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04-13-2010
I decided to dress up my calipers with a little paint. Also, I've had a recurring problem with my hubs rusting - especially in the front, so I decided to paint them silver in an attempt to remedy the rust issue.

I used...
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By speedygonzales on 09-29-2010, 09:32 AM
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painting hubs and calipers - rust bullet

I've got the same issue with 22k on my car and the hub look awefule with the rust.

Has anyone tried the rust bullet product? It looks like you can avoid having to do a perfect job with the metal brush. At least it appears like it would work for the hubs - maybe not so much for calipers.

Looks like it's ideal for a primer for hubs, if not the whole job.

http://www.rustbullet.com/Products/A...Automotive.asp
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By zzzbullseye on 10-10-2010, 03:30 PM
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Okay...an update to my update...my hubs are not rusting through the paint after all...turns out I'm just mildly retarded...

If you check out my previous post (post #32), you'll notice what looks like corrosion, it turns out the hubs were just stained from general smutz...I wiped them down with a little degreaser and they cleaned right up. I still need a bit of a redo as my original attempt didn't cover the face of the hub or the transition area by the disk good enough. But the good news story is, despite my initial impressions, it appears the paint is holding up well! Check the pix:

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By 335icell on 10-12-2010, 12:16 AM
very nice bro. i'm gonna paint mine either red or yellow
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By zzzbullseye on 10-14-2010, 06:18 AM
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very nice bro. i'm gonna paint mine either red or yellow
Cool, post up some pix when finished.
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By ramirez330i on 05-21-2011, 03:42 PM
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Question regarding hub paint

Great DIY! Just ordered a red G2 kit for my calipers.

How many kits of silver did it take to paint all 4 hubs?

How is the wear/tear on the paint so far? (any chipping,etc.)
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By zzzbullseye on 05-21-2011, 03:51 PM
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Great DIY! Just ordered a red G2 kit for my calipers.

How many kits of silver did it take to paint all 4 hubs?

How is the wear/tear on the paint so far? (any chipping,etc.)
Thanks. Just one can of paint will do all four hubs. As I mentioned, I'd advise picking up a couple extra acid brushes. The paint is very durable. I have added another coat since the original application, but that was because I wanted to extend the paint further down onto the face of the hub. There had been no appreciable degradation of the original paint.

Good luck!
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By ramirez330i on 05-22-2011, 12:50 AM
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Thanks just ordered my red caliper kit and black hub kit. Cant wait to use this awesome DIY to get my bimmer looking even better. Appreciate the help I might post some pics in a few weeks when its all done
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By zzzbullseye on 05-22-2011, 01:00 AM
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Thanks just ordered my red caliper kit and black hub kit. Cant wait to use this awesome DIY to get my bimmer looking even better. Appreciate the help I might post some pics in a few weeks when its all done
Definitely post up pix when you're done!
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By kfrazie1 on 05-23-2011, 09:05 PM
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is 1 set of g2 paint good for the 4 hubs and calipers?
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By zzzbullseye on 05-24-2011, 12:58 PM
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is 1 set of g2 paint good for the 4 hubs and calipers?
I used two different colors for the calipers and hubs so I had to buy two cans. I suspect one can could do both, but I would be tempted to buy two just to make sure. In the event you don't end up using the second can, having an extra on hand for touch-ups or damage repair wouldn't be a bad thing, and as long as you don't mix the ingredients, shelf life shouldn't be an issue.
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By ramirez330i on 06-16-2011, 08:49 PM
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Just jacked the car up, doing this tmrw ill let you know how it goes. Great DIY thanks!!
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By zzzbullseye on 06-17-2011, 06:16 AM
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Just jacked the car up, doing this tmrw ill let you know how it goes. Great DIY thanks!!
Thanks, good luck! Post up some pix when you're done.
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By ramirez330i on 06-19-2011, 12:31 AM
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Red Calipers, Black Hubs

Here are the final results. Had a great experience, fun and fairly easy DIY and looks great. A lot better than todays finisher rod delete... anyways here are some pics. The wheels are VMR V710's. Also painted the gaskets around the roundels black to make it look cleaner.
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By zzzbullseye on 06-19-2011, 02:18 PM
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Here are the final results. Had a great experience, fun and fairly easy DIY and looks great. A lot better than todays finisher rod delete... anyways here are some pics. The wheels are VMR V710's. Also painted the gaskets around the roundels black to make it look cleaner.
Well done!
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By SPANISHFLIE on 01-18-2012, 12:52 PM
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found this thread super helpful.

I painted my hubs and installed my spacers. Needless to say this DIY took a lot of my hesitation away.







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By jrdnlc on 01-18-2012, 09:56 PM
Good stuff right here. Thank you!
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By zzzbullseye on 01-19-2012, 10:43 AM
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I painted my hubs and installed my spacers. Needless to say this DIY took a lot of my hesitation away.
Well done, glad to help.

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Good stuff right here. Thank you!
You're welcome!
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By Hartge on 01-23-2012, 05:20 PM
done this, werent as thorough as this though
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Appreciate this DIY. Got three of my wheels done, one more to go tonight. Really improves the wheel appearance. Thx!
Last edited by AndyW; 03-08-2012 at 06:19 PM.
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By zzzbullseye on 03-08-2012, 08:03 AM
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Appreciate this DIY. Got three of my wheels done, one more to go tonight. Really improves the wheel appearance. Thx!
Thanks. Post up pix of the finished product if you get a chance.
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By Lankster on 05-06-2012, 03:22 PM
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Ordered by G2 (black) paint a few days ago and waiting for it to arrive to start production. Just got a question I am having some difficulty with. Bought my 335 about a month and a half ago with 50k miles on it and the calipers are horrid. Is wire brush cleaning my calipers out of the question? I dont want to pit the metal on the caliper and I dont think the caliper cleaning spray is going to take off the rust (see pics). Thanks for any help u can give!

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By zzzbullseye on 05-06-2012, 03:52 PM
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Ordered by G2 (black) paint a few days ago and waiting for it to arrive to start production. Just got a question I am having some difficulty with. Bought my 335 about a month and a half ago with 50k miles on it and the calipers are horrid. Is wire brush cleaning my calipers out of the question? I dont want to pit the metal on the caliper and I dont think the caliper cleaning spray is going to take off the rust (see pics). Thanks for any help u can give!

Rear


Front
The hubs and anti-rattle clips are definitely a mess, I would wire brush those. The calipers themselves don't really appear to be rusted. If they're not, I wouldn't brush them. The paint is thick enough to smooth out the appearance if you apply multiple coats as recommended. As long as there's not flakey stuff hanging off of them, the cleaner should do its job and you should be able to paint without wire brushing.
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