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Old 03-24-04, 09:52 AM   #1
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I just bought a Spectre blue 2000 GS400 with 47k miles on it. The car is bone stock but I will be putting rims on in a few weeks and I'd like to have my brakes looking right first.
Has anyone here painted the brakes on their car themselves? is engine paint OK or do you have to go powder coated to get that shiny Brembo look?
Considering how messy a job this can be I'd love to just pay $200 or so to have it done but I'm not sure I trust a body shop to reassemble my braking system to the correct torque specifications etc (I realize it's not rocket science, I've just had bad experiences with paint guys who think they are qualified mechanics too). My car needs brakes now, so I'm considering getting them painted first then taking it straight to the shop to have the brakes done, that way I know it'll be put back together correctly.
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If you do a quick search, there is plenty of discussions on this procedure.

If you don't want all the trouble of taking things apart, you can paint the calipers while they are still on. The back side is not really visible anyway. You can use engine paint. There is the 500 degrees version and a 1200 degrees version. The colors usually come in flat or gloss. You can also spray layers of clear on top. There is also a system (G2) where it is a brush on. This is a little more expensive but you don't get overspray.

It really depends how far you want to take it. You can paint, put caliper stickers on, then clear it. You can even machine down the front to smooth it out for a different look.

To start you off, look here for some info:
http://lexusmodz.netfirms.com/

There is a section for paining the calipers. It is BananaGS's site and it has a ton of other useful info.

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just use the duplicolor engine enamel high temp paint. used that on my calipers 2 yrs ago and it's still as strong. it's only like 3 bucks a can
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Get G2 if you want a glossy paint. Regular paints fade quickly.
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Cool. Thanks for all the help guys.
Bananas page is sick! He answered almost every question about everything I've thought about doing to my car.
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Get G2 if you want a glossy paint. Regular paints fade quickly.
not really... i shot black and then clear on my calipers and they are still shiny now
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not really... i shot black and then clear on my calipers and they are still shiny now
Me too.
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