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ROTOR TEMPERATURE PAINT - TUTORIAL

FRICTION SPECIALIST

Introduction

The purpose of this article / tutorial is to give basic step by step instructions on how to apply and use rotor temperature paint. Rotor temperature paint is one of the most cost effective ways, even at the highest level of professional motorsport, to keep an eye on brake disc temperatures. Knowing and understanding the operating temperature of brake discs will allow one to make more informed decisions as to how to manage rotor temperatures. 

 IMSA Ford GT Brake discs with rotor temperature paints applied. Photography by Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

IMSA Ford GT Brake discs with rotor temperature paints applied.
Photography by Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

STEP 1

Please use a clean rag and brake cleaner to
clean the applied brake disc surfaces free of contaminants and other dirt. Contaminated surfaces may not allow the temperature paint to oxidize at the right temperatures which may lead to false information.

STEP 2

Thoroughly shake all bottles in the rotor paint kit so that the viscosity of the paint is consistent and well mixed.

STEP 3

Designate and use individual paint brushes for each color of rotor paint.Do not mix the different paints and brushes as the temperature tolerance of each paint is different. Mixing the paints and brushes could lead to false temperature readings.

STEP 4

Apply each color in the specific order of temperature thresholds. The Green paint oxidizes at the lowest temperature, while the red paint has the highest temperature resistance.

Be sure to apply the paints to the friction rubbing surfaces and inner vanes of the brake disc. There are variations in the temperature at the rubbing surfaces versus the inner vanes (disc core temperature).

STEP 5

Make sure the rotor temperature paints are applied to all four brake discs (front left, right, rear left and right).

Conclusion

The individual paint(s) – Green, Orange and Red will oxidize when they reach a sustained temperature on the friction surface and in the vane.

 Racing brake discs with all 3 rotor paints oxidized. Some are oxidized completely, some have turned partially. Photo Courtesy: Ganesh Krishnan

Racing brake discs with all 3 rotor paints oxidized. Some are oxidized completely, some have turned partially. Photo Courtesy: Ganesh Krishnan

The ideal minimum temperature of the brake disc should at least oxidize the green paint. The maximum safe temperature for a brake disc should result in oxidizing of the red paint on the friction surfaces but not the red paint inside the vane. 

 Ferrari F430 GT2 with green rotor paints flashed, indicating that brake discs have been bedded   Photo Courtesy: Ganesh Krishnan

Ferrari F430 GT2 with green rotor paints flashed, indicating that brake discs have been bedded 

Photo Courtesy: Ganesh Krishnan

The temperature ratings are as below:

  • Green Paint (430° Celsius)
  • Orange Paint (560° Celsius)
  • Red Paint (610° Celsius)
 Pro System rotor paint kit with temperature ratings. Photo Courtesy: Felix Williams

Pro System rotor paint kit with temperature ratings. Photo Courtesy: Felix Williams

 Brake discs with new rotor paints.

Brake discs with new rotor paints.

 Brake discs with rotor paints oxidized. The average rotor temperature exceeded 560°C. We can see that the rotor surface temperature was greater than 610°C. However, the vane temperature was less than 610°C, but greater than 560°C.

Brake discs with rotor paints oxidized. The average rotor temperature exceeded 560°C. We can see that the rotor surface temperature was greater than 610°C. However, the vane temperature was less than 610°C, but greater than 560°C.

 Brake discs with almost all 3 rotor paints complete oxidized. The peak temperatures are well over 610°C and the average temperature of this disc is close to 600°C. On this particular application and track, additional airflow to the brake discs would be required. Photo Courtesy: Ganesh Krishnan

Brake discs with almost all 3 rotor paints complete oxidized. The peak temperatures are well over 610°C and the average temperature of this disc is close to 600°C. On this particular application and track, additional airflow to the brake discs would be required. Photo Courtesy: Ganesh Krishnan

Do not use the Orange rotor paints on carbon ceramic or carbon-carbon brake discs. There are specific ingredients in the Orange paint that will damage carbon ceramic or carbon-carbon materials.

 Carbon Carbon motorsport brake discs with green & red rotor paints oxidized. Photo Courtesy: Nismo Global

Carbon Carbon motorsport brake discs with green & red rotor paints oxidized. Photo Courtesy: Nismo Global

To purchase Pro System rotor paint kit, please visit our web store:

 https://www.exquisusa.com/shop-pro-system/pro-system-rotor-temperature-paint-kit

Literature Credit: "Friction Specialist"