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I want to paint my calipers but PROFESSIONALLY if possible.. please need suggestions.

Old 03-15-12, 09:45 AM
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Hey CL. I'm making this thread in hope of suggestions, links, phone numbers to shops, etc. Something to set me in the right direction. I want to paint my calipers soon as I'm installing my new OEM rotors and brake pads. Does anyone know where I should go or any places that's well known to do this type of stuff. I can easily go buy paint for calipers at my local AAP store but I want a clean professional long lasting job. Maybe powder coat? Can someone please point me out in the right direction as to where I can get this done and actually get what I want. A clean candy Apple red set of calipers that the outside world can see from a mile away ;-)..... Please any suggestions, opinions, references, etc will be DEEPLY appreciated. If possible please leave a pic of your calipers so I can check out what's it suppose to look like when its all done.
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I personaly would not spend a Dime on having a shop Paint my Calipers, its a easy enough DIY that your entry level guy can do it. Prep of Surface is key.

Spend $$ on a Powder coat/ceramic coat YES, on Paint, NO.

On another note, are these stock Calipers? Why Spend money on Coating stock calipers, at least do a Minimum caliper upgrade to a TT or LS4 and then Powder coat...
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If you want to paint your stock calipers, its a easy DIY. I do advise you paint it black and not a red, blue, green, or yellow color. Just my 2cents.
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black calipers with white lexus decals ftw.
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Like previously stated, its easy to do yourself.... I did mine ... G2 caliper paint

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^^^ agree diy or powder coat
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powder coat or leave it alone imho
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Originally Posted by L3XOTIC View Post
If you want to paint your stock calipers, its a easy DIY. I do advise you paint it black and not a red, blue, green, or yellow color. Just my 2cents.
I agree mine are black and I love them, it's so easy to do and they look great.... Prep prep prep
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I had the rim shop change my pads and at the same time had them spray my calipers black. It looked simple enough that anyone could do it... I was just being lazy but for 30 bucks figured why get my hands dirty... I asked about powder coat but they said after baking the powder that most of the time you need a brake rebuild becasue the seals inside the caliper ussually get messed up...
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All you need is epoxy g2 paint from ebay its a simple DIY and doesn't cost much. I did this years ago when i barely knew anything about cars....came out fine to me ...
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^ ewwwwww.... :-p
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paint it black with white lexus stickers...simple enough.
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I would not recommend powder coating calipers - it can't handle the heat cycles (expansion and contraction) and eventually pops off in chunks. Companies like StopTech and Brembo actually use a two-part epoxy paint - the correct way to do it is to prep, paint, apply graphics, and then clear coat the entire affair. There's a shop out here in So Cal that does a lot of it - you're looking at $600+ to do a set of calipers, including graphics and clear.

If you're painitng the stock calipers, I don't see the point in going this route - a spray an works pretty well, and stock calipers should only be black or grey anyway (who would want to call attention to their puny stock brakes?). i did the calipers on my Odyssey work van in "Engine builders Cast Iron Grey" which looks pretty good.

I also don't understand the "Lexus" caliper logo thing; is this in case you forget what kind of car you have? Here I am removing emblems and you guys are adding them.... just seems so Pep Boys to me. Would look nice with a "Special Edition" badge on your trunk, I suppose. We call this the MLC package (Mid-Life Crisis).

Also, please, please, please paint those rusty brake rotor hats black!
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Originally Posted by SoCalSC4 View Post
I would not recommend powder coating calipers - it can't handle the heat cycles (expansion and contraction) and eventually pops off in chunks. Companies like StopTech and Brembo actually use a two-part epoxy paint - the correct way to do it is to prep, paint, apply graphics, and then clear coat the entire affair. There's a shop out here in So Cal that does a lot of it - you're looking at $600+ to do a set of calipers, including graphics and clear.

If you're painitng the stock calipers, I don't see the point in going this route - a spray an works pretty well, and stock calipers should only be black or grey anyway (who would want to call attention to their puny stock brakes?). i did the calipers on my Odyssey work van in "Engine builders Cast Iron Grey" which looks pretty good.

I also don't understand the "Lexus" caliper logo thing; is this in case you forget what kind of car you have? Here I am removing emblems and you guys are adding them.... just seems so Pep Boys to me. Would look nice with a "Special Edition" badge on your trunk, I suppose. We call this the MLC package (Mid-Life Crisis).

Also, please, please, please paint those rusty brake rotor hats black!
I agree with the method of painting them, but your statement is just silly all together, some can argue why debage a "luxury" car this isn't a Honda. That being said my car is debaged. I can't speak for everyone else, to ME its an upgrade as well as keeping it factory/clean... Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion an this is mine. There's nothing Pep Boyish about my car ...
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Originally Posted by Wicked GS View Post
I agree with the method of painting them, but your statement is just silly all together, some can argue why debage a "luxury" car this isn't a Honda. That being said my car is debaged. I can't speak for everyone else, to ME its an upgrade as well as keeping it factory/clean... Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion an this is mine. There's nothing Pep Boyish about my car ...
Yea. I concur with Wicked.

I have the logo's on mine -- you might say it's a cheap man brembo type looking deal but brembo wasn't the first caliper manufacturer to place logo's on their calipers. Older AMG vehicles had them, porsche, etc.

I personally painted my calipers black. Painting them red, blue, pink, yellow, etc imo is weird. But everyone has their own taste.

I don't feel it's Pep boys-ish either. If I were to wrap my calipers in carbon fiber vinyl, then yea -- pep boys.
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