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Old 03-14-2019, 01:07 AM
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I borrowed this picture from another thread.



Mine are more rusty ...
My brakes look about twice as rusty than these. Why such a crappy finish on these from MB? What is the best way to get better looking parts? Just looking for conservative silver not flashy red or yellow.

it would be nice if they still read Mercedes-Benz.

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Old 03-14-2019, 01:49 AM
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Silver will only serve to highlight brake dust and muck , black is best .

Spray Hammerite Smooth , add silver MB decal and seal with a clear Emamel lacquer .
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Switch to Akebono Euro Ceramic pads if you want to paint them. Zero dust. ZERO.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:22 AM
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Almost any decent ceramic pad will take care of dust, almost 2 years on my silver calipers still looking great. I've wiped them off when tires are being rotated but if they are prepped and painted right dirt and dust comes off.
What I did on my e350:
https://mbworld.org/forums/e-class-w...2011-e350.html

This was back when I did them, but really no significant change. Not e550 brakes but you get the idea. MB decal is still perfect too.


If I were doing your brakes I would prep and paint same way, add decal, and then clearcoat with caliper paint. New ceramic pads, pins and contact points lubed correctly, you'll be happy. I'm a big believer in small details making the difference. IMO looks bad to see old crusty calipers behind nice rims on a clean car.

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Almost any decent ceramic pad will take care of dust, almost 2 years on my silver calipers still looking great. I've wiped them off when tires are being rotated but if they are prepped and painted right dirt and dust comes off.
What I did on my e350:
https://mbworld.org/forums/e-class-w...2011-e350.html

This was back when I did them, but really no significant change. Not e550 brakes but you get the idea. MB decal is still perfect too.


If I were doing your brakes I would prep and paint same way, add decal, and then clearcoat with caliper paint. New ceramic pads, pins and contact points lubed correctly, you'll be happy. I'm a big believer in small details making the difference. IMO looks bad to see old crusty calipers behind nice rims on a clean car.
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Old 03-15-2019, 12:44 AM
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I know almost nothing about brakes & am not a DIY handy guy.

Love the brakes being strong when needed.

I am very interested in comments regarding ceramic pads. Have owned a 1999 SL 500 since 2002. Have recently added the 2011 E 550 4 Matic ... and I am very tired of the messy look of brake dust.

Ceramic pads would good for both of my cars & no loss of performance? Work with both regular & cross drilled rotors?

The paint & clear coat products referenced are readily available? Is prep for painting fussy or difficult? The last at home paint job I did (center hub covers on the SL) led to having to buy new hub caps in about one year. My paint & clear coat job looked so pitted & dirty with brake dust.

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I used a special 2-part paint kit on my Audi for brake calipers, and will probably do the same on the W212 this summer if I can find one of those pesky placards that broke off. Prep is fussy but like any paint job, it's only as good as the prep you put into it.

When ceramics first came out I tried them and hated them. Since I switched to the Akebonos on my Audi I am in love. Can't wait to get them on the MB and not have to wash wheels ever again. Again, that's waiting on the next service over the summer. I would at least recommend this specific brand for pretty much any car, as it's the only brand I really have experience with.

I highly doubt, regardless of your wrenching experience, that repainting your hubcaps caused a hub failure. Don't beat yourself up, sometimes stuff is just on its' way out. Ice cream does not cause summer.
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^^^spot on.
Especially about the prep part - taking time to clean and scour the surfaces a bit yields good results.
With proper prep I've had great results with VHT caliper paint, includes final cleaner, color and clear paints.
Two-part (catalyst) paint even better but most can use the single stage can stuff like I did, as long as prep is thorough. Note that my calipers were completely disassembled when painted.
Paint didn't make your hub bearing go out.
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FWIW, I've tried a number of brands of high-heat clear coats and none of them lasted a week before turning yellow and then brown. I did some research and heard that VHT is the only one that doesn't discolor. It's good to hear Mud's had the same experience.
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G2 caliper paint is great (gotta mix part A and B ) apply with a brush. Looks and sticks good. Had it for a while , just prep the area.
Also tried regular spray paint for calipers and hight temp paint that they sell at auto stores with also good results , id say pretty much same as G2 , also prep the area first.
Price difference about 30 bucks. Different applying methods.
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It has been 2.5 weeks of spring driving - too messy to wash regularity ... but if ceramic brake pads and caliper painting gets rid of this look - I wold be very happy!
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