How to Clean Your Brake Calipers

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Learn to Clean Your Brake Calipers in 5 Steps

Whether you want to clean your rusted and dirty brake calipers to increase their lifespan, for cosmetic reasons or because you want to paint or wrap them, the five steps we've outlined here will help you to get it done quickly and easily.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Wire Brush
  • 230 (Coarse) Grit Sand Paper
  • 600 (Fine) Grit Sand Paper
  • Brake Cleaner
  • Isopropyl Alcohol

Step 1: Remove the Caliper

Remove the caliper from the disc but DO NOT DISCONNECT THE BRAKE LINE. If you do, you'll need to immediately Google another how-to, because this 5 Step DIY tutorial won't do.

Step 2: Scrub-a-Dub

Once you have the caliper off, grab your wire brush and thoroughly scrub it. Be careful of the rubber hose on the brake line, the O-rings on the pistons and any other rubber parts.

Step 3: Sand the Brake Caliper

Next, thoroughly sand the caliper with the 230 Grit Sandpaper. Take your time and be sure to do this part well. Only after the surface is smooth should you proceed to the 600 Grit Sand Paper. 

Step 4: Apply Alcohol to Remove Dust and Dirt

Once you have sanded away all dirt and any pitting, use Isopropyl Alcohol to clean again. Be sure to allow the alcohol to dry completely before trying to wrap or paint.

Step 5: Start Your Caliper Wraps

High-heat Caliper Wraps give you the quickest and most hassle-free way to protect and upgrade your brakes. Choose from 3M™, ORAFOL or Avery™ Reflective vinyl films for their incredible durability and performance.

We recommend complete removal of the caliper for painting

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