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Old 01-24-2010, 10:57 PM   #1
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Default I wana take my brake calipers off to paint them.....

I want to take my brake calipers off my car when I paint them My question is....What to I do with the brake line when I take the calipers off? Can I use a pair of hemostats to clip the line so no fluid drains out while im painting the calipers? Im doing a fluid flush later...so a TINY bubble isnt a big deal. But Im afraid of the air bubble traveling up my line or something....What should I do to take my calipers off? In terms of the brake line
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:04 PM   #2
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I really dont think its necessary to take them off. I bought a kit that was cheap and all I had to do was remove the rims and tires. I just painted the part people can see, not the inside part. It looks real good.
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:06 PM   #3
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my car has 53k miles on it and Im afraid that if I dont prep the surface really well the paint will chip I think if I get em off I can scrub em better....no?
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:15 PM   #4
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The kit I bought came with prepping stuff as well. Like some prepping spray and a little tooth-brush like thing to help apply. It was really easy...and my car had 86k lol

EDIT- I mean, if you really want to be safe, you could take them off. But I have had no problems so far and I was able to prep them just fine.
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:17 PM   #5
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You can buy the brake dust remover in a can and buy the brake-specific paint in a can and paint your brakes just fine, no need to sand or even take them off, just mask them well and make sure you don't spray the rotor and it will stick fine. I painted mine last spring and it's been about 10 months and 12k miles since, no fadage, no peelage so far.

I went to a local autozone and just picked up the two cans for like 13-14 bucks.
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:22 PM   #6
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Sick! OK I bought some Hawk HPS pads, and paint, and im getting new rotors soon. Then ill do the install : )!!!!
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:43 AM   #7
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i just bought a tiny can of automotive paint, took off wheels and tires, taped up my rotors, and everything around them, painted em, two coats, no clear, 6k later, looks good.

doesnt neet to be perfect
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:59 AM   #8
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I bought a can of Dupli-Color caliper paint with ceramic. The paint was put on like a day after I washed it, there was some dirt and brake dust on the calipers and rotors when it was applied (only one quick coat too). That was last summer, the calipers still look great but a few spots on the rotors are showing rust. If I would have put two coats on there would be no rust. Btw, I'm on the cheapest rotors Advanced Auto had, cheapest rear pads they had, and Hawk HPS pads on the front since the cheap ones deformed and made a really loud bang when braking (not related to paint, just a few 100+mph to 0mph stops)
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Can I use a pair of hemostats to clip the line so no fluid drains out while im painting the calipers? Im doing a fluid flush later...so a TINY bubble isnt a big deal. But Im afraid of the air bubble traveling up my line or something....What should I do to take my calipers off? In terms of the brake line
Big fat NO to the hemostats.

Use a clean golf tee.. shove it in the end of the hose
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:30 PM   #10
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I painted my calipers a few years back when the car had about 60,000 miles on it. I used the G2 mustang caliper paint kit with amazing results. I didnt fully remove the calipers, just pulled the wheels and masked what I could on the rotors etc. Still to this day they look the same as they did when I coated them, no chipping or cracking.

http://www.g2usa.com/
by the way this kit comes with brake cleaner and everything you will need. It will also hold up much better than spray paint.
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:48 PM   #11
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For me personally, I would definitely bleed the system if I removed the calipers even if I used something to plug the hose. Better safe than sorry.
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:58 PM   #12
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Im bleeding the system anyways...so I figured it would be OK to take the calipers off....New rotors, pads, painted calipers, and fresh fluid. My baby should be G2G!!!

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Old 01-25-2010, 05:28 PM   #13
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they make clamps that are designed for rubber brake lines. you should be able to find them at any auto parts store that has a decent tool section.
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needle nose vice grips work fine if you dont have hose crimpers i prefer vice grips for brake lines anyway cause they stay locked down, just dont go crazy when you crimp down
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I bought a can of Dupli-Color caliper paint with ceramic. The paint was put on like a day after I washed it, there was some dirt and brake dust on the calipers and rotors when it was applied (only one quick coat too). That was last summer, the calipers still look great but a few spots on the rotors are showing rust. If I would have put two coats on there would be no rust. Btw, I'm on the cheapest rotors Advanced Auto had, cheapest rear pads they had, and Hawk HPS pads on the front since the cheap ones deformed and made a really loud bang when braking (not related to paint, just a few 100+mph to 0mph stops)
Nothing wrong with the cheapest rotors Autozone has.
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:55 PM   #16
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unless you are powdercoating your calipers, theres really no need to remove your lines or your calipers from your hub.

some simple green and a rough brush will take off any serious surface contaminants from brake dust and road grime. then simply mask off your rotors. if a little paint gets on, it's not critical. just make sure everything is dry before you apply paint.
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