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Lenny
Hi all,
Im planning to paint my front calipers in the coming weeks and I'm thinking to paint either
Red
Or
Yellow (dull yellow)

What do you guys suggest?

Here is a side image if anyone wants to photoshop

[IMG]http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/lennymanwoods/IMG_20130110_151418.jpg[/IMG]
Rh1no
I'm thinking of doing mine red :)
Lenny
[quote name='Rh1no' timestamp='1360537069' post='234828']
I'm thinking of doing mine red :)
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Would match the S badges nicely on the fenders,
Maybe some silver brembo high heat resistant vynil decals for on top of the red.
Sounds good mate,
Rh1no
[quote name='Lenny' timestamp='1360537913' post='234831']
Would match the S badges nicely on the fenders,
Maybe some silver brembo high heat resistant vynil decals for on top of the red.
Sounds good mate,
[/quote]

That sounds like a plan!
Rh1no
Let me know what stuff you buy Lenny :)
Lenny
[quote name='Rh1no' timestamp='1360600413' post='235025']
Let me know what stuff you buy Lenny :)
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I've used foliatec caliper paint twice before,
It comes in two tins along with an aerosol can of cleaner, I recommend going to your local pound shop and buying a pyrex jug with measurements printed on the side of it to use for mixing the paint to the lacquar for best results.
I've also painted the engine block on my first car with the stuff,
Hopfully my local halfords has got it in stock this Thursday, if they do then hopfully get good weather at the weekend.

Id buy it on ebay but it would be stopped by customs in the uk prior to dispatch due to the can of spray inside,
So I've gotta pay halfords prices on this one.

Here are some pictures of using it before lol

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[IMG]http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/lennymanwoods/Picture011.jpg[/IMG]
Preee
I would go for the Red as well Lenny , it will match in nice with the Silver
Lenny
[quote name='Preee' timestamp='1360610796' post='235110']
I would go for the Red as well Lenny , it will match in nice with the Silver
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Thanks mate,
Just checked Halfords online store for foliatec rosso red caliper paint and its out of stock in both stores that are close to me.
What brand of paint did you use on yours mate?
Preee
This is what i used Lenny E-Tech
[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200732979222?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT#ht_1554wt_932&clk_rvr_id=449741936942&afsrc=1"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200732979222?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT#ht_1554wt_932&clk_rvr_id=449741936942&afsrc=1[/url]

available in different colours
gforce
Think I mentioned to you before that I went for a dark blue on my Machine Silver Mondeo ZS to match the blue in the centre caps. Had thought about red to tie in with the S badges I had on it as well, but given how common red calipers are round these parts I preferred the more subtle dark blue. Really bright pinks, greens and blues seem the choice option around the town hall car park these days though! Wouldn't be too keen on the brembo decals if I'm honest, but they do look well in that pic of your first car so go for it.

Have done the calipers on my Focus as well with the same tin and love the match with my Jeans Blue paint and the blue in the centre caps. I've had a look through my pics but can't seem to find any of my calipers on either car. Plan on getting a wheel refurb in the next month or two as well so will be giving the calipers a freshen up when I do.

I went for a tin of Hammerite and just brushed it on.
Lenny
[quote name='Preee' timestamp='1360612769' post='235128']
This is what i used Lenny E-Tech
[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200732979222?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT#ht_1554wt_932&clk_rvr_id=449741936942&afsrc=1"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200732979222?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT#ht_1554wt_932&clk_rvr_id=449741936942&afsrc=1[/url]

available in different colours
[/quote]
Looks good mate,
Shame I can't get it shipped over though,
Think I'll make the journey to the halfords store 2hours away that still has the foliatec in stock.
Doesn't look as though the weather will be up to it this weekend for painting them but atleast I'll have the kit ready.

[quote name='gforce' timestamp='1360617814' post='235161']
Think I mentioned to you before that I went for a dark blue on my Machine Silver Mondeo ZS to match the blue in the centre caps. Had thought about red to tie in with the S badges I had on it as well, but given how common red calipers are round these parts I preferred the more subtle dark blue. Really bright pinks, greens and blues seem the choice option around the town hall car park these days though! Wouldn't be too keen on the brembo decals if I'm honest, but they do look well in that pic of your first car so go for it.

