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how to paint calipers?

Postby SMH1970 » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:58 pm

Another quick question which I can't seem to find a firm answer for.

I have new calipers to install for my disc brake swap, and I'm wondering if anyone could advise on the best way to paint them. Were they originally unpainted (should I just blast them with clearcoat) or do most people paint them to give them better protection? If paint, any suggestions on type and color (and should I use primer first, or just hit them with caliper paint)?
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I know this is likely pretty subjective, and everyone may have a different opinion, but I'd like to do them in a way that doesn't look too tacky. I was thinking a bright color to make them stand out, but black is probably better. Everything else on my front end is black (except the shiny new rotors and the yellow shocks :) )
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Re: how to paint calipers?

Postby sideoilerfe » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:21 pm

Boxwood green? Will you be able to see them through the wheels? I like dark Ford blue engine paint myself but whatever color you choose will look cool. I would clean them off first with brake cleaner as they might have oil on them already to prevent rust. I like the pictures! Looking good. :2cents:
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Re: how to paint calipers?

Postby SMH1970 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:03 am

sideoilerfe wrote:Boxwood green? Will you be able to see them through the wheels?

sorry I was unclear - I wasn't thinking Boxwood Green, but rather another color - either bright yellow/orange or something like that, or stock (whatever color that was). Thanks for the input - guess there are endless choices.
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Re: how to paint calipers?

Postby DuckRyder » Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:30 am

I don’t think they were painted from the factory, most cars/trucks are not even now.

There are commercial caliper paint kits available... It is entirely an aesthetic choice, but I would tend toward something subdued like dark blue, silver, grey or black myself.
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Re: how to paint calipers?

Postby Ranchero50 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:04 am

I did the Duplicolor red on my British Racing Green XKR and they turned out very nice. Minimal prep and can be touched up with a cue tip.
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Re: how to paint calipers?

Postby eggman918 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:53 am

I did the exhaust housings on the turbos for my 4BT a while back started by glass beading them to clean bare metal then warmed them in an electric roaster that i picked up at a secondhand store to ~180*-200* and applied the first coat,of VHT FLAMEPROOF paint and then followed the directions and did 3 or 4 more coats. After letting it dry completely I baked them in the roaster for 2-3 hours at 375* so the paint could cure/set, I have fount that doing this with the high temp paints makes them much more durable and longer lasting.......... :2cents:
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Re: how to paint calipers?

Postby BobbyFord » Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:58 pm

I had mine zinc plated.

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Re: how to paint calipers?

Postby vossy » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:21 am

I had my calipers and my ibeams and dust plates powder coated... I think it was 200 dollars, and the guy sand blasted everything, and powdered the ibeams black, and the calipers red... It looks good.


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