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Old 04-29-2015, 05:17 PM   #1
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I want to paint my calipers soon

The front ones especially look pale now, my question is (I know I remove them) how do you keep your brake fluid from draining itself during the week or so it will take me to do this ?
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I don't think you do. I guess you could cap off the lines, but you should probably still go with all new fluid. I painted mine while still on the car with the brush method.
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Put on SS lines while they are off, too.
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You will definitely have to re-bleed the brake lines if the calipers are removed for painting.

Or as Tommy suggested, there are ways to paint the calipers without fully removing the brake lines.
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I did mine in place with plenty of plastic and masking tape. I was surprised at how easy it was to hit it all (used rattle cans).

Red to match your projectors, I assume?
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Put on SS lines while they are off, too.
Yep, I agree. I prefer to brush paint calipers if I leave them on the vehicle.
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Even if you take your time it should only take a day. I took mine off and scrubbed with brake clean and a wire brush.



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If I were going to only paint my calipers, I'd clean the heck out of them starting with wheel cleaner and moving through other cleaners to really strip them, scotch pad the clean paint to scuff it so the new paint would adhere, then mask and spray them. If I removed them and went through the pain of opening the hydraulic system, they would get a rebuild along with new paint. This string prompted me to buy PORSCHE stencils from Ebay to repaint it back onto one of my front calipers. One note on masking, go big especially with red paint or the overspray will show. You could go to an intermediate point and remove the two caliper bolts but leave the brake line attached for better access. Best of luck!
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I say rebuild them while they're out and flushing out the old fluid is a good thing.
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After the painting is done a total system flush is certainly going to happen.I have a brand new power flushed that I have yet had a chance to use
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I have heard that if you can press the brake pedal down about 1/3rd and fix it so it stays there it blocks off the master cylinder from the lines and greatly minimizes the amount of drainage you get when removing the calipers. I did not do this step and I got a lot of drips of brake fluid. What I did was put an extra brake bleed screw cap over the edge of the brake line to kind of stem the flow of the brake fluid. It worked pretty good but since I was also installing SS lines I had a fair amount of time when I was hooking it all back together in which it dripped like crazy.

If you want to rebuild them Centric makes the dust boots and inner o-ring for our calipers, and there are also some higher end makes that make silicon dust boots that are more durable to heat for the track but with the tradeoff that they degrade rapidly if brake fluid gets on them.

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I happen to find a vacuum plug that fit into the opening of the hose to stop the flow of brake fluid. You could also probably use a line clamp on the rubber line as well, just don't use a line clamp on braided hose.

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Which Centric Kit

to rebuild the calipers on a 01S, and are the rear and the front the same ?
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to rebuild the calipers on a 01S, and are the rear and the front the same ?
No the rear are a little smaller
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I happen to find a vacuum plug that fit into the opening of the hose to stop the flow of brake fluid. You could also probably use a line clamp on the rubber line as well, just don't use a line clamp on braided hose.

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Off a car i was working on today a 2005 911, 19s

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Its the rotors that are note worthy
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Are those ceramic rotors?
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Yep, too bad the rest of the car is in sad shape.
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The front ones especially look pale now, my question is (I know I remove them) how do you keep your brake fluid from draining itself during the week or so it will take me to do this ?
To stop fluid dripping from the open lines, wrap the ends in saran wrap and hold it in place with a rubber band. Threaten to kill and dismember anyone who pushes on the brake pedal while it is like this.

For the holes in the calipers themselves, you can jam/twist small wire nuts (Marrettes) into the holes to keep the leftover fluid in and the crud out. I found some little rubber plugs to use when I did mine.
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