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Old 04-23-2011, 12:58 AM   #1
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How to: Paint Front Calipers

So I was bored and decide to paint my calipers and drums. I would suggest against white because of brake dust and it's little ricy on tiny stock brakes in my opinion. Go for black or gray. That's what I would do if I were to do it over again.

Disclaimer: There is a small but nonzero chance that you might cause damage of some sort. Or your wife/gf will get mad over couple bucks you've spend buying paint and then spending time with your car. I can't be held responsible for any of that. Also, I can't be held responsible in a case of something disappearing and appearing in random spot in the universe while you're following this, possibly wrong in many ways, guide on painting your brakes.
You will need:
  • 19mm socket with breaker bar
  • Jack & Pair of Jack Stands
  • Screw Driver
  • Rough Sand Paper
  • Water & Brush (or rag)
  • High Temp Paint
  • Newspapers & Masking Tape

Optional:
  • Torque Wrench
  • Rubbing Alcohol/Brake Cleaner
  • Gloves
  • Fine Sand Paper
  • Glass that's half full or half empty but with whiskey in it
  • Bucket for water



1) Use screw driver to pop hub caps of.

2) Use 19mm socket to loosen lug nuts.

3) Jack your car up and place jack stands under!



4) Sand those calipers real good. Keep doing it until it's real smooth and no loose rust or anything that might seem to affect finish negatively.



5) Now wash it up real good with warm water.



6) Optional: Clean it up with break cleaner or even rubbing alcohol. I've used white paper towel to dry it off so that I can see if anymore rust/dust/dirt coming off. Keep doing this until towel stays clean.



7) Mask it of real good.







8) Spray Paint it. I did three light coats and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes between each coat (this is where that glass of whiskey comes in handy).

Note: I've used Rustoleum High Heat Paint. Very satisfied with finish, but I suppose it's not proper paint for this application. Painted both calipers and drums with one can and have left over.





9) Take that masking off.. At this point there are two things that can happen:
  • You like the result, bravo;
  • You hate it (this is where you'd want those whiskey left overs you've been sipping on);



Painted my drums as well. Basically same steps, but expect more sanding and less masking. Took me probably two hours all together.




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Old 04-23-2011, 04:47 AM   #2
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Nice write-up added to our archive.
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Does anyone know if the front calipers can be powder coated? I wasn't sure if this was possible because of the internals of the caliper. I would love to have all of my brake components powder coated until I can save enough money to buy the SVT conversion from FRPP.
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Does anyone know if the front calipers can be powder coated? I wasn't sure if this was possible because of the internals of the caliper. I would love to have all of my brake components powder coated until I can save enough money to buy the SVT conversion from FRPP.
My buddy did this on his Mustang, he took them completely apart, powdercoated, and reassembled them.
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My buddy did this on his Mustang, he took them completely apart, powdercoated, and reassembled them.
As in actually took the whole caliper apart? Do you know how difficult it was to do it?
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As in actually took the whole caliper apart? Do you know how difficult it was to do it?
He said it was pretty easy, in fact I took the same kind of caliper apart. It's been years and I dont remember, but I think I put a screwdriver through the banjo bolt hole and worked one piston out, and with that one out it was easy to get the second one. Depending on how much the piston(s) are already out will make it easier, I think I might have used some pliers and a rag to work them out too. If you really look at it you can figure it out.

It's just an O ring around the piston that seals it internally, the rubber part you see on the outside of the piston is the dust seal. There isnt much holding it in the caliper. They used to sell rebuild kits for calipers instead of buying a rebuilt ones.
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He said it was pretty easy, in fact I took the same kind of caliper apart. It's been years and I dont remember, but I think I put a screwdriver through the banjo bolt hole and worked one piston out, and with that one out it was easy to get the second one. Depending on how much the piston(s) are already out will make it easier, I think I might have used some pliers and a rag to work them out too. If you really look at it you can figure it out.

It's just an O ring around the piston that seals it internally, the rubber part you see on the outside of the piston is the dust seal. There isnt much holding it in the caliper. They used to sell rebuild kits for calipers instead of buying a rebuilt ones.
I'm sure I could handle it, but I wasn't sure if it was worth taking it apart to powder coat. I wouldn't take the motor out to change a spark plug. If the calipers couldn't be taken apart, then we wouldn't have core charges, I guess. When I worked at a garage, we had to send the old calipers back to be rebuilt. I just wasn't sure how it was done.

How about coating the calipers and brackets with Rhino Liner or Line X? The drums can be done, no doubt, but will the fitment be messed up with the thickness of the coating on the caliper and bracket? I know how fustrating it can be to have a pad that won't seat in a caliper or bracket correctly just because it is not at the perfect angle. Obviously, the holes would have to be covered up to not get anything in the threads, but I am just wary of any fitment issues. Hell, I would coat my whole car in Line X if I could afford it.
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im thinkin about powder coating my Zx3's red because it would match with the brake light fairly well, wat do you think?
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powder coating involves dip degrease , acid clean, to etch and 200 degrees centigrade oven cook and depending on carefullness of your chosen shop , can leave some powder inside holes and threads that is hard to remove and requires careful inspection on reassembly, be careful with this.
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