So you just received your very own G2 Brake Caliper paint kit and you can’t wait to tear it open and paint your calipers… Right? Well slow down there Sparky… I know you’re excited and you want to paint your brake calipers right now, but we should go over a few things first. Afterall we went through the time and trouble to design a fancy schmancy box to complete the kit, right? So let’s take a look at it.
One of the first things you’re going to notice as you pull your G2 Brake Caliper Paint Kit out of the shipping box is the color pallet on top. Be sure to see that the color box checked corresponds to the color you want… This way you know you received the correct color kit.
With that done let’s move down to the front of the box where you’ll see the official G2 logo along with some of the key benefits of the G2 Brake Caliper Paint kit including:
- Offers a high-gloss finish
- It seals and protects your calipers
- It never fades
- It can withstand temperatures up to 950 degrees
- We offer a 100% product performance guarantee
Are you impressed? I knew that you would be… But wait! We’re not done yet. If you turn the box over to the rear you’ll find application instructions as well as a list of contents contained in your G2 BRAKE Caliper Paint Kit:
- 1 (14 oz.) aerosol can G2 BRAKE Cleaner Spray,
- 1 (4 oz.) metal can Brake Caliper Paint,
- 1 (.5 oz.) glass jar PaintSystem Reactor,
- 1 stir stick,
- 1 application brush,
- 1 color decal,
- 1 Instruction pamphlet,
- 1 Helpful hints sheet.
At the very bottom you will see a born on date. This is important guys… The date on the bottom of the box is a born on date, it is not an expiration date. The G2 Brake Caliper Paint kit has a shelf life of about 18 months which means the kit is usable up to 18 months from the date marked on the box. Honestly the kit itself is probably usable even after 18 months, because the paint itself isn’t the problem, rather it is the reactor that begins to harden. We recently changed the bottle the reactor is shipped in in order to address this issue. It now has an air tight silicone gasket in the cap which increased the shelf like dramatically… Extending it from about 6 months to about 18 months… And maybe more. The new reactor jar may be difficult to open if it is out of date. DO NOT use channel locks, vises, etc. to open glass jars. If you find the lid is tight, run the jar under hot water for 5 minutes, then open by hand.
So now that we’ve perused the box are we ready to paint our calipers? Are we??? No!
First we have to read all instructions prior to applying! I’m serious… Read them!
- Remove all four wheels from the vehicle. This product was developed for easy DIY application so removal of calipers and/or drums will not be necessary; however, if you intend to paint inside the calipers, the brake pads may have to be removed before continuing.
- Clean surfaces to be painted of grease, dirt, oil and any fluids with the enclosed Brake Cleaner Spray. Use no degreasers! Spray should be applied liberally and allowed to air dry. Please read and follow specific instructions and cautions on can. Use a steel brush to loosen any rust and wipe away with a clean, lint free cloth.
- Masking of the area to be painted is recommended. Cover all rubber parts and the brake bleeder screw.
- Do not paint the mating surfaces where the road wheels attach to the brake drums. The wheel’s mounting hub diameter should be measured and masked off on the brake drum prior to painting.
- Mix the entire jar of PaintSystem Reactor into the can of Brake Caliper Paint and mix it thoroughly with the enclosed stir stick. (this is why the paint can is not full, we intentionally use a larger can than necessary in order to allow the reactor to be added and stirred without worrying about spillage, so when you receive your kit and the can is only 1/3 full you’ll know why). Leave the mixture to react for about 5 minutes and mix once more before applying.
- Apply the reacted paint to the caliper or drum with the enclosed brush in a thin, even coat. A few bubbles will naturally appear in the first coat as a side effect of the reaction process.
- Wait 15 minutes before applying a second coat to cover any bubbles and even out the gloss finish of each caliper.
The paint requires 2 hours’ curing time before reinstalling the wheels. Do not use vehicle for 24 hours in order to allow the paint to reach its full grade of hardening.
Once the paint has fully cured, the vehicle may be driven as normal. Periodically clean brake calipers to maintain the high-gloss finish by simply spraying or wiping them off with a hose or damp cloth. Chemical cleaners will no longer be necessary.
Just a few things to keep in mind when working with the G2 Brake Caliper Paint kit. The kit itself has a shelf life of 18 months and must be used between 56-70°F (13-21°C). Higher temperatures will cause paint to harden faster than normal. Once the paint and reactor are mixed, there are only 4-6 hours working time. After that, paint left in the can will harden and will not be useable so be sure to plan your application accordingly.
The bottomline is if you follow all of the instructions and take the time to plan your application I’m sure you’ll be amazed at the results.
As always if you have any questions or comments I’m always here to answer them, and I would love to see your results… You can submit installation pics to G2 here to be featured…
What are you waiting for??? Go paint your calipers already!