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Ok I'm going to paint my brake caliper's and might do it myself because I don't trust anyone to put a jack under the frame. This leads me to the question has anyone jacked the car up with a floor jack? If not how did you do the calipers? I'm sure there are lifts but I don't think many places are going to want to tie up there lift for a half a day. Boy I miss my garage with the lift. I had a seven car with half showroom and half garage with a lift. Had it set up just for my cars, sold the business and that went too.
 
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Hey birthday Bill,
As you know I have just had mine done at Cadillac. If I where to do it myself, I would jack up just behind the front wheel on the frame with a scissor jack of some sort, same with the rear except in front of the wheel, tape off all areas around the caliper, either tape on the XLR design or vasoline before you shoot it with some heat resistant paint. Be careful putting on the vasoline, and don't let it get down the sides of the XLR design. The vasoline will wipe off after the paint has dried and then you can polish the XLR synbol with aluminum polish...........It's gonna look really nice.
PS While doing the calipers you might want to sand the edges of the rotors and with a brush, paint them black instead of that udly rust look.
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Ok I'm going to paint my brake caliper's and might do it myself because I don't trust anyone to put a jack under the frame. This leads me to the question has anyone jacked the car up with a floor jack? If not how did you do the calipers? I'm sure there are lifts but I don't think many places are going to want to tie up there lift for a half a day. Boy I miss my garage with the lift. I had a seven car with half showroom and half garage with a lift. Had it set up just for my cars, sold the business and that went too.




 

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Thanks, great advice. Once it warms up to at least 60 I will tackle this. Highs next weekend around 40, a little to cold to do. As far as painting the edges, that sounds like a good idea. I might just go for a set of drilled rotors. Seems like you can do that for under 300. The only part I don't like about that is I loose the Caddy warrenty on the front brakes once I do that. Any thoughts??
 

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The vaseline idea is okay, but most who paint their own calipers (as I did) find a flat block of wood with fine sandpaper will knock the paint off of the raised lettering and leave them nice and shiny. If you want them to stay that way put a coat of clear nail polish on the raised letters.
 

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Ok I'm going to paint my brake caliper's and might do it myself because I don't trust anyone to put a jack under the frame. This leads me to the question has anyone jacked the car up with a floor jack? If not how did you do the calipers? I'm sure there are lifts but I don't think many places are going to want to tie up there lift for a half a day. Boy I miss my garage with the lift. I had a seven car with half showroom and half garage with a lift. Had it set up just for my cars, sold the business and that went too.
I've used a floor jack on several occasions and found it best to position it under the leif spring.
 

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Thanks, great advice. Once it warms up to at least 60 I will tackle this. Highs next weekend around 40, a little to cold to do. As far as painting the edges, that sounds like a good idea. I might just go for a set of drilled rotors. Seems like you can do that for under 300. The only part I don't like about that is I loose the Caddy warrenty on the front brakes once I do that. Any thoughts??
Caddy will warrenty the rotors up to 10,000 miles only, after that they consider normal wear and tear. It shouldn't effect the warrenty on the rest of the system.
 
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