How to Paint Brake Calipers Fast and Easy

How to Paint Brake Calipers Fast and Easy

Hey guys, ChrisFix here Are you rusty, old brake calipers ruining the look [of] your car? Does it mess up how your brake system or your rims look when it’s on the car? Well, today I’m gonna show you how to paint your brake calipers to make them look really nice. These rusty calipers are still in good shape, they just don’t look very good. So I’m gonna go through the process and how we’re gonna prep it, and then spray it with high-temperature spray paint, which you can pick up at any store for 5 bucks. Since we’ll be doing this on the car, so we don’t have to bleed the brakes, we’re keeping the brake line attached, we have it off to the side, I have a box on top of a bucket to kind of keep it supported, give me a nice platform, I want to cover all this stuff, because I don’t want to get high-temperature paint on this. So I’m just using a garbage bag to completely cover everything. With everything covered, we can start the prep on this. To do this job, we’re going to use some high-heat spray paint, so up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. We have some isopropyl alcohol that cleans it off when we’re done sanding and everything I have a metal wire brush some 230 grit sandpaper and then some 600 grit sandpaper. And that’s all you need — let’s get to work. Remember, when you’re sanding this and when you’re spraying this, make sure you use some type of protection for your lungs and protection for your eyes. So the first thing I’m gonna do is I’m gonna take the wire brush and just everything on here that is metal, hit it. Watch out for the rubber on these guide pins and also watch out for the rubber on the brake line and be careful of the rubber down here on these pistons. So remember to take your time doing this It’s all in the preparation The better you sand, and the better this is prepped, the better it’s gonna come out. I know you’ll be excited and you just want to start spray-painting but try to take some time to do this right. You can see all this rust and everything that got taken off with this That’s good. I forgot to mention, you’re going to need some brake clean next step is going to be to hit this with brake clean, get it all cleaned up. After this is dry, we’re going to move on to the sanding with sandpaper this is 230 grit. Depending on how rusted your calipers are, you might not need to use this, if you calipers are still really smooth and look good then you can just move up to the 600 grit. Mine are kind of rusty, so it needs this coarse sandpaper to get the rust spots out of here. Make it a little bit smoother. Okay, I sanded all the spots on this that I wanted to get to with the more coarse sandpaper so now I’m going to move to the more fine sandpaper 600 grit. Now the level that I’m going to do this for my truck will be different from the level I would do this for my Corvette. I just want to get a nice coat on here, make it look halfway decent, and prevent the rust, that’s the goal for me, rust prevention. For you it might be the looks so then you might want to be more detailed. You might want to take the caliper off and open it You might want to get the brake pad clips out of here and get the paint under there For me, that’s not super important So just remember that there [are] different levels that you could do this to. Now, take your time with this last step, and we’ll be spray-painting in no time. Okay, this is coming out real nice, it’s ready to be hit with one more thing of brake clean and then we’ll use some rubbing alcohol and clean it off completely. Now it’s time to use the alcohol. Before I touch this caliper again, I’m going to change out my gloves so that they’re clean The alcohol step is the last step before paint touches this so you want to try to be as clean as possible now. Now use a paper towel, a lint-free towel would be best and some alcohol pour it on and then just clean this off. You’re gonna get a lot of stuff off from doing this. Even after brake clean has been used. After you clean it off with the alcohol and it looks good to you, let the alcohol evaporate, After it evaporates we’ll start spray-painting. Make sure you read the instructions on the back of your can. Make sure you’re within the temperature range, make sure you’re at the right distance and stuff With this stuff, I’m going to try to use three coats I’m going to do this side first I’m gonna wait two minutes between coats and I’m gonna spray about a foot away. So just as I start painting, I forgot to mention, you should use some tape on any parts you don’t want to get paint on. In my case, I don’t want to get paint on these two rubber pieces here so I’m gonna use tape on them I already spray-painted a little bit, but I caught myself so it’s not a big deal. So now that I caught myself, I’ll continue spray-painting. Let that sit for two minutes. After a few minutes, you can see it’s basically dry so I’m gonna hit it with one last coat of paint. Okay, good, now I’ll let this dry for thirty minutes and then it’ll be dry to the touch. So then I can flip this over and do the other side. With this completely dry, let’s flip it. Now we’re gonna spray this side I’d say the only thing you’re gonna want to worry about on this side is the piston right here Probably don’t want to get too much paint on this piston cover. You want to be extra careful, and might want to tape that off. Okay, good, now we’re gonna let this sit for two minutes and do two more coats. I’m skipping forward, this is gonna be my last coat. Looks good, I’ll let it dry for half an hour and then we can put the brakes back on the car. Okay Put everything together, got new brake pads in Got the new brake rotor The painted brake caliper And even the brake rotor, I painted the hat With the spray paint that I used, I’m gonna want to bake this on here So to do that, what I’m going to do is I’m going to drive the car for 15 minutes. And I’m gonna let it cool for half an hour. And what that’s gonna do, is it’s gonna bake on this paint Not only is it gonna look good but it’s gonna function well because I’m not gonna have any rust on here. Here’s a before and after picture: On your left is before, and on your right is after. Hopefully this video was helpful! If it was, give it a thumbs-up! Also consider subscribing Up on the screen are gonna be some videos You can click on the videos on the screen, or you can find a link to those videos in the description below Also in the description below are the link to the ChrisFix Facebook and Twitter pages Check it out!

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “How to Paint Brake Calipers Fast and Easy

  1. bobbinbobby says:

    Put tape on that bleeder valve.

  2. taviangt says:

    Bro hope you're ok but your "hey guys" you didn't sound as happy as you usually do I hope you're all good homie. No criticizing here just concern bro again hope all is well with you ✌🏽

  3. Castro Nevic says:

    that looks good where it is painted at the latest tomorrow it will start to rust, the caliper must be completely out. Sandblasting and then either powder coat or paint, otherwise you can save all the work too.

  4. Frederick Santana says:

    How do you remove the rust dust that comes of a bad caliper from machined black rims?

  5. William Acosta says:

    I used brush on rustolium red. Came out awesome.

  6. Dr. Westside says:

    Bremfaux . For the loser who cares what colors are brake calipers are .

  7. cbearcbear says:

    I looked at prices for brake calipers and 😱, then realised I better paint it up and look good so who else but the god mechanic himself Chrisfix. lol

  8. Striker AT says:

    You don’t want sanding the caliper without covering the bleeder pin…

  9. Jr Razo 209 says:

    Nice joob

  10. Grosbeak says:

    I would suggest masking the bleed nipple as well…

  11. Steve Silvas says:

    High Heat RED would of given you a Raybestos Performance Brake Caliper Look…

  12. Semper Fi says:

    Glad I don't care what my calipers look like.

  13. jeremiah Jones says:

    No difference great job

  14. Dosedmonkey says:

    Cover the rubber grommets up…

  15. Dosedmonkey says:

    Practice spray painting too your pattern is too close

  16. Patrick Mittel says:

    Did you say…… rost? The herman word for rust? Wat

  17. Meik Böttcher says:

    Fast and easy? 😂

  18. K. F. says:

    I'm not 100% positive but I believe some of the dust is asbestos from the pads X 4 wheels of work. I thought about it and skipped the job.

  19. FullOnBro says:

    even faster… slam a plastic grocery bag around the rotor, tucking it in as tight as you can… wirebrush the shit out of it… prime it… paint it… not hard!

  20. Michael C says:

    Nice job, nice video, but 2 “oops, I forgot “ steps, hmmm, still thanks.

  21. Lemon says:

    Pfft we all know red paint adds 25hp to ur car yet u still went back? Such a noob!

  22. Ravi Luke says:

    I’m never gonna do this but it’s fun to watch

  23. P3RC3PT10N says:

    Chris knows how to fix climate change. Sanding. Start with 180 end with 400 grit.

  24. Mason Knighten says:

    Show us how to paint our rotors next April

  25. robert cannon says:

    Looked like a half a— job

  26. Tuapse vaz says:

    Do not paint brake hose

  27. Burton Fields says:

    After the "prepping" there was still a lot of rust when paint was going on. Guess that's fine if you enjoy paint falling off your finished product. Only way is to use chem dip and a sand blasting cabinet. Cheers!

