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Hey Guys,

Okay well I painted my calipers some time ago and was going to write up a howto and thought I lost my pictures but I found them today! So I will post up my howto :]

How to paint your calipers and change your brake pads!

Ingredients



You need basic tools, break cleaner and some caliper paint of your choice (i chose this caliper spray paint as it has primer and everything built in so its just one step! very easy) I chose to paint mine silver as it matches the wheels and will blend in quite nice and not look all ricey and out of place! Gold would also look quite nice IMO. you will also need a wire brush thingy or some sandpaper.

Step 1:

Raise your car on jackstands (BE SAFE PEOPLE USE JACKSTANDS PLEASE) and take both front wheels off (we are doing the front for now).



You will be greeted with this pretty sight :]

Now heres a rule for this guide, keep one side fully intact do not take any of it apart until you've COMPLETLEY finished the first side, why? So if you forget what way round that pad/shim/caliper/bolt goes you can look at the other side! Saves messing up now ;)

Step 2:

Remove the calipers bottom bolt on the rear of the caliper



Now swing the caliper up, depending on what kind of break disc quiet has been used etc it may be VERY TIGHT to lift up, Pull hard, it will come up ;) Just not TOO hard dont want to snap any break lines or anything!

Now you've got it up pull it towards you a little bit and let it back down, it will niceley rest on the existing brake pads as seen in step 3:D

Step 3:



Now we want to clean that caliper! Get out your sandpaper or wire brush and break cleaner, spray a good ammount of break cleaner all over it and then get to scrubbing! You want to remove ALL dirt/rust that is on the caliper, now let it dry and spray it hard out again to remove all the dirt/rust you broke free.

Repeat if necessary.

Should come up nice and clean like this



Step 4:

Lets get to painting! First we must block off anything we DONT want to paint, that would be our brake rotor! I dont think it would be too happy with paint on it!



As you can see I used a plastic bag and put it up under the caliper covering the caliper piston as well.

Spray a good nice even coat and let it dry (says to let dry for 15 mins)



Now give her a few more coats (waiting in between 15 mins each time) until it has the desired finish, more spray = more shiney.

Step 5:

I let it dry for a good 4hrs before I went on so depending on your climate etc wait till its dry, we dont want to scratch up our nice painted calipers do we?!

Using a brake disc caliper piston pusher tool (available from most automotive shops) I pushed the caliper piston in, I put the tool into the caliper and put an old brake pad up to the piston and turned the handle and it pushed it in perfectly and evenly.

Make sure you do this with the master cylinder resivor OPEN and a towel around it! Some brake fluid may come out!! you do NOT want this on any paintwork, nasty stuff!



Now that the caliper was pushed in I got my new brake pads, these are Lucas non asbestos pads, they have EXCELLENT braking performance and dont create much dust, and they have many more great features I reccomend them! They also have rubber shims on them so you do not require the OEM metal shims.

I used some CRC Disc Brake Quiet on the back of the pads, shop manual says you must use some form of disc brake quietner/lubricant on the back of the pads and shims (if you have metal shims)



When it has dried but still tacky (about 10 mins to get to this stage) place the pads into the pad retainers then close the caliper over top of the pads and put the bottom bolt back in and tighten it up good! (not too tight though)

If you need any more help with changing the brake pads visit the shop manual http://media.honda.co.uk/car/owner/media/manuals/PreludeManual/62sf100/13-7.pdf

Done!!

Now you can do the other side :] once both sides are done put the wheels back on and put the car back on the ground make sure all lugnuts are tightend!!

Get into your car and start her up, pump the brakes SEVERAL times as hard as you can to seat the pads properly.




Take her for a nice drive and enjoy!! :colgate:
 

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Heres a pic of mine that i did. The wheels are extremely dirty i know :lol:, poor lude has been sitting outside and its rained a few days now.

Brembo slotted/drilled rotors and PBR Ceramic pads



 

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Nice write up.

Previous owner painted the calipers red and did a very half-assed job on it.

Should I strip the paint or just clean and paint on top of it?
 

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brake clean and a wire brush should clean it right off. but if it doesn't and you dont want it to look half-assed, id remove it all.
 

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Anything you don't remove with a wire brush and brake cleaner probably won't pose a future problem for you. Just remember to clean all of the angles really well...plan on 2 cans of brake cleaner for 4 calipers...I used that much I think, and mine came out damn good.
 

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Did this job over the weekend. Used this write up but took off the caliper braces or whatever they are. I felt like posting result pics from this write up. Thanks!



 

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Haha I'm actually doing this write now, gonna finish the fronts tomorrow. I took the calipers out though. I was actually changing all the rotors/pads and doing this at the same time. Can't wait to have brakes that work well :D
 

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Alright, a write up! I was planning on painting my calipers on 4th of July week since I'll be off work. Hey, do they sell caliper paint that you can brush on? I wanna do mine in black.
 
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