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Brake Calipers

Discussion in 'Z3 Roadster & Coupé' started by Brian4, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. Brian4

    Brian4 Zorg Guru (IV)
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    I've got to change the front discs and pads soon and looking at the calipers they are all rusty. I was thinking of painting them all black whilst I have them apart, thoughts anyone.

    Brian
     
  2. si-forks

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    I'am also interested in what people have used as mine are just big rusty lumps

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  3. Frank.A

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    A good wire brushing and a coat of Smooth Hammerite is as good as anything. ;)
     
  4. zedonist

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    Yep, a good wire brushing and smooth hammerite......
     
  5. DangerousDave

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    I don't think that normal Hammerite will take the heat. I used Halford's Brake Caliper Paint.

    If you can, remove the caliper to paint it. At the very least take the pads out, unbolt the carrier (#2) and remove the rubber bushes (#12).

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    I'd also suggest that you paint the pads the same colour as it looks really strange having pads that are a different colour.
     
  6. Aceman

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    Unless you intend tracking your car and expect to overcook your brakes from time to time then Hammerite smooth is the way to go. I have also seen calipers painted with a mix of gold and silver hammerite which gives the same finish they came out of the factory with.
     
  7. swamper

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    mine have been painted with Hammerite for over 12 month and still look ok
     
  8. Titan

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    I used engine enamel on the calipers but only because it was already in my garage.
    For the hub part of the discs I have used both silver and black smooth rite without any problem.
    The best effect though if you can lay the car up for a few days is powder coating.
    I think Shantybeater did this and someone else but I can't just recall who.


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  9. Frank.A

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    Hammerite has been on the Passat calipers since I bought it new in 2003,no problems. :)
     
  10. badman gee

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    just painted mine yesterday.

    nice and blue.

    i used stp caliper paint.

    no brush marks, dries with a gloss finish.

    :D
     
  11. And here is a pic...

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  12. badman gee

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    nice!

    you get better apprentice, id love to meet you. same soh!
     
  13. badman gee

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    painted mine on the car, didnt remove them.

    came up a treat.

    blue calipers with red pads looks like the m badge!
     
  14. Brian4

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    Thanks everybody for your replies and as si-forks says they look rusty blobs, so I will go the hammerite route when I change the discs and pads.


    Brian
     
  15. billz

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    Like Titan (terry) i also use Engine Enamal. With a couple of coats the crap then just wipes off.
    bill