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This is a discussion on Brake calipers within the Appearance Section forums, part of the General Help category; Want to get my brake calipers painted red. Thought i'd heard that some guys powder coat. Is there a differnce ...

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    Want to get my brake calipers painted red. Thought i'd heard that some guys powder coat. Is there a differnce between this and simply painting? I'm a definite amateur in this area so talk down to me... like alot when explaining please!
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    Powdercoating looks better and is much more durable.

    Figure around $200 to get all 4 powdercoated.

    Painting them will look good, and will last a while, if you do the correct prep work etc.

    Figure around $20 for supplies to paint them.

    Some people also polish them which looks real nice as well.

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    Here is a good write up on painting them that you may want to look at:

    http://ls1howto.com/index.php?article=15

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    Thanks Y2K. Does powder coating require prep work? (literally clueless as a i mentioned) Seems a lot cheaper to paint but I like to do things once and be done with it. Then I don't have to do the work myself either. Where can I get them powder coated? any paint shop or am I gonna need to find a different type of place? Finally, can I powder coat in color? Say Red?

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    They must be completely disassembled -- including the pistons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    They must be completely disassembled -- including the pistons.
    To powder coat them I'm guessing you mean? I may just have to paint them them.

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    The G2 Brake Caliper Paint System is suppose to be pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SactownHuskers View Post
    Thanks Y2K. Does powder coating require prep work? (literally clueless as a i mentioned) Seems a lot cheaper to paint but I like to do things once and be done with it. Then I don't have to do the work myself either. Where can I get them powder coated? any paint shop or am I gonna need to find a different type of place? Finally, can I powder coat in color? Say Red?
    To powdercoat them, they must be fully disassembled. I saw a write up on disassembling them last night that I can link you too, if you want it.

    As far as prepping them for powdercoating, most powdercoaters will have a sandblaster or some other means of prepping them for the actual powdercoating.

    You would have to find a powdercoater local to you. Powdercoaters are generally different from paint shops. Check your yellow pages, or google it for your area.

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    Thanks Y2K. Think I'm gonna have to go with the paint route. Got a buddy that will probably be able to do it for me.

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    I painted mine last spring and they have held up well so far. While you are at it, you can also paint the center sections on your rotors as that really improves the look imo. Here are before and after pics of ours: Spring cleaning

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    I did all this with paint almost 2 years ago and it's still holding up. Powder really is the way to go, though....












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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    I painted mine last spring and they have held up well so far. While you are at it, you can also paint the center sections on your rotors as that really improves the look imo. Here are before and after pics of ours: Spring cleaning
    Thanks man. Think I might go with two different colors. Red for the calipers and black or chrome for the rotor.

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    I just used the calper paint from Auto Zone an OReillys on all my cars and just put a fresh coat on when I change the pads. Easy and cheap.
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    Before I powder coated my calipers this year I had caliper paint on them. I was very surprised on how hard that stuff came off when I was sand blasting it. I used the paint from afterthoughts auto.

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