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Old 06-07-2009, 08:14 PM   #1
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Caliper painting

Decided to paint my calipers today. The red was totally clashing with my bronze/white/black scheme and it had to go. It looks good with the winter wheels, but who cares about winter wheels?

I used some VHT caliper paint and some blue painters tape. I also grabbed some 400 grit wet/dry sand paper, a microfiber towel, and some dishsoap/water. I cleaned first withe dishsoap/water mix and then used the 400 grit paper and wet sanded all the surfaces. I didn't go down to bare metal, but just scuffed up the red paint that was already there. After that another bath with the soapy water and a final dry down with a microfiber.

I taped off the rotors and the wheel hub with the blue tape. Then, 3 coats of the VHT paint. First two coats were pretty light, and the last coat was fairly heavy. I also painted the dust shields while I was it.

I'm really happy with the results. I took a few shots during and after the process. Enjoy!







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Old 06-07-2009, 08:44 PM   #2
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Was searching for DIY's on this today :)

Good to know it's not necessary to pull the brakes for this...

Looks good
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:13 PM   #3
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you have a lot of faith in that widow maker
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:17 PM   #4
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you have a lot of faith in that widow maker
That I do, maybe a little too much eh?

I was never under the car so no worries. I realize it's not a good idea to slam your car down without any wheels either. I just don't have any jack stands or other jacks at my apartment.
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:21 PM   #5
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That I do, maybe a little too much eh?

I was never under the car so no worries. I realize it's not a good idea to slam your car down without any wheels either. I just don't have any jack stands or other jacks at my apartment.
whatever works for you, i picked up some jack stands from harbor freight for $20 and a floor jack at shucks for $25
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:27 PM   #6
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Yeah I rarely do work on my car at my apartment. I don't have the tools I need here. I'm usually over my fellow MKVers houses or my buddies with the WRX. That way I can use their tools.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:12 PM   #7
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Yeah I rarely do work on my car at my apartment. I don't have the tools I need here. I'm usually over my fellow MKVers houses or my buddies with the WRX. That way I can use their tools.
smart man, unfortunately i am the friend with the tools
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Old 06-08-2009, 12:01 AM   #8
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Solid. Good choice of color. Better to go conservative and have something that can easily be used in another color scheme later, if you choose.
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Old 06-08-2009, 12:24 AM   #9
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holy crap, u had the widow maker holding up the entire side?

i was scared of just doing one wheel at a time with that jack, you did 2 at a time!
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Old 06-08-2009, 12:27 AM   #10
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looks good how much is the VHT paint. I was looking at kits yesterday because I want to change my red calipers to blue ones. The one kit I saw was like $70 bucks if there all that much screw that madness.
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Old 06-08-2009, 01:04 AM   #11
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Yeah, don't buy the kit, it's utter trash.

Get some wet/dry 220 or 400 grit paper. Then get 1 can of VHT caliper paint. Get some painters tape and call it a day.

I used regular dish soap to wash. I then wet sanded with 400 grit. Then another wash down and applied the paint. I had enough to do 3 medium/heavy coats and do the dirt/rock guards with 2 coats too. I still had paint left.

I think the paint is $9 a can or something. Tape and sand paper is likely under $10 together. For $19 you can do the same thing as the "kit".
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Old 06-08-2009, 01:08 AM   #12
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Motor block paint would work good as well. Obviously heat resistant.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:34 PM   #13
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ok cool thanks
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:36 PM   #14
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Looks pretty nice man, did mine in blue.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:56 PM   #15
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Looks pretty nice man, did mine in blue.
Very nice. I really wanted to do some color, but it was either white, black, or bronze. Since I didn't want to take away the focus from the wheels, I decided on black. If I had a more colorful scheme going on, I could have gotten a bit crazy. Oh well, trying to keep things subtle anyway.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:59 PM   #16
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Very nice. I really wanted to do some color, but it was either white, black, or bronze. Since I didn't want to take away the focus from the wheels, I decided on black. If I had a more colorful scheme going on, I could have gotten a bit crazy. Oh well, trying to keep things subtle anyway.
Yea, i most deff agree I just thought a cobalt blue would look good on a BMP haha. but black was the best color for you with your wheels.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:00 PM   #17
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Great job though. I'm not of a fan of the black but I think it's because the pictures don't give it justice.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:04 PM   #18
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You'd have to see it in person. Or with a better camera. That was a cell phone camera. In person it looks much better. Nice and shiny wheels with a shiny black caliper behind it. Much better than the red that was on there.
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:54 AM   #19
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Jeez dude you are brave using that "widow maker" to work on two wheels at the same time!!

I tried using the widow maker for getting off the rear wheels to put on the rear mudflaps on - after testing it once I said "F**k that too dodgy!!

You really do have faith in German engineering LOL!!

I decided to go for the safer option and bought axel stands and a trolley jack to do my calipers

I painted them blue to match the R32 conversion Im currently working on
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:59 AM   #20
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you crazy man. even if i use my trolly jack ive got axel stands under just in case :|
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:00 AM   #21
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but looks good lol im gonna do mine red to match my rear tow hook :)
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:06 PM   #22
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I looked at your second photo and got the shakes.
Scary shit man.
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