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    Brake caliper paint prep?

    As the title says, I was wondering what you guys are doing to prep your brake calipers for paint? How is the paint holding up and what kind did you use?

    I just ordered some new drilled/slotted rotors and pads and thought it would be a great time to paint the calipers. I figured I would just get the kit that they sell at the auto parts stores... I think its VHT.

    Also, I was thinking red. That would go ok with the gold wouldnt it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrpontiac80 View Post
    As the title says, I was wondering what you guys are doing to prep your brake calipers for paint? How is the paint holding up and what kind did you use?

    I just ordered some new drilled/slotted rotors and pads and thought it would be a great time to paint the calipers. I figured I would just get the kit that they sell at the auto parts stores... I think its VHT.

    Also, I was thinking red. That would go ok with the gold wouldnt it?
    As far as preparation I will use brake cleaner 1st and get as much brake dust off. Then use degreaser with a metal wire(soft) brush. Clean it a couple of times until clean. I only did the part that you can see with the wheel on. I used some sand paper and sanded all the areas that are going to be painted.

    I degrease it one more time after sanding. let it dry really good and mask all the areas that you don't want overspray. I layed the caliper on top of the rotor so i dont have to remove the hose.

    I used the duplicolor caliper paint. I put 5 light coats on it. It looks good. The problem starts when the paint peels off because the wheel hits the paint when its removed or installed. This happens when you go get new tires or balancing.

    I think for gold black will be better color but thats my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    As far as preparation I will use brake cleaner 1st and get as much brake dust off. Then use degreaser with a metal wire(soft) brush. Clean it a couple of times until clean. I only did the part that you can see with the wheel on. I used some sand paper and sanded all the areas that are going to be painted.

    I degrease it one more time after sanding. let it dry really good and mask all the areas that you don't want overspray. I layed the caliper on top of the rotor so i dont have to remove the hose.

    I used the duplicolor caliper paint. I put 5 light coats on it. It looks good. The problem starts when the paint peels off because the wheel hits the paint when its removed or installed. This happens when you go get new tires or balancing.

    I think for gold black will be better color but thats my opinion.
    ^^This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    As far as preparation I will use brake cleaner 1st and get as much brake dust off. Then use degreaser with a metal wire(soft) brush. Clean it a couple of times until clean. I only did the part that you can see with the wheel on. I used some sand paper and sanded all the areas that are going to be painted.

    I degrease it one more time after sanding. let it dry really good and mask all the areas that you don't want overspray. I layed the caliper on top of the rotor so i dont have to remove the hose.

    I used the duplicolor caliper paint. I put 5 light coats on it. It looks good. The problem starts when the paint peels off because the wheel hits the paint when its removed or installed. This happens when you go get new tires or balancing.

    I think for gold black will be better color but thats my opinion.
    +2, I just did this exactly. Cleaning is a PITA but the better you clean and prep the better the results.

    Only difference I did was I hung the caliber with a wire and masked off with newspaper and tape everywhere else. Doing it this way requires you to be patient when painting. You need to let it dry prior to moving to a different section.

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    Thanks guys!

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    With the gold car you might be ok going body color on the caliper. You have a rare color and it looks great.

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    ive done mine twice, once each on two different cars.

    i just alternated brushing with a soft metal brush, and hosing with brake cleaner. no sanding or anything.

    but what i did different was use the brush on kind, 2-3 coats, and its thick, so you can layer it up thick, seemed to work pretty well for me.

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    The key usually to high temp spray paint is to use light layers.

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    I have a paint prep product I've used to clean surfaces, but I'm sure brake cleaner or starting fluid work the same.

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    Soaked it with hi pressure sprayer. Simple green with toothbrush and scrubber. Hi pressure spray to rinse. Sandpaper'd. Spray again. Let it try. 3 coats of spray on brake paint from autozone. I had a few chips but its as easy respray the needed spots

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