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OK, so about 6 months ago I spent an evening "quick fixing" my terrible looking callipers by simply cleaning and lacquering them again with high heat resistance paint.

All has been well for a while but its peeled off and so I am back to square 1 with some seriously shocking looking callipers :(

This time I want to do it properly so will strip them (front and rear), clean them and re-paint them from the ground up. I have been looking into paint and process and the general consensus is:

1) Strip
2) Clean thoroughly
3) Mask & prep surfaces
4) 2 coats of Etch Primer
5) 2 coats of base colour
6) 2 coats of lacquer
7) leave to dry for a day then go out and cure the paint by giving the breaks an Italian tune up to get the temps up high :)

I will be doing this on the car and not removing the brakes btw.

That said, I have come across this stuff:
Peter Kwasny GmbH - Lackspraydosen, Lackstifte und Lackiervorbereitung für Automobil und Dekoration: Auto-K brake caliper paint

It states that it does not need a primer of any kind as its resin based and will bond direct? it also states it does not need a top coat, although I would have to top coat after I re-applied the alfaromeo decals so that is a mute point unless I left off the badges.

Anyone know of this stuff or used it before or know anything about painting in general? spraying colour onto things is by far my weakest skill and 9 times out of 10 it ends up looking a dogs dinner so I want to make sure I have the best stuff to get it right!!!

Current shopping list:

1) Wurths Brake cleaner
2) Wurths Etch Primer
3) Red Caliper Paint
4) alfa decals
5) Clear coat caliper lacquer

If this Auto-K stuff is good though I can ditch the primer, or should I keep it anyway and use the Auto-K for good measure?

Assistance required!!!
 

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hold the can 15 cms away, and brush it across the area in short squirts.
dont stay on the same area or youll get a collection and itll drip
 

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Don't use Halfords caliper paint, it's too orangey a red, not like the real blood red on the Brembos. I used it on my old 156, looks cheap, I also used the Jackson Pollock method of painting, so they looked real bad. IME spending a lot of cash on cleaners, primers, colour, lacquer is false economy- I bet it'll cost you £70 for all the bits. Man of your 159 spending prowess really ought to just get Autolusso to do them Autolusso - Alfa Romeo Specialist | Powder Coated Brake Calipers

Maybe there's an exchange deal?
 

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I'm pretty sure (this may be useful for someone) that the touch up paint sold by Snap-On to touch up their tool boxes is a perfect match for Brembos!
 

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I'm pretty sure (this may be useful for someone) that the touch up paint sold by Snap-On to touch up their tool boxes is a perfect match for Brembos!
I don't think matching the colour is a problem, it's getting the process right for it to look good long term.:)
 

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Looking back at the Auto-K paint specs it would seem that the Caliper paint has a "Synthetic Resin" base and the high temp clear coat has a "Silicon Resin" Base and states that if it is applied over a paint with a "Synthetic Resin" base it may peel, so I guess that means that the Auto-K Caliper Paint has to stay as a single process.

That said, it would reduce the time/cost of the project significantly as I would need to only buy the Red not primer and top coat as well.

To that end, I have emailed the supplier of the high temp decals to ask if they can be applied without a top coat of lacquer to protect them as if they can I think I will give the single process Auto-K paint a go.

Next question....

Traditional or Contemporary? (Red or Yellow) :)
 

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These are the ones I plan on using: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/350915085570

I spoke to the seller and he has not lacquered them on his own callipers and they have lasted 7 years. He did disclaim this by saying that his own guidance shipped with the stickers states to lacquer them to protect against direct high pressure washing, but he reiterated it was a precautionary statement to protect him and his own are not lacquered.

"Thanks for your email. There is no requirement to lacquer over the decals, I have never done so on my own cars and the current set are now 7 years on (well used Brembos). Some people do lacquer them for the perfect touch; they do look better that way when really close up. I think it is a pointless exercise. I do note in my instructions that a coat of lacquer should be used if the user intends to jet wash the callipers up-close. However, this is really to cover me as I am not aware that the decals have ever been damaged like this, but it is a possibility."

This means I could potentially just use the single spray process using the Auto-K paint reducing cost / effort significantly.

The way I look at it, worst case scenario the stickers peel off and I replace them and lacquer them at a later date.
 

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Oh and yes, yellow has always been a potential :)

The black Ti has Red accents on the interior though so the yellow would be orphaned from a design perspective.... Decisions decisions.... :)
 

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I may give this a go..... I fancy yellow.......I replaced my rear pads a couple of weeks ago and cleaned everything in site with brake cleaner, it really does a good job without much effort.

A good scrub with a mild detergent, rinse and then brake cleaner would be an easy job prior to painting.

Try and fit it into my (wife's) schedule:lol:

Oh and I need to repair my alloys, rolled one on my drive and it landed alloy side down, what a mess:rant:
 

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I am in the same boat as you. The wife is away for a weekend soon and while I am technically looking after my daughter, she loves painting in the garage anyway so I reckon I will have an extra pair of hands :) she is only 8 though haha
 
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