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 Post subject: Painting Calipers vs Caliper Covers
Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:49 pm 
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Hey all, wasnt sure if this belonged in this section or the gearbox, suspension and brake one but its entirely a cosmetic thing so i dropped it here.

Ok i have a 2003 BA XR6 and was looking to paint my calipers a bright glossy red (to look like the brembo ones on the fpv range) and started to read up on how to do it, looks pretty easy.

However a friend of mine showed me these caliper 'covers' on ebay and i was just wondering if anyone has any experience with these? stupid idea? or possibly really good?

heres a link to the caliper covers (not exactly the ones im lookin for but you get the idea)

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/4x-Front-Disc-Brake-Caliper-Cover-UNIVERSAL-FIT-All-CAR_W0QQitemZ260577168136QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Car_Parts_Accessories?hash=item3cab9c0b08
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Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:29 pm 
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paint with high temp. paint-1 can,cheaper

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:35 pm 
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i havent had any experience with the caliper covers, but spraying brake calipers is easy, all you need is:

Masking Tape
Plastic Bags
Wax and grease remover
Preferred Caliper paint colour
Couple of rags
some sand paper

Take your wheel off , wash the caliper and then use to wax and grease remover to get rid of any left overs, give it a light sand and use the wax and grease remover again, wipe it dry, use the masking tape and plastic bags to cover your brake disc and any other parts you do not wish to get sprayed. Make sure its dry and all wax and grease is off
then spray away with your paint, leaving about 10minutes in between coats, give it about 3 - 4 coats, let it dry, then move on the next caliper

Quite easy man ;)

 

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 Post subject: Re: Painting Calipers vs Caliper Covers
Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:37 am 
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I remember reading another thread on here which covered these, basically people said to stay away from them, read plenty of horror stories of the things melting all over your caliper and stuffing it up. I painted mine in red and looks very nice, pretty easy to do and you dont run the risk of melting stuff on them. I used an actual brake caliper paint from Repco.

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 Post subject: Re: Painting Calipers vs Caliper Covers
Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:36 pm 
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Not sure about other states but in Vic it is illegal to paint your calipers. If the cops wanna be C*** they can make you strip the paint off. I had to do it to the missus car awhile ago not a fun job. But I wouldn't use those covers ether would trap to much heat in.

 

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Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:49 pm 
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Sloxr6 wrote:
Not sure about other states but in Vic it is illegal to paint your calipers. If the cops wanna be C*** they can make you strip the paint off. I had to do it to the missus car awhile ago not a fun job. But I wouldn't use those covers ether would trap to much heat in.


whats the reason behind this?
it has nothing to do with a RWC.. and many cars from factory come with painted calipers..
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Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:41 pm 
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jaysway wrote:
Sloxr6 wrote:
Not sure about other states but in Vic it is illegal to paint your calipers. If the cops wanna be C*** they can make you strip the paint off. I had to do it to the missus car awhile ago not a fun job. But I wouldn't use those covers ether would trap to much heat in.


whats the reason behind this?
it has nothing to do with a RWC.. and many cars from factory come with painted calipers..


yeah well according to the rules here you can't paint them as it might affect the performance of the brakes. Apparently it traps the heat in the caliper.

 

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Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:14 pm 
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If cops want to be a d**k they'll get you for anything. They can pretty much defect a brand new car if they want... In queensland you cant drive a modified car on p plates unless its been approved by an engineer or some s**t - friend of a friend got a fine for driving his car because it had an aftermarket head unit in it....

Anyway thanks for the advice everyone - looks like im painting them. Good thing i asked i was bout to buy them the other day :P and that looks pretty damn good phil
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Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:21 pm 
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thanks mate, certainly recommend taking them off and painting them, its just hard to keep them clean, although from a distance they look sweet and you wouldnt know!

 

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Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:20 pm 
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Yeah your right cops are d**k it still wouldn't stop me from painting them they look damn good painted.

 

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Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:44 pm 
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coloured brembo's look good

every other caliper should be painted black
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Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:15 am 
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Sloxr6 wrote:
jaysway wrote:
Sloxr6 wrote:
Not sure about other states but in Vic it is illegal to paint your calipers. If the cops wanna be C*** they can make you strip the paint off. I had to do it to the missus car awhile ago not a fun job. But I wouldn't use those covers ether would trap to much heat in.


whats the reason behind this?
it has nothing to do with a RWC.. and many cars from factory come with painted calipers..


yeah well according to the rules here you can't paint them as it might affect the performance of the brakes. Apparently it traps the heat in the caliper.


can you post a link or something as to where it states this rule mate?
who told you? a copper, vicroads or someone else?
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Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:18 am 
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jaysway wrote:
Sloxr6 wrote:
jaysway wrote:
Sloxr6 wrote:
Not sure about other states but in Vic it is illegal to paint your calipers. If the cops wanna be C*** they can make you strip the paint off. I had to do it to the missus car awhile ago not a fun job. But I wouldn't use those covers ether would trap to much heat in.


whats the reason behind this?
it has nothing to do with a RWC.. and many cars from factory come with painted calipers..


yeah well according to the rules here you can't paint them as it might affect the performance of the brakes. Apparently it traps the heat in the caliper.


can you post a link or something as to where it states this rule mate?
who told you? a copper, vicroads or someone else?


I dont have a link. A copper defected the missus car because of it.

 

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