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Old 04-18-2009, 05:59 PM
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Tips for painting brake calipers?

Any of you guys(and girls) have tips on painting brake calipers? Do you all disconnect them from the brake line before you paint them, or do you just do it one side at a time, rotating it and spraying a different side between coats? Just curious, and before someone asks, no, im not painting them red.
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Re: Tips for painting brake calipers?

good. better not be painting them red. red is ****in hideous. unless its on a red car. what you can do is get the brush on kind. they have it at the majority of all the auto parts stores. wal mart has it too. and you don't even need to disconnect the brake line. dont even need to tape it up unless your hand isn't steady enough to paint. unless you're a perfectionist, there is no real need to paint the whole thing, just whats visible while the wheel is on.
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Re: Tips for painting brake calipers?

I sprayed mine. With the car on jackstands, remove the wheels. I got a compressed air gun and blew all of the brake dust away, then used a brake and parts spray cleaner and old paintbrush to remove anyother crap. After that I air blasted them again.

Got some old newspaper pages and masked up all of the surroundign body and inner guard, suspension and brake disk. Tape off all bits you don't want painted (like the rubber brake lines, etc). Carefully spray in colour of your choice, then do the same on the next corner.

Do a second coat if you like.

I also spent a few hours sanding mine, as there's a parting mark on the casting that I thought looked crap, so I just sanded it down.
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Re: Tips for painting brake calipers?

brakes really aren't very hard to take off...
it's two 12mm bolts and i think the bracket bolts are two 18mm bolts, i can take mine off and put them back on in less then like 15 minutes... just an idea for you considering that in you mess up you're going to need to strip it off!

i wanna two tone mine, but the idea is that you take the bracket off, paint that then paint the OUTTER shell of the caliper while keeping the inside just open metal, that way the paint doesn't interfere with the braking system,

btw, black caliper silver brack = teh sexi
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Re: Tips for painting brake calipers?

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good. better not be painting them red. red is ****in hideous. unless its on a red car. what you can do is get the brush on kind. they have it at the majority of all the auto parts stores. wal mart has it too. and you don't even need to disconnect the brake line. dont even need to tape it up unless your hand isn't steady enough to paint. unless you're a perfectionist, there is no real need to paint the whole thing, just whats visible while the wheel is on.
He's got a red prelude. He's a member of the red prelude bandwagon

And just what the others said, make sure you clean em well so the paint holds up. But other than that, it's easy to do!
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Re: Tips for painting brake calipers?

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I sprayed mine. With the car on jackstands, remove the wheels. I got a compressed air gun and blew all of the brake dust away, then used a brake and parts spray cleaner and old paintbrush to remove anyother crap. After that I air blasted them again.

Got some old newspaper pages and masked up all of the surroundign body and inner guard, suspension and brake disk. Tape off all bits you don't want painted (like the rubber brake lines, etc). Carefully spray in colour of your choice, then do the same on the next corner.

Do a second coat if you like.

I also spent a few hours sanding mine, as there's a parting mark on the casting that I thought looked crap, so I just sanded it down.
yep i did pretty much the same as Colin when i was painting my friends cars and they're still perfect but after cleaning them well i primed them, spray painted them and then lacquered them, and just a tip to speed up the process... you don't have to wait for the primer to dry before putting on the paint and the same with the lacquer, when the last coat of primer/paint is applied you can go straight over it with a coat of paint/lacquer while it's still slightly wet
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Re: Tips for painting brake calipers?

I used this kit (http://www.duplicolor.com/products/caliper.html) on my calipers.

The kit consists of a brake cleaner, can of paint, stir stick, and brush.

I just took the wheel off, cleaned with brake cleaner, sanded the caliper with some Walmart sand paper, cleaned again with brake cleaner, then finally hand painted the caliper (both front and back) took about 3 hours. As with all painting the key is in the prep work.

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Re: Tips for painting brake calipers?

Thanks all for the responses, i know how to remove the brake calipers and what to paint/not to paint. I was more interested in if anyone had removed the calipers from the car, what did they use to block off the brake line so as not to loose all their brake fluid. But it seems like everyone here has done them on the car. thanks for the replys though guys.
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brakes really aren't very hard to take off...
it's two 12mm bolts and i think the bracket bolts are two 18mm bolts, i can take mine off and put them back on in less then like 15 minutes... just an idea for you considering that in you mess up you're going to need to strip it off!
But ifyou're removing them you really should re-bleed the lines. Which was something I wasn't willing to do.
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