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Old 07-13-2013, 09:48 PM   #1
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Caliper Painting

Tips, tricks, Procedure. I'm just curious if you guys take the caliper off and paint, or cover the rotor and paint. Any Recommended kind of paint or brands that i should use? And as in all my threads, feel free to vote on/ suggest colors to paint. I'm still undecided, so Red/Blue/black. Or any and all suggestions welcome. Heres the car.
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:56 PM   #2
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I used the G2 paint kit. Took the caliper off to paint it. I vote blue.
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Creeping on your albums, and dang the blue looks alot nicer on black than i thought it would. How many coats did you use? And do they stay relatively clean?
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Yeah I really need to update my album. I think I did 2 coats if I remember right. It held up just fine, even withstood some track days of consistent 100+ mph braking. The kit was really easy to use. It stayed a lot cleaner than my orange does now.
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Caliper off, clean it really well prior, can't go wrong with red.
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Leave the caliper on, wire brush what you can, clean it with brake cleaner, then paint it using Rustoleum enamel and a 1/2" soft bristle brush. In street use the caliper will never get so hot that the Rustoleum enamel cannot handle it.

You will of course only be able to paint the surfaces you can see, however those are also the only surfaces that anyone else will be able to see. I have been doing this for 35+ years and never had any problems....
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I just did mine using the Duplicolor brush on kit. Spray area with brake clean then wire brush - I did 4 coats with the caliper on As I saw no reason to remove them
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I know i may sound odd but i took mine off , clean well with break clean. Tape what needs to be done, and use engine enamel and a engine enamel clear coat. Its heavy duty can withstand high heat and can withstand some harsh chemicals.
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On one of my other cars I just pulled the calipers off completely, busted them down, had them powdercoated and then re-assembled them with all new stuff. Going to do the same thing to my 98's calipers at some point...
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God, i need a decent day off to do this. I think it'll look fantastic. Would it matter if i painted in high humidity? Or not so much. Because i live in Chicago, and it gets pretty steamy and sticky. And about how long of a time period would you say this will take to get done?
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God, i need a decent day off to do this. I think it'll look fantastic. Would it matter if i painted in high humidity? Or not so much. Because i live in Chicago, and it gets pretty steamy and sticky. And about how long of a time period would you say this will take to get done?
Depends on the paint being used--a brush-on oil based enamel wouldn't care, some rattle can paints might...
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