How to spray paint brake calipers

This guide will help you to spray paint brake calipers of your cars and bikes at home with satisfactory results without making any mistake on the surface of calipers. Follow this guide religiously and you will attain the results of your will. Spray painting your calipers will give new life to those little partially hidden plates which are calipers.

You’ve spent a lot of money to upgrade your wheels, but they’re not quite finished. The rims look good, but the brake calipers behind them make them look kind of tacky.

spray paint brake calipers

You could buy a set of aftermarket Caliper Covers, but sometimes you want more. You want a unique paint job on your calipers to match your car’s paint job.

Tools you need to remove brake calipers

  • Spray paint
  • Lug wrench/air gun for removing of tire
  • Rachet wrench for removing of calipers
  • Protective gear
  • Glasses
  • Face mask
  • Gloves
  • Sand paper or sander
  • Painters tape
  • Newspaper
  • Drop cloths

Remove the tires

Apply the parking brake if you want to ensure your car is secure. Your brakes are there for security in case you need them, whether to remove the wheels or otherwise. Loosen the lug nuts ¼ turn on each one and remove the spare. Place it in your trunk for further use.

Position the jack beneath the vehicle, in front of and beside the wheel you’d like to remove. Lower the car onto the jack by turning it clockwise. Turn off your car’s engine and set your parking brake. When switching on a pair of spotlights under your hood, approach each component one at a time, turn out any flammable or explosive systems, such as ignition and open flames.

To take off the wheels, loosen the lug nuts with a lug wrench or an air gun, then jack the car up and place it on jack stands. Repeat this process for all 4 wheels. If you don’t have 4 jack stands, do one wheel at a time. But keep in mind that it will take much longer while you wait for paint to dry.

Remove the calipers

Remove the brakes from the car’s wheels. The brakes are usually held in place by one or two bolts on the back of the wheel assembly. A ratchet wrench works best to take apart the bolt holding down a brake caliper. Don’t disconnect the caliper from brake line. And carefully don’t damage the brake hose which is connected to caliper. Then place caliper on box.

Take out the brake pads from the caliper. Brake pads generally attach with fastening devices that may be shaped like a stick or button. Look for the clip and utilize a flat edge, such as a screwdriver, to gingerly remove the brake pad itself. If you remove the brake pad before painting your car, you won’t have to worry about paint on it.

If you still didn’t get the method to remove calipers from your car for spray painting process then watch this video below

Clean the calipers

Brake calipers are now being offered in a much wider range of colors than in the past, but painting them is really a time-consuming task. The most important part of the job is to clean them well. Brake dust and debris can hide in small crevices and can easily be missed during the painting process.

You need to get rid of them completely or you will end up with an ugly finish. Wash the calipers with a mild soap and water solution. Then use a toothbrush or stiff wire brush to get into the hard to reach places for removing of rust. Also, dry the calipers with compressed air. After they dry, use a rust inhibitor spray to help prevent rusting.

Cover the surface from paint

Before applying that new paint to your calipers, try protecting your car’s finish by draping tape or painters’ tape and newspaper around the edges that may be affected. Although overspray does not look very pretty; it can actually damage the paint and clear coat on your car over time. Something else you should know is that nicks, scratches, and holes in the caliper don’t necessarily weaken the effectiveness of your brake, but they do make it easier for contaminants to enter between the two surfaces.

Select spray paint for calipers

Finding the right paint for such a project can be overwhelming. When choosing paint, consider durability and the calipers’ lifespan from the beginning stages of planning. Most auto shops have high quality paints that will withstand the heat generated when braking during race conditions. Determine the calipers’ color scheme before making a purchase! Also make sure to apply a heat tolerant clear coat spray in order to protect painted calipers from chipping and scratching.

Start spraying on brake calipers

Painting calipers can be a tedious project requiring multiple coats of paint to cover the metal smoothly. To achieve a professional looking finish, make sure you apply two thick coats of primer, followed by two coats of paint.

