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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 03-01-2008, 12:35 PM   #1
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Painting Stock Calipers

Has anyone ever painted their stock calipers? how'd it come out? What paint did use? pics would be appreciated.
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Old 03-01-2008, 12:58 PM   #2
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Yes, many people have done it. A quick search will reveal your answers.

PS - Stick with silver or black paint for stock calipers.
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Old 03-01-2008, 02:05 PM   #3
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dupli color caliper paint. i bought mine from autozone. ~$16
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Old 03-01-2008, 03:14 PM   #4
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this is my next project but i cant decide on the color my car is CB on cinnamon so i was thinking black,red or orange if i can find a nice one.For the paint you can use any high heat paint if you want black or silver Home depot has Tremclad or Rustoleum in US some are flat some gloss and cheap, if you want different colors there is VHT, dupli color.Whatever u use make sure u prep them proper way clean no rust , sand every ware where the paint is going to be,paint sticks to that no scratch no proper adhesion they cant be to fine or to rough.If you want your calipers to look nice i recommend build up the paint to get rid of some of the bumpy caliper surface,so paint ,dry, wet sand,repeat until its smooth and then some clear coat much better look with clear.When i do mine i will post some pics but the weather is not great here in Canada so have to wait for warmer days.
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Old 03-01-2008, 04:02 PM   #5
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Who would be able to paint the calipers?
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If you're interested in getting your brake calipers powder coated for a good price PM me.
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Old 03-03-2008, 02:09 PM   #8
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If you're interested in getting your brake calipers powder coated for a good price PM me.

Can calipers be powder coated ? How hot do they get during normal use? What happens to the rubber seals during the powder coating process ? Geeeze ... lots of questions. Anyway, any input here would be great. Thanks.
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I've tried every paint out there including the caliper paint kit. The VHT paint worked the best. UNTIL... I installed Euro rotors. Now, I'm able to use Testor model spray paint with GREAT results. The problems are twofold: the rotors get real hot. This will dry and dull the paint. Second, if you make the mistake of using a spray-on wheel cleaner, it will dull the paint in a heartbeat. The Euro rotors keep the temp down. So, no more problems. For me, my ride's an Imola Red M3C. The Testor Bright Dark Red is a perfect color match.
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Clear coat, this way your pigments in your paint are not exposed directly to the elements it helps big time especially if u can get one with hardener even better.
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dupli color caliper paint. i bought mine from autozone. ~$16
+1 got mine for $7.99
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I used a high temp engine paint. silver - looks nice.
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Can calipers be powder coated ? How hot do they get during normal use? What happens to the rubber seals during the powder coating process ? Geeeze ... lots of questions. Anyway, any input here would be great. Thanks.
Yep they can. Looks much better than paint. I'm going to do mine in the next couple of weeks. Don't know the exact process, I'll find out and let you know.
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nice.... i should do it too the next time i swap the winter wheels for summer.
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Home Depot - RustOleum High Performance spray paint. First tried it on a Volvo T5 I had several years back. After painting the calipers, and then selling the car 2 years later, they looked like new. Have used it on several cars over the years - stuff works.
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excuse me for asking a n00b question, but do you take the calipers off the car to paint it or just paint it while they are on the car?
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excuse me for asking a n00b question, but do you take the calipers off the car to paint it or just paint it while they are on the car?
I think its easier just to leave it and cover everything around the caliper with newspaper including the fender area
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nice.... thanks for pointing out the fender area, i would've forgotten that before it was too late.
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For any one who wants to spray paint them make sure you cover the whole car with plastic ,tape it all ,or you will have the whole car in overspray.
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Imo, if your painting stock calipers- do black...those are nothing to show off lol.
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