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Old 04-26-2009, 03:19 PM   #1
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Question about painting Calipers and Drums

ok so im thinking of painting the calipers Red, should i leave the drums black or paint to match?

Second i noticed the calipers arent smooth, what would be the best way to smooth out? sanding/grinding down? can body filler be used?

Al always all suggestions appreciated
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Old 04-26-2009, 03:45 PM   #2
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I'd leave the drums black.. And just sand the calipers... body filler will fall off in about a day of heat and vibration
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:07 PM   #3
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Even the special ceramic caliper paint might give you problems. Did all the prep work (to newly purchased calipers) and let it dry for days before put into use, still tended to chip easily and go soft if it made contact with brake fluid. Did this with one of my cars and had nothing but little headaches.
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:09 PM   #4
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ive been kicking this idea around myself lately. i just can't see red for the calipers and black for the drums though.....
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:10 PM   #5
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i did a steele brush and then brush it off with regular brush and brush paint them..turn out great.. fire engine red!
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:28 PM   #6
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Mine was a complete Krylon caliper prep and paint (brush) kit. Looked real sweet but had to do constant touch-ups. Maybe it was on the shelf too long, or they've improved them within the last 5 years.
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:36 PM   #7
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i used plain old paint, not even high heat. lasted 3 years.
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^ you color match rear drum to caliper or ???
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:40 PM   #9
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^ you color match rear drum to caliper or ???
hell no.

flat black rear drums

dark bronze front. matched my wheels at the time.
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:52 PM   #10
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kept mine drums black, have the calipers red as well. I didnt even sand mine. Just cleaned them VVVEERRYy well and sprayed (Krylon Caliper Paint) turned out great. About 2 months now and no chipping flaking or fade.

http://www.yarisworld.com/forums/sho...ally+good+pics

not great pictures but it will give you the idea of what red fronts with black rear looks like
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use brake parts cleaner, best stuff for the job
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:55 PM   #12
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use brake parts cleaner, best stuff for the job
yup...or a really strong degreaser, worked fine for me.
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:15 PM   #13
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I just did my calipers last Saturday. I would not go through the trouble of sanding them. You'll just drive yourself nuts for something which is only apparent when seeing them up close. My thinking is that the rough texture also provides added tooth for the paint to adhere to. I've got 6 coats of Dupli-Colour on. Now have to wait and see how durability holds out. Fingers crossed.

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