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Old 06-18-2012, 09:08 AM   #1
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Brake Calipers - Paint or Powdercoated

Paint doesn't last and seems a little messy from the videos I've seen. Anyone have them powder coated? If so, what did it cost you and how's it holding up to wear and tear?
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I'm in the process of painting mine. We will see how it goes! Just the VHT high heat caliper paint for me. Didn't even think about powder coating.
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I painted mine last fall and it has held up well so far.
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Re: Brake Calipers - Paint or Powdercoated

What type of paint did you use?
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Paint doesn't last and seems a little messy from the videos I've seen. Anyone have them powder coated? If so, what did it cost you and how's it holding up to wear and tear?
That's only due to the person that painted them doing a poor job.. Powder coating won't be any different.. I painted mine on my 04 gt and lasted till I got rid of the car(5-6 years).. Make sure the surface is prepped well and clean.. Mask off anything you don't want painted.. Use caliper paint.. Then clear coat... And just for the record I didn't even clear coat my old ones and they lasted that long and assuming they're still fine now after about 8 years
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What type of paint did you use?
I used Dupli color Caliper Paint with Ceramic. I just cleaned the calipers well and masked everything and shot them- no primer. Here is a couple pics:
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Re: Brake Calipers - Paint or Powdercoated

That looks great! You just mask and paint in place? Exactly what im looking at - red or yellow.
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Re: Brake Calipers - Paint or Powdercoated

I painted mine and they are holding up just fine. I used VHT caliper paint and taped off everything. One of the easiest mods I have done so far.
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I painted mine and they are holding up just fine. I used VHT caliper paint and taped off everything. One of the easiest mods I have done so far.
Alright! Looks like an easy weekend mod. Gow lobg does it take to dry? Any extra advice? Taping off? Spraying? Etc? Thanks.
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Alright! Looks like an easy weekend mod. Gow lobg does it take to dry? Any extra advice? Taping off? Spraying? Etc? Thanks.
Same questions and did u leave em on the car. Have the black caliper paint for awhile now, just haven't gotten around to it yet
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Use the duplicolor kit for brake calipers. It's a bit time consuming, but the kit works well. I've done several cars with this kit and as long as you take your time, it will come out nice and last a long time. Powder coating would require a lot more work, and the calipers would have to be disassembled completely. Car would be down for a few days if u wanted to powder cost them.
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And powder coating doesn't really last any longer than paint as long as its done properly..my step dad has top Of the line rocker guards and body guards on his wrangler that came powder coated and it's all flaking off and starting to rust..
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Re: Brake Calipers - Paint or Powdercoated

What about those MGP Caliper Covers? Do they hold up to wear-n-tear and do they look cheesy?
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I tried the caliper covers (and I think they look pretty good on a car)but didn't like them. I thought the attachment hardware was really chintzy and I could not get them installed where the attachment brackets didn't drag on my rotors. Amazingly, AM let me return them.
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I used Dupli color Caliper Paint with Ceramic. I just cleaned the calipers well and masked everything and shot them- no primer. Here is a couple pics:
Those rotors are sick
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I paid $400 for the rotors, just couldn't stand the way the stock ones were looking, these work great, are quiet and sure look a lot better. With the rims I have, the brakes are definitely on display.
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What about those MGP Caliper Covers? Do they hold up to wear-n-tear and do they look cheesy?
Look like crap. IMO
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Look like crap. IMO
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I used Dupli color Caliper Paint with Ceramic. I just cleaned the calipers well and masked everything and shot them- no primer. Here is a couple pics:
I like them they look good
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Re: Brake Calipers - Paint or Powdercoated

I used G2 (q2usa.com) I am quite happy
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Alright! Looks like an easy weekend mod. Gow lobg does it take to dry? Any extra advice? Taping off? Spraying? Etc? Thanks.
Sorry it took so long to respond but all I did was take off the wheel of course. Sprayed the calipers down real good with some degreaser and wiped everything down real good. VHT sells some degreaser that you can buy as well. Then I covered the rotors with a plastic bag from the grocery store and taped off everything I didn't want painted. They you just spray it. I think then can will tell you how long to let it dry, but I put my wheels on after about 30 mins. I didn't drive the car though, I let it sit over night. Hope that helps!
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Thanks, think I'll try mine sunday
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Yep, me too. Im going to give it a go!
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I just used the Duplicolor Brush-on caliper paint kit that I got from autozone...$17. It's been almost 4 years... Hasn't chipped or faded...



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I just used the Duplicolor Brush-on caliper paint kit that I got from autozone...$17. It's been almost 4 years... Hasn't chipped or faded...
Where did you get the mustang letters?
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Yeah, the Lettering really makes it POP! I just read a review on that brush on paint. Advance Auto has it for $20. Some say u need two packages to complete it. Otherwise great reviews!
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Where did you get the mustang letters?
I got mine from here
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-Mustang...e2ac0a&vxp=mtr

Just search "MUSTANG CALIPER DECAL" and a bunch pops up... Different designs and what not... Also check for the year model... I'm not sure if our calipers are the same sizes (Orr at least close). I like them cause they do add a nice finishing touch..
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Yeah, the Lettering really makes it POP! I just read a review on that brush on paint. Advance Auto has it for $20. Some say u need two packages to complete it. Otherwise great reviews!
I only needed 1 kit for all 4 calipers... You MIGHT have to buy an extra caliper cleaner depending on how dirty your calipers are at the moment. Paint in the kit is enough for 3 cars! Lol
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