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Old 06-11-2014, 04:29 PM   #1
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Caliper Paint Advice

I want to paint my calipers black, the car is synergy green and red doesn't look right. Have any of you used the Duplicolor brush on kit in black? I want a gloss finish if possible but they only make theirs in matte.
I could get G2 but it costs more than twice as much.

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Old 06-12-2014, 04:41 AM   #2
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Personally, I'm not a fan of the brush on caliper paints. I tried it once and it broke and chipped off. I've never had that problem with spray paint. VHT brand primer and paint worked well for me.

I hear you regarding red calipers on a green car, but maybe a close shade of green might look nice?
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:33 AM   #3
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I have a 2011 synergy green ss also and I did my calipers in black with the g2 paint, and they came out great. It is a epoxy paint and it flows out like it is sprayed on. I have used VHT paint and I don't think it is as good. IMHO I think the g2 is well worth the extra money, clean calipers is the key here. Mine has been painted for almost 2 yrs. and no chips and still looks great.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:35 AM   #4
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+1 for spray paint. I used High temp Engine enamel. It chips if you hit with hammer but what can you expect... Just make sure you clean the S@#t out of the calipers before you paint with whatever you choose.

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Old 06-12-2014, 08:42 AM   #5
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I want to paint my calipers black, the car is synergy green and red doesn't look right. Have any of you used the Duplicolor brush on kit in black? I want a gloss finish if possible but they only make theirs in matte.
I could get G2 but it costs more than twice as much.

Thanks,

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I did the brush on kit before and it chips very easily. Up close, you can actually see where the brush marks are. Here's a link to my thread. I suggest getting all VHT products because they withstand higher temperatures and make the calipers really stand out. I even have a pic of all the stuff I used. Definitely spray them!

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...=1#post7738371
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For those who sprayed, did you do it on the car? Or did you remove the calipers first and spray them away from the car?

Thanks for the replies so far!
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powder coat them
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Powder coating is IDEAL.

But I did it with it on my car just used ALOT of drop cloths and tape to make sure NO overspray got on my car.
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Powder coating is IDEAL.

But I did it with it on my car just used ALOT of drop cloths and tape to make sure NO overspray got on my car.
Powder coating would be ideal but would cost more money. I sprayed mine on the car. I had enough slack in the lines to hang them from the garage door to ensure complete paint coverage.
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For those who sprayed, did you do it on the car? Or did you remove the calipers first and spray them away from the car?

Thanks for the replies so far!
To do it right you should unbolt the calipers and the one bolt that secures the brake line about 16" away from the caliper. You are not disconnecting any brake lines, so no bleeding necessary, just unbolting them so you can get them out into the open and get 100% coverage.

As many have said, powdercoating is definately the tits, but requires a higher level of mechanical competancy and expense. Here is my DIY link for some ideas:

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=344735
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:41 AM   #12
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Thanks guys for all the advice. I know powder coating is the best but I don't want to get into all that work or expense. I ordered 2 of the G2 kits from Amazon for $36 each. I want to do the caliper and rotor hats. This car is a garage queen that mostly goes to car shows or weekend drives on nice days so I am thinking the G2 will be fine for a couple of years at least. I will try to post some pics after I get finished.
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