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Any tricks to painting brake calipers?

This is a discussion on Any tricks to painting brake calipers? within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I wish my wife would help. We just had our second child 3 weeks ago so shes stuck doin the ...

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    I wish my wife would help. We just had our second child 3 weeks ago so shes stuck doin the nursing stuff.
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    Im sure i can do it no problem. Like i said earlier my friend did it. If he can do it without ever doing it then im good

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    Just make sure you use "High Heat Paint" good at least to 500F.

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    Thats what i got

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    Heres a dumby question for yall. Keep in mind i havent looked at the brakes that well with the tire off or really with it on. Question is, after the tire is off and i pop the brake line off, what happejs with the fluid? Does it drain out from there, should i crimp that linr somehow? I guess that is the part i cannot visualize it My head having never seen this done or have done it myself.

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    The brake fluid will drain out of the lines. You can try to cap them off with a rubber nipple. You can get the vacuum caps from your local parts store. If I recall, your calipers are like mine and have the actual caliper and bracket. You really shouldn't have to separate the calipers from the lines to clean/paint them. But it is your call.

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    I dont think i will have to take the lines off either. Someone said thats lazy but i dont see that as lazy at all. Either way you arent goig to paint the side no one sees so where is the laziness really?
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    No laziness at all. When I paint mine, I'm not disconnecting the lines either.

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    Did u have to cover a lot to paint them or did u brush paint?

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    I haven't painted mine yet. But I think I am going with brush paint. Less mess. Most likely the Dupli-Color kit. Can be bought at any parts store. I have seen them at the AutoZone by me.

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    I already bought the paint just cause i think spraying is easier

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    OK. Just do what PAJeff did and mask off the suspension, fender and inner liner to avoid overspray.

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    Will do

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    It only took a few minutes to mask off everything. Far less time than it would take to unbolt the lines and then bleed the brakes after installation. Another factor to consider is that you will most likely drip brake fluid on your fresh paint job if you remove the lines and then bleed them. Main reason I did mine on the car. This being said, it is a good idea to flush your braking system with clean fluid every 2-3 years.

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    I agree with it being less work in the end. May be more prep work but like you said, worth it in the end

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    It's worth it to disconnect the lines and bleed new fluid in. Your fluid is prob black right now. Old fluid has attracted water and is less effective. It's boiling point is lowered. Not to mention the corrositivity (is that a word?) of the old fluid. If you pull your lines apart, you should get new washers to put in. They go between the caliper and the lines. In any auto parts stores. I had to replace mine. I put the old washers back in,and they leaked, had to take it apart again. And i brushed mine, hated the process. Wish I had sprayed them.

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    Good information. Thanks

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    So i got it started today. I actually put the calipers on extra jack stands that ive had for awhile. Very easily done. No worries about the damn brake lines. All of yalls help was great. Thanks. I will post pictures when im done. I wouldve had it all done today but had my 2 year old son only wanting me today. Wife was busy with our newborn so i guess he was jealous. Hahaha. Besides all that i still had to cook. Crazy day.

    Oh well. I got the back painted and are still drying. Ran out of light to put em back together tonight. Just gonna let em sit until the morning them put em back together. I have before and after pictures up to now. Will post more when i do more.

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    Very good.

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    Only tip I could offer would be to get them as clean as you can, or they will peel and flake.

    Prep is 90% of a good paint job..

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