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Old 08-29-2007, 11:15 PM   #1
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We found a 1999 SSEi (120k) for my son & it has major brake issues. We'll be replacing the calipers & drums & want to paint them before installing. What kind of paint are you guys using & how'* it holding up.
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Duplicolor Caliper paint kit. Has brake cleaner, a can of high temp paint, a brush, tape, and a stir stick in one box. Works really good to me. I also bought some big foam brushes to make painting easier. The kit has way more than enough for all 4 brakes. 14.00 at my local auto stores (including walmart)
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I use engine paint in a spray can

It means: Cheaper, faster, and more color choices.

I used it and it held up wonderfully
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I figured it must be something heat resistant. We were planning on using black but what do you think would look best on a black car with torque star wheels?
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Dupont Caliper paint kit. Has brake cleaner, a can of high temp paint, a brush, tape, and a stir stick in one box. Works really good to me. I also bought some big foam brushes to make painting easier. The kit has way more than enough for all 4 brakes. 14.00 at my local auto stores (including walmart)

Do you mean Duplicolor? I haven't heard of a Dupont kit.

Don't paint the drums anything besides black in my opinion. And I'd vote to paint the front calipers black as well since it'd balance a lot better.

Whatever you do though, don't paint the drums red
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Don't paint the drums anything besides black in my opinion. And I'd vote to paint the front calipers black as well since it'd balance a lot better.

Whatever you do though, don't paint the drums red
I painted mine red and I thought it looked ok, but I repainted it in body color, looks fanastic, I'm a fan of body color, so I say body color or black.
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DupliColor Caliper paint kit. Has brake cleaner, a can of high temp paint, a brush, tape, and a stir stick in one box. Works really good to me. I also bought some big foam brushes to make painting easier. The kit has way more than enough for all 4 brakes. 14.00 at my local auto stores (including walmart)
(I edited it to what i think he means)
exactly what I use. that suff is holding up great for me too
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I use the same Duplicolor kit and like the results. (The spray I would use if the parts are off the car. Otherwise taping takes forever on the car.) Surface prep is the most time consuming part.

Make sure to get some small wire brushes (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=40439) and extra brake cleaner. Clean the bejeebus out of the areas to get painted. Once you think it'* clean, run a dry paper towel over the surface, if it stays clean, you are ready for paint. If it gets dirty, clean some more.

When painting, don't worry about brush marks. These will even out while it'* drying. Avoid going over the same spot over and over again. Use a new brush for each coat.

When I did my brakes, I painted the rotor hubs black, caliper brackets black and the calipers themselves red. I would agree with dillcc on not painting the drums red. Black would be best to make them disappear behind the wheels.

Good luck
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Wire brush with brake cleaner and simple green. Rinse dry.

High temp engine paint works wonderfully. Use high temp clear(not too many coats though).

Be sure to apply several thin layers instead of one or two thick layers. It will last longer and look better.

BTW, here'* the calipers I did on my old Acura:

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Yeah i screwed up its duplicolor....i was close...but the kit says you can paint them on the car, but I wouldnt. Better results will come from off the car, and you dont have to worry about drips and other parts.
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