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Went in the morning, got my MOT done so I thought why waste any time
beginning to mod so I gave the calipers a lick of paint. Whoever said
its a small job needs a beating lol took me the good part today, maybe
thats because Im too much of a perfectionist

Anyway, only got the front two done ... not sure if I should do the rear 2 as well, theyre smaller and would look odd ... you opinions please ? pictures below, excuse the quality, its from a camera phone.

Anyone know how long I have to leave these before I can drive the car again ?

Thanks [H]

Before painting, half way through a good scrubbing ...

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First coat, yes the tooth picks have a purpose lol ...

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Final product ...

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Edit: And heres the pics with the wheel on (like I said before, [email protected]
wheels Im getting new ones as soon as I like some ! Again, camera phone
so the colours arent that good ... its much shinier than it looks in
the pic !

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Heres a brighter one to show the caliper colour !

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Isn't red just so nice on calipers! [H] I did mine a few weeks ago and although they still look very red, they've got too much brake dust on for my liking! [:'(]

Not to worry though, they'll be coming off for a thorough clean and another fresh lick of paint the night before the VW festival! [:p][H]
 

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erm, very nice, but youve painted the brake pad too?!!
Uh oh, I have ?? [:s] Oh well, more the merrier [:p] as long as that doesnt mean I get any problems from it ??

Guys, you dont want to see my wheels ... theyre crap (original 16" shite lol). Im looking to get some 19's v soon !

Sem ... springs ?? [:s] Replacing them to highsports soon btw
 

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erm, very nice, but youve painted the brake pad too?!!
Uh oh, I have ?? [:s] Oh well, more the merrier [:p] as long as that doesnt mean I get any problems from it ??

Guys, you dont want to see my wheels ... theyre crap (original 16" shite lol). Im looking to get some 19's v soon !

Sem ... springs ?? [:s] Replacing them to highsports soon btw
you wont have any problems mate, maybe the paint will flake off the brake pad area as it gets very hot as it isnt metal.
 

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Wouldnt worry about it too much, the pads will
probably be stuck to the calliper when you go to change them but you
can easily prise them off with a screwdriver [Y]
phew !! I was very worried there for about 5 minutes !! Why dont people
paint their brake pads too ?? I mean, more red the merrier [:D]
Especially with small brakes like mine.
 

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erm, very nice, but youve painted the brake pad too?!!
Uh oh, I have ?? [:s] Oh well, more the merrier [:p] as long as that doesnt mean I get any problems from it ??

Guys, you dont want to see my wheels ... theyre crap (original 16" shite lol). Im looking to get some 19's v soon !

Sem ... springs ?? [:s] Replacing them to highsports soon btw
you wont have any problems mate, maybe the paint will flake off the brake pad area as it gets very hot as it isnt metal.
Ive made sure I didnt get any paint on the actualy pad itself (the bit
that wears out, touches the discs). How hot do brakes get ? This paint
is supposed to tolerate temperatures up to 300 deg !
 

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erm, very nice, but youve painted the brake pad too?!!
Uh oh, I have ?? [:s] Oh well, more the merrier [:p] as long as that doesnt mean I get any problems from it ??

Guys, you dont want to see my wheels ... theyre crap (original 16" shite lol). Im looking to get some 19's v soon !

Sem ... springs ?? [:s] Replacing them to highsports soon btw
you wont have any problems mate, maybe the paint will flake off the brake pad area as it gets very hot as it isnt metal.
Ive made sure I didnt get any paint on the actualy pad itself (the bit that wears out, touches the discs). How hot do brakes get ? This paint is supposed to tolerate temperatures up to 300 deg !
discs and pads get hot, very hot indeed, but looking at the paint you have used it looks fine on metal (callipers) but the pad area you have painted isnt metal.....or is it??! maybe it will be fine. [:S]
 

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Looked very metally (word?) to me ... it had the same finish as the caliper.

Ive got to be wrong though, otherwise everyone else would paint their
brake pads too, it looks better with them painted than without IMO -
Well, for smaller calipers it does I suppose.

Still, as long as the car brakes properly Im happy. Do you actually
know what temperature the brakes get to on average ? This hammerite
paint is for barbecues and stuff, and it supposed to withstand 300
degrees. I cant imagine brakes getting hotter than 300 degrees ... ??
Or am I being naive.
 

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Looked very metally (word?) to me ... it had the same finish as the caliper.

Ive got to be wrong though, otherwise everyone else would paint their brake pads too, it looks better with them painted than without IMO - Well, for smaller calipers it does I suppose.

Still, as long as the car brakes properly Im happy. Do you actually know what temperature the brakes get to on average ? This hammerite paint is for barbecues and stuff, and it supposed to withstand 300 degrees. I cant imagine brakes getting hotter than 300 degrees ... ?? Or am I being naive.
the hammerite is perfect for the brakes as it can withstand VERY high temps. Well put it this way, ive not had any problems with mine so far, and im using the hammertie stuff.
 

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... but you didnt paint your pads like stupid-I have lol I guess time
will tell ... looks better in the flesh, got a tensioner to go over it
soon which will make them look nicer too ! Also, might add a decal if I
can think of what to write

Does anyone know how long I have to
leave the car stationary before I can drive it again ? Ive heard its
something like 24-48 hours ??
 

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yea that looks very good! ive been wanting to do this for ages but jus havent had the kick up the backside to do it. did you use any special cleaning fluid when you cleaned the brake calipers? an do you just use normal metal paint? does it require a finish like a lacquer or someting??thanks
 

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yea that looks very good! ive been wanting to do this for ages but jus havent had the kick up the backside to do it. did you use any special cleaning fluid when you cleaned the brake calipers? an do you just use normal metal paint? does it require a finish like a lacquer or someting??thanks
i did this i jus used wire brush til was shiny and all the crap was off an painted with hammerite smooth, probably need couple coats tho and leave few hours dont need use anythin else on it,
 

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yea that looks very good! ive been wanting to
do this for ages but jus havent had the kick up the backside to do it.
did you use any special cleaning fluid when you cleaned the brake
calipers? an do you just use normal metal paint? does it require a
finish like a lacquer or someting??thanks
Thanks [:D]

Yup, as smm20-v-t
said but I sprayed it first with brake cleaning spray (breaks down the
brake dust to make cleaning easier!) then used a fist wirebrush (fist
ones are easier to use) and spent around 5-6 minutes thouroughly
getting off the dust. you want to keep at it until you see metal !
Apply the hammerite paint in two coats and youre all set ! No need to
apply anything after that ! I would wait around 24-48 hours before
driving the car properly to make sure the paint has all dried up and
permanent. I think this is where people get impatient and ruin the
looks of their work ... I wouldnt want to risk my effort so Ill happily
wait [:D]

Good luck!
 
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