Usually when car owners want to enhance the visual appeal of their cars, they consider a fresh paint job for the body or a modification such as the addition of a spoiler or a body kit. Painting the callipers on a car, however, is an inexpensive and easy way to give a car an updated look and a sportier appearance. Before painting the callipers on a car, a car owner must understand what tools and supplies he or she needs and what steps are necessary to complete the job.
Tools and Materials Needed to Get the Job Done
The first thing a car owner must do when deciding to paint the brake callipers of their car is gather the tools and materials that are necessary for the job. Gathering the right tools and materials ahead of time can prevent headaches during the project. These include a lug wrench, jack, and jack stand. Nothing is more frustrating than having to stop a project in the middle of its progress just to run out and purchase an overlooked supply. Since some steps of this project are time sensitive, the car owner must gather all of the supplies and materials necessary before actually beginning to paint the callipers of vehicle.
Get the Car Ready
The second thing a car owner must do is prepare the car for the painting of the callipers. There are a number of steps a car owner must take in order to properly prepare the car for the project, including removal of the wheels and masking of the brake lines and rotors.
Removing the Wheels
A car owner must paint one side at a time when painting the callipers on his or her car. Decide which side to paint first and then use a lug wrench to loosen each lug nut on the wheels on that side of the vehicle. Loosen each lug nut by turning the wrench half a turn.
Next, set the vehicle's parking brake into the 'on' position. Then, use a jack to raise one side of the car high enough so that both wheels lift off the ground. Place one jack stand near the front of the car and one jack stand near the rear to hold the vehicle in place. Once the car is securely on the jack stands, continue to loosen the lug nuts and remove the wheels.
Prepare the Callipers for Painting
After removing the wheels, rinse the callipers off with a hose and then dip the wire brush into the alloy wheel cleaner and scrub the callipers clean with the brush. This removes all dirt, debris, and grease from the callipers. When done scrubbing, rinse the callipers once more with the hose to remove the dirt and debris that the brush loosened. Pat the area dry with clean rags or towels.
Then, spray the callipers with the spray-on brake cleaner. This cleaner dries quickly and prepares the calliper for painting.
To avoid getting paint where it should not be, use plastic bags and masking tape to mask off the brake lines, rotors, and other immediate surrounding parts and areas.
Paint the Callipers
To paint the callipers, use a canister of heat-resistant calliper paint. Spray the paint into a container and use a paint brush to paint the callipers, being sure to get into each and every crevice. After painting with the brush, give the callipers a final coat by spraying the paint directly onto the callipers.
Apply copper grease to the brake parts to keep them lubricated and allow the callipers to dry for 24 hours before replacing the wheels. Then, continue the entire process on the other side of the vehicle.
How to Buy Calliper Painting Supplies on eBay
To buy the supplies you need to paint your callipers on eBay, use the search bar found near the top of every page. Type in the specific keywords for the tools and materials you are looking for, such as 'calliper paint', and choose from the selection of listings offered by the many sellers on eBay. If a seller is offering more than one of the supplies you need, be sure to ask the seller about combined shipping to save money.