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      06-01-2008, 05:35 PM   #1
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How to paint calipers?

Anything special that I would need to know? Just a reputable body shop and the proper paint?
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      06-02-2008, 02:41 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure Brembo they just use PPG paint (OEM). Make sure everything's prepped pretty good.
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Not a huge deal but it will require some research to do it right.

1. As in many jobs preparation and very dedicated preparation is half the battle. You will need to completely disassemble the calipers including removing the pistons and some (better all) of the o-ring and other seals. The fluid will need to be completely drained and they will have to be cleaned thoroughly until spotless using nasty solvents like acetone, brake cleaner or MEK.

2. Choose your paint wisely. Calipers are subject to a lot of abuse, high temperatures, brake fluid (corrosive), brake dust, etc. You will need a very durable, high quality paint. As well you should use a high quality, heat resistant primer.

3. Masking: Obviously you don't want a speck of paint in the hydraulic areas of the caliper bodies. There will be other key areas like bolt holes, or areas that sustain metal to metal contact. These will all have to be carefully and meticulously masked from primer and paint.

Good luck, let us see the final product!
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      06-02-2008, 03:58 PM   #4
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doesn't sound like its worth the effort
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      06-02-2008, 04:54 PM   #5
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doesn't sound like its worth the effort
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Don't do it ... save that for the civics with drum brakes.
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Don't do it ... save that for the civics with drum brakes.
+1, if you want a change in color than put on the brembo's . Please don't defile a car of this caliber with a ricer mod.
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      06-02-2008, 09:22 PM   #8
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Don't do it ... save that for the civics with drum brakes.
Painted drums are hilarious. I'll give you that. I'm not sure that painting the BMW M calipers is such a bad thing, though. These brakes are better than 98% of the brakes out there, and I think it can add a nice look to the car. Any decent paint shop should be able to get it done. They just need to use high temperature paint, like they use when they paint big-block engines.

Oh yeah. Please don't be a douche if your name starts with an M, like Kevin Federline's Ferrari. (I'm not sure if this makes me want to laugh, scream, or puke. I know .... )
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