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    Seen as the weather has been dry I thought i'd paint my calipers blue. Turned out to be a nice day, not too cold.

    Jacked up front onto axle stands and rear onto 2 surplus veccy jacks i've aqiured......


    Started on the rears first, some wire brushing, a small screw driver and some brake/clutch cleaner.......


    Then a 1st coat of Halfords Blue Caliper paint (£9.95 a tin). I've used this previously and it's not too thick, goes on nice and touch dry in 30-40 mins even on a cool day like today. Says to recoat within the hour but I found I got better results waiting 2 hours, but that may have been down to temp. (but i did use a 2kw elecric fan heater to help drying). Tin will easily do 2 coats on 4 calipers x 2 cars........


    Then the fronts cleaned up after taking front disc of for better access......



    And painted......


    Refitted after 2 coats........


    And whilst I was busy doing this the wife even found time to wash the wheels, dig out the Chemical Guys Wheel sealant and seal all 4 wheels and then dress all the tyres....what a gal.... not to mention looking after 2 young boys and making me drinks and dinner.......


    And finally wheels re-fitted after a long day, but worth the effort......



    Very happy with the results, just need to paint to front pad retaining bracket when I get some black paint.

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    superb job chris

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    looks nice

    I was going to paint mine Gold but i think you've changed my mind lol

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    great job chrisk .did you just buy they axle stands from lidl.

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    very nice mate

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    great job mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectra vxr View Post
    great job chrisk .did you just buy they axle stands from lidl.
    Had em some years now, 2 ton (1 ton each). Think they were from Aldi. I've put some rubber belting on the tops to protect the underseal on the chassis too. There pretty basic and I only had a 1.2 Clio when I got them.

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    just bought the same ones they do the job.was thinking on painting the calipers was it an easy job

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectra vxr View Post
    just bought the same ones they do the job.was thinking on painting the calipers was it an easy job
    Spend time on the preperation, it will give you better results. need to give them a real good clean otherwise your paint will discolour with any dirt/grease or brake dust. I used a wire brush, small scraper or screw driver and some rags. I used a tin of halfords caliper paint, a 500ml tin of brake/clutch cleaner and a 1/2" paint brush and a steady hand.

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