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Old 08-29-2011, 10:43 AM   #1
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Faded Brembo caliper?

My black brembo caliper on my 2011 2ss has 7200 miles on it and they are faded like a chalk color white? Any suggestions?
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:01 AM   #2
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:10 AM   #3
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I have the same problem and it is not a cleaning issue, Its like they are over heated
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:11 AM   #4
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I don't think they start off as black anyway, I think they're gray.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:14 AM   #5
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Powdercoat! They'll look 100 times better and you won't have to worry with them ever again. Several have done it whether they're Brembo or not.



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Old 08-29-2011, 11:15 AM   #6
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I do clean them...It is definitely not a cleaning issue and I don't think an overheating issue either. Because no matter if I drive up the block or down the parkway and jamming the breaks they stay white. The car has 7200 miles on it...
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:35 AM   #7
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Brake Caliper Finish Degradation or Staining

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#PI0244A: Brake Caliper Finish Removal, Degradation or Staining from Wheel Cleaning Chemicals - (Jun 3, 2011)



Subject:Brake Caliper Finish Removal, Brake Caliper Finish from Wheel Cleaning Chemicals



Models:2010-2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS





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Condition/Concern

Some customers may comment on a degradation of the finish on BremboŽ brake calipers standard on Camaro SS models.
Frequent application of harsh wheel cleaning chemicals may have attacked the finish on the brake caliper. Most wheel cleaning chemicals advise not to let the product come in contact with painted or finished surfaces but customers may not have thought to protect the decorative brake calipers.

Recommendations/Instructions

Important: Acidic wheel cleaners may craze, crack, discolor or remove the finish on the brake calipers. Damage from wheel cleaners is not covered under the vehicle new car warranty. Soap and water applied with a soft brush is usually all that is required to clean the calipers.
The brake calipers on the Camaro SS are black anodized aluminum. This coating provides a durable and attractive, chip resistant finish. Acid based products and harsh detergents should be avoided (see vehicle owners manual). If non-recommended cleaners are used, every attempt should be made to follow the instructions on the label and to assure the calipers are shielded from these cleaners.
The picture below is an example in which wheel cleaner has removed the majority of the finish on the front side of the caliper.

Finish Removed by Wheel Cleaner




Notice: Do not use cleaning solutions that contain hydrofluoric, oxalic and most other acids on any General Motors wheels or brake calipers. These cleaning agents are destructive to various automotive finishes.
In the second photo below, you can see how contact with the wheel cleaner is limited to the face of the caliper. The original finish remains present as you look toward the back side of the caliper.

Brake Caliper With Partial Finish Removal




Further Assistance

Damage from wheel cleaners is not covered under the vehicle new car warranty, and no attempt should be made to correct this condition.
If the customer wishes to apply some type of decorative finish on the brake caliper, most retail auto parts stores sell high temperature automotive brake caliper paint. Caliper paint products by *Dupli-Color are available nationwide. The customer may refer to www.duplicolor.com for additional information and local dealers for these products.

*We believe these sources and their products to be reliable. There may be additional manufacturers of such material. General Motors does not endorse, indicate any preference for or assume any responsibility for the products from these firms or for any such items which may be available from other sources.
GM bulletins are intended for use by professional technicians, NOT a "do-it-yourselfer". They are written to inform these technicians of conditions that may occur on some vehicles, or to provide information that could assist in the proper service of a vehicle. Properly trained technicians have the equipment, tools, safety instructions, and know-how to do a job properly and safely. If a condition is described, DO NOT assume that the bulletin applies to your vehicle, or that your vehicle will have that condition. See your GM dealer for information on whether your vehicle may benefit from the information.

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Old 08-29-2011, 07:18 PM   #8
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#PI0244A: Brake Caliper Finish Removal, Degradation or Staining from Wheel Cleaning Chemicals - (Jun 3, 2011)



Subject:Brake Caliper Finish Removal, Brake Caliper Finish from Wheel Cleaning Chemicals



Models:2010-2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS





This PI is being revised to add the 2012 model year. Please discard PI0244.

Condition/Concern

Some customers may comment on a degradation of the finish on BremboŽ brake calipers standard on Camaro SS models.
Frequent application of harsh wheel cleaning chemicals may have attacked the finish on the brake caliper. Most wheel cleaning chemicals advise not to let the product come in contact with painted or finished surfaces but customers may not have thought to protect the decorative brake calipers.

Recommendations/Instructions

Important: Acidic wheel cleaners may craze, crack, discolor or remove the finish on the brake calipers. Damage from wheel cleaners is not covered under the vehicle new car warranty. Soap and water applied with a soft brush is usually all that is required to clean the calipers.
The brake calipers on the Camaro SS are black anodized aluminum. This coating provides a durable and attractive, chip resistant finish. Acid based products and harsh detergents should be avoided (see vehicle owners manual). If non-recommended cleaners are used, every attempt should be made to follow the instructions on the label and to assure the calipers are shielded from these cleaners.
The picture below is an example in which wheel cleaner has removed the majority of the finish on the front side of the caliper.

