If your new BMW came with upgraded Brembo M Sport brakes, but didn’t come painted, we’ll show you how to easily paint your calipers without taking of your calipers in this Brake Caliper Paint DIY guide. We’ll use our friend’s F30 335i for this tutorial. His car came with the upgraded M Sport brake calipers, however it did not come painted, which is an extra $650 option. We’ll explain what items and tools we used to get the BMW M Sport “Blue” look.
(2) Dupli-Color Metalcast Anodized Blue MC201 11 oz. cans – $14.70 – http://amzn.to/2mRrqZq
(1) Dupli-Color Premium Enamel Spray Clear DA1693 12 oz. can – $7.37 – http://amzn.to/2mEsdQy
(1) CRC Brakleen Brake Parts Cleaner 20 oz. can – $7.55 – http://amzn.to/2m6zIgi
(1) M Sport Brake Caliper Decal Set
When you paint anything, the most important part is surface preparation. You want to make sure the surface of the object you are painting is free of any contaminants. These contaminants such as grease, oil, dust, etc. can prohibit proper adhesion of paint. We did not use a base primer, however we recommend 4 coats of primer before you paint with caliper paint.
Disclaimer: This DIY does require you to lift your car so please use proper tools and follow all safety procedures if you choose to attempt. This guide is for your reference only. We are not liable for any damages or injuries that result from this guide.
1. Remove Wheel
1.1, straighten your wheel.
1.2, jack up your car to lift the tires off the ground. Make sure car is on a flat surface.
1.3, remove the 5 lug nuts on the wheel using a 17 mm socket and a breaker bar/wrench.
1.4, remove your wheel.
2. Paint Prep
2.1, cover your wheel well, rotors, and parts of the exterior with newspaper to avoid over spray.
2.2, tape and mask off the bleed screw, brake pad opening, and any other areas on the caliper that is subject for over spray. Cover all plastic/rubber parts.
2.3, spray CRC Brakleen Brake Parts Cleaner on caliper.
2.4, clean brake caliper with degreaser or dish washing soap while scrubbing with wire brush.
2.5, spray the caliper once again with CRC Brakleen Brake Parts Cleaner and let the calipers completely dry.
3.1, spray 2 light coats of Dupli-Color Metalcast Anodized Blue and wait 2 minutes between each coat.
3.2, spray 2 normal coats of Dupli-Color Metalcast Anodized Blue and wait 5 minutes between each coat.
3.3, wait 15 minutes for the caliper to dry.
3.4, apply M stickers on caliper.
3.5, spray 2-4 light coats of Dupli-Color Premium Enamel Spray Clear and wait 2 minutes between each coat.
4. Bake Calipers
4.1, wait a few hours to let the clear coat completely dry.
4.2, install wheel back on and properly torque your wheels to spec.
4.3, drive around and heat up the calipers to “bake” in the paint.