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Old 01-13-2007, 02:28 PM
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Painting Calipers

What is my best option to keeping the rust from returning?

I purchased a couple of calipers from a guy who had them stored in his musty old basement.

Shown in the picture is one that I cleaned using a brass wire wheel on my drill. As you can see it cleaned up very well. Now how do I keep it looking like that?

I looked at the Dupli-Color Caliper paint kit in a box. I'm a terrible painter with a brush so I figure rattle can would do.

My intention is to paint them with a High Temp Ceramic Paint, to look like Cast Iron. Anyone have a better solution?

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I would greatly apreaciate any insight form all.

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Those are 4 piston calipers, probably off a Corvette, might be worth more to a 'vette guy. You could then get more modern single piston ones to use. There are a few companies, I think Eastwood is one, that offer caliper paint in a variety of colors. If you disassemble them you could have them powder coated. I think with the way you have cleaned the one up, it will probably not get too rusty in use since the heating of it will dissipate any condensation that has gathered.
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I'm not exactly sure how hot calipers can get, but doubt that it would exceed engine temperature. That engine paint that you have there is good for what ... 500 F? That should be lots good enough.

I'd clean them up with brake clean (as I see you have), shoot them with rattle-can primer, followed by your rattle-can engine paint.

If Hi-Gloss and durability is a major concern, I'd look at som 2k poly paint like Endura.

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Those are 4 piston calipers, probably off a Corvette, might be worth more to a 'vette guy.
Exactly, I got them off a guy selling off his surplus C3 vette stuff.
I'm doing a disk brake conversion on my '58 Chev using these calipers and C3 Vette spindles. (works out cheaper than store bought kits)

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I'm not exactly sure how hot calipers can get, but doubt that it would exceed engine temperature. That engine paint that you have there is good for what ... 500 F? That should be lots good enough.

I'd clean them up with brake clean (as I see you have), shoot them with rattle-can primer, followed by your rattle-can engine paint.

If Hi-Gloss and durability is a major concern, I'd look at som 2k poly paint like Endura.
The dupli Color caliper kit is brush on 500* paint. Also the rattle cast iron I got should not be Hi-Gloss.

As for leaving them the way they are after clean up, The car will be driven but not enough through out the year to be able to leavem in there natural state.
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Hi, I used the Dupli-color brush on stuff and it flows out really well. Dries very fast too. I was really surprised at the results and with a steady haud you don't have to mask everything off.
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Hey Frank. Just epoxy and paint they'll be just fine.

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I picked up some 1200 degree paint yesterday at Napa. That should hold up fine on the Calipers. They had it in grey or black.
The 500 degree stuff is for engine blocks and heads.
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I picked up some 1200 degree paint yesterday at Napa. That should hold up fine on the Calipers. They had it in grey or black.
The 500 degree stuff is for engine blocks and heads.

I think the 500* will be fine as that is the same temp paint they sell in the caliper kits.
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I painted my calipers with Tremclad and they have held up fine for 5 years.
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