Have done the calipers on my Focus as well with the same tin and love the match with my Jeans Blue paint and the blue in the centre caps. I've had a look through my pics but can't seem to find any of my calipers on either car. Plan on getting a wheel refurb in the next month or two as well so will be giving the calipers a freshen up when I do.

I went for a tin of Hammerite and just brushed it on.
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Sounds good mate,
But tell the truth about the brembo decals lol loads of people actually thought they were proper brembo.
I've used hammerite smooth finish silver on the rear drums and worked well.

[IMG]http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/lennymanwoods/IMG_20130110_160325.jpg[/IMG]

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gforce
[quote name='Lenny' timestamp='1360688619' post='235343']
But tell the truth about the brembo decals lol
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Haha! I know you're open to opinions and take them the right way, as they're just that - opinions and nothing more, so I'm happy enough to be up front knowing you won't take offence. Really grates my cheese when people come on to a forum asking opinions, then get ratty if the opinions they've just asked for aren't exactly what they wanted to hear! But I digress...

Luckily enough pal you seem to have a serious knack of making the right choice when it comes to your wagon so I'd be confident whatever you go for will be done to a high standard and ultimately match in with the standards you've already set and complement the look of the rest of the car.

Hammerite smooth is the stuff aye, rear drums looking well. Are you keeping them silver or gonna do them the same colour you do the front calipers?

By the way, I just used the online stock-checker for that paint in my local Halfords and it came up as in stock for a quantity of one, but not for two. If you want to look into the cost of me grabbing it for you and posting it down, as opposed to the 2hr diesel money, just let me know. I go past the store pretty much every day so wouldn't be any hassle.

This is the right stuff isn't it? Nearly half price too! http://www.halfords.ie/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_11101_catalogId_15551_productId_218763_langId_-1_categoryId_212506
Lenny
[quote name='gforce' timestamp='1360691376' post='235358']
Haha! I know you're open to opinions and take them the right way, as they're just that - opinions and nothing more, so I'm happy enough to be up front knowing you won't take offence. Really grates my cheese when people come on to a forum asking opinions, then get ratty if the opinions they've just asked for aren't exactly what they wanted to hear! But I digress...

Luckily enough pal you seem to have a serious knack of making the right choice when it comes to your wagon so I'd be confident whatever you go for will be done to a high standard and ultimately match in with the standards you've already set and complement the look of the rest of the car.
Hammerite smooth is the stuff aye, rear drums looking well. Are you keeping them silver or gonna do them the same colour you do the front calipers?

By the way, I just used the online stock-checker for that paint in my local Halfords and it came up as in stock for a quantity of one, but not for two. If you want to look into the cost of me grabbing it for you and posting it down, as opposed to the 2hr diesel money, just let me know. I go past the store pretty much every day so wouldn't be any hassle.

This is the right stuff isn't it? Nearly half price too! http://www.halfords.ie/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_11101_catalogId_15551_productId_218763_langId_-1_categoryId_212506
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I don't take offence to opinions at all, and agree some people can get very ratty when they don't like your input.
I plan to keep the drums smooth silver, I prefer them to look like discs.
Thanks for the kind words on choice of mods too, I always run any ideas through the forum first just to be sure I'm not about to wreck it lol
The link you have their for foliatec is exactly the stuff mate.
Only halfords this side of Dublin that has it in stock is waterford,
Very kind of you to offer to purchase and post, if you didn't mind doing it for me I'll pay you 50euro to cover cost of item,postage and your time. I can send you payment on thursday 14th Febuary via PayPal
A halfords paper bag cut and turned inside out would do for shipping cover,
Bit of selotape on it.
gforce
Good call on the drums I reckon, looks a lot cleaner than if you went with red to match the calipers.

Will PM you about the caliper paint.
Lenny
[quote name='gforce' timestamp='1360701737' post='235412']
Good call on the drums I reckon, looks a lot cleaner than if you went with red to match the calipers.

Will PM you about the caliper paint.
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Thanks mate,
Don't think I'll be welding on brackets to hold fake calipers like the guys in mighty mods neither lol
Think its this episode:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNBz4DIY6E4&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Lenny
update on the Calipers and painting.

