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Here's the calipers:

http://www.uk-mkivs.net/photos/sem/images/302442/original.aspx

and some rusty discs!...

http://www.uk-mkivs.net/photos/sem/images/302443/original.aspx

The rust was removed using a drill wire brush attachment thing and then degreased. I decided to mask the disk up and paint the bell and edge to prevent further rust and discolouration of Anni wheels. I used Hammerite Smooth Silver and applied four coats...

http://www.uk-mkivs.net/photos/sem/images/302446/original.aspx

6 hours with a flapwheel/wire brush on drill I got the calipers and carriers down to a surface that was suitable for painting:

http://www.uk-mkivs.net/photos/sem/images/302447/original.aspx
http://www.uk-mkivs.net/photos/sem/images/302448/original.aspx
http://www.uk-mkivs.net/photos/sem/images/302450/original.aspx

All masked up and ready to paint....this took me ages!!

http://www.uk-mkivs.net/photos/sem/images/302451/original.aspx

I made this stand to hold the calipers upright for painting [:)]

http://www.uk-mkivs.net/photos/sem/images/302459/original.aspx

.....and after 5 coats of Hammerite Smooth spray, here's the carriers (and my sisters old duvet cover)

http://www.uk-mkivs.net/photos/sem/images/302460/original.aspx

Then the calipers were painted, again 5 coats of Hammerite smooth spray. In total, I used 3 cans...

http://www.uk-mkivs.net/photos/sem/images/302461/original.aspx

I left them for 2 weeks to dry in a warm room, here's the kit with masking tape removed and ready to be fitted:

http://www.uk-mkivs.net/photos/sem/images/302463/original.aspx

Really pleased with the end results, they look almost look as if they left the factory like this!

Fitted at last!!!

http://www.uk-mkivs.net/photos/sem/images/302474/original.aspx
http://www.uk-mkivs.net/photos/sem/images/302475/original.aspx

The finished product:

http://www.uk-mkivs.net/photos/sem/images/302426/original.aspx
 

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No, I used the .:R hoses.  Will probably upgrade them to braided ones and ECS discs (like Martyns) when they need replacing.
 

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the R32 hoses are already braided underneath that rubber sheath..........I know this as I broke and R32 and cut through one of them......:-(
 

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WOW!!

You really are a perfectionist, time and effort has resulted in a great subtle mod mate!!

Top marks from me!!
 

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Spot on wish i had the time for stuff like this ... really want to get
my teeth stuck into a Brembo conversion , though not an off the shelf
one.
 

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Drool, drool drool!!!!!!!!!! need i say more?????[:D][:D]

seriously wicked work!!!!!!

Zak
 

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Looks great Sem and you have made a really nice job of the painting.  The Hammerite Smooth on the callipers should be fine but I would expect the paint in the disk vents will burn off with some provocation!  Great pic of the disc behind the wheel - how it should have left the factory!
 

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Yep they look the nutz mate! nice job! how does hammerite fair with the heat build up?
Hammerite is perfect.

I used it on my front calipers and carriers on my 312's which I had for
nearly 18 months and the rears which are now 2 years old - no flaking
or bubbling.

More importantly though, its stayed as red as it was the day I sprayed it on.

Sem, your works as always is top notch.

Well done [Y]
 

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Although the brakes had previously covered about 5,000 miles before being removed from the R32, I have still been trying to bed them in gently.

Initial impressions are good, I shall give them a proper test towards the end of the week as I will have covered about 350 miles on them.
 

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thats looks sweet! cannot believe the preperation work that went into that! thats proper commitment! know me i would of rushed it and it would look pants, but you took your time and it looks pukka! [H]
 

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Sem - they look superb mate.

Maybe you should offer out your painting services to the rest of us if we ever do brake upgrades. Just remember I gave you the idea too [;)]
 

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Cheers for the comments.

After about 250 miles this week of gentle braking, they seem to have bedded in nicely. The stopping power is just awesome!! a big improvement over the original 312mm setup.

As for the painting services - it's really not that difficult. The key is to preapre the surface properly. The preperation stage is what took the longest - the actual painting only took a couple of hours.

The brakes were painted over 3 weeks ago and is curing nicely - it seems to be rock hard now, I guess the heat generated from the brakes has helped.
 

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These look simply amazing, I have a question though

How did you tape up the discs for painting? In the pic where they are taped up it looks like you've painted quite a lot into the disc, but in the pics where its fitted its just a small lip of the disc thats painted... I don't get how it got from A to B!?

Also can I fit R32 brakes to my 1.8T? Do I need anything else apart from discs pads and callipers?
 
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