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Old 03-04-2010, 11:44 AM   #1
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caliper paint

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im looking for a good caliper paint for my 03 330i.its silver so im thinking about going with red or yellow.any suggestions guys?

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Old 03-04-2010, 08:50 PM   #2
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If you must paint them, I'd stick with black for a cleaner look. The stock calipers are not very pretty, and painting them a flashy color like red or yellow will just make them stand out more.
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:02 PM   #3
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i did mine red when i was in high school....bbbbiiiiiggggg mistake...will be doing them in black very soon
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:24 PM   #4
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yea i have mine in BMW blue....i'll be switching to black or bronze in the near future. Don't go flashy, you will regret it
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:28 PM   #5
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You can't see it to well, but black calipers on the BMW and the second is wife's car with black calipers.


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Old 03-04-2010, 09:38 PM   #6
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^^ at the caption in the 2nd pic.

in high school, my friend's dad owned a tire shop.. we threw his car on the lift one day took off his wheels and painted his calipers with the rotors and brakes still on.. we just covered it "well enough" with some paper towels and masking tape and rattle-can'd it.. then another friend got some "rims" there a few months later and we repeated the process on his car..

and we painted them black...
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:46 PM   #7
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i would say black or silver.
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:04 PM   #8
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thanks guys i think im gonna try it out with black.right after i get my alternator to get the car going..
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Just did mine recently when I was replacing rotors and pads. Black is definately the way to go.
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Plasti-kote, Dupli-Color and VHT makes a spray caliper/rotor paint, available in many colors (including silver and black) - get it at your local big box parts place.
G2 makes a High Temperature Brake Caliper Paint System - pricier, more involved to apply, but longer-lasting.
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Black or silver... unless you have a BBK, any other color looks "whack"
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:39 PM   #12
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Would wire brushing, sanding, and paint thinner first, and then a clear coat after help it last longer?

I have a silver 330ci also and I am contemplating black or silver. Thinking about getting VMR V710's, or the Avant Garde M310's in Hypersilver, so not sure what would look best with silver car color.

Would flat black be best, or gloss (clear coat) look better? I have the centric rotors with the black e-coating, so I think black would be a good match.
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Glossy finish is easier to keep clean, with an easy wipe. Go with a glossy paint - clear may yellow with time & heat.
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I used this kit and it worked great - came with everything you need:
POR 15 Brake Caliper Kit - http://www.por15.com/CALIPER-PAINTIN...oductinfo/CKB/

They make a lot of specialty paints for metal, concrete, etc.
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:15 PM   #15
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I used this kit and it worked great - came with everything you need:
POR 15 Brake Caliper Kit - http://www.por15.com/CALIPER-PAINTIN...oductinfo/CKB/

They make a lot of specialty paints for metal, concrete, etc.
Nice, I will look into this. Have any pictures?
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I would do Black You can go to Home Depot and get some Oil Based Enamel. Get a Sponge Brush and your good to go

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hello
im looking for a good caliper paint for my 03 330i.its silver so im thinking about going with red or yellow.any suggestions guys?

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I just recently painted the calipers on my Silver Grey E46. I went with the Duplicolor capliper paint in the aerosol (Silver). I am very happy with the outcome. I had enough to do all 8 calipers on 2 vehicles a BMW E46 and a Jeep WK.

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