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Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:13 pm 
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Ok.. Got my XR8 rims and now I can see those old crappy brake calipers :\ I'd like to paint them with some silver hi-temp enamel. Anything I should take into consideration before I do this?
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Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 8:09 pm 
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yeah, that you'll need heaps of cans of brake cleaner to get them clean enough so the paint sticks - also use the proper paint (VHT brand is awsome). and don't paint rubbers and things that shouldn't be painted!

 

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Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 10:48 pm 
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forget the brake cleaner, buy a bottle of mag wheel cleaner costs a heap less than 10 cans of brake cleaner and works 10 times better.

as said above go for the VHT pressure pack either go for brake caliper paint or even the hi-temp engine enamel both work fantastic

 

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Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 4:53 pm 
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When I did mine, I just left them on the car. Took the wheel off and masked surrounding area.

Cleaned the f**k out of them with degreaser and a wire brush. Then just painted away with normal spray paint...none of that VHT stuff...no need. Been over a year and mine still look like the day I painted them...
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Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:05 pm 
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Yeah I got the wire brush hehehe I'm ready for some hardcore scrubbing.
I'll paint them as I change the pads..
Cheers for the help everyone
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Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:14 pm 
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I painted all 4 of my calipers on the car (with the wheel off). Did a wheel at a time. I didn't mask as I was worried about over-spray. Instead, I sprayed small amounts from the can into a large (clean) ice-cream container and painted it on the calipers with a small brush. Took my time and put on 3 or 4 coats. Ended up with no brush marks and no over-spray. Looked excellent. Took a few hours total. :D

I bought the best spray I could that was specifically designed to paint brakes.
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Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 3:03 pm 
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dont use high temp paint use brake caliper paint
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Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 9:21 pm 
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mswyld wrote:
dont use high temp paint use brake caliper paint


why not???

 

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Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:08 pm 
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As I said, I used normal spray paint and havent had any hassles with it...still looks new a year on...
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Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:48 pm 
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nannas_ed wrote:
mswyld wrote:
dont use high temp paint use brake caliper paint


why not???

high temp paint is used for engines. caliper paint is used for calipers, brakes get hotter than most engines.

i used vht red on mine a year ago and they still look great. i might actually be able to clean them when i fit my 19's, its too hard to get to them with 16's.. :lol:
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Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:03 pm 
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the_scotsman wrote:
As I said, I used normal spray paint and havent had any hassles with it...still looks new a year on...


normal paint? like supercheap stuff? wouldn't that blister with heat if the brakes got to hot?

 

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Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:08 pm 
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fordzatmyplace wrote:
the_scotsman wrote:
As I said, I used normal spray paint and havent had any hassles with it...still looks new a year on...


normal paint? like supercheap stuff? wouldn't that blister with heat if the brakes got to hot?


Maybe he doesn't brake enough to generate any heat hehe
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GlennAUII wrote:
nannas_ed wrote:
mswyld wrote:
dont use high temp paint use brake caliper paint


why not???

high temp paint is used for engines. caliper paint is used for calipers, brakes get hotter than most engines.

i used vht red on mine a year ago and they still look great. i might actually be able to clean them when i fit my 19's, its too hard to get to them with 16's.. :lol:


the only reason i ask is because i painted mine with vht bright red hi-temp and they look fantastic

 

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Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 8:47 pm 
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A quick little tip for you.

Take a wheel off.
Grab a plastic shopping bag and place it over the whole area, rotors and brakes etc. and tie it with the handle part of the bag.
Tear a little opening big enough to expose the brake calipers. Tape or mask the plastic bag opening so that it is behind the calipers so that nothing else is exposed.
Spray paint till your heart is content.

When dry, tear away bag - no mess - no fuss

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Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:51 pm 
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yer i got it done but they got scratched so i might have to do a touch up job. might take the idea of .. and spray some into a tub and paint them on.

its well worth doing this if you have rims that show the callipers. i just used masking tape and a plastic shopping bag.
check out this tutorial:
http://www.aufalcon.com.au/Tech/techbrake.htm

 

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