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This is a tricky job but well worth the effort once it's done. You may want to paint your wheel hubs at the same time. I haven't done that yet though to be honest and so I won't be covering it here although the principles will be the same in terms of masking things off and you should use Hammerite paint rather than Japlac for the hubs. See the bottom of the thread for pics.

IDEALLY YOU SHOULD NOT DRIVE YOUR CAR FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS ONCE YOU HAVE FINISHED, SO BEAR THAT IN MIND BEFORE STARTING THIS


MATERIALS REQUIRED
1x Small Tin of Japlac paint Or you can use whatever heat resistant metal paint you prefer
1x Stirring stick
1x Small paint brush
1x Roll of masking tape
1x Sharp Stanley Knife

PREP
Start with the front passenger side wheel. Jack the car up and take the wheel off. The method listed below should be used for each wheel. The instructions that follow are based on two coats of paint which is what I went with as per the instructions on the paint tin, however, some people feel that a single coat is ample.

CLEANING
Clean any excess brake dust and dirt from the caliper using a small hard brush (a wire one is good as it will also help the paint adhere to the surface). You could use specialist cleaning agents such as thinners etc however I just used soapy water and a brush. Dry the area thoroughly. I used an old terry cloth towel and then used another clean one after it. If no muck comes off onto the clean one then you know that the caliper is completely clean and ready to be painted.

MASKING
Make sure that the area is bone dry or the masking tape won't stick. Be prepared to use a lot of masking tape. Thanks to the curves you will need to rip lots of bits of tape and overlap them so that you can get the area around the caliper fully masked. Take your time here as it will give you a far better job in the long run. You should mask off the pads and the disc. For the curved section in the middle of the caliper you can use the Stanley knife to cut away any excess tape. Just carefully run it around the curved edge and you should be left with that middle area perfectly masked.

OPTIONAL
On the front wheels I removed the spring clip on the caliper but it's up to you if you want to remove it or paint it. It is very difficult to replace it without scratching the caliper paint so if you do remove the spring clips be prepared to do a little touching up later.

PAINTING

Give the paint a really good stir. Go on for a bit longer than you think is necessary and you'll be good to go. Don't load the brush with too much paint and don't worry if it doesn't cover as thickly as you'd like as you will be going over it again with a second coat later. Take your time and don't use too much paint and you really won't go wrong. Once you are done. LEAVE THE MASKING TAPE IN PLACE and put the wheel back on. Make sure you tighten the nuts and move to the rear passenger side wheel and repeat the steps above. Once you have worked your way around the car, you should have all four wheels back on, all calipers should have had a first coat of paint and all of your masking tape should still be in place.

CUP OF TEA
Have one or go do something else, somewhere else. Wait at least six hours.

SECOND COAT
Start with the wheel you did first and give the caliper a second coat of paint. Once you are done, carefully peel away the masking tape. Be very careful here. Put the wheel back on and repeat this step with each wheel in the same order as the first coat. If you have used too much paint this step might be a little messy so please take your time. If you have used too much and think that by disturbing the tape you might end up with spots of paint on the disc or the hub etc, my advice would be to leave it in place until the next morning. Or you may prefer to leave it on till the next day anyway.

STOP!
Now you will have a car with all four wheels on and painted calipers. You're finished for the day. Leave the car alone and go do something else. DON'T DRIVE IT! If you have left the masking tape in place then the wheels will have to come off again tomorrow. If you have removed the tape then you're totally done.
 

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Couple of quick Q's
Would you want to sand (fine) down the caliper to get it nice and smooth b4 applying?
What about a base coat to ensure longevity? (not sure that's a word, but you get my meaning)
 

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Sharkia said:
Couple of quick Q's
Would you want to sand (fine) down the caliper to get it nice and smooth b4 applying?
The paint is a thick gloss so no need for sanding. You get a smooth finish anyway.
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What about a base coat to ensure longevity? (not sure that's a word, but you get my meaning)
Used the same stuff the last time with no base coat. The stuff is designed to be applied to metal so it's not really required. If you wanted, you could apply a complete coat and let it dry then do it again the whole lot again the next day i suposse.
 

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how to ?
i need your advice... i want to paint my calipers black and with some way to write R with white colour on it.... any suggestions ?
 

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You could paint them black using Evil's instructions above but tape off an R before begining when drive remove the tape and carefully fill the R in with white. Someone else mabye have another way of doing it.

Tom
 

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thanks tommc something like that i have in mind but i dont know how to manage to paint it correct.....

is it available some sticker with the letter R so i can paint correctly
 

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ok thanks tommc
any other suggestions ?
 

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zenaris said:
ok thanks tommc
any other suggestions ?
You can buy self adhesive vinyl letters and numbers at DIY shops...places like B&Q.
Two options:
1. Paint the caliper with the colour of the R, stick the letter on and then overpaint in the main colour. Once dry, peel the sticker off, or;
2. Stick the R on the caliper, paint over whole area, peel letter off and fill in the unpainted R with contrast colour (only if you have a steady hand).
Hope this helps.
 

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Happy healthy & fitness new year to all
thanks for ur reply's all
 

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Well you can always go the extra mile, if you like to spend alot of :sick: (cash) :lol: . Found this i dont like it at all. I would have prefered it in white or if your car is black it should come in black, if its viper green then it should be viper green and so on (talking about the calipers). Well enough talking hold your breath and here goes: http://www.volkswagenracing.co.uk/Sciro ... 20Kit.html
 

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