Brake caliper cleaning

glyndawn

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Whats best thing to clean these up
 
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glyndawn

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W1ghty

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Probably going to be wire brush and new paint , but try a strong wheel cleaner and apc (all purpose cleaner) first .
 

mercmancdi

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I done mine with a we wire brush fitted in my drill to remove the rough and finished off with very course sand paper etc. Not hard to do just wear a mask if using the brush on the drill and don’t hit any wires or pipes with it.
 

breeze247

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I have exactly the same issue on a W213 with the Sport calipers / the same finish as yours. They are almost designed to look bad after a few years. Chipsaway guy suggested painting them.

Let us know how you get on.
 

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A clean up as above
I have exactly the same issue on a W213 with the Sport calipers / the same finish as yours. They are almost designed to look bad after a few years. Chipsaway guy suggested painting them.

Let us know how you get on.
A clean up as above and then a coat of Hammerite silver then makes them easier to clean in the future.
 

AndrewOl

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Caliper paint works well. It is thin enough for the engraved bit to still look nice. Prep is standard stuff, bit of a rub down and a bit of a spray. It is available in some funky colours too if that’s your thing. Will last a couple of years depending on how hard you clean them. This won’t give you the enamel look of the fancy AMG ones but will smarten them up no end.
 

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Halfords Engine paint, not there Caliper paint, is much better, it's thicker goes on well, 2 coats should be enough. :) 👍
 

breeze247

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Update from me on this. The car belongs to my wife and normally I wash it using a number of different products (including fallout remover) and two buckets.

Recently she had the car cleaned by a serviced car wash and the calipers came back looking much, much better. I think it is because they used a pressure washer directed at the calipers.

Although I am not keen at all on that kind of wash, I do wonder whether once every few months would be the worst thing in the world. Not keen on buying a pressure washer.
 

breeze247

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I took the car back to the same car wash and got a further improvement on the improvement before. I’d definitely recommend pressure washing.

I think the issue is that the surface of the caliper is not smooth but instead is lightly pitted, maybe even porous.

Washing with a sponge doesn’t get into the pits and a conventional wash brush will never be stiff enough. For me at least, pressure washing is the answer.
 

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