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Painted Calipers

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by boardude, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. Nov 7, 2015 at 3:31 PM
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    boardude

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    Couldn't find anyone on here who has painted their calipers and shared, so thought I would. I used Rust-oleum high heat paint and clear coat. I went with the orange engine enamel as that was the closest I could find to match the inferno color. It actually came out pretty close too.

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    I first took a wire brush to the calipers to get any grease and dirt off. I only have 6k miles on the truck so there wasn't much. I finished it with some rubbing alcohol to make sure it was clean.
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    I left the calipers on and just wrapped the discs in a trash bag. I sprayed the paint a little at a time into a cup and then just painted it on. Did two coats on each side with about 10 mins in between each coat.
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    Let dry for a couple hours and then took it for a drive to cure the paint. Then slapped some high heat decals on and sprayed some clear coat. Shot it with two coats of clear, let it sit for about 30 and then took it for another spin to let the clear cure.
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  2. Nov 7, 2015 at 3:36 PM
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    Wynnded

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    SWEET! I so want to do this, if for no other reason than to keep the calipers from looking like rubbish.
     
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  3. Nov 8, 2015 at 1:12 PM
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    I am not a fan of painting calipers, but you sir made it look good. Nice work
     
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  4. Nov 8, 2015 at 1:45 PM
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    boardude

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    Thank you!

    I've never really been a fan either on trucks and I originally wanted to paint them black mostly to protect them from rust. But then took a chance on the orange and super happy I did!
     
  5. Nov 8, 2015 at 1:53 PM
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    I'm definitely doing all four of mine in the near future. I'm going red and probably use Duplicolor or VHT caliper paint.

    Where did you get the TRD decals?

    Looks great.
     
  6. Nov 8, 2015 at 2:08 PM
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  7. Nov 8, 2015 at 3:44 PM
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    Wow looks really good
     
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  8. Nov 8, 2015 at 3:59 PM
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    I've done these before on my Tacoma using the G2 brand brush on paint. It's more expensive than the spray can, but it is SUPER durable.

    The paint is also self-leveling and dries pretty glossy.

    It's also more time intensive but can't think of a better way to spend a day off.
     
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  9. Nov 8, 2015 at 4:26 PM
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    Yeah I only spent like 20 bucks including the decals. I heard good stuff about the Rust-Oleum but I'll have to report back to see how its holding up.
     
  10. Nov 8, 2015 at 4:37 PM
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    Looks great.
     
  11. Nov 8, 2015 at 4:41 PM
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    Ya looks really good! Would like to do it but not sure what color I would do.
     
  12. Nov 8, 2015 at 5:31 PM
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    I may do black with a dark silver TRD decal. I think that or vice versa would go well with your color scheme.
     
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    i'm kinda in the same boat with the dark color being my preference but those do look sharp. nice work man!
     
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    If my truck was inferno I would definitely do orange though!
     
  15. Nov 9, 2015 at 2:22 PM
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    Looks great.
     
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    I'm likin' it! Great job! May have to go the red route for mine...
     
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    My original plan was to do black with white decals. I took a shot with the orange and just figured I would paint over them if they didn't out well. Black with Silver would look sick on yours!
     
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    yeah red would look good on yours, especially with the black wheels. There are a ton of cheap kits in red you can go with
     
  19. Nov 9, 2015 at 8:32 PM
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    Finally got around to painting the rears

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    Still a bit early, but also 1.5 months since the first post. How is the paint doing?
     
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  22. Dec 11, 2015 at 9:32 AM
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    The fronts are holding up great so far. Been through 2 hand car washes and paint and decals are holding strong. I might hit it with more clear coat in a couple months to keep up the protection.
     
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    Yes sir. They come in 4 packs, 2 large and 2 small which I put on the rears
     
  25. Oct 15, 2016 at 9:42 AM
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    Same here
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Almost a year later how is the paint holding up? Also did you paint on the clear or spray it?
     
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    I did mine in silver so that they always look factory fresh.
     
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