  28. Michael Jones says:

    Will you come sand my calipers

  29. Michael Jones says:

    Fast and easy only on fast forward

  30. alister kellen says:

    That calipper is a strong drinker because mine just pass out after it had a bit alcohol..

  31. Oscar Nash says:

    Dude love the vids but that paint looks like shit! Lol but it does look way better than what it was…

  32. Taylor Brost says:

    You did all that work and didn't paint them red?

  33. busara 45 theVillain says:

    Red is too cliche. Thinking about a monster green for shits and giggles.

  34. Dave The Biker says:

    Hiya Chris, love how you speed up the boring parts of the job ( prep ) If only life was like that! I would have loads of time on my hands but I suppose I would soon get bored.

  35. Tom Perkins says:

    5.5 million subscribers. Chris, I hope you quit your day job…or is this your day job? (-:

  36. qwertykevin1 says:

    Might as well spray the rotors to match. Looks really good on mine

  37. Mike says:

    ohhhhhh, i thought it said "How to Paint Brake Discs Fast and Easy" so i instantly checked if it was 1st april vid, then i was like tf

  38. Joe Sanders says:

    You don't sound too enthusiastic

  39. Cameron Bell says:

    Anyone else notice theres nonpads in the caliper from the very beginning of the video haha just caught my eye

  40. Jimmy V. says:

    Chris is all about details… changing your gloves before cleaning the brakes who does that ? Like it's awesome hahaha

  41. Sam Matt says:

    Half ass job…

  42. Xeonerable says:

    Are the calipers removed without having to do anything with the brake fluid system?

  43. Carl Bennett says:

    Or you could just paint the calipers

  44. Kevin Sarsons says:

    That's the priming done when do you paint them??

  45. performance zone says:

    After lot of work seems very ugly!

  46. TheSootpig says:

    That looks as rough as a tramps armpit. Do it properly or not at all

  47. Preston Thugman says:

    Um. What the f…. You only cleaned it. It barely looks different. Did you paint it back rust color? 😑

  48. r2dxhate says:

    Dang, you need a wire wheel.

  49. Jim Piechowski says:

    Ale sure you use high temp engine paint

  50. Justin Weekes says:

    Honestly I would have bought reman calipers with carriers and then painted them. But I still would have separated them from the carriers

  51. Amber Holloway says:

    Do tht paint come in color

  52. coffeefish says:

    What the heck?

  53. jim ondras says:

    well theres 7 minutes of my life i wish i had back to use on something more useful in life in stead of watching this dumb ass

  54. Boltie says:

    Chris sounds way happier nowadays.

  55. Sam Saasen says:

    Next up: how to paint your rotors!

  56. Alex Alejandre says:

    I did yellow on mine… But I didn’t remove my brakes like that I just took the tire off. Made sure it was was high heat ceramic paint also

  57. DangerRanger94 says:

    I hate when people call trucks cars!!!

  58. Tired Old Man says:

    Needle Scaler and Chassis Saver…. Nuff Said…..

  59. Jerry Archer says:

    You might wanna just stop being cheap and buy some new calipers.

  60. Jamie B says:

    Why paint black when you can do red or yellow

  61. Vandaag says:

    @ChrisFix your older videos like this one are honestly way better than your new ones, reason is simple, you talked straight to the point earlier, get back to this style please, short and straight videos were best

  62. Ivan Garcia says:

    You prob should have put primer on it before painting it

  63. Cliff Deane says:

    Have you considered removing the rubber and submerging the caliper in a product called DEOX. 24 hours in DEOX and NO RUST. It comes as a powder and is mixed with water at a ratio of 19 (water) to 1 (DEOX). I use it for any rusted metal. It is also harmless to skin and ground.

  64. CorneliusTV says:

    Can u put a gloss after the paint to give the color a better shine ?

  65. Stelios Tesera Dekatria says:

    Doing this while everything is still assembled and the line is attached yet…. is just ridiculous….. If someone's gonna go through the trouble, they may as well completely dismantle all 4, use a booth to media blast them all and truly get the surface prepped properly and entirely – before painting them thoroughly.

  66. restituto rebucas says:

    use dremmel dude.

