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Re: Brake caliper painting

I have just finished painting a set of drive-way double gates using Amerite Smooth (brown) and they look good. Just remember you need cellulose thinners to get the stuff off your hands and brushes. I wouldn't be concerned about painting the bolt heads - few sharp hammer blows on the end of the socket will soon remove the paint - plus the bolts will have thread-lock compound on their threads (or at least they ought to) so they should be tight to remove regardless.

In the pic it looks like the calipers were never painted but had a light plating anti-corrosive metal substance - possibly zinc based. Top of the range brake calipers aren't painted but usually electolyitc or spray plated with specialised anti-corrosive metals.

One school of opinion even says not to paint brake calipers as it reduces their ability to disipate heat.
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