My calipers were really bothering me. They were all dingy and highly visible behind the '00 Cobra R wheels I'm rockin' on the GT.
I have plans to upgrade the brake system to Cobra brakes in the future, but I have other upgrades for the car that have higher priorities. But, I still don't want to be stuck with ugly brakes that make my car look heinous. Easy fix (kinda)
Paint those suckers!!!
I pulled the wheels off the car, and then drained all the brake fluid. I took the calipers completely off the car, and then disassembled them. My car is not a daily driver, so I have the luxury of doing this...
I stuffed the brake hose holes full of rags so crap wouldn't get in there, and began cleaning the calipers. LOTS and LOTS of brake cleaner. Then a wire brush and sand paper. Finally I busted out the Dremel with some small wire brush attachments. I spent a long time getting all the garbage off of the calipers, but they were pretty spiffy when I was done.
Next, I wanted the primer and paint to stick without any flaws, so I used some grease/wax remover and thoroughly scrubbed the calipers with it.
Now they're ready for paint! I used Hi-temp primer and Hi-temp semi-gloss black paint. Black because... red is lame. If your brakes are red, then don't get offended. Really. I don't want red brake calipers, because everyone's brake calipers are red, and ricers paint their calipers red. Making my calipers any other color than black would go against my whole low profile/minimalistic thing I have going with my car. So they're black.
I didn't use the specially advertised brake caliper paint. I used the engine paint. Why? The brake caliper paint was more expensive, and after reading the labels on both types of paint, I didn't see any significant difference. I called "Bull****" on spending more money on the caliper paint.
The primer and paint stuck thanks to the thorough cleanup job. I didn't get one single grease/oil/bubble spot.
After letting the paint cure for a week, I sprayed on a layer of Hi-temp clearcoat, which gave the calipers a lustrous shine.
Now they're dry to the touch, and hanging out on the bed-spread in the guest room. Crystal does not approve, but my brakes are more important than any potential guests which are highly unlikely to stay in the room in the next few days.
The outcome - Pretty damn good IMO for spray paint, and a whole helluva lot better than they looked before. I'll wait till the paint is fully dry before I install them, and then snap a final pic. I didn't take any "before" pics, but everyone with stock brakes knows how they look anyway.
My only worry is that I don't know how the paint will hold up to brake cleaner. I'll be careful with it, and I don't make a habit of dousing brake parts cleaner all over the outside of my calipers in the first place.
I have new copper washers for my brake lines and was thinking of getting steel braided brake lines, but I need to spend the money elsewhere now. (Need SCT tuner and Dyno tune) so I'll upgrade the lines when I upgrade the calipers. This was a fun project though, and that's what having a Mustang is all about. I also painted my front sway bar while I was at it. I had it out, and I can't even remember why...but now it's blue. :hihi: