I finally got around to painting my MGB front brake calipers and for good or bad painted them a boring silver. Even with the boring colour they sure look great however. For satisfaction I always like to look at older photos of the project when I first started the restoration.
I used my now standard procedure of soaking the calipers in white vinegar for a few days and then pressure washing the parts. This cleaned them up beautifully although when the metal gets that clean flash rust takes hold within seconds. Not a big deal at this point.
Soaking the brake calipers in POR-15 Metal Prep prepares them for painting. POR-15 Metal Prep leaves a zinc phosphate coating on the metal and etches it lightly. I’ve been very impressed with how well this stuff works.
Three coats of high heat paint and the calipers look like new. I decided to heat the calipers up to harden the paint and being pretty smart decided not to use the kitchen oven. The BBQ does a good job of this without smelling up the house.
The finished calipers ready to install. While silver is boring they will still look fantastic once attached to the MGB.