Paint your calipers /w Pics

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  1. Dalamar

    Dalamar Legend Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    I just painted my rear calipers, they sure look a lot better.
    about 14thousand times.

    Here's the breakdown:

    Stock is beautiful:
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    Take the pad bracket off of the piston.
    I kept the piston section on, BC I didn't wanna unhook the line or e brake.
    Prep for paint i hit it good with a wire wheel on my grinder to remove the surface rust.
    this is really the quickest way to prep it for paint.

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    Did the pad (outer bracket) in a vice, same way

    Got some high temp paint.
    The only had silver, black or red in they're "caliper" paint.
    So i got this wheel paint, and a clear. 8)
    The clear makes it much more shiny, I'd recommend it.

    I masked off the area, and the piston and bleeder cap.
    sprayed 3 coats of color, and 3 of clear.
    let it dry for one day, and reassembled, remounted.

    the only PITA part is getting the bottom bolt in with the Ebrake cable right in front of the hole.
    Had to unhook the cable from the LCA bracket, slide up the outer (pad) braket to get them in.

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    I also swapped my rotors. huge visual improvement, especially with smaller spoked wheels.
    they also stop better ;)

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    Put it together, remounted (which was kindof a PITA with the ebrake cable right in front of the bottom hole.


    I'm happy with how it turned out!!

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    +1 on the engine enamel, I've always used this. I know a bunch of people who have spent 20 bucks or so on "caliper paint", when I spend 5 on a can of engine enamel and it works just as well
     
  3. Dalamar

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    agree on that. and the clear makes it look much better. cept on the motor, it will yellow!



    Thanks for posting in this thread, it was lonely :crying:
     
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    only took 600 views for a post :coolsmiley:
     
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    Whooho!
     
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    I bought high temp Red and Clear... painting them tonight.

    What do you think? two coats of color and clear?

    Jeremy
     
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    how ever many coats it takes to look nice and deep.

    I was out of town, how did it turn out?
     
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    i went with two coats on the rear and three on the front with two coats of clear on all four.

    ill take some pics. it looks great imho. right now i only have pics via cell phone.

    Jeremy
     
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    That turned out really good. Like the contrast.
     
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    Thank you :)
     
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    First photo is before...

    Rest are After.

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    Looks Good Jeremy!

    Red goes nice with black :coolsmiley:
     
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    nice! i shall be doing this before too long. maybe when i get new springs and rotors. im thinking red and black.
     
  14. Dalamar

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    Cool, show-and-tell when you're done!
     
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    haha. i will. it might be a while though. the unemployment bug has bit me :/
     
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    Mountain Dew... FTW! lol
     
  17. Dalamar

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    ALWAYS!


    It's the sweet nectar of life.
     
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    hey dal, if the metal piece on top of the cailper is loose, what should i do? how would i get it to not move. its the metal piece in the 4th picture in the center of the caliper. thanks
     
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    is that the spring clip for the shoes?
    you could remove it and bend it back into shape, but I don't think it will make much difference if you just leave it.
     
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    Yea its the little spring thing, I tried to adjust it the best i could but it still moves a good amount, I just painted my calipers 2-toned :) I'll post up some pics soon