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    Painting brake calipers

    Spent the last couple of days prepping and painting my front calipers and thought I'd share the process on here, I'm sure there are loads of these threads but may be useful to someone

    Starting to look dirty and some rust showing through. Unsurprised really as this was literally sprayed on in situs with Halfords paint but it's lasted well

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    All about the prep it seems which is what takes the time. I used a mixture of a wire brush initially and staley blade (blunt) to brush and scrape the worst of the crap and old paint off. Fortunately I had already done my calipers before so this wasn't too bad but still took a long time to do

    Half the old silver removed
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    Rest of caliper stripped
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    Unfortunately my caliper carriers were once painted in a really tough red paint which was almost impossibly to remove but most came away especially with the scraper.

    After this i used a medium grade wet and dry over the caliper then a wire wheel attachment for my cordless drill which did a great job of shifting the last bits and shining them up, then a good spray over with brake cleaner.

    Paint was a tough choice. Initially I fancied yellow but decided in the end that I couldn't handle the extra 5hp per wheel so decided on mixing metallic silver and black to make a sort of gun metal/Anthracite colour.

    Paint was hammerite straight to rust smooth. Lots of controversy on this but seems a lot of people not tracking their cars had good outcomes with the hammerite so fingers crossed.

    Paint was nice and thick unlike the yellow caliper paint so brushed on easily and only needed 1 coat really although I did 2 to be safe

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    Looks a bit better in real life on a dry day

    If I was to do this again though, All in all after the effort this took to do properly (few hours) I think I would remove it all first as it would also be neater. If I hadn't mixed my colour I would also probably spray the last coat on for a smoother finish

    Here's hoping it stays on!

    Now for the rears... (groans)
    Last edited by Bigsi15; Tuesday 16th May 2017 at 21:43.

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    Simon, You could try rubbing down with a coarse W&D used wet, or emery, to remove the sandcast effect from teh calipers being sandcast. You will get rid of all the previous coatings AND level the surface out to a smooth finish. CHeers W

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    I use my Dremel with a sanding wheel for small radiuses or a drill with a flap wheel as Woz says. It gives them a nice 'smooth' look. I bought a can of the pucker expensive paint from Eurocar parts but haven't use it yet - it was reduced in the sales from like 40!! KER-CHING sold guv'nor!! Trouble is I need to get both the cars MOT'd FIRST  7674

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    Have used hammerite on my calipers for years, never had any problems. Fresh them up every few years.


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