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Has anyone here polished alloy brake calipers up so they're pretty much chrome.
I've got a set (lol two actually) of XF calipers and a set of EB rear calipers I want to do, has anyone got any tips?

I've read to degrease them and clean them up, start at 80 grit sanding, move to 120, 240, 360, use some red or green scotchbrite then wetsand with 1200ish.

Should I use alibrite first?

I was thinking for the polishing part using the alloy polish in the tube supercheap sells and polish on a bench grinder polishing wheel.

After this, has anyone prepsol'ed them and thrown a coat of clear brake paint on them to stop any oxidisation/brake dust adhearing?


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havent done it but if you do it, make sure you post up some pics Id like to see how they come out Smile


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I wouldn't do it to be honest... you'll be forever cleaning them, unless you're not going to drive.


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bages wrote
havent done it but if you do it, make sure you post up some pics Id like to see how they come out Smile

I've got two sets so I'll do atleast one to see what its like and provide a forum write up.

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I wouldn't do it to be honest... you'll be forever cleaning
them, unless you're not going to drive.


Thats where I thought the clear coat would aid that, like polished alloy wheels, get a few years out of them before it needs redoing.


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Shayne93 wrote
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I wouldn't do it to be honest... you'll be forever cleaning them, unless you're not going to drive.


Thats where I thought the clear coat would aid that, like polished alloy wheels, get a few years out of them before it needs redoing.


More like a few weeks with the heat that calipers are exposed to. The clear coat will not last, probably go yellow once they got hot.


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It's the brake dust that you'll have issues with I think. Not so much that you'll lose the shine.. they will just get dirty with road grime and brake dust.
Also, the wheels get washed when the car gets washed... brakes dont.


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ozbilt wrote
Shayne93 wrote
hybrid wrote
I wouldn't do it to be honest... you'll be forever cleaning them, unless you're not going to drive.


Thats where I thought the clear coat would aid that, like polished alloy wheels, get a few years out of them before it needs redoing.


More like a few weeks with the heat that calipers are exposed to. The clear coat will not last, probably go yellow once they got hot.


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I had a set of wheels polished and then clear powder coated. The finish dulled off a little, was sort of like a few weeks after polishing, but it stayed that way all the time.
Because the surface is shiny, the adhesion is pretty low, so they were prone to chipping.

I'd be cleaning them up, like you suggest, then getting them HPC coated. It is immune to the heat. The better you smooth them out, the shinier they will end up.


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Could also do something like this:


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I was thinking what blkpny suggested, HPC coated. Should be pretty cheap.


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Shayne93 wrote
Could also do something like this:
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