Painting The Brake Callipers And HubsAugust 11, 2019
At almost nine years old I can understand why my Yeti’s callipers are starting to look grubby.
I’m going to change that today.
I guess I should have attended to the callipers when I got new discs and pads – but, I didn’t 🙄
Anyway, let’s do this job now.
My mate has lent me his jack and some blocks to save me buying them.
I’ll keep the weight of my Yeti on the jack, with the blocks in place underneath.
And I’m going to slide my wheel underneath as an additional precaution 🙏
As for what colour to paint my callipers…
Probably if I hadn’t changed my wheels to the black Erebus then I may have gone for the popular (and safe bet) red calliper paint.
Instead, I looked through all the colours offered by Foliatec and settled on Sky Blue. I’ve no idea how this will turn out.
I ordered the brush-on kit as apposed to the spray-on.
As ever, it arrived fast.
In the kit:
- spray tin of brake cleaner
- wire brush
- rubber gloves
- tin of calliper paint
- tin of hardener liquid
- paint mixer stick
- paint brush
I blow off all the debris then spray it with the cleaner – it dries quickly and I brush again. Then I wipe it over.
Not a bad idea, wizard, thanks.
Well I have had very good success using a black paint marker in places on my motorcycle. These things are permanent, dead easy to use and offer a decent finish. Painting by nib.
So I’ll try it on this dust shield and see how it does.
Looks all right.
I’ll continue painting this dust shield all the way around. And there are no brush marks, of course!
I’m about ready to start painting my calliper. Gloves on.
I have to mix 2.5 parts hardener to one part paint, so say the instructions
I mix only enough for three coats for one calliper.
I see immediately that the calliper is being encased in a glaze coating
Once this stuff hardens, and then another two coats of it applied, my callipers should be protected for many years. And looking good as well.
It is currently 31c and I am sweating buckets and desperate for shade. 😓
But the first coat has dried and it’s time for a second.
While I wait for the second coat to dry (not long in this crazy heat) I’ll wipe over the hub and paint that too.
My plan was to mask everything up then spray my wheel hubs with Hammerite Metal Paint, but now that I see what a nice finish the dust shield has I will try the marker paint again.
I finish the hub.
I apply a third and final coat of Sky Blue paint to the calliper.
And finally, recently shamed as being dangerous to my health and a menace of the world’s oceans, I dip into my stash of never-to-be-shoved-in-my-earhole-again cotton ear buds and wipe off paint where it doesn’t belong. And then…
I’ll tackle the rear callipers, dust shields and hubs next weekend.
Feel free to stay tuned for more modifications I have planned.
You can see what I have done so far, here: Yeti Customisation
And I am always interested to hear about your Yeti, customised or not.
Foliatec calliper paint available here on Amazon
Paint markers also on Amazon
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