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Re: Painting disk brake calipers
Samantha #415828 Fri May 23 2008 03:37 AM
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Even the cheap Rustoleum has held up well on the 37 pickup calibers for 8 years now. A little faded now but still doesn't look bad......BUT if you plan to be RACING then it may not be such a good idea?!

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Re: Painting disk brake calipers
Czechman #416236 Sat May 24 2008 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Czechman
I think this may be another example of how theory doesn't play out in the real world. I'm with David on this one... if it had a harmful effect on something as fundamental as brakes I doubt seriously that anyone would risk making and selling it.

I'm going to paint mine silver with instructions in my will to post an obit here if I die in an accident caused by my painted calipers.
since we agree can i be the benificiary and get whats left of your truck for parts????????? grin dave

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Re: Painting disk brake calipers
david dyehouse #416275 Sat May 24 2008 03:40 PM
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Re: Painting disk brake calipers
Hotrod Lincoln #416555 Sun May 25 2008 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Hotrod Lincoln
Unless you're planning to trailer the truck everywhere and never do anything other than drive it on and off the trailer for a car show, the paint won't stay put. Brake parts are there to generate HEAT, lots of it, because that's what stops the vehicle. The paint will peel off in a matter of a few minutes of normal driving. Paint on calipers also serves as an insulator, keeping them from dissipating the heat they create. Boiling brake fluid doesn't stop worth crap, as anyone who has experienced brake fade can confirm!

not so, I painted the calipers on my Vette with the duplicolor caliper paint and it held up fine. I painted the rear calipers to match the factory painted front calipers.

ps, Jerry did your class ever get to work on that 216 you got from me?

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Re: Painting disk brake calipers
50adrod #416568 Sun May 25 2008 03:59 PM
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How about powder coating? I plan on powder coating the same color as my truck. Then the dust shields I am going to have them powdercoated like a chrome.


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Re: Painting disk brake calipers
Tomy2tone01 #416640 Sun May 25 2008 10:26 PM
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I painted mine with the body color/paint. Did little prep to them and brush painted it on. No primer or anything just body paint. 8500 miles later they still look great.

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Re: Painting disk brake calipers
wilbur #416817 Mon May 26 2008 03:50 PM
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I paint the calipers on all my vehicles. A rattle can of high-temp paint flat black. I re-touch it up when ever I do a brake job. It helps keep the rust at bay. I also paint the brake rotors (masking off the friction surface). This keeps rust from flaking the rotors away from inside the venting. For more bling - I have also used both the eastwood kit as well as powder. I like powder best.

BTW, just a few things from my experience:
Rust is by far a better insulator of thermal transfer than painted metal.
Dot 3 brake fluid is hydroscopic and will boil as low as 250F when it has absorbed enough moisture from the air (at about 7% by volume).
Standard brake seals melt at 250F

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Re: Painting disk brake calipers
50adrod #416848 Mon May 26 2008 05:11 PM
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Yes, it's on a run stand in the shop, not running yet, but soon. There's a broken oil line to the rocker arms down inside the side cover that needs to be spliced. After some soaking with Kroil, the engine turns freely and the compression test comes out pretty good. Only one cylinder has more air leakage on the cylinder leak test than I like to see, so it's probably going to run pretty good. It's also getting a HEI distributor adapted to it.

I prefer to err on the side of caution about painting brake parts. If you feel it's an absolute necessity to look cool instead of be safe, there's a spray-on cast iron coating machine shops use on cylinder heads and blocks that gives a uniform dark gray color and inhibits rust. That might be OK, but I've never tried it.

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Re: Painting disk brake calipers
Hotrod Lincoln #418658 Sun Jun 01 2008 02:11 AM
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I know where there is a 454 painted with the same paint that was used on the body. That was almost 60,000 miles ago and it hasn't peeled anywhere so I can't imagine the same paint not working for calipers.

Re: Painting disk brake calipers
Eric J. Swindle #418660 Sun Jun 01 2008 02:19 AM
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I'm not sure about the safety aspects but I've seen I don't know how many new cars come out with the calipers painted, and I've seen some painted drums, not sure if that'd be the same or not but those people aren't dead either.

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