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alkyz89
sorry if this has been covered before...
was just wondering if anyone has painted there calipers before?

1. does it look too chavy
2. is it easy to do yourself, and whats involved
3.has anyone got any pictures

i was thinking red caliper paint would look quite good on the silver zetec s, as it has the red on the s badges.
also would it look stupid as i only have front disc brakes lol
thanks in advance for your comments!!

Aaron
STEADS
Thinking of doing the same myself will be looking later for the correct spray/paint and looking into how to prep it properly as its got to be heat resistant i,d say and get a good base on it cos of the crap that gets at them i,ll let you know later what i find
stef123
there are a few members who have done this with very good results.

I painted the calipers on my first car, using halfords heat resistant paint (about £10). its best to remove the caliper and carrier for best results but not necessary. remove all the flaking rust, get them as clean as you can. I found the brush on paint best, its thicker and could also be used with the calipers still on the car, whereas the spray would just make a mess and take more to get good coverage.

just my opinion and experience.
artscot79
i agree with stef ive done the same on mine but i painted them still on the car a lot easier just used some spray degreaser on them to get rid of the brake dust and then used a wire brush on my drill to get rid of the crud and away you go.

[b] [url="../../user/25151-alkyz89/"]alkyz89[/url] ide say the best colour for youre car is either blue or yellow but red would go[/b]
Z3 MON
Drums always look bad painted in my opinion, but red would go well. we painted my brothers mk1 using brush on paint and it came out great with the calipers still on the car.
Wickwick10_1
[quote name='alkyz89' timestamp='1330249187' post='168874']
sorry if this has been covered before...
was just wondering if anyone has painted there calipers before?

1. does it look too chavy
2. is it easy to do yourself, and whats involved
3.has anyone got any pictures

i was thinking red caliper paint would look quite good on the silver zetec s, as it has the red on the s badges.
also would it look stupid as i only have front disc brakes lol
thanks in advance for your comments!!

Aaron
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My opinion is yes red and other bright colours are chavvy - but I always do mine black and it looks neat ! Very easy to do with a high temp paint !
alkyz89
thanks for the input guys....
i was thinking red as the whole car is silver and red... red s badge, all rear lights are silver/white and red reflective trim,
but i also like the sound of black, does sound pretty smart...
i never considered painting the rear wheel drums and i think painting them a bright colour would be far to much and would look tacky...
i wonder if you can get a decent looking replicer brake disc that sits over the rear wheel drums... again will probably look real tacky.... so i wouldnt even consider it unless they looked the part!!
has any ever seen such a thing??
Wickwick10_1
[quote name='alkyz89' timestamp='1330274381' post='168972']
thanks for the input guys....
i was thinking red as the whole car is silver and red... red s badge, all rear lights are silver/white and red reflective trim,
but i also like the sound of black, does sound pretty smart...
i never considered painting the rear wheel drums and i think painting them a bright colour would be far to much and would look tacky...
i wonder if you can get a decent looking replicer brake disc that sits over the rear wheel drums... again will probably look real tacky.... so i wouldnt even consider it unless they looked the part!!
has any ever seen such a thing??
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Mate silver car with red brakes I think does look touch and chavvy ! But black calipers and drums look good ! Get pics up once done !!!!
rojariggs
[quote name='Wickwick10_1' timestamp='1330280292' post='168987']

Mate silver car with red brakes I think does look touch and chavvy ! But black calipers and drums look good ! Get pics up once done !!!!
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I agree with that. Black is by far the best for drums. Calipers often look chavvy if anything other than black unless factory. Coloured front calipers with even black rear drums doesn't look right either.
HeadShoT2009
Nothing can be as chavvy as this guy who lived down the road from were I used to to live, he had a saxo with bright flurecent green rims, makes me shudder thinking about it
artscot79
personally ide do the drums silver that way they blend with the alloys and dont stick out and do the front whatever colour you want
Leemaxd
Gonna be painting mine in the spring, no sure what colour though, what do you all think on the light blue focus.
[IMG]http://i1034.photobucket.com/albums/a421/leemaxd/db535d62.jpg[/IMG]
artscot79
yellow
stef123
silver?
artscot79
yeah silver would look quite nice and a bit discreet
stef123
atleast on a new car you will get better results as they wont have rusted to the same extent as my car for example.

