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Old 01-14-2013, 01:55 PM   #1
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Painting rotors and calipers

I am doing this... Will 250 degree high temp VHT paint be good? Thought I'd better ask before doing the rest. Search just brought up "hi temp" paint. Rotor is taped off...


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Old 01-14-2013, 01:59 PM   #2
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Meh. I painted the caliper bridges with that paint and it isn't very durable. The *one* time I brought it in for a 10 minute detail at the car wash (before Palmer's 2012 party), the lackey scrubbed the caliper bridge and exposed the rotten metal underneath.

You'd be better off powder coating if you don't want a bigger mess to strip and redo in a year, IMO. YMMV.
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Would be easier to just buy my brakes brah.
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Read my posts 8 & 11. I haven't shot my rotors with an IR heat gun, but they have got to get hotter than 250 degrees. I've had the rotors on my 06 painted for 2 years and my 05 for all of last summer and they still look like new and have never chipped.
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I am doing this... Will 250 degree high temp VHT paint be good? Thought I'd better ask before doing the rest. Search just brought up "hi temp" paint. Rotor is taped off...


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no, you'll need 251 degree paint. Now you're smurfed...
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Read my posts 8 & 11. I haven't shot my rotors with an IR heat gun, but they have got to get hotter than 250 degrees. I've had the rotors on my 06 painted for 2 years and my 05 for all of last summer and they still look like new and have never chipped.

Thanks! Where can I find that?


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Old 01-14-2013, 05:18 PM   #7
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I've had EXELLENT results with duplicolor ceramic caliper paint

It's all in the part prep. A little extra work in the beginning, safes a lot of extra work later

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Old 01-14-2013, 05:27 PM   #8
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I used engine block paint on my rotors and calipers. No problems at all.







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I've had EXELLENT results with duplicolor ceramic caliper paint

It's all in the part prep. A little extra work in the beginning, safes a lot of extra work later

This - I used carb cleaner and a brass brush to clean before painting. The brush-on paint seems easier and avoids any overspray, although it does take much longer.
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Thanks! Where can I find that?

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=POR-15+Black+Velvet
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:40 AM   #11
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I like the G2 paint and have used it many times. The rear Wilwood rotor hats are painted with it. G2 states good up to 980 degrees.

I did try the Duplicolor on the Mustang and it looks good after two years.
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I've had EXELLENT results with duplicolor ceramic caliper paint

It's all in the part prep. A little extra work in the beginning, safes a lot of extra work later


Agree. Spend your time preping!
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250-degree paint will not work as soon as your brakes are up to operating temperature. ;-)

980-degree paint will work for most people, but road racers will exceed that as well.

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I just put a coat of POR-15 on my rear hubs. Looks great. The rust stuck out like a sore thumb before.
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+1 for G2 paint. Very good stuff.
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250-degree paint will not work as soon as your brakes are up to operating temperature. ;-)

980-degree paint will work for most people, but road racers will exceed that as well.

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I spent some time checking and I would drive 3 miles stop light to stop light. Though my works 3 story parking garage and into a stall.

Rotor would always be right at 125F by the time I got the gun on them.

That was as little use as possible so imaging what a freeway or panic stop creates.
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I just used VHT caliper and rotor paint... Rated for 980 degrees... Will be using por 15 when I upgrade brakes though.


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Why not just buy paint that is specifically made for the job you are doing. Google Caliber Paint, can goes for under $10. I think I bought a can at Advanced Auto when I did mine.
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Why not just buy paint that is specifically made for the job you are doing. Google Caliber Paint, can goes for under $10. I think I bought a can at Advanced Auto when I did mine.

I said I used Caliper paint rated for 980 degrees guy. Sanded that shiz and sprayed. Rims SHOULD be here today.


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I used engine paint on the calipers of my old grand prix when i put f-body calipers on ~4 years ago. Other than a few chips from rim R&R, they still look great.

Interested in these more correct suggestions though... at least the "V" on my new calipers needs painted over... and the rotor hats as well.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:20 PM   #22
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Engine enamel works. The key is to prep, prep, prep, and prep.

Oh yeah, and bake after you are done. If I paint headers, I touch an open propane flame to the paint after it dries. Other parts I let hang directly in front of a propane heater.

Been working for me.
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250-degree paint will not work as soon as your brakes are up to operating temperature. ;-)

980-degree paint will work for most people, but road racers will exceed that as well.

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? No way this one got up to that temperature.....

My road race 240sx. Was running stock calipers and rotors and Hawk Blue pads at a track that is particularly hard on brakes. Now running 4-piston Wilwoods and 13" rotors from a 350z. The pad melted and welded to the piston, the seals melted, the fluid was burning off on the rotor. And of course they failed on the fastest part of the track. Still had enough rear brake to avoid catastrophe. Just let me say, brake failure sucks.

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