Finish Removed by Wheel Cleaner




Notice: Do not use cleaning solutions that contain hydrofluoric, oxalic and most other acids on any General Motors wheels or brake calipers. These cleaning agents are destructive to various automotive finishes.
In the second photo below, you can see how contact with the wheel cleaner is limited to the face of the caliper. The original finish remains present as you look toward the back side of the caliper.

Brake Caliper With Partial Finish Removal




Further Assistance

Damage from wheel cleaners is not covered under the vehicle new car warranty, and no attempt should be made to correct this condition.
If the customer wishes to apply some type of decorative finish on the brake caliper, most retail auto parts stores sell high temperature automotive brake caliper paint. Caliper paint products by *Dupli-Color are available nationwide. The customer may refer to www.duplicolor.com for additional information and local dealers for these products.

*We believe these sources and their products to be reliable. There may be additional manufacturers of such material. General Motors does not endorse, indicate any preference for or assume any responsibility for the products from these firms or for any such items which may be available from other sources.
GM bulletins are intended for use by professional technicians, NOT a "do-it-yourselfer". They are written to inform these technicians of conditions that may occur on some vehicles, or to provide information that could assist in the proper service of a vehicle. Properly trained technicians have the equipment, tools, safety instructions, and know-how to do a job properly and safely. If a condition is described, DO NOT assume that the bulletin applies to your vehicle, or that your vehicle will have that condition. See your GM dealer for information on whether your vehicle may benefit from the information.

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Old 08-29-2011, 07:28 PM   #9
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:40 PM   #10
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yea if you already have them off...
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:52 PM   #11
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:42 PM   #12
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does painting your calipers void your warranty? my dealer doesnt want to paint mine red...
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Old 10-21-2011, 04:00 PM   #13
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That blows, are we expected to reach in and cover the calipers every time we clean the wheels?

Which by the way, is often given how much brake dust these cars produce...

Looks like I will be powdercoating mine soon...
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:08 PM   #14
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That blows, are we expected to reach in and cover the calipers every time we clean the wheels?

Which by the way, is often given how much brake dust these cars produce...

Looks like I will be powdercoating mine soon...
What are you cleaning your wheels with?

From GM's perspective, all of their wheels are clearcoated and can be washed with normal soap and water. There is no need for "wheel cleaner" sprays. If you go aftermarket and get wheels that need special cleaners, then why should GM pay to take care of the damage your cleaner solution did?

Just my thoughts...no reply needed.
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Does Meguiars Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo qualify as soap?

Just asking for clarification....if that is causing the issue then I happily retract my statement.
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:33 AM   #16
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my grey on my calipers is fine, the red brembo has turned pink. 4k miles.
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my grey on my calipers is fine, the red brembo has turned pink. 4k miles.
Brembo calipers usually change color due to extreme heat. Alcon calipers has a heat indicator tab cool , wish the Brembo had that. Solution , get CTS-v 6 pot calipers and H.A.N.D,(have a nice day)
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Brembo calipers usually change color due to extreme heat. Alcon calipers has a heat indicator tab cool , wish the Brembo had that. Solution , get CTS-v 6 pot calipers and H.A.N.D,(have a nice day)
The CTS-V calipers turns a nice gold tone when you heat them up
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The CTS-V calipers turns a nice gold tone when you heat them up
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Old 10-22-2011, 11:56 AM   #20
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I just switched to Hawk ceramic pads, and I can't believe how the brake dust problem just went away. Those Brembo pads work great, but squeal like a bitch, and kept getting my wheels and calipers dirty after only a couple of days.
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Old 10-22-2011, 12:08 PM   #21
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Mine look the same way. I talked to the dealer and they said not under warranty. He also said that it is from going through a car wash. I have to admit I go to a carwash at least 3 to 4 times a week. I have tried everything to clean them and nothing works. I'm just going to have them powdercoated. Thats the best way to handle it. Bottom line is that it is not from heating them up it is what you use to clean them. My Camaro only has about 5000 miles on it and I don't beat the hell out of it.
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Mine are starting to fade a little, not too bad yet. I never used wheel cleaner either! I'm going to have them powdercoated this winter to match my RJT color!
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Mine look the same way. I talked to the dealer and they said not under warranty. He also said that it is from going through a car wash. I have to admit I go to a carwash at least 3 to 4 times a week. I have tried everything to clean them and nothing works. I'm just going to have them powdercoated. Thats the best way to handle it. Bottom line is that it is not from heating them up it is what you use to clean them. My Camaro only has about 5000 miles on it and I don't beat the hell out of it.
3 to 4 times a week?
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Heat. Calipers get hot, very hot. The finish changes.

Wheel cleaning products run from strong to acidic.

The combination of pad dust, rotor dust and water are corrosive.

How can anyone expect Chevrolet to warranty the caliper finish?

The SS brakes are very good. Use them and abuse them. That is what they are made for.
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Mine were the same way, I think it was the car wash for sure.
I had them painted red
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