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      11-15-2014, 07:22 AM   #1
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Brake Calipers - Black

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After viewing several posts on this forum and seeing a number of pics - it was time to take the plunge and paint the calipers.

I decided to paint them black (more subtle). However, to add a little pop to the calipers - I added a decal to the front calipers only. Yep, the M decal. Why? Because my car came with a bunch of those decals/stickers/emblems all over the car; steering wheel, door sill, wheels, foot rest, etc. I figured what the heck, what's two more.

I used spray paint specific for calipers - costs: $9.00 a can. Bought the stickers on line for approximately $20 (8 stickers total; four very large and four small). I used the small decals on the calipers. I did not clear coat the caliper paint.

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I've updated this thread to include a pic of taping off the rotor.
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Looks sweet! How heat-resistant is the decal though?
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Looks sweet! How heat-resistant is the decal though?
Thanks. Not sure how heat-resistant the decals are - temperature wise. They are a high quality Avery A6 - 6 year vinyl. I bought them from newyorkautographics.com.

Since I don't take my 335is to the track, I am fairly confident they should hold up well for daily use. If not, I got plenty left to replace 'em.

Thanks for your compliment.

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Looks fantastic! Nice.
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Looks great! I did something similar to my old car. The only difference is that the sticker I used was a special high heat one and then I put a couple layers of clear coat over it just to be sure. It lasted several Ohio winters before I sold the car. The sticker I used was from http://www.vinzdecals.com/createcaliper.html

Good job again.
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WOW - those looks great. I want to do that myself. Did you take the caliper off or just tape and paint away?
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WOW - those looks great. I want to do that myself. Did you take the caliper off or just tape and paint away?
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Thank you. NOOOO, I did not take the calipers off. Just carefully taped it with blue painters tape. The discs picked up a little paint, but brake cleaner easily removed it. Oh, I used brake cleaner to clean the calipers before spraying them. The caliper spray paint had a very low volume and a narrow spray pattern; you could pretty much "pin-point" your aim with the paint.

The hardest part of the job was getting the wheels off - and yes, I had removed the lug nuts, but the wheels were stuck tight. A rubber mallet helped loosen the wheels.

DanQ and BMB063 - thank you for your compliments.

Phozenstone - imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Yours look great.

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Thanks for the pic. Heck I think I could even do this...

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did you sand down the caliper?
yours looks very smooth. good job
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did you sand down the caliper?
yours looks very smooth. good job
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No sanding...just a quick cleaning with brake cleaner and then I applied several coats of the spray caliper paint (maybe four or five coats - it dried within minutes).

The material on the calipers is fairly rough, it is NOT smooth. Sanding would enhance the look. However, the calipers (both front and rear) are some of the worst looking calipers I've ever seen (in my opinion); regardless of how much sanding and painting you do.

I understand 2014 models have an option for Performance Brakes which include front four piston calipers AND powder coated. Worth every penny.

Thanks for your compliments.

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Sorry if I missed it, but what paint did you use? I've heard about the G2 paint, but are there other options? Thanks!
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Sorry if I missed it, but what paint did you use? I've heard about the G2 paint, but are there other options? Thanks!
Chatch10,

Black spray Dupli-Color with Ceramic specifically for brakes (calipers)...bought it at Pep Boys for about $9.00. Supposed to withstand temperatures over 500 degrees, and repel brake dust. I clean my car weekly, brake dust has never been an issue.

On a side note, I had a neighbor who used regular spray paint - worked great and held up fairly well for several years.

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