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Caliper Painting

I have seen several threads about painting brake calipers. Being old school, I have always been told that brake calipers aren't painted for the same reason that they have the rough finish. The bumpy surface and unpainted metal actually give more surface area to aid in heat dissipation. It would seem that paint would both smooth out the caliper surface and help retain heat. I realize that some cars come from the factory with painted calipers and I have always thought those already had the cooling loss factored in. Evidently the amount of cooling lost is not a a large factor anymore and I suppose it wouldn't be under normal driving. Your thoughts? (Please, no caliper paint merchants.)

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That's odd. My Baer Large Calipers are powder coated and super smooth, and they're made for racing.
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I have seen several threads about painting brake calipers. Being old school, I have always been told that brake calipers aren't painted for the same reason that they have the rough finish. The bumpy surface and unpainted metal actually give more surface area to aid in heat dissipation. It would seem that paint would both smooth out the caliper surface and help retain heat. I realize that some cars come from the factory with painted calipers and I have always thought those already had the cooling loss factored in. Evidently the amount of cooling lost is not a a large factor anymore and I suppose it wouldn't be under normal driving. Your thoughts? (Please, no caliper paint merchants.)
I think if you wanna paint your calipers, go ahead and do it. Won't hurt anything.

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I painted mine after they were smoothed out with a die grinder. I wasn't reshaping or removing too much material, just getting rid of the casting flash. Doesn't matter how many coats of paint you use the bumps will be visible. This is ok for some but mine turned out pretty slick after the die grinder treatment. I also painted the rotor vanes and "hats" to help with rust.





I had a slight advantage over some . . . . I purchased the GT Rotors, Calipers and Brackets on eBay from Roush for $125.00 shipped. So i had the calipers and brackets on a bench, mush easier to work with instead of hanging them from the fender or where ever with coat hangers!

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Those look really good Blow. I don't think that paint would inhibit heat dispersion but who knows. People have been painting them for years and I have not heard of any problems. I say paint them if you want to.

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I painted mine after they were smoothed out with a die grinder. I wasn't reshaping or removing too much material, just getting rid of the casting flash. Doesn't matter how many coats of paint you use the bumps will be visible. This is ok for some but mine turned out pretty slick after the die grinder treatment. I also painted the rotor vanes and "hats" to help with rust.





I had a slight advantage over some . . . . I purchased the GT Rotors, Calipers and Brackets on eBay from Roush for $125.00 shipped. So i had the calipers and brackets on a bench, mush easier to work with instead of hanging them from the fender or where ever with coat hangers!
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If you decide to go the color route, get them powder coated. One trip around a car show & you can tell the painted calipers compared to powder coated calipers. It will cost more, $190 for 4 red calipers & 4 black brackets with calipers disassembled, but you wont be repainting all the time and fighting flaked paint.

As for heat? It wont be an issue.

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If you decide to go the color route, get them powder coated. One trip around a car show & you can tell the painted calipers compared to powder coated calipers. It will cost more, $190 for 4 red calipers & 4 black brackets with calipers disassembled, but you wont be repainting all the time and fighting flaked paint.

As for heat? It wont be an issue.
Agreed! powder coating is always best but if you are on a budget rattle can will work.

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Painted my calipers and brackets black with the Duplicolor caliper paint not to long after getting the car and I haven't had any issues. I can't remember for sure but I thought the can had something on it about there being ceremic in the paint that disapates the heat? Not sure though.

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I did my rears around the same time as the fronts. Same treatment as far as cleaning them really good and using thinner to clean the brake clean off. They flaked off after the first car wash so FAIL. I am taking them off this weekend, grinding the brackets and calipers smooth like the new fronts and painting them, we'll see how they turn out!

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Those red calipers look great, good job!

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You can use most high temp paints, like the VHT engine manifold paint or caliper paint as well. When I painted mine I just got the hi-temp primer as well and it helped the ceramic paint stick to the factory finished calipers. You can even get creative and paint the primer layer, then tape off or lay down a lightning bolt design or some kind of graphic, and paint your primary color over it to get a nice finished look.
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Caliper paint won't stick.

Painted my calipers on my 2014 gt premium but the paint won't stick.
We cleaned them and used alcohol wipes but the paint just flakes off. The original finish is silver and very slick. We are trying to paint them red. Any ideas???
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Did you clean them with anything other than alcohol? You want to clean them with brake cleaner or degreaser. You may also need to the caliper with sandpaper too.
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