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Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: The land that Time forgot
Re: Painting Calipers...
I've used that epoxy paint, so I can comment:
The epoxy paint, is a lot glossier compared to Hammerite. It is also resistant to brake dust and you can just wipe it clean. It's a lot more durable and you can get an "as new" effect just by cleaning it. It's impervious to wheel cleaner and any other chemical you might normally put on it.
I found that Hammerite gets more and more matt over time, possibly due to brake dust, or maybe those wheel-cleaner chemicals are too fierce for it. It is also less glossy in the first place, so picks up more dust, more quickly. You can't wipe it clean after a while as the surface becomes matt. You get to the point where it needs re-doing.
If you're too tight to spend £20 on the epoxy paint, share the cost with a friend. I found I could quite easily give all 4 calipers (proper V6 calipers, not those off your missus' Saxo) the full 2 coats required to get the full Mony finish, and still have over half the pot of poo left over.
Once you mix the paint and the hardener it dries in air within a few hours (it's a sort of runny Plastic Padding) but if you seal the pot and stick it in a cool place it stays fluid for another week or so easily, so you don't even have to do your calipers at the same place and time as your mate. £10 each... bargain!
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