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Road sand and salt has caused my Duplicolor caliper paint to start chipping off my calipers, and it's been on there for 20k miles. Are there any suggested ways to remove the caliper paint...or should I just re-apply another coat of paint. I was thinking paint thinner/brake cleaner(both contain acetone) and steel wool, I would appreciate some insight or suggestions.

Thank you-TEXN.
 

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A really good way would be to have them sent off to the powder coater in your local area (if any) They can sand blast them, clean them up, and put a permanent colour of your choice on there... which would look awesome!
 

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Your idea sounds about right.... maybe use a wire brush too, to get some of that off. Did you clearcoat your calipers after you painted them the first time? If you didn't, that might help this time around. After you are done painting and making sure they are sufficiently dry, slap some coats of clearcoat protectant on there... that will probably help against chipping.
 

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Powdercoating is a little pricey, but it would look good.

I did not clearcoat, if I choose to repaint I may add some clearcoat.
 

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It's not that expensive at all, and powdercoat is so damned hard. Like another forum member mentioned, he does powdercoating in his shop, and powdercoated some wrenches. He can wail on a workbench with it with no chipping. Having a semi metallic, or coloured, or whatever powder coat on the calipers would look awesome, and last the life of the car. Rather than you going over this again and again and maybe looking sub par after a few months.
 

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Only problem is, your going to have to take them off, and be without your car for however long they need them. I would assume that they could probably do something like that within a day, but you'd have to work that out with the powdercoating shop.
 

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I don't think powdercoating will be a great idea, I really can't drive to work and back with no brakes. Although, I could take some vacation days, I've been buried to hell with so many projects...hehe. I'm taking a break for the sake of my brake. I think I'll sand and repaint the area that are bad...maybe use a sponge instead of that crappy brush that was packaged.
 

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[quote author=sweetface link=topic=67422.msg1160017#msg1160017 date=1169332513]
When my black caliper paint starting chipping, I just cleaned the dirt that was on it and painted over it.
[/quote]

How did that turn out? Was it smooth or did you sand the original layer down a bit?
 

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[quote author=TEXNTHREE link=topic=67422.msg1160069#msg1160069 date=1169337147]
[quote author=sweetface link=topic=67422.msg1160017#msg1160017 date=1169332513]
When my black caliper paint starting chipping, I just cleaned the dirt that was on it and painted over it.
[/quote]

How did that turn out? Was it smooth or did you sand the original layer down a bit?
[/quote]

It doesn't sound like she did. :dunno:
 

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[quote author=TEXNTHREE link=topic=67422.msg1160069#msg1160069 date=1169337147]
[quote author=sweetface link=topic=67422.msg1160017#msg1160017 date=1169332513]
When my black caliper paint starting chipping, I just cleaned the dirt that was on it and painted over it.
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How did that turn out? Was it smooth or did you sand the original layer down a bit?
[/quote]
The original layer was pretty much done. It looks exactly like before and maybe even better. My reason for chipping was I was working on my brake pads a little too much which, in turn, caused the chipping from removing the calipers so much.
 

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[quote author=sweetface link=topic=67422.msg1160699#msg1160699 date=1169399539]
[quote author=TEXNTHREE link=topic=67422.msg1160069#msg1160069 date=1169337147]
[quote author=sweetface link=topic=67422.msg1160017#msg1160017 date=1169332513]
When my black caliper paint starting chipping, I just cleaned the dirt that was on it and painted over it.
[/quote]

How did that turn out? Was it smooth or did you sand the original layer down a bit?
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The original layer was pretty much done. It looks exactly like before and maybe even better. My reason for chipping was I was working on my brake pads a little too much which, in turn, caused the chipping from removing the calipers so much.
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+1 to chipping from working on brakes
 
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