Gforce has been very helpful in the sourcing of a foliatec rosso red caliper paint kit from halfords but when reserved at his local store; halfords phoned to say its no longer in stock,
I too made the trip to halfords in waterford today having searched halfords website for a store with the kit in stock I made the 2hr trip with my reservation number in hand, only to be told "computer says no"
Its not reserved and wasn't in stock at time of reservation yesterday, so I had to improvise and purchase some halfords kid instead because halfords no longer stock foliatec caliper painting kit.

Here is what I purchased instead of the foliatec kit:
Halfords Brake Caliper Paint (Red)....15.99euro
Halfords Paint Preperation Wipes......03.29euro
Halfords Brake Caliper Cleaner..........13.99euro
Harris Paint brushes...........................05.29euro
Unibond Masking Tape.......................03.75euro
Halfords were asking silly money for paint brush and masking tape so I diverted to Woodies Diy store for those items, saved 5 euro still spent more than I was expecting to just to get some colour on the calipers, but reading the tin of caliper paint it says to use the caliper cleaner and preperation wipes,
Had the foliatec kit been available would have been half the price for the kit that includes caliper cleaner.

[IMG]http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/lennymanwoods/IMG_20130214_192508_zps034f035f.jpg[/IMG]

All I need now is the weather, although I now believe good weather is easier to find than a foliatec caliper paint kit in ireland lol
Hopfully the halfords red is a nice shade because their isint any colour decal on the lid, just says red.
Stoney871
Looking forward to seeing how it all comes out.
Lenny
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1360900175' post='235930']
Looking forward to seeing how it all comes out.
[/quote]
Thanks mate,
If the weather is good tomorrow evening or Sunday I'll make a start on them and upload some images.
Lenny
update on the calipers,
It was a late start today as I was in work 7-3 but I got started on the drivers side first at 16:02 and put the spare tyre on an 18:05 just encase a drop of red got on the alloy,
I will get the passenger side done tomorrow aswell as some silver on the flat section of the discs.
Halfords red is brighter than I was expecting and although solvent based paint, it goes on very water like, so took two coats to get right.
I also give the caliper a rub with a wire brush to loosen the carbon prior to using the halfords cleaning products.

Finally I wrapped the front of the steel rim with some plastic bags to protect the caliper from rain or wind (dust) overnight and allow it best drying protection, I left a space to fit the nuts on the hub, then blocked the space with another bag.

Here are some images of the progress;

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[IMG]http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/lennymanwoods/IMG_20130216_205130_zps119a9612.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/lennymanwoods/IMG_20130216_201127_zps645f0340.jpg[/IMG]
Lenny
Had planned to be painting the passenger side caliper at present,
But thanks to fords fantastic build quality on the wheel nuts; I'm unable to remove two of them on the front passenger side wheel so a trip to the local tyre fitting shop tomorrow morning is required,

Hopfully the weather is still good tomorrow, so as I can finally complete painting.
I had planned to purchase some better quality wheel nuts next month but wasn't expecting to have this trouble today.
Lenny
Got up this morning,
Straight down to tyre fitters and got the wheel nuts removed then replaced,
Straight home and fitted alloy back on drivers side followed by removing the passenger side alloy and painting the caliper on that side too.
So now both sides are matching and complete,
Drivers side caliper needs a bit of a touch up, but I'll get to in another day as I'm in work tonite at 11pm and gotta get some sleep,
Anyway here is two images of the drivers side with alloy refitted and the rest are images of the passenger side caliper.

[IMG]http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/lennymanwoods/IMG_20130218_155820_zps6b8f9bac.jpg[/IMG]

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Preee
Very nice Lenny looks great , not too bright at all , looks really good m8 , what are you doing with theback , leaving them silver?
Lenny
[quote name='Preee' timestamp='1361210008' post='236850']
Very nice Lenny looks great , not too bright at all , looks really good m8 , what are you doing with theback , leaving them silver?
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Thanks Preee,
I haven't got calipers on the rear, just drum brakes, so I had painted them with hammerite smooth silver and seems to be lasting well,
Considering doing the spacer section of the front discs silver too, as it will become more visible when the bigger rims are fitted.
Stoney871
Looking nice there mate, good effort.
jeebowhite
half tempted to paint my calipers a cool blue, something of an electric blue nature... may have to experiment with photoshop and try and talk the missus into letting me do it :P
gforce
Looking great Lenny. Pity we didn't end up with the Foliatec kit, but that stuff has turned out really well. You'll appreciate it even more once the new wheels go on!

