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    Caliper painting

    Well I'd like paint my calipers once it gets a little warmer out. Anyone have any prior experience with this/what kind of paint did you use? If there's a thread for this already I'm sorry for the double post, but I couldn't find it.


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    I did mine on my Eclipse, I was replacing them so I painted them with Duplicolor caliper paint. They are still glossy and look good. Much better than corroded calipers.

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    i couldnt find a color i liked, so i bought regular high-temp enamel and sprayed it into a cup, then painted my caliper by hand with a small brush.
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    Awesome! I appreciate the info guys, hopefully I'll find the perfect gold to match my stripe =D


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    here's from a jetta forum:
    VW Jetta How To/DIY: How to: Paint Brake Calipers|Forum Volkswagen Bora

    my little bro did this... twice. he sprayed his mkv and painted his mkvi.

    from his experience this is what I've gathered:

    1. painting by hand is a ton more accurate and will look better

    2. do not cheap out, get good quality paint (research different forums)

    3. think long and hard on the color. get one you know you will like for a while

    4. make sure you have enough time for them to dry

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    5. because it's paint they are likely to peel, chip or flake. so just know you will have to touch them up eventually


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    Thanks for the information man! Just need some war weather now lol


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    Duplicolor caliper paint is what I used on my mazda rx8. Take the wheels off if you can, scuff them up with a brush and remove all the oils from them. Usually the kit comes with all that stuff. A few lights coats to get everything coated evenly then apply one last good coat and let sit until cured. Looks good and will keep them clean! Washes right up when you hit it with a sprayer

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    I definitely plan on taking the wheels off to do this. I'm going to try and plastidip my rims and paint the calipers all in one shot as soon as it gets warm enough to do it.


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    Immattsul, my V is my 6th car and I hadn't done anything to any of then prior to the V. Painting the calipers was the first thing i did. Very easy and worth it.

    Dupli Color sells a kit to use for this. Got mine off Amazon. Get the brush on kind. Kit includes paint, caliper cleaner, and a brush. Get yourself some new brushes, though. The included one is garbage.

    Take each wheel off. No taping is needed. Got about three coats on each with plenty of paint left. I did one side at a time. I'd post pics but can't seem to figure that out.

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    Did my Calipers this weekend…

    4 coats of Duplicolor red caliper paint, 2 coats high temp clear gloss to seal the Hyundai logo vinyl transfers…

    Placed my V on 4 stands and did them all at once… So easy!

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    Looks great! I just need to get myself a jack and stands. Some warm weather would be beneficial too lol


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    that looks very cool with the hyundai logos on them! what type of clear did you use? i see that it says 'high temp.' is that something you can pick up at an auto supply store? brand name would be great, too. thanks!
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    It was VHT Clear coat Caliper Spray, I bought on eBay... Everything I used came from eBay actually. This picture I took Sunday when I had the Wheel off. The paint and Logo are holding up great...
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    I'm looking into getting my brake calipers powder-coated rather than trying to paint them myself. Anyone have experience with doing that? I'm considering buying a second set of calipers so I can use my VT while waiting on the powder-coater to finish the first. I'll be left with an extra set of calipers but I'd be happy to powder-coat those too, and sell them to someone else

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    Heres a cool vid on painting your calipers any color

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    Awesome! Thanks for showing me that video, definitely helped.


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    Pretty cool video, showing how to paint your own brakes. I think I could do that, if I were to invest in a nice shop-grade jack and jackstands. Unfortunately, I don't have access to a garage right now, which makes this kind of project a big tricky.

    I still think that getting my calipers powder-coated would be a good option, if and only if I can justify the cost of an extra set of calipers ($1350 or so), the powder-coating ($250-300), and installation (??? I've heard $450 per hour...)

    I'd want to have my calipers swapped while my dealership is swapping my wheels and tires. I'm having them do it so they can handle any TPMS issues. I think if they've already got the wheels off, swapping calipers shouldn't be too much a challenge, other than having to bleed the brakes on all 4 corners. Not sure how that is done, but I hear it is a pain. Just that much more reason to let someone else do it rather than trying to do it myself.

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    Cool

    Hi this is my first post as a new member to Team V! Here is what I did recently, although it isn't detailed I hope it helps you out! It's fairly inexpensive you can get the painting supplies from your local PepBoys/Autozone/etc.

    For Prepping:
    - Remove tires and disassemble caliper/brackets/pads/etc.
    - Covered parts not being painted with newspaper/plastic/tape
    - Sprayed brakes/calipers with brake cleaner
    - Sanded calipers with 220 sandpaper

    Painting:
    - 4-5 coats high temperature spray paint (primer)
    - 4-5 coats engine paint (desired color)
    - 4-5 coats engine paint (clear coat) - extra protection/extra gloss
    (Painted disassembled brackets separately; Painted attached caliper)

    * Allow sufficient dry times in between coats depending on outside temperature/conditions
    * Do not paint on brake pads

    Good luck!

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    Looks good, great job!
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    Did mine with G-2 Caliper paint. Caliper painting-imageuploadedbyag-free1372789519.919831.jpg Caliper painting-imageuploadedbyag-free1372789565.936936.jpg


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