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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-08-2011, 17:40 Thread Starter
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Calliper painting how to.

For those of you who want to tart up your faded looking brake callipers, or even go for a colour change to suit your tastes, a little bit of time and some calliper paint can make a huge difference.

If you want to do the best job, then you should remove the calliper and strip it down prior to painting.

However, you can achieve a very good look by painting the callipers in situ.

First you need to jack up the car and remove the wheel. Remember to use axle stands rather than leaving the car on the jack.

First you need to clean the calliper removing any mud and heavy deposits.

Next, use a brake cleaner, such as the Halfords brake and clutch cleaner spray can, to give it a degrease and remove as much brake dust as possible.

Use a wire brush or wheel on a drill to slightly roughen the old paint. This will give a better key for the new paint. Be careful not to damage the brake lines or ABS cables.

Next, using a roll of ” masking take, carefully mask off ALL parts that you don’t intend to paint. This includes bleed nipples, brake lines, pads and even the discs. If you carefully stick the masking tape to the disc surface (both sides and outer edge) carefully, making sure it is as flat as possible, you should be able to turn the disc so that the masked part of the disc moves under the pads.







Next, using a small detailing type brush, carefully go around all the fiddly bits using your calliper paint. If you are steady handed then you might not want to do this bit, but it gives you more control and makes less mess.



Next, using a wider brush, cover the larger areas with smooth, light strokes. Try to use the brush in the same direction where possible to give a smoother finish. You may need several coats before you can’t see the red anymore.

You can use the steering lock to get better access to the rear of the calliper.



Leave to dry for about 24 hours and remove the masking tape. Make sure that no paint or masking tape is left on the discs.

Also, after 24 hours, the paint will have dried enough to touch it without marking the paint, but will still be soft enough to carry out the next bit.

Using a sharp craft knife, slowly and carefully scrape off the paint from the MG detailing.





It really is easier than it looks, just take your time and keep the blade parallel with the surface. Any small amounts left can be scraped off with the end of the knife.



You can also use the knife to remove any paint that got past the masking tape to give a clean finish.

The results should give a nice clean MG logo like on the original red callipers.





The rear callipers can be painted in the same way if needed.



Now, lets see what crazy colour combinations you lot can come up with.
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Very good Clive as ever.....but an easier way to 'scrape' the paint off is to use a 3/4" chisel.....as it does all 3 lines evenly and the MG logo in one hit too
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Very smart mate +1. Been meaning to do mine for a while.
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Very good Clive as ever.....but an easier way to 'scrape' the paint off is to use a 3/4" chisel.....as it does all 3 lines evenly and the MG logo in one hit too
Probably better for some. I prefered having a little more control.
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Thanks Clive!
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No problem. Now get painting.
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For those of you who want to tart up your faded looking brake callipers, or even go for a colour change to suit your tastes, a little bit of time and some calliper paint can make a huge difference.

If you want to do the best job, then you should remove the calliper and strip it down prior to painting.

However, you can achieve a very good look by painting the callipers in situ.

First you need to jack up the car and remove the wheel. Remember to use axle stands rather than leaving the car on the jack.

First you need to clean the calliper removing any mud and heavy deposits.
Now i'm confused

Top job Clive
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Been meaning to do mine for ages. Would this be possible to do without axle stands? And wouldn't you require 2 jacks for axle stands?
Top job Clive :0)
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Been meaning to do mine for ages. Would this be possible to do without axle stands? And wouldn't you require 2 jacks for axle stands?
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Kyle, its just not advisable to work under a car on a jack, if it fails you end up squashed

You only need one jack, jack up one side, insert stand, remove jack, go round other side, jack up, insert axle stand, remove jack, job done
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Thanks Clive...!!!

I know that cleaning my callipers will actually remove a lot of paint...am I ok to paint over the exposed areas without any kind of primer?

cheers
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Kyle, its just not advisable to work under a car on a jack, if it fails you end up squashed

You only need one jack, jack up one side, insert stand, remove jack, go round other side, jack up, insert axle stand, remove jack, job done
Agreed Steve. Safety first. House bricks be ok? Lol
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does the F/TF have a central jacking point like the ZR does? i jack from the tow point then put the stands under.
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No problem. Now get painting.
Hopefully today!
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does the F/TF have a central jacking point like the ZR does? i jack from the tow point then put the stands under.
The F has a central jacking point but the TF does not.


TF Jacking points
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Thanks Clive...!!!

I know that cleaning my callipers will actually remove a lot of paint...am I ok to paint over the exposed areas without any kind of primer?

cheers
The calliper paint is thick enough not to require any kind of primer and has no issues sticking to bare metal.
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The F has a central jacking point but the TF does not.
well that's a bit daft.
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Nice job, as always. Hoping and planning to do this myself in the near future.
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They look great, where was this 2 weeks ago when I painted mine!? ;-)
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I've lived dangerously, I painted them in black waxoyle. So when I'm braking really hard and they get real hot, I get to ponder the chances of the waxoyle melting onto the discs. Though I've never gone fast enough to really worry!
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Just plucking up the courage to do this...can you get Calliper paint in Halfords?
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