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    Hi guys, mainly aimed at the guys who have fitted 2nd hand calipers, upgrades etc... but if anyone else has any other suggestions I'm all ears!

    I've just picked up some Saab Hirsch / VXR Calipers from a Saab with the upgrade package, but they are absolutely filthy, covered in road grim and carbon...

    Obviously I want to clean them up and repaint them before I fit them to my car, but dont need / want to go as far as a full refurb, seal replacement etc...

    So how have / do you people clean up your calipers?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Best way is with a wire brush, ideally on a drill, it should clean right back to the metal rather quickly

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    Yep, did the same with my set, used a wire brush on a drill, for the hard to reach placesl, i used tardis and some wolf's chemicals deironizer. Then repainted them.

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    Heavy duty degreaser and a pressure washer but as they are off the car you can, believe it or not, soak them in Vinegar. If you go to Detailing World and post on there someone better than me can explain how to do it.

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    LOL so drop them in vinegar for a while? Would that not damage anything?

    I was thinking of the jet wash and wire brush idea... I'll give it a go tomorrow...

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    Ive seen some things done in vinegar on DW, and its unbelievable that they are not brand new items. Also Coca Cola is supposed to be great at stripping grime off metal too.

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    theres no substitute for elbow grease and hard work?time , with wire brush !

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