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#31 Lenny

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:13 AM

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.

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.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:22 PM

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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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:15 PM

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 ?

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.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:17 PM

Not sure what to do with mine, seeing I have drums on the back lol. Might just paint them black.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:49 AM

Not sure what to do with mine, seeing I have drums on the back lol. Might just paint them black.

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

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:41 PM

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.


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

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:08 AM

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

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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