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Old 06-28-2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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Tips on painting break calipers?

Going to paint my break calipers on my Mustang. Any things I need to worry about? Or type of paint?
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Re: Tips on painting break calipers?

Buy high temp caliper paint.

If you are going to do it right, remove from car, disassemble, paint, reassemble, put back on car.

If you're gonna do it the lazy man's way with them still on the car...spend a good 20-30 minutes per wheel taping everything off. Nothing looks worst than having half the rotor and the pads painted. Also, be very very very wary of overspray if you're painting them on the car.
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Re: Tips on painting break calipers?

Yah the best way is to remove the calipers and paint them...then bake them in the oven to cure the paint. I'd also add a few coats of clear to protect the paint.

If you want to just paint them on the car make sure you compensate for overspray, especially if you use spray paint.

When my buddy sprayed the calipers on his GT he had newspaper, painters cloth and painters tape everywhere from the fenderwells to past the fenders onto the door skin.
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Re: Tips on painting break calipers?

What they said, be very careful of overspary. Just like with painting anything else, the prep is what decides on how good the finished product looks.
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Re: Tips on painting break calipers?

prep is a major key as well, clean, scuff up the caliper surface and use a cleaner to remove any finger prints/oil etc before you paint. Do VERY light coats at first then work your way up slowly letting each coat dry a bit before the next. Acetone I think works good as a surface prep cleaner.
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Thanks guys lots of help, I'll let you know how it went.
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prep is a major key as well, clean, scuff up the caliper surface and use a cleaner to remove any finger prints/oil etc before you paint. Do VERY light coats at first then work your way up slowly letting each coat dry a bit before the next. Acetone I think works good as a surface prep cleaner.
Acetone is a great cleaner for paint prep we use it at work all the time to clean and residue from pieces.
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I love what it did to the looks. I did it the lazy way and kept the caliper on. Not the best finish, but enough to impress friends haha thanks everyone for the advice.
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Re: Tips on painting break calipers?

I recommend only painting the caliper part, the brake pads and the little bar that goes across in front of the pads look best black.
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Re: Tips on painting break calipers?

I did my own too, and didn't paint the bar in front, as I also thought it was supposed to be black, but have seen others paint the whole thing too, still looks better than not doing it, and kudos for jumping in and doing it!
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I recommend only painting the caliper part, the brake pads and the little bar that goes across in front of the pads look best black.
Now I feel like I should paint the bar and pads black. This advice would have been helpful before I painted them. No worries, I like working on the Stang : D
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Seeing how good yours looked inspired me to paint mine.
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Re: Tips on painting break calipers?

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Yah the best way is to remove the calipers and paint them...then bake them in the oven to cure the paint.
I would not recommend baking the calipers in an oven unless you completely disasemble them and drain out all of the fluid.
The heat will cause the fluid to expand and spill out into the oven through the brake line connection, or if that avenue is blocked it may push the caliper pistons out of the bore.
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there's really no point in baking them anyway, just let it sit for 24-32 hours before driving it, that's what I did, and they turned out awesome. if you do drive it too soon, the heat from your brakes will actually cause the paint to not adhere as well and end up flaking off in the end.
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Here are mine bro, is simple just take ur time!!!!!!
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Re: Tips on painting break calipers?

painted calipers look great
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Re: Tips on painting break calipers?

ill throw mine up here lol. used the autozone brush kit. i felt more confident in that and didnt have to tape everything up.





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You did that while mounted??

What kind of paint??

I bought those fake covers. I think painted looks better.

How did u do the mustang on it??
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Re: Tips on painting break calipers?

yea i did them mounted. i used the duplicolor caliper paint. i went with the paint brush instead of the spray paint so i dont have to deal with getting my calipers off which is a pain in the ***. also dont have to worry about overspray. the mustang decals came from southernmustangparts.com. they dont have all the colors listed there but u can ask them when you order to get a different color
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ill throw mine up here lol. used the autozone brush kit. i felt more confident in that and didnt have to tape everything up.
That looks sick I think you just sold me on my next mod!! Just wondering how long did it take to do all of them?
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My car is white... What color should I do the calipers...?



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Re: Tips on painting break calipers?

red is always a winner, yellow could look good too
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My car is white... What color should I do the calipers...?

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Mines white too
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Actually Jhagan I was looking at yours and was thinking black with Mustang in red script or vise versa. I like subtle, not over the top.. So yellow will probably be too 'loud' for my taste.
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My buddy jwhayne0001 did his in black then cobra in red and it looks good.
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Here's mine, painted looks better in my opinion
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Here's mine, painted looks better in my opinion
Looks nice! Are the letters and horse stenciled or hand painted??
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Re: Tips on painting break calipers?

just don't paint the pads, and that arm thing (technical term) shouldnt be painted the same color
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just don't paint the pads, and that arm thing (technical term) shouldnt be painted the same color
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That looks sick I think you just sold me on my next mod!! Just wondering how long did it take to do all of them?
hmm i think like 5 or 6 hours. i spent alot of time sanding tho lol. i took my time too since i didnt need to do anything all day
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Looks nice! Are the letters and horse stenciled or hand painted??
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Painted looks really good, I'll have to try it
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