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Old 31st May 2016, 23:09   #31
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Default Re: How hot do Brake Calipers get?

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1. I have seen the calipers of my WagonR reaching 70deg C on my regular office drive of 25kms on free roads with some hard braking. Calipers of my SX4 have got to 84-85 deg C on highway drives when the car is fully loaded and a couple of hard braking cycles.

2. Nope. I dont think so. Once the temperature heats up, the coating will either come out or melt down. Rubber is not a good idea.

3. Enamel paint should do, but clear coat should be able to withstand high temperatures.

4. I recently painted calipers of my SX4 but used a high temperature resistant paint. The regular spray cans are acrylic paints which wont last at high temperatures but the high temperature paints are usually resin based which become quite hard and resistant to erosion. Cross posting images from another thread:

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In comparison to the calipers, the rims of my car usually hover around 50deg C and not more than that. I think plasti dip will be much suitable here.
Can you tell me which paint you used? Where can I get that? I heard that it is good to use brush for applying these paint rather than spray. I want flashy red color for my calipers. Please suggest.

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I had upgraded to 16" OZ alloys a few months back and now the calipers look all crappy. Thinking of painting them and trying to decide on choices. I have come up with a couple of Photoshop visualizations, albeit amateurish. I have several questions -

1. How hot do Brake Calipers get?
2. Will plasti-dip hold up (advantage - reversible)
3. If not, what about regular enamel paint & clear?
4. Is it mandatory to use high temperature caliper paint?

Please see pics for concepts. Thanks in advance.

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First of all Alloys look great. Have you painted them or still pending. I'm also considering to paint brake calipers as well as rims. But little bit confused by different opinions given here.
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Old 20th June 2016, 21:18   #32
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Default Re: DIY: Installing Brake Caliper Covers

Thanks for all the inputs. The deed is done. BTW, I got an IR thermometer and the highest I recorded after panic braking from 100 kmph was 127* C

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Thanks for all the inputs. The deed is done. BTW, I got an IR thermometer and the highest I recorded after panic braking from 100 kmph was 127* C
Brilliant!

The red + white combination looks awesome. My personal opinion is that an off/dull shade of white would have looked better. I am talking about the portion except Fiat logo. But, as they say, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

Time to change your avatar pic!

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Its Almost 2 years and the car is still running with Brembo Caliper covers. No problem till date. I drive 50-70 kms daily (Highway+City) and no issues with braking or overheating of calipers.
Recently Changed the brake pads and got the brakes serviced. Everything was done with the covers ON.
I am super happy and satisfied with this method of installation. Thank you mate for starting this thread and sharing the idea.

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