Brake calipers can easily be labelled the most dull and dusty part of the car, but with a simple paint job you can easily add a little oomph to your wheels. Painting your brake calipers is a quick and inexpensive task that will add a sporty edge to the look of your car.
What you'll need
- Wax and grease remover
- Duplicolor caliper paint
- Wire brush
- Safety gear
Tips and Warnings
- For safety, be sure to use a jack stand to keep your car elevated. Wear appropriate safety gear and work in a well ventilated area
- Brake calipers get very hot so for longer lasting results, use a caliper paint or high heat resistant paint – Duplicolor caliper paint has a heat resistance of up to 484 degrees Celcius
- If you removed your calipers, test drive the car to check the brakes and apply some copper grease to prevent any brake components sticking in the future
Before You Start
For easier access, remove the calipers from the car. However, if you’re not up to this challenge you can simply tape and mask off any surrounding areas to avoid overspray.
Step 1 - Clean The Surface
Spray cleaner over the calipers and use a clean dry cloth to remove all brake dust and dirt. Take your wire brush and scrub the calipers to remove any remaining grease and grime.
Step 2 - Prepare The Surface
It’s very important to start with a clean slate so in addition to cleaning the surface, make sure you remove any rust or old paint. You can do this with a wire brush, however a sandblaster will do a better job if you have access to one.
Step 3 - Paint The Calipers
Spray a coat of caliper paint being careful to get into all of the hard to reach spots. Apply 3-4 coats of colour allowing the paint to dry between each coat.
Step 4 - Add A Clear Top Coat
This is an optional step, however it will give your caliper paint job extra protection and added gloss. Leave the calipers to dry for 24 hours and you’re done.
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