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Old 02-03-2011, 04:11 PM   #1
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Default Will Acrylic Enamel spray paint hold up on my brake calipers?

I've been searching paint shops online to find someone who can mix a Mag Red I into a rattle can or something really close to Mag Red. I found a place but they are not sure if it would handle the heat from the calipers. They can mix Acrylic Enamel into a spray can that can handle up to maybe 400 degrees.

I've already painted my calipers with the black caliper paint that can handle 900 degrees but now I think I want to color match the calipers with the car. Would the black caliper paint help with the heat if I was to spray the acrylic over them? I don't want my car looking like garbage so any advice would be great right now.

How hot will calipers get during the summer months? I don't track or drag my car.

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Old 02-03-2011, 04:31 PM   #2
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checkers auto parts sells duplicolor caliper paint. it is red and will be real close to your mag red color.....
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i doubt it. normal acrylic enamel isnt made to withstand high heat. use caliper paint or engine enamel.
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I use VHT in a rattle can from AutoZone.
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i doubt it. normal acrylic enamel isnt made to withstand high heat. use caliper paint or engine enamel.
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We carry really heavy duty caliper paint that comes in red on our site. Check it out
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:02 PM   #7
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So, what IS caliper and engine paint? Enamel, acrylic, or laquer?
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I painted my calipers with plain old Rustoleum paint from a can....it has lasted fine for over 4 years......so yes, I think any decent spray paint will be fine.
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We carry really heavy duty caliper paint that comes in red on our site. Check it out
I will check your site to see if you have something close to Mag Red.

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I use VHT in a rattle can from AutoZone.
I use the VHT paint from AutoZone too. But I like to get the Mag Red color instead of black. I don't think the Fire engine Red or blue would look good on my car. I thought about going yellow but it's a little too bright for me and have to deal with the brake dust.

So far it's looking like I'm stuck on black for now.
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do not go yellow!!!
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I painted my calipers with plain old Rustoleum paint from a can....it has lasted fine for over 4 years......so yes, I think any decent spray paint will be fine.
Really, any good quality spray paint will work. You don't need the high heat paint for every day use.

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You will be fine with a regularly driven car. Under normal driving conditions, the calipers barely get hot. Feel them the next time you finish a drive and park the car. If you do canyon carving or agressive mountain driving in the western part of the state, they will get hot enough to possibly blister normal paint.
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i painted my calipers about 2 years ago with the duplicolor caliper paint, they still look as good as they did when they were first done....
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I think a good spray paint will work fine for normal driving. However, have you considered powdercoating - Corvette-Pilot here on the forum does an excellent job and can probably do mag red for you.
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The outside of the calipers doesn't get very hot.

I also used Rustoleum paint. I did a pad change this week and was going to repaint them but I didn't bother as they are still OK.
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i painted my calipers about 2 years ago with the duplicolor caliper paint, they still look as good as they did when they were first done....

Secret is cleaning the calipers well and using several coats of paint.
Did this when replcing pads so I could paint the caliper completely.

Used red Duplicolor for about $15.
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Here is the front caliper from a set that I am working on. I used the red Duplicolor in a spray can. To mask off the areas I used a dime sized cutout of masking tape for the brake line inlet and found a cheese grating wheel that was the perfect size for the piston cylinders. Very happy with the results!
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I am also thinking of doing this. I repainted my calipers with Ford Engine Red which matches the Torch Red pretty good but not exact. It's a bit more dull and I am being a bit ****. I was wondering if I could use duplicor since they make a Torch Red in the can that is an exact match.
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I've been searching paint shops online to find someone who can mix a Mag Red I into a rattle can or something really close to Mag Red. I found a place but they are not sure if it would handle the heat from the calipers. They can mix Acrylic Enamel into a spray can that can handle up to maybe 400 degrees.

I've already painted my calipers with the black caliper paint that can handle 900 degrees but now I think I want to color match the calipers with the car. Would the black caliper paint help with the heat if I was to spray the acrylic over them? I don't want my car looking like garbage so any advice would be great right now.

How hot will calipers get during the summer months? I don't track or drag my car.

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Dont worry about the heat! I painted first with a high temp primer and finished up with MY. I didnt go with the caliper kits because I like the exact match. Duplicolor was no match for yellow
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