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Old 09-25-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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"Winterize" brake rotors.

My SVT is gonna be sitting for a couple months this winter and I need to know how to "prep" the rotors. I am thinking that 4 months of rust will destroy them and I don't want to deal that. Is there a spray or a wax or something that I can use to seal them and prevent the surface rust? I know oils would ruin the pads and of course that is a unwanted outcome as well.

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Old 09-25-2012, 06:59 PM   #2
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Park the car indoors of put a car cover over it. Even uncovered outdoors, I really don't think you'll have any problems with rust.

That said, one idea may be plastidip. You can spray it on, and when your ready to drive again, it can be pealed right back off without any residue leftover.
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You really think there won't be much rust? Call me crazy but it seems a little counterintuitive. I dunno maybe it's just me being paranoid. Lol
I never thought about plastidip. Tho That's probably a really good idea.

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Yeah, I really don't think it will be an issue, but I have been proven wrong before. Just make sure there is no moister between the rotor and pads when you park the car. That's typically where the issues arise.

But remember, it's probably better to be safe than sorry.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:26 PM   #5
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Ok. Thanks for the help. I think I am probably gonna the plastidip route. I will just make sure that they are dry under the pads.
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I can't see there being any significant damage to a set of rotors over a few months of Michigan winter...it will be very dry, so not exactly a haven for rust. My dad's Camaro sits throughout most the year (very rarely driven) and the rotors never even rust. Unless it's being stored outside I just don't see it being an issue.

If anything, put a light coat of oil on the rotors, then wash off with brake cleaner before you drive. Plastidip sounds like a real pain in the ass.
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I had a car sit outside for two years and when I got it running I just did a few stops in a safe area to sweep the rust off. Four months of surface rust shouldn't be too bad.
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It's not a big deal to let them rust for a year. Just keep in mind the brakes have to clean all that off eventually so expect them to grind, growl and blast rust powder out for a sec.
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I would follow the "just don't worry about it advice."

But here is an idea some might think sounds crazy. Take a rag and rub some old engine oil on the surfaces. Now, I've had my cars oil sprayed for rust protection many of times. Sometimes a lot of over spray gets on the brakes. Its really no big deal. A couple firm stops and its wiped away without even being noticeable after. Just make sure you do it first chance you get and not when you're rushing up toward stopped traffic.

Despite what some belligerent rednecks have told me, oil is a rust inhibitor.
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Your brakes will be fine. Yes they will get a coating of rust on them, and yes it will come right off after the first few stops out of storage. All this talk of putting this or that on your rotors is just plain silliness.
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