3rd Kind Customz   14522 Auto Park Way C Houston,TX77083   (281) 495-1352
3rd Kind Customz
14522 Auto Park Way C
HoustonTX 77083
 (281) 495-1352

Painting Brake Calipers: The Good and the Bad

Painting Brake Calipers: The Good and the Bad

If you've got some great wheels and really want to bring them out, painting your brake calipers is one of the easiest ways. A bright, fun and exciting color on your brake calipers will set off your wheels and give a nice accent to your car. But even though this looks like a simple job to complete, there are more challenges than you might think. Here's how the process works:

Painting Brake Calipers

On the surface of it, painting a brake caliper looks pretty simple; wheels are removed, the car is jacked up, the area around is covered up and then the calipers are spray-painted. Most calipers will take at least three or four coats of high-quality paint.

Once the brake calipers have dried for at least an hour, the covering materials can be removed, and the wheels can be carefully replaced. The car will then need to be allowed to sit for around 24 hours while the paint dries. 

Easy, right? Well, read on...

Common Mistakes with DIY Calipers

There are many mistakes that you can potentially run into when trying to paint your own calipers, many of which may come completely by surprise. Here are a few of the most common issues:

  • Using the Wrong Type of Paint: At 3rd Kind Customz, we use only the highest quality of paint that is meant to last. We've even developed and patented custom paints for our customers. If the paint used is the wrong type, it will flake off and look unprofessional within days. Calipers are subjected to very high temperatures and wear. Ordinary paint just won't cut it.
  • Not Preparing the Surface: Before any painting is to be done, the surface needs to be properly cleaned, degreased, and completely dried. If not, the paint simply isn't going to adhere. A lot of what we do at 3rd Kind Customz is prep work; this ensures that the job is done right from the start.

Common Mistakes with DIY Calipers - Not Preparing the Surface: Before any painting is to be done, the surface needs to be properly cleaned, degreased, and completely dried. If not, the paint simply isn't going to adhere. A lot of what we do at 3rd Kind Customz is prep work; this ensures that the job is done right from the start.

  • Painting the Entire Caliper: Only parts of the caliper should be painted -- the ones that don't actually come into contact with anything. If you paint more than that, you could easily cause some damage to your pad.
  • Not Waiting Long Enough for it to Dry: It's exciting when you have a new paint job -- believe us, we know. But if you take your car out too early, you're going to end up with scratches, dings and a dirty surface.

No one denies that painted brake calipers can look fantastic, especially when paired with a great set of custom wheels. Unfortunately, they're also pretty challenging to get right, and many DIY car owners end up doing more damage than they actually intend. At 3rd Kind Customz, we can create a complete vision for your car, including the calipers and more -- and we can make sure that it's going to lastContact us today to get more information!

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