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How to paint brake calipers

Painting brake calipers is a popular and effective way to personalise the look of your vehicle, as well as protecting the brake calipers from corrosion. This process is relatively simple and can make your brake calipers stand out visually. Today at SDT brakes, we will talk you through the process of painting brake calipers, which is a task you can do yourself.

Tools and materials needed

Before you start painting your brakes, make sure you have all the necessary materials:

- Brake caliper paint: You should choose a paint that is heat resistant and suitable for brake calipers. It comes in various colours so you can customise your vehicle to your preference.

- Degreaser: You will need a strong degreaser to clean the calipers before painting. Acetone or a specific brake cleaner are good options.

- Painter's tape: use masking tape to cover areas you don't want to paint, such as brake hoses and surrounding parts.

- Brushes: You will need brushes of different sizes to apply the paint to the calipers.

- Sandpaper: fine sandpaper is useful for lightly sanding the calipers before painting, which helps the paint adhere better.

- Plastic bags or newspaper: use these to cover the surrounding areas and prevent paint from splashing in unwanted places.

Steps to paint brake calipers

Here is a step-by-step guide to painting brake calipers:

Step 1: Preparation

Raise the vehicle safely and remove the wheel to access the brake calipers. Clean the brake calipers with degreaser to remove any dirt, grease or debris. Make sure they are completely dry before proceeding.

Step 2: Protection

Cover the areas you don't want to paint with painter's tape and plastic bags or newspaper.

Step 3: Sanding

Use the fine sandpaper to lightly sand the surface of the brake calipers. This will help the paint adhere better.

Step 4: paint application

Shake the brake caliper paint well and, using the brushes, apply an even coat of paint to the calipers. You may choose to apply several thin coats rather than one thick coat for a more professional finish.

Be sure to paint all visible areas of the calipers, including the top and bottom.

Allow the first coat of paint to dry for at least 30 minutes before applying a second coat if necessary. Most brake caliper paints dry quickly.

Step 5: Reassembly

Once the paint is completely dry and the recommended drying time has passed, reassemble the wheels and lower the vehicle.

Are there other methods to paint your brakes?

Yes, there are other methods and approaches to painting car brake calipers in addition to the method described above. Here are two alternative methods you may want to consider:

Using spray instead of brushes.

Instead of using brushes, you can opt to use brake caliper-specific spray paint. This method can be quicker and provide a uniform finish. Here are the basic steps:

- Follow the preparation, cleaning and protection steps outlined in the previous method.

- Use masking tape and paper to cover areas you don't want to paint, such as brake discs and hoses.

- Shake the brake caliper paint spray well and apply a thin, even coat to the calipers.

- Allow the paint to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

- Apply a second coat if necessary to obtain full coverage and desired colour.

- Allow the paint to dry completely before reassembling the wheel and lowering the car.

Using specific paint kits

Brake caliper specific paint kits are available that include all necessary materials such as paint, brushes or sprays, and cleaners. These kits often come with detailed instructions and can be a convenient option for those who want an all-in-one approach. The general steps are similar to the above methods, but you follow the instructions provided in the kit.


Painting brake calipers is an affordable and effective way to give your vehicle a personalised touch. With the right tools and materials, and by following these steps, you can achieve an attractive new look for your brake calipers while protecting your vehicle from corrosion. Remember that safety comes first, so make sure you do this process in a safe environment and follow all the necessary precautions - enjoy the end result and the refreshed look of your vehicle!


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