  67. Kyle Rockefeller says:

    Brakleen is the absolute worst thing to use for prepping metal for paint…especially something porous like cast. Leaves a nasty residue and the paint isn't going to have proper adhesion. Use mineral spirits(or similar), rubbing alcohol or even carb and choke cleaner, but definitely not Brakleen…

  68. Pwrmic says:

    Pro Tip: brake parts cleaner, dry, then 4 coats of paint. Done

  69. capitalismforme says:

    Using a wire brush attachment on a Dremel tool is much much easier than this.

  70. Radek Nemesis says:

    I have black but my discs are ventilated so my car stops in 1 sec, even from 100+ km/h.


  71. siber says:

    Снял бы суппорт,отпескоструил,грунтанул и покрасил-вот тогда было бы дело!

  72. dach829 says:

    Can you buy these pre painted

  73. Γιάννης Σκανδύλας says:

    Off topic. Is there posible to intall ABS brakes to a car that has none? Can you make a video about it, if it is posible? Thank you, keep up the great content!


    Next video…. how to ride a bicycle.

  75. neosrt10 says:

    This is neither fast nor easy…

  76. Shane C says:

    If you want a top notch rust removal, try electrolysis with an electrode, laundry soda, water, steel wire, and battery charger

  77. Irish RedBone says:

    ZEN Watching = Bob Ross, ChrisFix, Food Wishes Chef John; Thanks to All of them 👍 👍 👍

  78. Dolphin Bluesong says:

    Dude two words for you. Dremel tool for prepping.

  79. Noé Vasquez says:

    Just a note for people, a particle mask isn't going to protect your lungs from fumes and gasses. But great for the rust dust.
    If your sensitive to chemicals like cleaners or paints.

  80. slooob23 says:

    Dude! You've got to get the color to HP increase correct!
    Black = -2hp
    Silver = +2hp
    Blue = +3hp
    Yellow = +10hp
    Red = +400hp

  81. fins59 says:

    I think you sprayed over your brake bleed valve!

  82. Jac says:

    how can i plug the brake lines if i want to remove the caliper from the car?

  83. L says:

    When you paint shit, you get painted shit.

  84. ted spender says:

    Hey Man! You did a great job,but you got to get brake cleaner and clean those grease prints off your new rotor😜

  85. Giorgos Konstantakopoulos says:

    Wow and after 1 mounth they became the same

  86. Keyser Söze says:

    It’s not going to make your brakes function any better. It’s purely asthetical

  87. M M says:

    What advice do you have for my 78 F150’s cast master cylinder? Blake fluid is so caustic.

  88. MrRoney says:

    Więcej nauczę się z tych poradników niż u starego w garażu

  89. Zac says:

    It would've been better to submerge the caliper in a Krud Cutter for 24 hours (15$ a bottle) then sand off with a drill that has a brush drillbit

  90. Dynoesaur says:

    Fck yeahhh!!! This shit gets my blood flowing

  91. DJ RazorRich says:

    Just whatever you do, make sure to put Brembo not bimbo 🤦🏻‍♂️

  92. Erik Zeigler says:

    So much cringe watching the brake cleaner get on the rubber piston boots.

  93. scudy4 says:

    You should never paint the face that the wheel sits on, once that paint cracks and falls out your wheel will be loose. Same for painting wheel nut seats.

  94. Zack16Fair says:

    So someone i know used high performance enamel on their brake calipers, and it looks good but they used high performance instead of high heat. So would it be okay to use that instead of high heat?

  95. LJTowers says:

    Guys we all got the joke, red paint will add more speed to the car, it's really funny shit but everyone thinks he's the first one to say it.

  96. Zach Gill says:

    Its better to sand with a Dremel tool for those hard reach places.

  97. ammazcd says:

    This is an absolutely terrible way to paint your brake calibers. Take the time to do it the right way by removing the calibers. You also had grease/paint all over the rotors. Did you put new brakes on the car or use the old ones? They didn't look that great in the end.

  98. Eric Kessler says:

    Hi ChrisFix!
    Say how did you caliper paint job hold up.
    Did your Rustoleum paint do the job ? Today woukd you recomend a different paint? My daughter and I will be doing her new Jetta calipers this Christmas… in RED of course.

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