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Painting Brake Calipers

Hi All.

Just wanted to get some advice regarding painting my Brake Calipers on my 156 JTS.

Obviously this part gets very hot and certain paints won't be appropriate but was thinking of using the Touch Up Paint that came with my Car.

Is this safe? Will it do the job? If not what will?

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Re: Painting Brake Calipers

I think you need proper caliper paint.. Halfrauds should sell it. I think the touch up paint might burn or flake off..
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I think you need proper caliper paint.. Halfrauds should sell it. I think the touch up paint might burn or flake off..
Totally. Caliper paint is the only surefire way of doing it, and make sure you give the calipers a good clean and going over with a wire brush before the paint goes on.
 
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Hammerite does the job fine, you'll need about three coats. Make sure you wire brush the calipers first.
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I have used hammerite, engine lacquer and caliper paint in the past and i would say the proper caliper paint is the best. Gives a nice flat finish drys fast and hides a lot of sins!!
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I used engine lacqure.Dries in about 10 min per coat Been a year since i did it and still as good now,and only about £5 a tin.

Another recent thread about this https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...callipers.html

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Same as Alfie GTV.:
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Do them Silver
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Re: Painting Brake Calipers

I used Hammerite and the paint was perfect for 5 years of both normal and spirited driving. It just needed a few touch-ups. Recently I installed uprated brakes and during the "testing" I really warmed them up (15 brakings from 150 - 50 km/h). The paint melted slightly and made pimples like if air bubbles were trapped under it. When the brakes cooled down pimples disappeared and paint was firm and smooth as new. No signs of peeling off or other after-effects.
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Would blue calipers suit a red 156?
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Would blue calipers suit a red 156?
No, Silver or Black would probably look pretty good though imho.
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Black looks sweet.........

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Re: Painting Brake Calipers

ive bought some hammerite smooth in signal red for my moon blue 147 its got the 17" supersport alloys and i think it will look good!
probably do rear calipers but in black,as i think doing those red might be too much ! just waiting for better warmer weather before doing the job,as its a job on the drive as no garage.
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I used blue hammerite smooth on a previous car and providing you take time to prepare the surface well, it went on lovely and lasted the 3 years I had the car.
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Re: Painting Brake Calipers

forgive me for my ignorance ...but i assume you have to remove the callipers totally in order to paint 'em over right?
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Yes, i removed them.

To aid in heat dissapation I only painted the exterior viewable parts of the calliper too.
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I used smoothrite red no probs or discolouration, and less than a fiver for the paint, still enough left for 2 or 3 more coats
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forgive me for my ignorance ...but i assume you have to remove the callipers totally in order to paint 'em over right?
you should remove them IF you want the best quality finish and 'all over' the calipers, nice and even and perfect.

however, most people wouldn't care for that. so long as the parts 'on view' are painted, it won't matter if the back of the caliper is not.

i prefer to 'mask' the brakes and cover the car (against overspray) and spray them 'still on the car'. no probs.

here, i was spraying 'clear' brake lacquer over the factory red calipers, to restore their shine/finish:
http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL97/.../302915958.jpg
http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL97/.../302912853.jpg (note: before they were cleaned)
http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL97/.../302915964.jpg

and another car:
http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL97/.../335698197.jpg
http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL97/.../340322002.jpg


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