E-tek Review:
Eastwood's High Heat Caliper Paint
 
 
 While we at E-tek generally like to restore vehicles to their original condition, we have never been above adding some custom touches when warranted - or demanded - by one of our a VIP drivers, customers or life-managers.
 
 Of course the vehicle is always key when deciding on custom add-ons and while some vehicles just scream "dress me up!", on others they just look misplaced.  Indeed, what might look out of place on a 1939 Packard, can add to the fun and racey looks of a Mini Cooper S. So, with that in mind, we ordered up some of Eastwood's High Heat, Ceramic-polymer infused caliper paint, this time for Mrs E-tek's Mini Cooper S.
Mini 3/4 view
 
  While we wanted the caliper color to live up to the Mini's 
"S" (for Supercharged) status, we opted for something not quite "Ferrari Red". The final choice was a color we call Toro Red - Ole! 
Eastwood Caliper Paint
 
  As with any paint procedure, cleanliness is job 1 and since we where ordering paint from Eastwood, we again went with their PRE brand wax and grease remover. After several uses, we've found it easy to use with it's straw-type aerosol can, as well as being very quick to dry. After these uses, we haven't experienced any fish-eye or adhesion issues.
 
PRE application
A Wax and Grease removr is  a must. Eastwood's PRE removes any contminants that may interfere
with topcoats. 
 Although this Mini Cooper has generally been a summer-only toy, having always recieved fairly rigourous detailings, the calipers still had a dark coating of road dirt and oil on their surfaces which needed to be removed.
 Eastwood's PRE, along with a selection detailing brushes and mechanix towels made the job reasonably easy.
 
PRE and brushes
  Once the calipers where cleaned, it was time to apply Eastwoods Caliper Paint product.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Now in case you where wondering, I purposely decided to leave the calipers attached, even though I had just done a pad swap ealier the same day. Unless  swapping to new calipers completely, it just doesn't make sense to hang or remove them altogether for paint. Being a purely cosmetic procedure, having them mounted actually made the job easier and didn't
detract from the quality of the job.
 
Before PRE Cleaning
Above: Rear Caliper prior to cleaning
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                    After cleaning and wiping with PRE.
Caliper after
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Though the temperature this day was about 24C/80F, I rounded up an array of halogen work lamps too add some direct heat to the calipers and paint. Doing so will generally add several positve factorsto  the procedure, including improving adhesion, flowout, shortening drying times and increasing
the ceramic polmerization leading to a harder, shinier end-product.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eastwood’s innovative urethane caliper paints are the only caliper coatings on the market to use nano-ceramic technology. These durable paints resist most chemicals (gas, oil, tar) and can take heats up to 650°F. As well, the application of caliper paint makes brake clean-up easy, as road grime, brake dust and more wipes or hoses off easily.
 
 Again, although Eastwood’s High-Temp Ceramic Caliper Paints are ready to use out of the can with a brush, you can also spray the product and may wish to do so if you are installing new parts. One note of caution:  if you are going to be spraying them (especially in warmer temperatures), to improve sprayability, flow and leveling, you can reduced the product by up to 10% with a high-quality urethane-grade reducer.
 
 
 
 
 
Eastwood Caliper Paint Red
Although I chose the color with the owner, I might have gone with something more on the Red side. However, once applied, she was very happy with the result - which is the most important part!
 
 
Paint/Brush
Application was with a brush, straight out of the can, with excellent results. In larger applications, a spray gun can be used.
 
 
Painting
First coat, allowed to flash for 10 minutes under the heat of a 250W halogen lamp.
 
caliper
After a second coat, the color begins to come alive. A total of 4 coats where used for a vibrant candy-like finish.

 While the paint is durable when used out of the can, an even greater durability and chemical resistance -  with a faster dry time and throughcure -  can be had by blending Eastwood's Caliper Paint with their Urethane Activator at 4parts paint to 1 part activator.
 
 Activator cross-links the molecules giving the paint a hard shell finish, impervious to most abuse a caliper may see.
All done!
    
One thing is for sure - this little addition to the Mini's look really stands out and catches the eye. Most importantly, Mrs. E-tek approves!
 
When ordering, we found the best way to buy all the items needed was to order Eastwood's Caliper Paint Kit, consisting of the Caliper Paint, PRE wax and grease remover and foam applicator brushes:
 
 
One more thing: when you go to the Eastwood website, you'll find an incredible array of information -from Product Information and How-To to technical data sheets (including some links back to E-tek Restorations!). It's a great resource for the restorer, both professisonal and DIY.