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    DIY painting

    I've just bought some paints from Homebase, a dark green oil based paint for plastics, (this is for the dash) and I also bought some hammerite smooth finish dark green paint for my calipers.

    Question: is doing the above pretty easy?

    I'm getting the sat nav dash soon so will be painting it before its fitted. And for the calipers I can just take the wheels off? do I just paint them while on the car?

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    Yeah just take the wheels off and get something like a wire brush to clean the calipers then paint whilst on the car, dont use it for 30mins or so at least and should be o.k.

    Not sure about the paint you are using though, is it temparature resistant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by After_Shock
    Not sure about the paint you are using though, is it temparature resistant?
    I have no idea, it just said Hammerite and its for metal so I took it. Whats this wire brush, could I use a cordless drill and put in a wire spinnin thingy (i used to use this to get rust off of my bmx), the cars pretty new (03plate) so they wouldnt need much preparing I'd think.
    I'm only doing the front as I have drum brakes on the rear

    I am researching a 308mm disc conversion I found on Migweb so might hold on till i get the bigger calipers for that and paint them.

    I'll be doing the dash anyway though, do I need to prepare it? I'm just planning on painting it straight as it is?

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    Unless your going for the 4/6pot calipers the 308mm conversion uses the standard calipers so you can paint them anyway, depending on which model astra you have as a start?

    Im sure that you need that heat resistant paint as calipers can get very hot, hammerite may just melt off!

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    ham/rite last for about 6months then needs doing again, but if you put about 6 - 10 coats on it will last much longer.

    Not sure on that plastic paint you got.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamSXi
    Whats this wire brush
    £1.98 at B&Q

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    Adam, your wire cup thingy on your drill will do the job nicely.
    It's mainly to get all the brake dust off.

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    Did my calipers in a rather nice shade of 'wild sage green' hammerite a couple of weekends ago. I'm pretty happy with them. Until the brake dust covers all the paint...

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    Hose them of chrisiboy !
    Time to invest in a pressure washer, and wash twice weekly

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    Hammerite does not last, Get the proper caliper paint, its worth it I have hammerited mine and the results are poor, and its turned gold from the heat(silver paint) and flaking off Try not to use the car for a while after as if you do paint your drums, the drum spins round and paint is flicked in side the rim. so be careful.

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