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Old 09-28-2012, 12:08 AM
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Painting your Calipers - An amusement

Sigh

This is an adventure. I left out the half steps in between. Just know that each half step is either a beer, cigarette, or both.

Step 1) Order Powerslot slotted and frozen rotors, Hawk ceramic pads, and stainless brake lines

Step) Go pick up self etching primer, paint, brake fluid, and brake cleaner locally

Step 3) Wait for parts to arrive

Step 4) Parts arrive, prep work area

Step 5) get distracted and paint engine cover (2 day process and another adventure)

Step 6) Force self to finally start brake job

Step 7) raise front end and put on jack stands, remove front wheels

Step 8) begin to clean calipers while on WK

Step 9 ) realize that this is stupid because you have to remove them anyway

Step 10) remove calipers

Step 11) break down caliper and find one float pin completely frozen

Step 12) check local part stores for availability of calipers and price, find all 3 have them and Napa has the best price

Step 13) debate on whether to attempt freeing float pin or just go get new calipers

Step 14) pick up hammer and punch, beat the shit out of float pin, chip the side of it, wrap calipers in towel and shove in a box

Step 15) go to Napa

Step 16) walk in carrying box with calipers wrapped in towel, ask if they would like some puppies, get strange looks, and then find out that they really don't have them in stock and can get them Saturday morning.

Step 17) Go to Advance Auto Parts

Step 18) Find that they have them in stock and at the same price as Napa (HAPPY)

Step 19) bring pristine new calipers home and set up bench to prep for painting

Step 20) Call into conference call for work

Step 21) mute phone and mask off calipers after breaking them down

Step 22) stop and talk on the conference call

Step 23) hit mute again

Step 24) set up and hang calipers and brackets on a pipe suspended from 2 ladders

Step 25) spray everything liberally with brake cleaner

Step 26) Let dry and then coat with self etching primer

Step 27) neighbor calls and needs a ride to pick up truck

Step 28) looks like rain so move parts indie garage to dry

Step 29) take neighbor to get truck

Step 30) decide that since it is now a torrential downpour, go grocery shopping for the weekend, Hmmm, wearing work jeans and ratty tshirt along with do rag. Nope, not gonna be getting any girls phone numbers on this grocery trip.

Step 31) Return home with groceries and put away.

Step 32) eat

Step 33) rain stopped, put parts back outside.

Step 34) it's dark, move truck and shine headlights onto work area

Step 35) paint calipers and brackets red (2 coats)

Step 36) immediately after second coat, rain starts back, but only a light drizzle

Step 37) frantically bring parts back inside garage to dry

Step 38) shut garage door, turn out light with a sense of satisfaction because the parts look very good

Step 39) wash hands in sink, hear crash in garage

Step 40) Enter garage and find a caliper that has fallen directly onto a sealed 5 gallon bucket of molasses (don't ask), busted the lid. and is sticking inside the bucket

Step 41) Pull caliper out of molasses bucket and stand there and watch it drain off while shaking head

Step 42) rehang all parts more securely

Step 43) share pain

Hopefully I can finish the front tomorrow without any more character building experiences. It should be fun removing the molasses and touching up the paint. LOL And this is just the front.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:15 AM
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Pics or it didnt happen lol
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Re: Painting your Calipers - An amusement

For your amusement. I must say, I ran back out to snap these and most of the molasses has drained right off the caliper! Another HAPPY moment. It looks like the touch up may not be that bad.
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Sorry, i have to ask.... Lol why do you have 5 gallons of molasses? Haha. I have gone through most of your steps as well. Mine was siezed up on me, but none of my local stores had a caliper in stock. I had to wait for one to be shipped in.
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Clearly you did not see where I put "don't ask" in parentheses! LOL
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Re: Painting your Calipers - An amusement

The good news is that the molasses came right off this morning with very little damage. I just needed to put on a light touch up coat. Now to let it dry and letter the Jeep logo in gloss black after lunch. If anyone hears any blood curdling screams this afternoon, you will know why.
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