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      07-08-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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Brake caliper and engine cover color?

I am taking my 2008 white BMW 335i sports package to the local body shop to have my brake calipers and engine cover painted. They will need the cars for 2 days and will remove the calipers from the rotors, clean, paint, and reinstall and will also paint the engine cover all for $500.

I need the following advice:

1. What color for the calipers? I don't want it to look ricey or pretentious, but I also want something unique. I was thinking Estoril blue painted calipers may look good with my white BMW. Other options are LeMans blue, montego blue, imperial blue, yellow, black, silver. Black may be a bit boring and the contrast might not be good either.

2. What decals? Should I have them put BMW decal? Should the BMW decal be black or white on blue calipers?

3. Should I recommend that they sand the calipers so that there are no casting markings and the end result is very smooth?

4. What color for the engine cover? Also blue or red or white or ??

5. Is it nuts to paint the calipers... should I be investing in new brake system instead? I think M performance is only for the new BMWs

Pictures of white 2008 BMW with painted calipers or engine covers would really help!

Here are some pictures I found of painted calipers:
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=566585

http://www.europeancarweb.com/featur.../photo_07.html

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...=caliper+paint

http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=742680

Here are some pictures I found of painted engine covers:
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=711133

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=765744

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      07-08-2013, 03:33 PM   #2
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Painting those parts is essentially the definition of RICE.

Do it all in black for a classy look or virtually any other color for a more pronounced look.

I'm going to paint my calipers black soon and it should be really easy.
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keeping it classy

good point that by definition it is RICE. :-)

Any pictures of white BMW with black calipers or blue calipers?

I don't want the car to look cheap after painting the calipers and engine cover, so I want to pick the right color. Technically, the M performance brakes on the newer BMWs are of color.
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Blue, Black or silver I would...if I did ever.

I would tell them to sandblast the caliper before painting.
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cool

Sandblasting is safe on the calipers and would work? They are removing them so I think it should be doable.

Black and silver are obvious.

Blue... so many shades. Best shade for white car? monaco, lemans, estoril, imperial?
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For $500, you can get yourself a nice carbon fiber engine cover, painted brake calipers (if you DIY), and still have more than enough to BBQ.

Then again, I would opt for red, yellow, or blue painted calipers.
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Black or silver. Unless you have a Lambo or Ferrari (or blue as in the F10 M5.)
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Is you car stock? Like Dark Knight said.. high end can pull it off. If you have a really aggressive/track setup then do it. But not on a mostly stock car. Go with black if you just do something.
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Although I do think painted calipers are a bit tacky....the ricer in me says RED calipers are super awesome
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I'm powder coating my calipers black, and was considering buying this carbon fiber engine cover:
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=422892
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I think $500 is not bad as I'm sure they would do a better job than I could because they are a body shop and they are taking the calipers off. Another place quoted me $600 for just the calipers and without taking them off. Plus, I live in the city and don't have a proper place to do it. Leaving the car in the streets of San Francisco with the wheels off is not a great idea.

The carbon fiber cover is cool and I considered it, but ultimate I like a painted cover more than the carbon fiber look. To me it has more pop to it.

Powder coating calipers is a good way to go, but I found that it can be expensive especially if done correctly which involves disassembling caliper.

I guess painted calipers can look tacky... but I think if painted to look professional and smooth they can look great.

My car is all stock, but with sport package so 18" wheels and a JB4 tuner. So there's varying opinions from red to yellow to blue to black. I agree this isn't a ferrari or a lambo. One person mentioned blue if a BMW F10... but not for a BMW e90? Ha... I guess I'm kinda stuck on the blue.
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Painting your calipers can void your warranty with some dealers. An ex-Army mechanic told me it really isn't good for the brakes.
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^ This. Are you even sure those colors will be available? Caliper paint isn't normal paint, it's high-temperature paint or in some cases powdercoat. I don't know about high-temp paint specifically, but powdercoat definitely has a very limited color palette available. I don't think BMW has high-temp variants of all of their body colors, nor can you make them high-temp with an additive to my (admittedly limited) knowledge the way you can add flex additives to paint for bumpers. But if this shop is just going to put regular paint on your calipers, I'd look elsewhere or you might end up with some nasty looking calipers if you ever get real heat into those brakes.

I personally wouldn't paint them at all though. I just got a BBK and opted for black to keep them subtle. If I could have gotten them without the StopTech logo I would have. Pulls focus from the wheels IMHO.
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jphughan > Yeah, not all blue colors may be available. I told them that it needs to be high temperature paint. Stoptech look good, but that's a lot more money.

keepittrill > I'm curious, why would painting the calipers be bad? I understand powder coating could ruin the pistons and seals, but painting them with high temperature paint should be fine.

Which high temps are recommended?
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I don't know of specific high-temp paint brands, just letting you know that you might not have all of the colors you're thinking about available to you. Painting them shouldn't be bad (though I'm no expert), but painting them with regular paint would be. Powdercoating an existing caliper might also be bad if you didn't replace the seals and pistons at the same time (known as rebuilding the caliper), I only mentioned that because some calipers come powdercoated. Although I have to imagine that if you'll be painting the insides of the calipers as well, that would inevitably hit your pistons and seals too? Or are you just painting the road-facing side and maybe the backs?

Wasn't really suggesting StopTechs as an alternative option to painting, just mentioned that in the context of saying I don't like the idea of showy calipers and therefore got them in black rather than blue, red, silver, yellow, or gold they offer.
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I think the two main caliper high temp paints are:

G2: http://www.tirerack.com/brakes/acces...p|26227284133&

Duplicolor: http://www.duplicolor.com/products/caliperPaint/

In fact, G2 caliper paint can do any custom color:
http://www.g2usa.com/product/CBCP.html
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