- Jack; a hydraulic jack is preferred over the one from your trunk.
- Jack stands; never work on a car standing on the jack alone!
- Wire brush to clean the calipers;
- Masking tape.
- You're dealing with the single most important safety feature in your car: be nice to your brakes! Avoid painting over or scratching the rotors, brake pads, pistons and hydraulic lines.
- You're dealing with Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs); work in a well ventilated place, and let the rags & towels dry overnight before throwing them in the trash (to avoid spontaneous combustion )
2 hours of work, 4 hours total time.
1 - After 6 months of usage, the IS350's calipers were showing serious discoloration from brake dust, and brake dust remover!
2 - Clean calipers with brake cleaner and a wire brush; multiple spray-and-brush cycles required. Remember, the success of any
paint job depends on the preparation!
3 - Prepping with ez-removal masking tape. We do not want to paint pads, hoses, rubber parts, or of course the rotor!
4 - After painting; I used 3 coats of paint. Keep coats thin. Paint when temperature is below 70F if possible. After mixing, the paint must be used within 4 hours.
I was being conservative about painting in hard-to-reach places. If you want a complete
paint job, remove the calipers!
If some paint gets over the rotors or pads, clean up immediately using a towel and some paint thinner, then rinse with a rag moist with brake cleaner. Do not
scratch it off!
5 - Paint is getting hard, time to put on the stickers. Some people then apply a coat of hi-temperature clear coat.
6 - Now is a good time to clean the rims, inside and out. I waxed them, then applied 2 more coats of Poor Boy brake dust repellent wax, to help keep them clean longer.
Before mounting the wheels, clean the rotors with a paper towel or rag soaked with brake cleaner, to make sure there is no paint or masking tape residue on the swept surfaces.
7 - Remount the wheels. Remember that your tires may be directional, and must be remounted on the proper side! Tighten nuts in a star pattern.
8 - The finished product!