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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-26-2006, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Caliper Paint

So as I was browsing in Autozone today, I happened to stumble across a kit that lets you paint your brake calipers. Says it cleans / paints 4 calipers, resists temps up to 500 deg. F, etc. Anyhow, just wondering if anyone has done this themselves on a motorcycle and how hard it actually is.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-26-2006, 05:06 PM
 
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I was thinking about it too, but once the brake dust gets in the little nooks and crannies of the caliper it'd look like ass. But there's always paint thinner.
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i dont know what the diffrence between "caliper paint" and any high temp paint is. Wouldnt any hi-temp or engine paint do?
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I've used it on cars. Never on a bike. The key trick is lots of break cleaner and a tooth brush.

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I just sent this thread to my buddy KatanaMan since he has experience in this area. Hopefully he checks in and replies.
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I used the Duplicolor Caliper Paint with Ceramic stuff this past week while my plastics were being repainted. I think its like $15 or so. Comes with cleaner, brush and paint. the cleaner did all the work for me, all I did was spray once, spray again and then wipe off any problem areas (minimal for me). After that its just normal brush painting. there is WAY more than enough paint. I am doen and still have about 90% left in the can. Basically you have to paint, wait about 5 to 10 minutes, repaint, wait repaint, and so on. By my third coat is was pretty even, looked really good. When you are painting it looks like it leaves streaks and will freak you out a little. just try to smooth it out and keep applying layers. Eventually it evens out and looks really nice. Ill have everything back together hopefully tomorrow and ill post the caliper pics with the bike pics.

Truthfully I would say total project a little over an hour, total work 15 minutes depending on how long it tkaes you to remove your wheels. Just do it on a rainy day if you have a garage and evey once in a while go out and repaint.
Spray cans have some overspray and you have more to mask off, but the painting is quicker obviously. The hand paint seems stronger, thicker, and better my 2 cents
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Yeah, I think that's the one I saw in autozone...well I'll probably go ahead and do it then, next weekend...pics will be up when it's done
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Yeah, I think that's the one I saw in autozone...well I'll probably go ahead and do it then, next weekend...pics will be up when it's done
Ill just say it now

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What do your calipers look like now? I'm always seen them as either black or gold... neither of which looked bad.

I wouldn't do the paint thing. Many people I know have did their cars and it always looks like hell after about 8 months.

If you want to get them done... tear em down and get them powdercoated! PERIOD!




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I think for $15 I can stand to either clean my cal's on a regular basis, or just strip em down and repaint them every season, seeing as how it doesn't sound that difficult to do.
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Bike is not done but here is the rear caliper with two coats of paint on it. Obviously powdercoating would be nice but for cheap and easy this rocks. Plus you have enough paint left over in case you need to "redo" anything later on.

BTW anyone think I should paint the plastic piece that covers the pads?
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BTW anyone think I should paint the plastic piece that covers the pads?
Just pop them off and lay the shine to them.

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Just pop them off and lay the shine to them.
so get to work KatanaMan, or I'll have to paint them for you when I come in for easter!
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Another quick question, is it necessary to remove my wheels in order to paint the calipers? or can I just pull em off and bleed the brakes when I'm done? Thanks for the help.
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Yeah you'll ahve to... be prepared for that to suck big time!




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Yeah you'll ahve to... be prepared for that to suck big time!
Meh, all that means is I'll have to work a bit longer on Friday
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Another quick question, is it necessary to remove my wheels in order to paint the calipers? or can I just pull em off and bleed the brakes when I'm done? Thanks for the help.
Really don't have to remove the caliper but it does make it easier.

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I just pulled them off the wheel and painted them. For the front that is. Rear may be a diff story.
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Really don't have to remove the caliper but it does make it easier.
Yeah, I was planning on removing the caliper and painting it, just didn't know if I had to remove the wheels in order to remove the caliper. Upon closer inspection, I see that I'll have to because the caliper is just a little too big to clear past the wheels Oh well, who doesn't like tinkering with bikes though right?
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Yeah, I was planning on removing the caliper and painting it, just didn't know if I had to remove the wheels in order to remove the caliper. Upon closer inspection, I see that I'll have to because the caliper is just a little too big to clear past the wheels Oh well, who doesn't like tinkering with bikes though right?
your calipers should come right off without taking the wheels off.
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