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Painted Calipers... what do you guys think?

This is a discussion on Painted Calipers... what do you guys think? within the Appearance Section forums, part of the General Help category; I just finished putting the second coat of paint on my brake calipers. I bought the kit for $15 at ...

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    Painted Calipers... what do you guys think?

    I just finished putting the second coat of paint on my brake calipers. I bought the kit for $15 at autozone and I think it was not bad for what you pay. I am gonna put one more coat on once I finish this post.

    Lemme know what you guys think!

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    that looks okay but did you sand them down first? I did and look at the smooth finish I got!

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    Looks pretty good!!! How long for all for? I've screwed around with mine (not as nice) and spent too much time.

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    sweet, duder...i saw the white on the thumbs there and i thought that was part of the paint too, woulda been cool if it was possible!

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    Looks good, but while you're at it why not unbolt the caliper brackets and paint them as well? Notice how in 01JameSS's pic they are nice and black?

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    I like how mine came out . I cleaned, sanded, cleaned some more, painted, applied stickers, cleared, and polished. I also used the paint that came from Autozone.

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    It took me about 5 hours from when I pulled the car in to the garage to when I pulled it back out, and a lot of that was fighting with the room to jack the car up. It only takes 1 hour to paint them, at least thats all the time the kit allows so I did 2 quick coats then waited 30 minutes then one last coat then waited 45 mins and let car down.

    I am going to do the brackets in black as well once I find some time cuz they are really dirty/rusty.

    Ill post some pics of them done with the wheels on, though they already got dirty from the rain here...

    Thanks for the input guys!

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    I bought the dupli color kit for mine from wal-mart. The looked good untill i acidentially got some brake cleaner on them when i was changing my front rotor's. But when i do it over i am going ot do them like 01james. Is the stuff from autozone in a spray can ? The stuff i used came in a little can and i think it is oil based.

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    I sanded mine down as well, but instead of painting them I just finished them off with some polish:

    and then did the rest one day when I was bored:

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    I did mine a couple of months ago. My car is white with red calipers and suspension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corvettekid82
    I sanded mine down as well, but instead of painting them I just finished them off with some polish:

    and then did the rest one day when I was bored:
    Can you even see the hub when the wheels is on ? What about where you painted it red can you dee that bar when the wheel is on? I just want to get some ideas aswell ! How long did it take to get them polished like that ?
    Thank's !

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    Quote Originally Posted by minesfaster
    Can you even see the hub when the wheels is on ? What about where you painted it red can you dee that bar when the wheel is on? I just want to get some ideas aswell ! How long did it take to get them polished like that ?
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    Yes, especially with my ZO6s.
    No, only rarely can you see the red Idler Arm. No light under there to make it stand out.
    About 10 hours total including drying time. Polishing is the simple part. Belt sanded with 220 grit, then 400. Then hand sanded with 800 and then wet sanded with some 1000. Then finished it with some aluminum polish on a drill buff at first, then by hand for all the small areas.
    Last edited by Corvettekid82; 01-20-2006 at 05:35 AM.

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    Damn those polished calipers look sweet as hell. If I didn't drive mine everyday or on aregular basis I would've done mine like that. I opted to paint mine red on the white car. Really compliments the car.

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    Mines driven 45 miles round trip to work 5 days a week. Looks great without any extra polishing for 2+ years. Only thing I've had to do is clean and respray the brackets red. They are the only part that showed any wear.

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    F**K IT!!!!! IM GETTING THE BAER TURISMO "BIG BRAKE KIT" 6 PISTON CALIPERS HUGE CROSS DRILLED/SLOTTED ROTORS!!!!!! AWWW YEAHHHH!!!!! ONLY 2G'S

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    dude, all those brakes look fuckign amazing, big props to all of you!

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    i was gonna paint mine but everyone keeps telling me they look like shit after a couple month and you have to constantly keep up on them.... let alone if they get touched with brakeclean they need to be redone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socialdbob
    i was gonna paint mine but everyone keeps telling me they look like shit after a couple month and you have to constantly keep up on them.... let alone if they get touched with brakeclean they need to be redone.
    If you clear coat them, it's not much work to clean them. No more than cleaning your car. You just have to rotate the tire to get the whole caliper clean.

    Why would you use brake cleaner on painted brakes? Just soap and water, thats it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dipherentdesign
    dude, all those brakes look fuckign amazing, big props to all of you!
    No, Corvettekid82, has some sweet ass calipers!!! He spent more time on his than anybody. Mine took about three days. But I would put on a coat, turn on the tv and grab a six pack, then wait till the next day to do the next coat . If I were to do mine again, I'd track down Corvettekid82 and beg him to do mine lol.

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    i got a caliper painting kit from walmart by duplicolor. they turned out sweet.. took an hour... 4 coats... looks like candyyyyy lol... i'll get pics when i clean the truck off =X

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