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Is there any easy way to strip paint off calipers?

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I tried to paint the calipers this weekend with Foliatec. I've used it in the past and got really good results. I got a really old batch this time not knowing it. It was dated 2001. Came out like crap. It was too thick and was showing brush marks when it dried. Anyway, this stuff is hard as a rock and lasts forever. It's a ***** to get off. I've been using a gritty sandpaper, but it's taking forever. I've got a new batch of G2 paint coming, which is supposed to be even better. Need to get most of this other crap off if possible. Any suggestions for stripping them down?

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I don't like chemical strippers because some porus metals can absorb the chemical and make the new paint bubble and flake off. I think glass bead blasting is the safest way. To me it makes sense to rebuild the caliper (pistons, seals, etc.) after doing the bead blasting.

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Do you by chance have the part numbers and a DIY (or any pointers/watchouts) for rebuilding my brake calipers? I'm powdercoating and am going to rebuild since I have them apart.

I have a 99' 996 Tip.

Thank you.


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Not really, they are pretty standard as far as calipers go. Just clean, clean, clean with brake cleaner only. No oil anywhere near them. You may need to bleed them drive the car (cautiously) then bleed them again as the clean surface will attract air bubbles.

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