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Old 10-26-2008, 10:04 AM   #1
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Shop that will paint calipers

Hey Guys,

I know this is a pretty easy DIY but i'm not really a DIY guy.. so just wondering if anyone knows a shop that will paint my calipers on my g37 red?

And what's the approx cost?

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this all depends how good you want it.

If you can take off wheels and paint, then you can do it yourself. at most your looking at is $20

you can let a bodyshop to do it professionally (calipers off and painted). may be hundreds.
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:43 AM   #3
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Hm... any body shop recommendations?

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this all depends how good you want it.

If you can take off wheels and paint, then you can do it yourself. at most your looking at is $20

you can let a bodyshop to do it professionally (calipers off and painted). may be hundreds.
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Honestly.. find a friend with a garage.

Take off wheels. Get some newspaper and paper off the stuff except the caliper. Find high temp red paint. Spray a couple layers, allowing dry in between.

Bam. Done.

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so no need to sand off existing paint or clean calipers?
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http://mustardcat.brinkster.net/p3g/...liperpaint.htm

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If you don't want to take your calipers off you can buy this kit made by Duplicolor and paint it on with a brush. It costs around $25, comes with everything you need (my kit was missing the applicator brush, but I just used a paint brush.) I didn't even bother to mask off anything, as the masking tape that came with the kit was garbage.

It comes with 1 pint of paint. I ended up using not even half the pint for all 4 of my calipers. If you're interested I'll sell you what's left of my kit (1/2 pint of paint + brake cleaner + instructions) for $10. You just need to get your own toothbrush to clean the calipers and paint brush to apply the paint.
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so no need to sand off existing paint or clean calipers?
I think he just missed the step. You should ALWAYS scrub the calipers down with a stiff wire brush, and then rinse off with plenty of brake cleaner before painting them.
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If you want a quality job , you need a two-part epoxy kit , more trouble but almost permanent and looks way better too
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here is the issue, no shop will really want to do it cuz ur expecting to pay pennies for this job, but due to drying time, this can take an hour of time if not more. so basically ur car will be sitting on hoist time. its not economically efficient for a shop to paint the calipers for u. same goes for a bodyshop. unless u are friends with the bodyshop, none of them, unless they are completely free of jobs, will take ur car in cuz it takes time, and it takes space.

this is a DIY job.
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just do it yourself you'll save money and have fun doing it.....
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bringing this thread back from the dead...

how does red paint hold up over time? i've seen/heard from others that it dosen't weather that well and in high heat conditions, may even turn pink?!?

the calipers i'm looking at were originally powdercoated black from the manufacturer and i when i asked someone who had done it before, he told me that they have to strip the calipers down because u can't powdercoat over powdercoat
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My calipers I painted myself have been holding up really well. I did it last summer and drove it in light snow this past winter. No peeling, flaking or any adhesion problems, just dirty from all the brake dust.
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bringing this thread back from the dead...

how does red paint hold up over time? i've seen/heard from others that it dosen't weather that well and in high heat conditions, may even turn pink?!?

the calipers i'm looking at were originally powdercoated black from the manufacturer and i when i asked someone who had done it before, he told me that they have to strip the calipers down because u can't powdercoat over powdercoat
depends on the paint quality. i've seen calipers originally painted red turn orange after a while.

but some calipers i've seen are clear coated after they've been sprayed and have stayed bright red for many years to come.
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when i did it, i just bought 3 cans of red caliper paints from Mopac or Lordco. they were like $10 each.

I had more than enough to spray 6 calipers, the spray job will take about like... 15 mins. just the prepping/cleaning and drying intervals are long.. like 45min-1hr for each layer. i did like 3 or 4 layers.
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ugh got quoted $800 from a bodyshop (name blocked on RS) that would strip the calipers down and respray in hi-temp finish.

asked around and was sent to dynopro in rmd for a $120 quote to powdercoat one pair of calipers, but i need to strip them down and get them sandblasted on my own beforehand...

so i was told to go to airstrip, also in rmd, who said roughly $30 to blast them.

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well, say labour is $75/hr
you are looking at 2-3 hours of shop time (i guess they will charge you for waiting/drying time as well)

so 3x75=$225 + inflated prices for "materials" = $$$$$$
when it's a $20 DYI
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well, say labour is $75/hr
you are looking at 2-3 hours of shop time (i guess they will charge you for waiting/drying time as well)

so 3x75=$225 + inflated prices for "materials" = $$$$$$
when it's a $20 DYI
yeah it's going to be tough for me. the calipers were originally red, then someone went and spray bombed them black but did a crappy job so it's flaking off. and then a wheel was installed over them that didn't quite clear so the caliper faces are badly scored... now i have them for cheap but faced with the daunting task of how to make them red again.
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i know you're not a DIY guy, but it's not that hard...and you'll save hundreds
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i used duplicolor brake caliper painting kit with the brush

no flakes and no peels, everything is holding up good

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i bought some POR 15 online... waiting for it to come in the mail.
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how does red paint hold up over time? i've seen/heard from others that it dosen't weather that well and in high heat conditions, may even turn pink?!?

the calipers i'm looking at were originally powdercoated black from the manufacturer and i when i asked someone who had done it before, he told me that they have to strip the calipers down because u can't powdercoat over powdercoat
That is correct. You have to powdercoat over bare metal and nothing else. The powder will only stick to metal
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you can easily do it yourself. just go out to walmart or canadian tire and pick up the caliper paint ...noob


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