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Anybody know direction on how to paint the calipers?.... Where can I buy the caliper paint?

I kinda want a dull silver or grayish color...

Thanks

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BTW, Leon at the Lennox meet you offered to help me paint my calipers so........I need help!:D (whenever you get the chance):D
 

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interesting, I thought you needed to remove the calipers completely to perform this. HMMMM. Well, looks like I have soemthing to do next weekend.


I'm thinking LIME GREEN calipers against my pearl coupe.


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Autozone or Pep Boys has the paint, primer, and sand paper in the same area.

Mask everything off around the caliper with tape and newspaper. Wash the caliper, sand it, wash it, prime it, prime it again, 4 coats of paint. That is all. I haven't had any problems with mine, just be sure that the paint is completely dry, at least 5-6 hours in warm-hot weather before you put your wheels back on. It usually takes about 3-5 days for the paint to completely cure. I would suggest holding off on washing your car until then.
 

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How long did it take everyone to do theirs? Although it seems worth it now, all that taping and sanding and waiting was WAY more than I expected -it took me almost an entire weekend

If you're like me Thai, expect to spend at least a full day
 

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Took me the whole weekend. Did the front calipers and some engine components on a Saturday and then let them sit overnight and then did the rears on a Sunday. DO NOT rush to put your wheels back on or you will scrape your caliper and take the paint off. Be sure the calipers are completely dry. I recommend letting them sit overnight before putting your wheels back on.
 

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It sounds bad, but I didn't worry about masking everything off. I had paint all over my rotors, because I wanted to paint the hub black as well. When I got done I just drove around a couple miles, using my brakes and viola, no more paint on the rotors. The paint doesn't stand a chance on the rotor suface.

I think it looks realy good, only thing is I painted the back of the pads as well, but I'll be replacing those soon anyway...
 

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It sounds bad, but I didn't worry about masking everything off. I had paint all over my rotors, because I wanted to paint the hub black as well. When I got done I just drove around a couple miles, using my brakes and viola, no more paint on the rotors. The paint doesn't stand a chance on the rotor suface.

I think it looks realy good, only thing is I painted the back of the pads as well, but I'll be replacing those soon anyway...
that is what i thought i left some paint on the rotors and ever sense i have developed a high speed shimmy ... i took the pads off and there is paint residue on them ..they paint can withstand temps upwards of 500 deg so it kinda get baked on the pads
 
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Do you have to use paint up to 500 degrees or 500 + cause I have the paint thats "up to 500 degrees" will it work?
 

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I painted/clearcoated my front calipers w/ the rotors uncovered and I think it damaged one of the wheel hub bearing and warped the rotor on my baby. It made a horrible screeching for along time. It would probably be better to take it off and maybe hang the caliper off a drycleaning wire hanger so you would have to detach the brake fluid hose.
 

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HAVE A QUESTION?

I WANNA DO THE SAME BUT I DON'T HAVE A GARAGE TO DO THIS IN I WILL HAVE TO DO THIS OUTSIDE BUT MY QUESTION IS IF I START EARLY IN THE MORNING LIKE 5:30 HOW LONG WILL THE PAINT DRY BEFORE I COULD THROW MY RIM BACK AND PARK IT SO I COULD LET IT DRY?????
 

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Re: HAVE A QUESTION?

THE LIFE said:
I WANNA DO THE SAME BUT I DON'T HAVE A GARAGE TO DO THIS IN I WILL HAVE TO DO THIS OUTSIDE BUT MY QUESTION IS IF I START EARLY IN THE MORNING LIKE 5:30 HOW LONG WILL THE PAINT DRY BEFORE I COULD THROW MY RIM BACK AND PARK IT SO I COULD LET IT DRY?????
honestly after you finsish painting wait like 30 min and you'll be fine to drive. I personally waited like 10 min cause i had to go somewhere and they turned out perfectly fine
 

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honestly after you finsish painting wait like 30 min and you'll be fine to drive. I personally waited like 10 min cause i had to go somewhere and they turned out perfectly fine
Most of the paints at the autopart store said 3-5 hours and the paint will be dry to the touch. Even then you have to be careful because the paint can still come off pretty easily. I made the mistake of trying to put my wheel back on too soon and the tire brushed the caliper and took some of the paint off. I had to put on another few coats because of that, and that was after I had let the paint dry for a few hours.

After 10 minutes the paint will still be very wet. Even 30 minutes the paint will still be gummy and come off easily.

Wait at least 3 hours if you have to get your wheels back on.
 

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Most of the paints at the autopart store said 3-5 hours and the paint will be dry to the touch. Even then you have to be careful because the paint can still come off pretty easily. I made the mistake of trying to put my wheel back on too soon and the tire brushed the caliper and took some of the paint off. I had to put on another few coats because of that, and that was after I had let the paint dry for a few hours.

After 10 minutes the paint will still be very wet. Even 30 minutes the paint will still be gummy and come off easily.

Wait at least 3 hours if you have to get your wheels back on.
the only way you can hit the caliper with your rim is if your not careful its really easy to put your rim on without hitting the caliper, and if your paint is still tacky after 30 min then you probably dident wait to long between coats.
 

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it is imperative that you do it outside in the sun....the garage will house all those vapors.....lots of paint fumes (if you do it on the car). Also, you need to cover your rotors as best as possible. In the sun, you get an accelerated baking effect. Ususally the complete job can be done in 2-3 hours if you do both front wheels at the same time then both rear or one whole side at a time.


A picture is a thousand words, right?
 
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