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Painting your own calipers explained in 8 steps

Painting your own calipers: A step-by-step guide

Painting your calipers can give your car a sporty look and is a great way to personalise your vehicle. Whether you're a DIYer or just curious about the process, this guide will help you paint your calipers professionally. Let's get started!

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Before you start, make sure you have the following materials to hand:

  • Jack and jack stands or bridge
  • Wheel spanner
  • Brake cleaner / degreaser
  • Sandpaper (320 and 600 grit)
  • Masking tape and paper (newspapers)
  • Heat-resistant primer
  • Heat-resistant caliper lacquer (in the desired colour)
  • Heat-resistant clear varnish
  • Brush / steel brush
  • Gloves

Step 1: Preparation

  1. Safety first: Make sure the car is on a level surface. Wear gloves and safety glasses to protect yourself.

  2. Jack up car or use bridge: If you have a bridge at your disposal, use it to lift the car. This will make working on the calipers easier and safer. If you don't have a bridge, use a jack to lift the car and place jack stands under the car to keep it safely in place.

  3. Remove the wheels: Use the wheel spanner to loosen the bolts and take the wheels off, otherwise you obviously won't get to them 🙂 .

Step 2: Cleaning

  • Clean the calipers: Use brake cleaner and a brush to thoroughly clean the calipers. Make sure all dirt, grease and brake dust is removed.

  • Sanding: Use sandpaper (first 320 grit, then 600 grit) to lightly sand the calipers. This ensures better adhesion of the paint.

  • Cleaning again: Clean the calipers again with brake cleaner to remove all the dust and dirt from sanding.

Step 3: Masking

  • Masking: Use masking tape and newspaper or kitchen paper to cover the areas around the calipers that should not be sprayed, such as the brake discs and suspension components.

  • Double-check: Make sure all parts not to be sprayed are well covered.

Step 4: Applying primer

  1. Spray primer: Apply a thin coat of heat-resistant primer to the calipers. Hold the spray can about 20-30 cm from the caliper and spray in even motions.

  2. Let dry: Let the primer dry for about 30 minutes, or according to the instructions on the spray can.


Step 5: Apply colour

  1. Spray colour: Now apply the heat-resistant caliper paint. Spray in thin, even layers and allow each layer to dry for about 10-15 minutes. Apply 2-3 coats for best coverage.

  2. Check coverage: Make sure the paint is applied evenly and that there are no drips or unevenness.


Step 6: Finishing with Clear Varnish

  • Blank lacquer spraying: Finally, apply heat-resistant clearcoat to protect the calipers and give them a glossy finish. Spray 1-2 thin coats, with a drying time of 10-15 minutes between coats.

  • Allow to harden: Let the paint cure for at least 24 hours before reassembling the wheels and using the car.

Step 7: Replace wheels

  • Remove the masking tape: Carefully remove all masking tape and newspapers from the calipers.

  • Replace the wheels: Mount the wheels back on the car and tighten the wheel bolts.

  • Lower the car: Remove the jack supports and slowly lower the car with the jack or use the bridge to lower the car back to the ground.

Step 8: Aftercare and Maintenance

  • Inspection: Check the calipers regularly for chips or damage. Minor damage can be touched up with the same paint.

  • Cleaning: Avoid harsh chemicals when cleaning calipers. Use mild soap and water to keep them clean.

Wrapping it up...

Congratulations! You have successfully painted your calipers and given your car a new, sporty look. If you have any questions or need further help, please don't hesitate to contact us. Have fun driving!

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