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Old 05-16-2016, 12:16 PM   #1
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Hey guys so I have a ruby red mustang and I was wondering what the best color for calipers would be. I was thinking red but I don't know how that bright of red would look with the ruby red since it's so much darker. Has anyone with a ruby red painted their calipers? Also I know g2 can match the paint but it's way to expensive for caliper paint. But if anyone knows any company's that make a darker red caliper paint cheap let me know. Thx
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You can never go wrong with gloss black. :O
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I used Duplicolor red caliper paint, definitely red red but not as bright as some I have seen.


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Red calipers that are not the same shade as your red car will look like poo in my opinion.

Spend the money on the G2 color matched if you are stuck on red. Otherwise start thinking about another color. Silver, black, gold, copper, gunmetal. Whatever. Get creative.
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I agree the color does look off especially on a darker red. I was reading g2s page and they don't even guarantee exact color match on tricoats pearl or metallics. I would go black but I want a color that pops a little more and honestly I don't think any of the other colors look good unless you match other body parts. Dgc your car is a race red right. It looks good on yours.
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Gloss black.


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I have a whole can of red caliper paint at my house if you want it, but I personally wouldn't use caliper paint at all unless it black because all the brake dust will quickly cover up the paint and you will be left with some dull looking calipers. Honestly going with caliper covers looks much better in my opinion, only problem I have is major rubbing issues on mine.


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Yea caliper covers are a good alternative to big brake kits. As far as looks. I have used them before.

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I have a whole can of red caliper paint at my house if you want it, but I personally wouldn't use caliper paint at all unless it black because all the brake dust will quickly cover up the paint and you will be left with some dull looking calipers. Honestly going with caliper covers looks much better in my opinion, only problem I have is major rubbing issues on mine.


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I think the caliper covers look horrible. The calipers do get dirty and covered in brake dust. Just clean them!

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I think the caliper covers look horrible. The calipers do get dirty and covered in brake dust. Just clean them!

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Who wants to go through the trouble of taking the wheels off and cleaning the calipers. Plus either way they still become dull looking. I can't say I disagree with you, I thought the covers looked so fake until I got a deal and put them on my car.


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Who wants to go through the trouble of taking the wheels off and cleaning the calipers. Plus either way they still become dull looking. I can't say I disagree with you, I thought the covers looked so fake until I got a deal and put them on my car.


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You do need to touch up the calipers with paint each year. It can be pain and lot of work keeping the painted calipers looking nice . I can't disagree with you on the maintance issue of painted calipers.

With that said the caliper covers look cheap and I personally would not buy them. With all that said, if I could do it all over I would of powder coated them from jump. That's the best way. They look smooth and very very strong.

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Powdercoating is the way to go for sure.
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Powdercoating is the way to go for sure.
Exactly. No paint lines, no touch up, no chips in the powdercoat.

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Just swapped mine out for a powdercoated set.

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Just swapped mine out for a powdercoated set.

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Beautiful man. Perfect looking and will look that good 15 years from now and no touch up needed. If you don't mind me asking what did that cost you

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Beautiful man. Perfect looking and will look that good 15 years from now and no touch up needed. If you don't mind me asking what did that cost you

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200 bucks. But it's 3 stages because of the color I chose. Silver, then translucent copper, then clear over the decal.
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$200 per caliper or $200 for the set?

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You do need to touch up the calipers with paint each year. It can be pain and lot of work keeping the painted calipers looking nice . I can't disagree with you on the maintance issue of painted calipers.
I painted the calipers on my 68 Barracuda in 03, since then I have put over 50k miles on the car. There has been zero chipping or peeling. The pictures above have been through two New England winters so far with no chipping or peeling.

They are also easy to clean, just spray them with wheel cleaner and rinse off.

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I completely agree with you about powder coating, I did that to my wheels but I just really didn't want my car to be down for another week.


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Who wants to go through the trouble of taking the wheels off and cleaning the calipers. Plus either way they still become dull looking. I can't say I disagree with you, I thought the covers looked so fake until I got a deal and put them on my car.


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They are overpriced in my opinion. I don't think they look bad. The things are just priced at a ridiculous amount.

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Hey Kona, I just noticed you changed your avatar. Nice picture with the new wheels.
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They are overpriced in my opinion. I don't think they look bad. The things are just priced at a ridiculous amount.

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I couldn't agree more, I got a strut brace, caliper covers and eibach pro kit springs for 150 so I didn't know how much they were until I decided to look it up. But 170 is the lowest price I've seen lol, that's outrageous. If I were to pay that I would've just gone the powder coating route.


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Hey guys so I found the perfect paint for my calipers it's basically ruby red maybe a shade off but it's really hard to tell. I'm going to paint the calipers but I have seen people put decals on the calipers that say mustang or svt I wanted to install the Mustang decals and I saw them on ebay does anyone have any idea how to install them? Would I just paint the caliper and then just stick the decal on it or would I have to clear coat the decal after installing it?
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Yeah you want to clear over them. They won't last in regular form
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I have considered painting my calipers. I don't want to look like everyone else though. I will most likely use a high temp engine enamel. For me, I like black. Gloss black is enough to catch the eye for a subtle detail, but not so much that it screams at you and detracts from other details.

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Was watching a YouTube video on painting them. Guy said use high temp primer then use the paint you like. He tested it pretty fiercely and they stood up very well.


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So you would have to clear them even if they are high temp decals
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High temp decals? That's a joke. No decal is going to last in a brake caliper without some sort of seal over the top. It won't take long for the brake dust to infiltrate the edges and take them out. But you can try. It's your car
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No I'll take your advice I know nothing about decals I just wanted to specify it was high temp in case it makes a difference. It's not like it's too much more work. It's definetly better to be safe than sorry.
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I powdercoated ours a while back, and even with road racing they are holding up quite well. I have a spare set of calipers and V6 brackets sitting in my shed that are quite frankly taking up space. If someone wanted to pick them up for cheap as cores to get powdercoated, i would be willing to make a hell of a deal ...

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Was watching a YouTube video on painting them. Guy said use high temp primer then use the paint you like. He tested it pretty fiercely and they stood up very well.


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Link please? I have always been curious about painting my calipers
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Hey Kona, I just noticed you changed your avatar. Nice picture with the new wheels.
Thanks bro. New wheels bro and slotted /drilled rotors.

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I painted the calipers on my 68 Barracuda in 03, since then I have put over 50k miles on the car. There has been zero chipping or peeling. The pictures above have been through two New England winters so far with no chipping or peeling.

They are also easy to clean, just spray them with wheel cleaner and rinse off.

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That's great bro. What caliper paint did you use? Maybe I'll try the paint you're using

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