At one time or another, we all get tired of our boring looking calipers. We see painted calipers, but we dont really want to risk f***ing anything on our cars up. We also dont really want to take everything off when we paint it. Well in this article, I will show you an easy way to do up your calipers using tools you already have
- Jack stands (or for the ghetto folk, cinder blocks)
- Tire Iron
- Newspaper, and plastic bags
- Degreaser or other cleaning solvent (make sure its non flammable)
- Bristle brush of some sort
- High Heat Paint
Ok, so I decided to paint my cailpers. I wanted them to match my yellow 'H' Emblems, so I picked up some Dupli-Color Engine Enamel Ceramic 500 degree Daytona Yellow DE164s Paint at my local autozone. High heat paint is important because your brakes get hot. You can get paint rated higher heat than this, but I couldnt find any that was yellow so I went with this.
Project car: 1991 Honda Civic LX Sedan
Step 1: Jack up car, remove tires, put on jackstand, and repeat with other side of car (for those of you who have 4 wheel disk brakes, do em in whatever order suits you)
My car only has front disks so I just jacked up the front
Step 2: Clean your calipers as good as you can. I chose to use some degreser we had, which probably didnt do the best job, but I could not think of anything harsher than this that wasnt flammable
This looks good, doesent it?
Step 3: Cover all the s*** you do not want to paint, do not just spray away because the end product will look like crap and you will hate it. Dont worry if a little paint gets on the rotor, it will come off once you brake.
Step 4: Do a couple of nice LIGHT coats, using an hour between applications (what I did). Dont try to do it all at one time, because you will have runs and it will look like crap.
I did about 4 Coats in the end, once you are satisfied and the paint is DRY remove all the bags and newspaper and s*** and admire your work
time to throw the VX rims back on
And there you have it folks, one quality job.
Final note: Do not paint your drum brakes as it looks pretty ricey, and usually flakes off (if you like it do it, but I wouldnt)
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Last edited by joe7987; 12-08-2012 at 05:31 PM.