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Rover 800 820 825 825 Rear Brake Pipes.

Rover 800 820 825 827 Rear Brake Pipes.
1999 Rover 800 820 with Painted Rear Brake Pipes.

Car: 1999 Rover 800 820 Auto Fastback

Colour: Charcoal Grey / Black

When the Rover 800 Sterling Coupe was serviced, we were told that one front and both rear brake pipes were badly corroded and that the car would therefore need them replacing before the next MOT. This came with a high priced quote as it was not work that the service centre wanted to undertake as the rear pipes go from the outside of the car through the car body and into the car. They said, lots of labour time would be involved and they would rather not do such work anyway. We like honest garages. I said if I have too, then I will fit them.

I was a bit gutted to see what they meant when we got the car back home, the visible metal parts on the pipes seemed corroded really badly, and beyond repair! It was only when we inspected the good front one that we realised that they should all have a plastic type protective coating on them!

We then wire brushed the three bad pipes and once we began doing this, it soon became apparent that the corrosion was just more dirt than anything. We managed to clean the pipes up really well, and although they had suffered from a tiny bit of surface pitting, they were in fact not too bad. They appeared to be made of copper or similar metal, and as such did not have a rust problem as was first thought.

We then painted the pipes on the silver coupe with grey POR15 paint which we were using anyway to restore the wheel arches. As the brake pipes had been cleaned they were not a problem anymore, and the car easily went through an MOT as normal. Although by painting them up, we were preventing them from looking as bad again, in the next few years.

We were so pleased with the result of painting them, rather than having to replace them. Especially as replacing them would of meant having disconnect the pipes and having to bleed the brakes again afterwards, and we had just had the brakes bleed as part of the service!

So when it came to painting up the wheel arches on this 800 we decided to clean and paint the brake pipes at the same time too. They were no where near as bad though, but again they had lost some of the original plastic coating from the metal.

We painted the metal brake pipes on this car with black POR15 paint as we were using black POR15 paint on the wheel arches (killing two birds with one stone). Alternatively we could of used Hammerite or some other protective paint.

The results once again were suburb as can be seen in the photos of the rear brake pipes. The visible metal part on the front brake pipes is only about 1cm long, and as such I have not shown these.

The Brake pipes are well worth a quick brush up and sandpaper followed by painting, if you ever get the chance. They are very quick and easy fix if you have your car jacked up and wheels off anyway, which we did in both these cases. I also did the pipes (& wheel arches) on the other 2nd silver coupe before I sold it, so the new owner, got it at it's best.

Rover 800 820 825 827 Rear Brake Pipes.
Drivers' Side Rear Brake Pipe Cleaned up Ready for Painting.

Rover 800 820 825 827 Rear Brake Pipes.
Rover 800 820 with Drivers' Side Rear Brake Pipe.

Rover 800 820 825 827 Rear Brake Pipes.
Rover 800 820 with Painted Passenger Side Rear Brake Pipe.


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