By the way, how did you find the extra bits and bobs they flogged you? Were they much use/essential/a waste of money?! When I've painted calipers in the past I always meant to get a wire brush drill bit and try tidy them up a bit with that rather than any special cleaners. Think that's the good thing about the hammerite though, just lop it on!

I notice you've done the pads as well, I tried to keep the brush off mine as I'd read advice to keep them clear rather than risk them being stuck on when it comes to pad change time, but found it near impossible! Bit of forgiveness using the dark blue though as the mistakes didn't show up as much as red would.

I was actually very tempted yesterday to give them a freshen up, as I was giving the car a bit of a spring clean in the sunshine, but went to see Wreck-It Ralph instead!
Lenny
[quote name='gforce' timestamp='1361291113' post='237059']
Looking great Lenny. Pity we didn't end up with the Foliatec kit, but that stuff has turned out really well. You'll appreciate it even more once the new wheels go on!

By the way, how did you find the extra bits and bobs they flogged you?

I notice you've done the pads as well, I tried to keep the brush off mine as I'd read advice to keep them clear rather than risk them being stuck on when it comes to pad change time,

I was actually very tempted yesterday to give them a freshen up, as I was giving the car a bit of a spring clean in the sunshine, but went to see Wreck-It Ralph instead!
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Good call Gary,
Took the kids to see wreck-it Ralph on sunday, excellent movie lol poor Nokia Snake homeless lol

The caliper cleaner in the spray can didn't do any better than a drop of petrol on a cloth would.
So if buying again, id pass on that one.

I used a wire brush to clean the carbon from the surface while spraying with the cleaner, but id recommend paint thinners or petrol and a wire brush instead.
I should have worn a dust mask though, as the brake carbon kills your lungs and you end up coughing up black brake dust muc lol
Keeping them wet while using the wire brush helps keep the dust levels down though.

And the paint preperation wipes were fantastic at getting soapy and bringing the calipers back to a sort of silver state after wire brushing,
Masking tape was a must and a half inch paint brush would have been better than the 1" I used for mine,

So if I was shopping again id purchase;
Halfords caliper paint
Half inch paint brush
Masking tape
Two packets of halfords paint prep wipes.

And some petrol from the garage aswell as wire brush and dust mask, (cough splutter)

Ive painted the rear of the pads just to complete the red lump on the brakes and maybe appear to be more aftermarket at a glance.
The foliatec kit was an enamel paint and I done the pads with it on the starlet and almera before, both had pads changed with no problems,
A quick score with a stanley blade on removal of the pads will break the bond on the paint between caliper and pads.
It would be almost impossible to mask up the caliper so as not to get paint on the rear of the pads so I just went ahead and painted the lot lol

Thanks for the comments, I personally think its a little too bright at present but a few weeks driving will tone it down a bit.
gforce
Yeah, great show. Was almost offended at Snake though...he's still got pride of place on my old Nokia brick since I still haven't replaced my iphone after I dropped it in a river end of last year!

That's good to know about the cleaning and prep accessories, should be useful for anyone trying this for the first time.

If you think it's too bright and may dull down a bit then it should be spot on by the time the wheels go on ;)
Lenny
[quote name='gforce' timestamp='1361350586' post='237219']
If you think it's too bright and may dull down a bit then it should be spot on by the time the wheels go on ;)
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lol true mate, will be a good few weeks until may,
Wish it was today,

I've got a Nokia 6303 Classic in black, cost me 90euro in 2008 and still going strong, no snake on it though lol has taken all the images for the guides and the forum, had a Nokia N95 before that but battery was usless. Maybe upgrade the mobile when I finish the car ..... someday lol

Pete80
Looks really good mate, will be doing my calipers when weather brightens up, will be going for hammerite smooth black, just want the clean look.
Lenny
[quote name='Pete80' timestamp='1361518390' post='237830']
Looks really good mate, will be doing my calipers when weather brightens up, will be going for hammerite smooth black, just want the clean look.
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Thanks Pete,
Hope the weather improves soon in your area,
You could always purchase a clear plastic painters sheet for 1.50Gbp in your local DIY store,
Using maskin tape stick it to the side panel of the car,
Creating a sort of tent style inside area to cover yourself and the calipers for painting.

