Re: Black 98 CSE what color should I paint the calipers? - Saab 9000 Bulletin Board - Saabnet.com
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I've painted a few calipers and can provide some ideas. First of all, I don't recall Saab ever providing painted calipers. First of all, get a paint that's specifically for brake calipers. These have a catalyst that you add to the paint, and it produces a durable surface. I tried Dupli-Color high-temp engine paint, and it absorbed quite a bit of grease and grime. My Viggen calipers, painted 4 years ago, still look glossy.
A word on technique: The metal has to be squeaky clean. Don't just spray it with brake cleaner. Disassemble the caliper and scrub it with a toothbrush and brake cleaner (non-chlorinated, better for you). If it's humid outside, the brake cleaner is so low boiling that it will chill the metal and pick up moisture. I rinsed with isopropyl alcohol afterwards (the 91% stuff. The brush on paint is best. I would never use a spray. I thought spray would be better because of producing a smooth finish, but the brush on is self-leveling, and you get a nice, glossy, smooth finish, as long as you don't keep touching it after the paint begins to set up. Put on a coat, and if you see some spots you missed, leave them and get them with the 2nd coat. Paint quickly and then leave it alone. I plug the holes for the bleeder valve and brake line with some rolled up paper (roll into a tight, narrow cylinder shape), but maybe not necessary.
Used waxed paper to set the caliper pieces on and wait a good day before flipping each piece over to do the other side. I do two coats on each side, so it takes me 4 days, then 3 days to dry before I install.
I've always used red. Dark enough that it doesn't show dirt so much, and provides a nice look.
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