - you can brush-paint hammerite (or smoothrite) directly onto the drum - release the handbrake (after chocking the front wheels) - which will allow you to rotate the drums by using the protruding nuts/studs for gripping onto (this will ensure nothing is missed). You might want to keep the screwheads on the drum relatively free of paint for when removal is needed for new brake shoes.

Then leave overnight to fully dry off and harden - apply a bit of copper grease onto the inside face of the alloys to reduce the possibility for the hub and wheel bonding, and sticking in place.

Should all turn out fine if you don't rush it .

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