How to Paint your brake calipers
You love your old car and don’t want to change it despite the continuous persistence of the family because it happens to be your dream car and innumerable memories are associated with it, right? But change is also essential to keep up with the modern times, so what should you do now? The middle way is to jazz up your car by painting the dull and boring brake calipers. It’d just be like pedicure service for your vehicle which will trim, polish and add some color to your faithful friend without getting too drastic or altering the appeal of your car.
Painted calipers add the missing oomph to your wheels and make them stand out while on road. So, if you are planning to upgrade your old friend and give it a makeover, then follow the space as in this article we will talk about the easy method to paint your brake calipers on your own and the material you’ll need for this job.
Naturally you’ll be excited to instantly illuminate your wheels but before jumping into the DIY task, first prepare properly. Here’s a list of things you should keep in hand before you start painting your calipers:
- Caliper paint or caliper paint kit (check brake caliper paint reviews for a better understanding of what suits your vehicle)
- ½ – 1-inch wide paint brush or spray paint (as desired)
- Brake caliper cleaner
- Paper towels
- Masking tape, newspapers, plastic bags or any such thing to cover rest of wheels and prevent them from paint splashes
- Sandpaper, wire brush or toothbrush for cleaning and scrubbing calipers.
- Abrasive cleaning pad like ScotchBrite when painting over the existing coat of caliper paint.
You can never get wrong with cleaning, so just clean as much as you can. Grease, grime, dirt, and dust will never provide a sound base to your caliper paint neither the paint will adhere to such a slimy surface. Scrub off the rust and debris with the wire brush and then apply cleaning solvent to get rid of grease. Sandpaper and toothbrush will aid you to clean the nooks and corners of the calipers. Wipe off the dirt and grime with the paper towel, still, grease didn’t leave? Then try some grease removing soap; you’ll require a clean dirt-less surface for a smooth finish.
Cleaning will be much easier for those who are just aiming for a second paint application over existing caliper paint; scuff the old paint to provide an adhering surface to the fresh paint coat and you’re done.
After cleaning, it’s time to protect rest of the wheels’ surface from paint splashes unless you want cheap looking painted wheels, nuts, and bolts. Use newspapers, masking tape, plastic or whatever you find suitable to cover up every component except the calipers.
Once you’re done securing your wheels, you are all set to paint your calipers. Make sure to select a heat-resistant caliper paint which can withstand high temperature up to 900 degrees. Both spray and non-spray paints can be used for upgrading calipers, but it’s advisable to pick non-spray paints. Spray paints are messy and you’ll have to be extra careful about paint splashes elsewhere, more so it’ll be difficult to cover all the nooks and corners of calipers with the spray paint.
While painting with a brush, try to make smooth and even strokes for a uniform finish. Apply several light coats of paint with brush or spray, don’t rush or try to apply one heavy coat just to speed up the whole painting process. You are restoring your favorite old car, have patience.
Drying caliper paint:
Sufficient time should be given to every paint coat to dry; this is essential for proper finish and durability of the caliper paint. Drying time and durability of caliper paint are directly proportional to each other; larger the time, stronger will be the paint.
Though the drying time mentioned on paint kit for one coat is 15-20 minutes, however, several factors like outside temperature and humidity play their part; so, it’s better to leave it overnight. Apply 4 – 10 coats of caliper paint and after last coat leave the calipers for at least 24 hours before you remove the masking and reattach calipers to the wheels.
If there isn’t any emergency then give the calipers their due time to dry and bring the upgraded calipers on road after a week of painting; this will improve its strength, longevity and prevent it from early chipping or rusting.
Painting brake calipers and car maintenance is considered pricey procedure but that’s not the case; doing it yourself is a bit time consuming but it’s a job worth putting effort for. Caliper paint besides preventing brake calipers from rusting will instill new life into your boring vehicle and everybody will envy its looks.