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Old 10-08-2000, 09:59 AM   #1
Mike C
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Question I Want to Paint my Brake Calipers - Tips? Suggestions?

Hi everyone,

I don't know about you, but i love the look of a colored calpier behind a shiny wheel, so want to paint mine bright yellow, to off-set my blue ridge pearl. What type of paint is needed to do this?

Can I do it myself, or should i go have it done?

How expensive would it be?

Thanks again, you've all been great in the past.

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Old 10-08-2000, 10:06 AM   #2
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folia tec brake caliper paint about $50 a can, took me six hours to do.

Brush paint on..
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Old 10-08-2000, 10:25 AM   #3

Yup, Folia Tec, best way to go. $50 to $60 a kit. And the kit had enough to do all my calipers with 3 coats AND probably 1/3 left over.

And I think they even make it in yellow.

But if you get it, use a metal or glass container for the mixture. NOT plastic like the manual says. The mix eats through plastic.
Old 10-08-2000, 10:31 AM   #4
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So i take it, you just take the wheel off, then brush it on the caliper. Right?

Do I have to remove the calipers??

(If I do, how is this done?)

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Old 10-08-2000, 10:47 AM   #5

Leave the calipers on. Remove the wheel of course.

I put my car on jackstands and cleaned the calipers with simple green and a steel brush.

Then followed the paint instructions and did most of the caliper. It is a brush on paint. Make sure you have two (at least two) brushes that won't shed (I have a few tiny hairs on my calipers now!). You will get a tight fit painting the caliper where the brace passes near the wheel hub though (you will see when you start). No big deal if you are careful though. Make sure not to paint any rubber parts or bolts.

Let it dry for 24 hours though. I did mine on a sat morning and let it sit till sun night.
Old 10-08-2000, 10:48 AM   #6
STi Sev
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1.)Take the wheel off
2.) Take the calipers off
4.) Mix the 2 solutions supplied from FOLIATEC
5.) Paint the calipers/whatever you want
6.) Hang to dry- allow 1 day drying period. (Trust me)
7.) Reinstall Calipers.

TIP: Don't paint in the heat. Start painting in the morning.
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Old 10-08-2000, 03:12 PM   #7
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I posted a complete set of instructions for doing it a few months ago. Do a search and you will find it. It even had some info on what isn't in the instructions like mix in a metal can, use a natural hair brush and if your careful you can do it with the calipers on the car. Do a quick search for FoliaTec and you should have about 10 different topics.
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Old 10-08-2000, 03:24 PM   #8
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I know people love the folia stuff, but I used simple rustoleum high heat paint. Pepboys had my color(yellow). People say it doesn't last, but it's been on for about 3 months now, and still shining. I used the primer first, then a couple coats of the rustoleum paint. Looks and shines great. Good alternative to paying the folia tec price, just take your time doing it and it will come out great.
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