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Old 05-10-2007, 08:42 PM   #1
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Okay guys...

My quick guide to painting the Brembo calipers.

Ive sold these calipers but i thought id paint them for the new owner before they go

1) Remove calipers from the car and drain as much brake fluid from the calipers as possible. I blew mine gently through with an airline at a low pressure.

2) Place rubber/plastic caps in all fluid apertures to protect them from any paint/clear ingress.

3) Remove the pad retaining pins, anti rattle clips and pads (Wash these separately)

4) Wash the calipers in a tank full of degreaser with a stiff brush working off every last bit of dirt and dust.

5) Using a torx socket, remove the screws that secure the stainless pad sliders. These are inbound of the calipers and will easily be seen once the calipers are clean. There are 4 of these and then the 4 stainless slide plates will just fall out.
(Note- The torx drives in the top of the screws will be full of dust/dirt. Using a scribe etc, pick out the dirt/dust to get a good clean location with the torx driver. Failing to do this could cause you to strip out the head of the torx screw)

6) With the slide plates removed there will be lots of hidden dirt behind them. Give the calipers another good scrub in the degreaser.
(Continue to clean the calipers until they are as clean as you can possibly get them)

7) Using some 360 wet/dry, key up all of the caliper surfaces. Take you’re time to do this as you’re end results will depend on the level prep at this stage. If you have stone chips, just rub them back until the edges of the pain chips are as smooth as possible.
You will find that under the OEM gold paint coating there is a black anodize coating. DO NOT REMOVE this coating. It is there to act as an etch to the aluminium on the caliper.

(Spend plenty of time prepping your calipers. Once complete you should see nothing on the surface that’s glossy. If it is you have not keyed the coating enough and your paint will not adhere properly)

8) Once happy that your calipers are prepped for paint, mask off the pistons and dust seals and trim to a neat circle around each of the dust seals.

9) Now you’re ready for painting. The calipers are very heavy and difficult to mount so I did it like this... you may liek to mount them differently.

Find yourself an old round plastic dustbin that will easily accommodate your calipers. Using 2 lengths of 10mm dia bar. Slot the lengths of bar through the caliper mounting holes and rest them across the top of the dustbin edge. They will act as a bridge and you will be able to have the calipers either upside down or right way up resting on top of the dustbin. The lengths of bar will act as a bridge on the dustbin and securely hold the calipers in position. The dustbin also collects 90% of your overspray.

10) Before painting give the calipers a good wipe over with some brake/clutch cleaner and a lint free cloth to remove any last traces of grease or oil.

11) Okay... now for the painting,

Always spray in a warm/dry and well ventilated area and always use a paint mask.

The calipers were then coated in 2 coats of Sperex VHT black spray and the 2 coats of Sperex VHT clear spray. Both of these are rated to approx 650 deg C. After the 2 light coats of black I left the calipers to stand and harden for at least 24 hours before applying the 2 layers of clearcote.



The clearcote was then left for 48 hours to harden before applying the new Brembo decals.

Once the new decals have been applied I gave the calipers another fresh coat of clear to seal in the decals.

Once you have finished painting, stand the calipers in a warm dry environment for at least another 48 hours before touching them.

You can now reassemble your calipers and use them as is, however as instructed I chose to put my calipers in the oven on a low heat, approx 100 deg C for about an hour. This cures the paint to provide its maximum durability. I reassembled them after the baking process was complete.

So there you have it. One set of shiny new Brembos


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Old 05-10-2007, 08:56 PM   #2
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damn. those look great!
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:23 PM   #3
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very nice, i would like to do that
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:45 PM   #4
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looks so nice
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Old 05-11-2007, 04:32 AM   #5
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looking great man, i painted mine, same outcome, different process, im liking yours better
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Old 05-11-2007, 09:15 AM   #6
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VERY nice. Doesn't get much better than that.
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Old 05-11-2007, 09:31 AM   #7
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awesome write-up i will be doing this as soon as i get ahold of some brembo fronts.
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Old 05-11-2007, 11:27 AM   #8
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Dude those turned out great! Nice work

I've been wanting to do this as well. Does anyone know where I could find the OEM Brembo Gold Paint the the STi calipers come stock in?
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Old 05-11-2007, 05:25 PM   #9
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Where do you get the Brembo stickers from?
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Old 05-11-2007, 08:23 PM   #10
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And how well do these decals hold up to the heat? Wouldn't they just melt and bubble off on your first track day? Or are there special high temp decals?
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Old 05-11-2007, 08:35 PM   #11
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Great job....I love DYI threads!!
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Old 05-11-2007, 08:41 PM   #12
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I was just thinking about the decal thing.

One thing one could do is first lay down the color you want the logo to be (black, white or whatever). Apply the decal (vinyl cut). Then spray on the color for the caliper. Carefully remove the decal, revealing the paint under the decal. then clear coat the whole thing. No worries about the decal coming off or melting.
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Old 05-11-2007, 08:46 PM   #13
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http://eagleday.stores.yahoo.net/brcapaki.html

All the way at the bottom. That's what I'm going to use personally for my "brembo" logo's
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Old 05-11-2007, 08:50 PM   #14
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The graphics are laquered over..
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Old 05-11-2007, 09:32 PM   #15
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right, got that, but wouldn't the heat from the caliper just melt the decal or the adhesive?
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Old 05-11-2007, 09:53 PM   #16
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technically the decal is trapped and therefore shouldn't go anywhere, even if it melts unless the clear coat gets sloppy.

A lot of guys have done the decal thing with great results, but I don't know if any of them have tracked the brakes multiple times afterwards.
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Old 05-12-2007, 12:03 AM   #17
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the paint looks sick, great job!
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Old 05-12-2007, 01:18 AM   #18
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By far the best rattle can paint job I've ever seen.
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Old 05-12-2007, 07:29 PM   #19
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you can get "high heat" brembo stickers on ebay in a lot of different colors, plus the clear coat is rated at 600 deg too. Im doing mine glossy black as well but w/ grey stickers.

Also I used aircraft stripper to get the paint off instead of sanding; it saves a ton of time.

I hope mine come out this clean, good job man!
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Old 05-13-2007, 12:37 AM   #20
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The only thing I can think of that the sticker would actually do is dis-color, like to a brown or so. Other than that I don't think it'll be an issue.
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Old 07-20-2007, 05:49 PM   #21
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You mentioned" under the OEM gold paint coating there is a black anodize coating. DO NOT REMOVE this coating". What about if I already did? What should I do now before painting them?
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:22 PM   #22
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do you know what anodizing is?
How on earth did you remove an anodized coat? Sandpaper for an hour?
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:48 PM   #23
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do you know what anodizing is?
How on earth did you remove an anodized coat? Sandpaper for an hour?
Of course I know what anodizing is. I'm not a rookie, pls!! But I just don't know there is anodizing coating under the paint since this is the first time I try to paint them myself. You can call me a rookie on brake painting, but pls don't try that when it comes to "do you know what's XXXXXXXXXX is?"
I used the 3m grinding wheel with my grinding tool in my shop to grind off the nicks and scrapes, and now it looks polished.
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Polished Brembos? Interesting...
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:33 PM   #25
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http://eagleday.stores.yahoo.net/brcapaki.html

All the way at the bottom. That's what I'm going to use personally for my "brembo" logo's
I'm with you. I always thought that the vinyl Brembo decals would be nothing but problems, even cleared over. In my uneducated opinion, stencils are the way to go.

However, the pics above look friggin' awesome. I've been trying to figure out a color for my calipers since I run the stock BBSes in the winter and PFF7s in the summer, both considerably different gold colors. Looks like white on black may be the way to go.
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