So I spent some time on the front brakes last week and I can already tell the time was well spent.
Here is what I found:
Its hard to see in the picture but the rotors were so shinning I had never really seen any that bad in terms of glazing before. The brakes had obviously been done recently ( In terms of millage) but the glazing was hard to remove. Both sides of the car looked the same. I forgot to take an after on this side so here is an after pic for the other side of the car:
I used my DA sander and 80 grit paper. I went through about three sheets of cheap paper to get both rotors to clean up. I sanded them just enough to see them clean up. I could have just had them turned but I have not had great luck at the parts stores near me.
After it was back together I did a few hard stops to seat the new Bendix Semi-Metallic pads and its already much better and I will assume they will improve further with a little more driving. The rears just looked warn ( 50% pad left with grooves in the rotors) so I may go back to do those later this spring as well when its time to take off my snow tires. I can here the ABS do its thing now on a hard stop on dry pavement and I couldn't do that before.
BL- A solid improvement for a few hours work and $28 in pads....
PS- My front calipers are two piston. Does that mean I have the police brake package? Also can I just convert the rear to police spec either way without any proportioning valve related complications?