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ALombardi 04-23-2010 05:19 PM

HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers
 
How-To: Paint Your Calipers

This is quite an easy task, pretty self explanatory, however I’ll go over what I did.

What you need:

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- Paint. I used G2 Many people use DupliColor. To each their own. Many who use DupliColor say it will chip after a while and need another application, many say G2 wont chip. I’m no expert and this is my first time using it, but from what I can say, G2 seems like some high quality stuff.
- Jack
- Jack Stands ( I had 2, 4 is preferred to do all 4 calipers at once)
- Water (its a tiring job)
- Towels (to wipe off)
- Time (lots of it, minimum 3 hours, explained later)
- Wire Brushes (I bought 2, to see which worked better)
- Mini Painter’s Cup (any small plastic cup works)
- Torque Wrench
- Sunscreen & Sunglasses (if working outside like I did)
- Gloves (I didnt, some prefer them when working)
- Tape (G2 says to mask off.... up to you)
- Extra Tools (just in case you get bored and want to work on other stuff while you wait)



Lets Begin:

To start, read the instructions on your G2 box, assuming thats what you use. This way you know ahead of time what to do.


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Remove your wheels. I have 2 sets of wheel locks on my wheels so it took me a little more time. It was a bit tricky trying to lift it and put my jack stands in the exact spots I wanted them in. After some toying I figured out what worked best for me. As aforementioned, I only have 2 jack stands, those of you with 4 will have an easier time doing this project.



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Once your wheels have been removed, you first need to clean the calipers.


IMPORTANT: Choose Wisely! Your time is important here! The reactor sets the paint in a few hours, so you must decide.

I had 2 jack stands, knowing I would have to do front or back first, reinstall, then do the other half of the vehicle.

I decided to put some paint and some reactor into a plastic cup INSTEAD of putting all the reactor in the paint canister. This way in case I needed to stop or something came up, I wouldn’t waste the paint and have to buy more later on.

You decide what you need to do!






The instructions tell you to mix the paint and the reactor and stir for a minute then let sit for 5. I did this first so while I’m cleaning my calipers, the reactor is doing its thing with the paint.


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The cleaner provided by G2 was a degreaser. It did a pretty good job. I used it in combination with my wire brushes I purchased to clean the grease, dust, and any rust on the calipers.

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Time for the paint.



Make sure the paint is semi-thick, too watery and it seemed to drip easily and was a pain to apply.

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Apply a coat of pain across the metal of the caliper. Getting in and out of crevices is important. Make sure you get the entire caliper. Let it sit for roughly 15 minutes (as per the box instructions)

Move on to the next caliper. Repeat previous steps, paint very thoroughly.

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Now depending on what side/half of the car you did first, you may be able to go right back to the first caliper and repaint. The front calipers are much larger and take longer to paint. It took approximately 15 minutes to do the front calipers, to make sure I got all of it.

If you are able to take off all 4 wheels, move on to the 3rd, and give yourself extra cure time with the other coats.
I went back and did a second coat on the first caliper. Again, making sure I covered everything. By this point, the first coat will be obviously “sticky” and will have started to harden.

After both from calipers received 3 coats, it was time to wait. The instructions on the box say 2 hours before putting the wheels back on. I waited about 30 minutes.

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Now that the front was done, time to do the back. By this point, after 2 coats of sunscreen for my white ass, I moved the car into the shade.

By this point after a 45 minute clean-up and new location, the paint in my little plastic cup was hard and pretty sticky. I removed my wheels first, before mixing paint. I pour more paint and reactor into the cup for my rear calipers.

Again, repeat steps as necessary. Clean calipers, check paint quality, begin!

I applied 3 coats to the rear calipers again. This time I waited about 10 minutes after the final coat before putting the wheels back on.

The car was driven back to my parking spot, where it has been sitting for roughly 2 hours at this point.


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VIDEO:
Quality could be better, but, you see it....
http://gallery.me.com/anthonysabamf#100143/Calipers

It’s a link to my MobileMe. Youtube quality would kill this video.


Paint:
G2 Caliper Paint
www.g2usa.com

It would have cost me $52 to ship it.
I looked online just to see if I could get it cheaper elsewhere.

I found it for $39 shipped from Stage 3 Motorsports. They are mainly a mustang site. But, if it's cheaper, it's cheaper!
http://www.stage3motorsports.com/res...ywords=caliper

^^^ That link will take you directly to their "caliper" search. All the colors they have come up.





Overview:

Great project. I enjoyed it. Was nice to get under the vehicle and do some work. I’m glad I decided to go with the blue instead of black. It stands out way more. Everyone has red and yellow, and well, I think yellow is ugly. Haha.

I enjoyed the 4 hour project. Well worth the time and the $45 I spent on all the materials, paint included.

On a side note, its a GREAT idea to clean your wheels in between while they are off the vehicle. Makes it really easy and you can do a great detail on it.

I hope this Write-Up has been helpful to those who plan to do this in the future.

I will make changes as necessary.

Any recommendations/ideas would be appreciated. Thanks for reading!

Scottina06 04-23-2010 05:26 PM

Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers
 
nice job.....I would recommend some tack cloths to clean the calipers of dust before painting. I also would recomend rubber gloves so no oils from your hands get on the painting surface

hemi.jon 04-23-2010 05:27 PM

Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers
 
thanks for the write, as i will be doing mine soon!

ALombardi 04-23-2010 05:28 PM

Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Scottina06 (Post 195210)
nice job.....I would recommend some tack cloths to clean the calipers of dust before painting. I also would recomend rubber gloves so no oils from your hands get on the painting surface

i mentioned the gloves. I didnt use them. Had them, but decided "ehh, wheres the fun if i dont have to clean it off of me?" :)

ChrisWk 04-23-2010 05:54 PM

Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers
 
Looks great did you leave the rear chrome brake cover off or did you paint that?

Chris

ALombardi 04-23-2010 05:54 PM

Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ChrisWk (Post 195226)
Looks great did you leave the rear chrome brake cover off or did you paint that?

Chris

there wasnt one?

At least no that i noticed? lol


the picture above literally is just after removal, cleaning, and painting. I didnt take off anything except the wheels

Matt 04-23-2010 06:08 PM

Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers
 
Looks great Ant!!!

Nice write up!

ALombardi 04-23-2010 06:08 PM

Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers
 
thank you sir

Chris 04-23-2010 06:30 PM

Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers
 
Looks sweet man, the blue sets it off perfectly! Only thing I would have done is get a model brush and go back and paint the "jeep" lettering black :)

blackpepper 04-23-2010 06:51 PM

Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers
 
Nice write up. The chrome brake cover was only on the 2005 m/y

Scottina06 04-23-2010 07:06 PM

Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by blackpepper (Post 195247)
Nice write up. The chrome brake cover was only on the 2005 m/y


2005 and 2006

ALombardi 04-23-2010 07:08 PM

Re: HOW TO: Paint Your Calipers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Chris (Post 195241)
Looks sweet man, the blue sets it off perfectly! Only thing I would have done is get a model brush and go back and paint the "jeep" lettering black :)

i havent decided what color to do. and that is easy. the "jeep" is easily accessible even with the wheels on


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