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Old 06-03-2002, 06:35 PM   #1
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Default Reason for special paint for calipers?

Is it abuse, or is it just a heat issue? I realize it gets really weathered and whatnot, heat-cycled like no other...

Just thinking about using the high-heat BBQ grill spray paint to paint my calipers. Hey, don't diss it until you think about it... grills are left in all kinds of weather, heated and cooled plenty, etc. Seems like it'd work fairly decent to me. I just have to laugh because it's so simple, and those cans are $3 each.
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Old 06-03-2002, 06:57 PM   #2
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Kinda, except you don't pour brake fluid on your grill though (hopefully, unless that's your 'secret sauce'). Unless you do your own brakes and are really careful, I think this would be a consideration. Additionally, I don't think anybody really cares if their grills get dull or fade.
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Old 06-03-2002, 06:58 PM   #3
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an excuse to charge $40 for a little can of paint maybe?

I've heard a lot of people using the high heat bbq or high heat engine paint to do calipers. And if the paint get's chipped you won't be pissed cuz you spend $5 instead of $40.

One of these days I'll paint mine blue (the cheap way).
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Old 06-03-2002, 08:04 PM   #4
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The thing about the expensive paints like folitec in my experience, is they are very very very hard to chip.. 3 or 4 coats makes it almost rubbery to the touch...like a little clear coat on them...
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Old 06-03-2002, 09:01 PM   #5
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Smile cheap cheap cheap

i prefer the cheap stuff. pep boys has caliper paint for $5, blue, red, yellow, and I think black. it does the job, and you can always put more on, never had to, but you could

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Old 06-03-2002, 09:05 PM   #6
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I sprayed mine with black engine enamel, with no problems. After 2 months (I know, thats short) I have no chips or real fade. I did take my calipers off to do this. I also painted the hub of the disc (not the stopping surface, the part closest to the wheel, cause it was rusty).

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Old 06-03-2002, 10:34 PM   #7
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what is the prep work to paint calipers before u do theM?

im planning on not removing them...or even taking of the wheels - bleh lazy!

like how do u guy sclean em beforehand
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Old 06-03-2002, 10:51 PM   #8
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actually, i'd like to know also, how do u remove the calipers? i see the clips, but it just doesn't budge for me.

what i did was remove the wheels, 2 at a time, wire brushed them, wiped it off, then masked off the areas i didn't want painted. then i sprayed away. 2-3 coats did it for me, did 1 coat, the worked on the other wheel, much quicker that way.
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Old 06-03-2002, 11:49 PM   #9
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Default I used the cheap paint...it works fine.








I have used the high heat engine paint on my calipers for years and it does not fade or chip.

My.02cents

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Old 06-04-2002, 12:03 AM   #10
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On mine I removed the calipers to do it (was doing a brake job at the same time ). You just remove the 2 bolts holding the caliper in place (on the backside, atleast on the GC8s). As far as prep work, I sprayed mine with parts cleaner, scrubbed with a brass brush and rinsed completely.

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Old 06-04-2002, 12:38 AM   #11
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Default This is how I paint my calipers...

Prep the calipers like others have mentioned.
I jack the car from the front jack point ( behind the front wheel) and raise both wheels (Front/Back). Always use jack stands for safety. Remove both wheels and clean the calipers with stuff like others have mentioned. Make sure there is no rust left otherwise paint will not stick. Use masking tape and old newspapers to cover the brake disc and brake lines. Make sure that you don't see any part of the disc, otherwise you will have problems with braking if it gets painted. I use paper towel to stuff the brake pad sight holes to prevent paint from getting on the disc. Watch those tiny spaces on the caliper itself, paint can pass thru. I strongly recommend to cover the fender area with something, to prevent overspray. If you have other cars in the area move it away. If it is windy paint can travel far. When I do my calipers, I make sure my other cars are in the garage.

Apply light coats of paint, 3 coats is sufficient. Remove the tape and papers carefully before the paint dries completely. Let it dry for an hour or so. Then carefully replace the wheels.

Repeat on the oher side.

Then enjoy your masterpiece.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-04-2002, 12:20 PM   #12
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Default Just did it

I just put all new Front and rear brakes on my L off a WRX so while I had everthing off I used engine paint just as I used succesfully for over a year on my RS. The main thing is give the paint plenty of time to try other wise you will need to redo it. The bottle says 5 days to cure. I am going to be going easy on the brakes till then don't want to heat them up much. Oh and keep some Q-tips an paint thinner aroound, it's hand if you get a little paint on things.
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Old 06-04-2002, 02:06 PM   #13
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Certain paints will fail if you use brake cleaner or get brake fluid on them during your next brake-job. You can actually remove some paints with the stuff-

Just like with acetone, you can remove rattle-can paint from a car but it will not harm the original paint (just remove the wax=)

I think the two-part epoxy paints will resist acetone, brake cleaner, brake fluid, etc.

I, myself, am going to do it the low-buck way!!! (engine paint)
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Old 06-04-2002, 02:53 PM   #14
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I would think engine paint would have to be some what resilant due to the chemicals that are in an engine bay and can be spilled and such.
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