Upload some pictures of the calipers when you get them done anyway mate.
Big_dom91
Looks really nice qnd clean there lenny :) im gunna be doing my callipers in that halfords red so made up to see the colour turned out how it hae but how long fid you leave the car after painting before you drove it obv for getting to work and that need to find adequate time to do it ?
Lenny
[quote name='Big_dom91' timestamp='1361621550' post='238169']
Looks really nice qnd clean there lenny :) im gunna be doing my callipers in that halfords red so made up to see the colour turned out how it hae but how long fid you leave the car after painting before you drove it obv for getting to work and that need to find adequate time to do it ?
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Thanks mate,
This is my third time painting calipers on a car, but my first time using the halfords paint,
It doesn't dry as quickly as the foliatec paint that I used on the previous two cars, but on the other hand; foliatec drys like concrete in 40minutes so you don't get much time to apply after mixing as the foliatec is a two part mix.

The halfords paint is slightly watery and will run if applied too heavily, so a total of 3 thin coats is required to complete,
Spacing the coats 40 minutes apart from each other,
Wrap the paint brush in a plastic bag when not in use to prevent drying between coats,
Regardless of how much cleaning/preperation you do on the calipers, the first coat will still be a mix of black carbon and red paint, so you need to let that dry,
Then apply a clean red coat on top of that again.

Once fully painted id wrap the wheel just like I have done on previus page then leave to dry for 10-12hours if possible,

I work shift so it was easy for me on 7-3 paint one side by 18:00 then not drive until 06:00
Or on nights paint by 14:00 then not drive until 22:00
But even if I was using foliatec paint id still give it at minimum 8 hours drying time to fully set.
b1g_dav3
Not sure what to do with mine, seeing I have drums on the back lol. Might just paint them black.
Lenny
[quote name='b1g_dav3' timestamp='1361747249' post='238671']
Not sure what to do with mine, seeing I have drums on the back lol. Might just paint them black.
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Hi Dave,
I've got drums on the rear of my focus and I've wire brushed them, then a quick clean using petrol and an old T-shirt after wire brushing,
Masked the hub behind the drum and painted them with hammerite smooth finish silver, I like them to look like discs on the rear,
One coat on each drum back in october 2010 and their still 100% today,
If purchasing hammerite ensure it says smooth finish on the label
Do not purchase hammerd finish, as it has a black web style finish to it, wouldn't look rite lol

Here are my drums pictured a few weeks ago and painted in october 2010

[IMG]http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/lennymanwoods/IMG_20130110_160420.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/lennymanwoods/IMG_20130110_160325.jpg[/IMG]
Pete80
[quote name='Lenny' timestamp='1361527436' post='237849']

Thanks Pete,
Hope the weather improves soon in your area,
You could always purchase a clear plastic painters sheet for 1.50Gbp in your local DIY store,
Using maskin tape stick it to the side panel of the car,
Creating a sort of tent style inside area to cover yourself and the calipers for painting.

Upload some pictures of the calipers when you get them done anyway mate.
[/quote]

That's a good idea, tbh work is mental at the moment and the thought of getting grubby painting my calipers is not appealing, but I will eventually get time and of course there will be plenty of pics mate
Lenny
[quote name='Pete80' timestamp='1361910713' post='239176']
That's a good idea, tbh work is mental at the moment and the thought of getting grubby painting my calipers is not appealing, but I will eventually get time and of course there will be plenty of pics mate
[/quote]
All the more reason to take some time out, stick on some headphones and do some artistic painting lol
I use latex gloves saves getting paint on my hands or on anything I was to touch in the process such as the side fender.


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