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Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers

a word of caution, if you remove the calipers to paint them, LOC TITE them back in! I had to take my jeepin for rattling and the bottom caliper bolt up front almost fell out (which would have caused the caliper to flip up into the wheel and seize it up). Thats despite tightening them to spec
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Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers

Great post, I like the blue paint you used. I had painted my calipers with the Duplicolor brush on caliper paint kit back in spring of 09, and after every winter the paint looks like ass chipping and falling off. So I have to repant every year. I guess the good thing is I still have the same kit since there is enough paint to do it a couple times. I hate painting, no patience for it so I have only repainted one calipe so far this year. I just realized I need front brake pads, so ill do them at the same time. After this dulpicolor paint is used up I will def be buying a different, more durable paint. Prob what you used if the reviews are good. Im thinking with the really cold winters on top of all the road salt it just ruins the duplicolor paint. But I have to say all summer and fall the paint does stand up and never saw any chipping. But after a new england winter I can wash the paint right off with my garden hose.
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a word of caution, if you remove the calipers to paint them, LOC TITE them back in! I had to take my jeepin for rattling and the bottom caliper bolt up front almost fell out (which would have caused the caliper to flip up into the wheel and seize it up). Thats despite tightening them to spec
That's odd. In all my previous vehicles, countless number of doing brake pads and rotors myself I never had a bolt come loose. I have never even torqued them back down, just regular tighten with a ratchet. I wouldn't use loc tite on em.
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Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers

Thats kind of why I never removed them to do it. If someone wants to, knock yourself out. But I lack the knowledge to do so, and I'd most likely mess something up.

I can easily say with it being 1 yr and 1 mo later from the original post... they still look brand new. They sometimes seem to have some brake dust on them but that comes off pretty easy with the hose I used on a higher pressure when I wash the Jeep.

I love the paint. I get compliments on it all the time out and about.
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Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers

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Great post, I like the blue paint you used. I had painted my calipers with the Duplicolor brush on caliper paint kit back in spring of 09, and after every winter the paint looks like ass chipping and falling off. So I have to repant every year. I guess the good thing is I still have the same kit since there is enough paint to do it a couple times. I hate painting, no patience for it so I have only repainted one calipe so far this year. I just realized I need front brake pads, so ill do them at the same time. After this dulpicolor paint is used up I will def be buying a different, more durable paint. Prob what you used if the reviews are good. Im thinking with the really cold winters on top of all the road salt it just ruins the duplicolor paint. But I have to say all summer and fall the paint does stand up and never saw any chipping. But after a new england winter I can wash the paint right off with my garden hose.
I think your experience is the exception. What did you do to prepare the surface for paint? I've painted calipers with regular Krylon spray paint and had it last through several Michigan winters looking new. You just have to make sure the surface of the metal is absolutely clean and clear of any grease and/or oil. Even the oil from your fingertips will disrupt the adhesion properties of most paint. Then, of course, you could have just gotten a bad kit. Sometimes the paint/hardener mix is a little off, and doesn't behave properly.
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That's odd. In all my previous vehicles, countless number of doing brake pads and rotors myself I never had a bolt come loose. I have never even torqued them back down, just regular tighten with a ratchet. I wouldn't use loc tite on em.
torqued it down, came loose. went to the shop and they did it. came loose. then they loc-tited it. Same bolt every time, bottom caliper boot bolt on the front right side.
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I think your experience is the exception. What did you do to prepare the surface for paint? I've painted calipers with regular Krylon spray paint and had it last through several Michigan winters looking new. You just have to make sure the surface of the metal is absolutely clean and clear of any grease and/or oil. Even the oil from your fingertips will disrupt the adhesion properties of most paint. Then, of course, you could have just gotten a bad kit. Sometimes the paint/hardener mix is a little off, and doesn't behave properly.
I really think it is due to the cold temps during winter and/or the road salt. I was very particular to clean them off very well with the included cleaner and brake cleaner. Repainting them I removed as close to all the existing paint I could with sand paper and brake cleaner. Believe me, I did not half ass. From my observations the paint appears fully bonded with zero chips or flakes all spring, summer, and fall. But the after winter it seriously just starts flaking off. During painting I always stir the container to ensure an even mix so nothing settles, and I take my time brushing many thin coats to build up to a nice thick coat. I do believe that the Duplicolor brush on paint does not stand up to these winter conditions. I would almost say a primer is in fact needed. I think heat and the paint shrinking has something to do with it, loss of bond.

For the money I think its def worth buying, its just I have to repaint then every year, but they look brand new again, until the next winter.

Just telling everyone MY experience with the kit.
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Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers

i may have to repaint mine soon.This time ill try a few coats of clearcoat. Question-should i bother sanding them down and hitting it with a layer of primer?
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Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers

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I really think it is due to the cold temps during winter and/or the road salt. I was very particular to clean them off very well with the included cleaner and brake cleaner. Repainting them I removed as close to all the existing paint I could with sand paper and brake cleaner. Believe me, I did not half ass. From my observations the paint appears fully bonded with zero chips or flakes all spring, summer, and fall. But the after winter it seriously just starts flaking off. During painting I always stir the container to ensure an even mix so nothing settles, and I take my time brushing many thin coats to build up to a nice thick coat. I do believe that the Duplicolor brush on paint does not stand up to these winter conditions. I would almost say a primer is in fact needed. I think heat and the paint shrinking has something to do with it, loss of bond.

For the money I think its def worth buying, its just I have to repaint then every year, but they look brand new again, until the next winter.

Just telling everyone MY experience with the kit.
OK, it sounds like you did the necessary prep work. I would say you have a bad kit. MI winters are not mild, not in the least, and I've never had this problem.
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i like how you painted the grand cherokee thats a good idea, its a nice touch with the color of the caliper.
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Getting ready to do this, do you guys think I should spray it with some clear when I'm done?
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