Brake calipers play an important role in the braking system of your car. These parts help your brake pads do its job when a driver brakes to a stop. However, did you know that aside from its automotive function, calipers could also enhance the attractiveness of your car? You can paint your calipers any shade of color that you like for a really swashbuckling look. Take a peek at how other drivers do their calipers and you know why it’s almost criminal not to take advantage of a blank canvass that’s just waiting for splash of color.
Here’s how to bake paint your calipers:
Work with a pro. If this is your first time to do it then working with a team is the way to go. Work with your favorite mechanic or car detailer. Besides, the baking portion will have to be performed in a professional’s shop. Since there will be scraping, scrubbing, painting, and baking involved, make sure you have another car to drive or are ready to carpool with a friend because this job will take a while. How long? Longer than 24 hours.
Hit the road JACK. You must not bake paint or paint your car with wheels still on. This is self-explanatory. As soon as your car is driven out to a mechanic or car detailer, the next thing you should ask for is to place your car on a jack stand so that accidents can be avoided like your car being jolted up and down which happens when place on a hydraulic jack.
Begin to gather your gear.
Clean rags for wiping grease
Scotchbrite for cleanups
Car bags: Buy the cling-type bag for best performance.
Paint and paintbrush
Clear paint container for you to easily see the colors you’re mixing
Cleaning fluid for brakes and wheels
Wire brush for cleaning brake calipers.
Cloth hangers made of wire to hang the calipers with.
Catch basin for draining the braking fluid.
Play around with colors. Look at color swatches and then finalize the shade that you want to use when mixing your color tints.
Wear your safety gear. Goggles, mask, gloves, and anything else that will make this job safer. Sling a clean rag over your shoulder so you can wipe and work as needed.
Spread old newspapers beneath the car. This is to minimize the mess from spills and debris.
Operate the lifter/jack. Enough for you and your partner mechanic to slide underneath your car.
Remove and loosen everything that covers the calipers. These include tires, lug nuts, brake pads, and fluid. Use the tire iron to loosen the lug nuts and the basin to drain the fluid.
Clean the caliper. Use the wire brush and cleaning fluid for this task. Make sure your goggles and mask are securely on and in place to avoid being hit by debris and getting a liberal whiff of the cleaning agents.
Remove the caliper. Loosen the bolts holding these in place.
Inspect the caliper for more dirt. Clean when necessary.
Use the hanger to suspend the brake lines safely. This is to avoid placing stress on the braking mechanism.
Begin bagging the caliper. Use a tape if the bag does not cling well to the surface of the caliper.
Begin spray painting. This is your first coat.
Wheel the car into the baking bay. The mechanic will set the temperature at 150 degrees for 20 minutes to catalyze the paint. Catalyzation means distributing hot air evenly allowing the paint to set without bubbling.
Now the remaining task that’s left is for you and your partner mechanic to reattach everything and you are literally good to go.