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How to take paint off of Hayes Calipers?

Spunger

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I got a front brake that's orange (from a kona) and would like it to be either black or silver. I dunno if this has been done or asked before but here it goes.

What can I do to remove the color from a hayes caliper? I know that the lever bodies don't like brake fluid very much but I have no idea how the calipers react to it? I have one black brake and one orange brake. I'd like to have them match more than orange if possible. I figured stripping the paint or whatever it is that hayes puts on the calipers would be easier than say replacing them.

Any ideas on this one?
 

Spunger

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If you had a front G2 caliper/MAG lever I'd do it, the brake is for a front (atleast that's the hose length).

But other than trading it no ideas on how to take it off?
 

Changleen

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Very careful application of paint stripper. Most types are fairly thick and wont run. Remove the caliper, remove the pads and take your time.
 

Jimmy_Pop

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ive seen the orange calipers before and they looked like powdercoating to me.
anyway, this sh*t work awesome!

It will strip the powdercoating off a frame in no time.

 

SXtrailrider

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Aug 27, 2005
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Use some nail polish remover from a store with some cotton balls for precision, that stuff should be able to remove it.
 

bizutch

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Dec 11, 2001
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don't use any chemicals bro. You'll destroy the seals on the caliper pucks with a single drop of stripper!!!
Dremel tool will knock it out in 5 minutes....don't use a disc though...one of the wire brush attachments.
 

Spunger

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I think the dremel idea might work the best. I definately don't want to eat the seals or anything like that. I've used that Jasco stuff and I agree, it works wonders quickly. If I can't find a way to trade someone a front brake as for some odd reason people want orange.......then I'll just dremel it and leave it an aluminum color (or paint them black with caliper paint). Spray paint would probably be fine except 1 drop of brake fluid on it and off it goes.
 

DHCorky

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I had polished calipers and levers last year. I used Tal-stripII Aircraft coaing remover. I find the stuff at local automotive stores. I have used it on several brakes and frames.

Just be very careful to seal off the pistons and seals so nothing gets close to them. It is not that hard since the paint you are removing is on the outside of the calipers and the seals and everything else are on the inside.
 
Feb 13, 2002
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forget all that dremel and stripper crap.

Just get an industrial black marker (a paint marker, ideally) and color your caliper black.

I did this to my yeti swingarm where it said "active suspension" (what kind of wal-mart bike crap is that?) and it remains black as coal.
 

Spunger

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SirChomps-a-Lot said:
forget all that dremel and stripper crap.

Just get an industrial black marker (a paint marker, ideally) and color your caliper black.

I did this to my yeti swingarm where it said "active suspension" (what kind of wal-mart bike crap is that?) and it remains black as coal.
Like the one's that taggers use? That'd probably be easier than anything, just marker it and be done.
 

lovebunny

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Spunger said:
I think the dremel idea might work the best. I definately don't want to eat the seals or anything like that. I've used that Jasco stuff and I agree, it works wonders quickly. If I can't find a way to trade someone a front brake as for some odd reason people want orange.......then I'll just dremel it and leave it an aluminum color (or paint them black with caliper paint). Spray paint would probably be fine except 1 drop of brake fluid on it and off it goes.
lets see. for front brakes i have champagnes(mags but grey color) with bfl levers. and i have a nearly brand new 9 thats working great(its got the kind of lever with the 2 pieces not the slide on kind)
 

DirtyMike

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Aug 8, 2005
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Use you basic Paint stripper you can buy at a hardware store.... Paint it on with a brush......let it sit a couple minutes and wash it off water.....then your set.......Dont get it on your hands though Hurts like hell
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Zoso

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Jan 31, 2003
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You just need to go over the bars a few more times. Dirt and rocks do a really good job of scraping that cheap ass paint off.
 

amateur

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Here's an idea: take the caliper apart, strip it worry free, paint it with high temp paint (making sure to carefully mask all important surfaces), rebuild with new seals, bleed, be done.

If you're worried about using strippers, you could use a wire wheel on a die grinder or dremel. I'd use a wire wheel instead of trying to sand it; you'll get a more even finish. But really, read the back of the stripper package, make sure it's safe for the material, and you'll b fine.