What colour is the coating on them from the factory? is it still the silver stuff?
artscot79
you can use hammerite paint i did on my mk1 and nope it never burned or melted or went sticky with the heat from the brakes in fact it lasted for ages without a recoat
Wickwick10_1
[quote name='Leemaxd' timestamp='1330282462' post='168997']
Gonna be painting mine in the spring, no sure what colour though, what do you all think on the light blue focus.
[IMG]http://i1034.photobucket.com/albums/a421/leemaxd/db535d62.jpg[/IMG]
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Black all the way mate don't spoil a nice car with chavvy coloured brakes !!!
Leemaxd
Yea yellow is tempting and a bit wild but silver I think is the best bet.
Leemaxd
[quote name='Leemaxd' timestamp='1330286029' post='169024']
Yea yellow is tempting and a bit wild but silver I think is the best bet.
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Or black is cool yea,
They are silver from the factory, but have already rusted up abit to be honest, so need doing soon,
Thanks for the input people.
Barry_
Pink so they stick out and people notice your hard work :-P
Stoney871
[quote name='Barry_' timestamp='1330330804' post='169087']
Pink so they stick out and people notice your hard work :-P
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There's always one :P
FLORYFOCUS
Just painted mine this weekend. I used Brush on Caiper paint from HalFORDS. I Would highly recoomend the Halfords caliper cleaner too. Just a quick spray and a light wipe made easy work of the grime build up. I didn't mask anything, just took my time and followed the instructions with regards to drying times etc. Here is the result:

[url="http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg603/quik_silver69/temporary-5.jpg"]http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg603/quik_silver69/temporary-5.jpg[/url]

With regards to all of the colour preferences, Red suited my car (In my opinion) as there are other little red bits such as the "S" badge, lights etc. I also would go for red on most cars to be honest, but Yellow looks good on black / gun metal grey. It's your own personal preference!

I havent seen a car that looked good with painted drums, I personally would go for black if any.
Stoney871
I do like that.
Good result.
Bigdaddycain
You really can't tell from the piccy, but after not being able to source a grey caliper paint, i approached my local automotive paint supplier who'd make up a caliper paint in any colour imaginable, mixed on the spot, for £11 per 1/4 tin. They even made me up a tin of metallic caliper paint for one of my other vehicles, all i had to do was add a splash of activator to the paint once i'd prepped the calipers...

[IMG]http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c97/joannelf/DSC01149.jpg[/IMG]
Leemaxd
[quote name='FLORYFOCUS' timestamp='1331474459' post='172016']
Just painted mine this weekend. I used Brush on Caiper paint from HalFORDS. I Would highly recoomend the Halfords caliper cleaner too. Just a quick spray and a light wipe made easy work of the grime build up. I didn't mask anything, just took my time and followed the instructions with regards to drying times etc. Here is the result:

[url="http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg603/quik_silver69/temporary-5.jpg"]http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg603/quik_silver69/temporary-5.jpg[/url]

With regards to all of the colour preferences, Red suited my car (In my opinion) as there are other little red bits such as the "S" badge, lights etc. I also would go for red on most cars to be honest, but Yellow looks good on black / gun metal grey. It's your own personal preference!

I havent seen a car that looked good with painted drums, I personally would go for black if any.
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The red looks cool on the white car for sure : )
STEADS
FLORYFOCUS how many coats did you give yours in the process of doing mine now hope mine turn out as good as yours look.
jane_b
what about these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Red-ABS-4pcs-Front-Rear-Disc-Brake-Caliper-Cover-Brembo-Universal-/140701199814?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item20c271edc6
and also look at the links on you tube on how to
thinking about black one to go with panter black paint and peper grey wheels
upcoming mod maybe see you soon
Bigdaddycain
[quote name='jane_b' timestamp='1331690408' post='172463']
what about these [url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Red-ABS-4pcs-Front-Rear-Disc-Brake-Caliper-Cover-Brembo-Universal-/140701199814?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item20c271edc6"]http://www.ebay.co.u...=item20c271edc6[/url]
and also look at the links on you tube on how to
thinking about black one to go with panter black paint and peper grey wheels
upcoming mod maybe see you soon
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:D I'll probably get called a chav, but i have some of the black/silver versions waiting to go on my motor! My brand new set of polished ST alloys (my summer wheels) Are at the bodyshop awaiting extra coats of lacquer, the caliper covers will be getting bonded on as the new wheels are fitted. The way i see it, you can get away with fitting these quite convincing covers if you have a relatively closed spoke type wheel fitted...we shall see once i've bonded them on! B)


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