Allow a 5-minute drying period between each coat and do not spray too much paint on at once – such as by using constant bursts, as it will result in drips and runs. Instead, use short bursts from different angles to avoid these mistakes when spraying the paint evenly onto your caliper.

spray painting brake calipers

After waiting 30 minutes after applying the paint to one side of your caliper, turn it over and apply multiple coats on the other side. Once you have finished painting both sides, wait until they’ve dried to the touch before you move onto the next step.

Make sure not to twist your brake lines as this can damage them! Not painting the inside of your caliper is a good idea because only people who know what you did with the caliper will see this area anyway and painting here may affect how well your brakes do their job.

We recommend allowing the paint to dry for one hour before replacing the caliper. Please note that while we want our products to be ready for you as soon as possible, if you need us to rush your order then check with us first! Remember, if your paint doesn’t dry completely in 72 hours you will ruin all of your hard work.

Attach the brake calipers

Replace your brake pads if needed before attaching the painted calipers back. If they are beginning to wear thin, this is the perfect time to replace them. Using a C-clamp, compress the piston in order to position the brake pads right.

Tighten your caliper bolts around your rotor and make sure everything has been reassembled securely. To finish up, place the caliper back on your rotor and make sure each bolt is secure. Replacing your brake pads regularly will help ensure that you’ll be able to stop when you need to.

Attach the tire back

Attach the tire to the wheel, using a lug wrench. Attach the wheel assembly to the vehicle frame, using four bolts.

Tighten, but do not over tighten, each bolt with a regular and proper sized lug wrench or tire iron. Next you are going to tighten your wheel’s nuts and bolts following a pattern of criss-crossing from side to side in a “X” pattern rather than tightening them in a circular motion.

Using a jack, put the car on flat ground and lift it enough to fit a jack stand under the car. To prevent potential accident, only one person should do this at a time. Remove the jacking equipment and put it away safely before you proceed.

Lower the car using the jack stand’s lever until you can pull it out from under your vehicle. Store anything that’s been used so far safely out of reach of children, lawn mowers, etc. Now that the job is done, double check your work by going over the lug nuts with a magnet to make sure they are safely tightened in place on both sides of your wheels.

Let the brake calipers dry

Wait a day before taking your new calipers out for a spin. In order to ensure the paint mixture cures correctly, you’ll need to let everything sit for longer than expected. As tempting as it is to set your new rims riding, waiting 24 hours will spare you from future frustration and cost (believe me). Take your car out for a drive around the block and make sure your brakes are working properly! See how other drivers react when you pass them by.


You can use any normal paint, but I recommend using some sort of metallic paint. The purpose of painting calipers is to make them stand out. Metallic paint achieves this. Assuming you can find the metallic paint, you want, it will look better than just using black or another common color.

The short answer is no. The brake calipers have to be removed in order to paint them. The method of painting the brake calipers is very simple and explained in this post.

The most common way to remove old paint from brake calipers is to use a wire brush or you can use sand paper that is commonly found at hardware stores. The wire brush will help remove all the old paint without damaging the caliper. In fact, it will make the caliper look shiny and new.

Yes, you can use normal spray paint on brake calipers, but you must use the base coat. I prefer to use DupliColor which is available in most auto stores.

You do not need to use primer if you are painting calipers. Primer is simply a base coat which gets applied to the surface so it can stick better. But since these caliper covers have been specifically made to stick to metal surfaces, you do not need to use primer. You can simply use a spray paint or an aerosol paint and it will stick. However, if you feel like the paint has not stuck properly, then you can give it another coat. In fact, use two or three coats for maximum durability.

Final Verdict

Spray paint calipers is one of the most challenging and risky tasks for those who are new to this kind of work. If you are new to this task, you must read this complete guide from the start till end so that you can learn the basics of it and do your work without any mistake. However, if you are an experienced person in this field then you can also skip some steps as they are only for beginners. After reading this complete guide, you will be able to spray paint your brake calipers to get a professional finish. So, let’s get started now.

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