View Full Version : Painted my calipers (Pics)


BoricuaHec01
04-12-2012, 02:26 PM
I painted my calipers black and brackets silver with Dupli-Color paint brush kit, put chrome decals from Fourth Circle Designs and clear coated on top. I'm real happy with the results.....

Before:
http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll261/Boricuahec01/cal.jpg

After:
http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll261/Boricuahec01/Cal2.jpg

http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll261/Boricuahec01/Cal3.jpg

http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll261/Boricuahec01/Cal4.jpg

Darkrider02
04-12-2012, 02:32 PM
looks good

Spd-Kilz
04-12-2012, 02:34 PM
Sexy!

Teezy
04-12-2012, 02:36 PM
This is gonna be the next thing I do. Looks very good, did you put the clear on after the decal?

ls1jorge
04-12-2012, 02:36 PM
Looks Nice!! Why did you use the paint brush instead of using the spray can?? Jus curious, I'm about to do the same with my calipers in Red with Dupli Color Spray Can.

UnVMySS
04-12-2012, 02:50 PM
This is one of the first mods anyone should do to their camaro/firebird. Great choice!

ANTICOP RAM AIR
04-12-2012, 02:52 PM
I thought you sold your car and quit LS1Tech?

UnVMySS
04-12-2012, 02:54 PM
Off topic, sorry OP, but anti cop I love your sig!!!

BoricuaHec01
04-12-2012, 03:10 PM
looks good
Thanks.

Sexy!
Oh yes, especially in person :)

This is gonna be the next thing I do. Looks very good, did you put the clear on after the decal?
Yea, you have to clear after the decal so they can stay on better.

Looks Nice!! Why did you use the paint brush instead of using the spray can?? Jus curious, I'm about to do the same with my calipers in Red with Dupli Color Spray Can.
Thanks. The paint brush is not as messy and personally prefer brushing then spraying.

This is one of the first mods anyone should do to their camaro/firebird. Great choice!
Thanks dude, yea it took me awhile but finally got it done.

I thought you sold your car and quit LS1Tech?

Nope :usa:

z-maro
04-12-2012, 03:16 PM
Thanks. The paint brush is not as messy and personally prefer brushing then spraying.

When I did it on my old camaro I used a brush too. Did you brush on the clear too, and if you have a link for what clear you used that would be great.

BoricuaHec01
04-12-2012, 04:15 PM
When I did it on my old camaro I used a brush too. Did you brush on the clear too, and if you have a link for what clear you used that would be great.

I used a spray can for the clear, I bought high temperture engine clear coat, can also be used for calipers.

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accessories/Rust-Oleum-11-oz-gloss-clear-engine-enamel/_/N-25zj?itemIdentifier=154735_0_0_

UnVMySS
04-12-2012, 04:18 PM
Next do your rotor hats.

BoricuaHec01
04-12-2012, 04:21 PM
Next do your rotor hats.

I thought about it, I still have left over paint but I'll do another time, I'm so sore lol.

Teezy
04-12-2012, 04:44 PM
I'm gonna do this over the weekend, but Ive never done it before, what's the best way to go about it? Did you have to disconnect brake lines? If you could give a mild step by step I'd love you long time.

UnVMySS
04-12-2012, 04:59 PM
Best way is to remove brake caliper. Fastest way is to clean, VERY well, mask, and spray.

BoricuaHec01
04-12-2012, 04:59 PM
I'm gonna do this over the weekend, but Ive never done it before, what's the best way to go about it? Did you have to disconnect brake lines? If you could give a mild step by step I'd love you long time.

It was my first time as well, I was scared to be honest. I kept everything on, that's the reason I went with the paint brush since you can paint without removing the calipers/brackets. Before doing anything I washed them real good, they were so dirty, just give it a real good scrub and remove all type of dirt and grime.

After they dry, then your ready to paint. I gave them 3 coats of paint, wait a few minutes in between coats and waited about an hour before putting the decals, the decal was the scariest part but it happened to be the easiest.

After the decal is placed, then I applied 2 coats of clear to give it the gloss/shine and helps the paint last longer. You could wait about 3 hours before driving but I just kept the car sit over night, recommended.

Technically the BEST way to have this done is to take off your calipers but don't necessarily need too.

CamaroSS27
04-12-2012, 05:34 PM
Looks good, I have my kit I got that is SOM caliper paint probably going to do that this weekend yours looks great!

The Mighty Texan
04-12-2012, 05:37 PM
Pretty snazzy :thumb:

BoricuaHec01
04-12-2012, 05:58 PM
Looks good, I have my kit I got that is SOM caliper paint probably going to do that this weekend yours looks great!
Def want to see that once your finished. I originally wanted to get NBM from G2 but I snoozed.

Pretty snazzy :thumb:
Thank you sir :nod:

Teezy
04-12-2012, 11:05 PM
It was my first time as well, I was scared to be honest. I kept everything on, that's the reason I went with the paint brush since you can paint without removing the calipers/brackets. Before doing anything I washed them real good, they were so dirty, just give it a real good scrub and remove all type of dirt and grime.

After they dry, then your ready to paint. I gave them 3 coats of paint, wait a few minutes in between coats and waited about an hour before putting the decals, the decal was the scariest part but it happened to be the easiest.

After the decal is placed, then I applied 2 coats of clear to give it the gloss/shine and helps the paint last longer. You could wait about 3 hours before driving but I just kept the car sit over night, recommended.

Technically the BEST way to have this done is to take off your calipers but don't necessarily need too.

Thanks!

What kind of paint was it that you could brush on? And did you do a lot of masking off for spraying the clear?

My6speedZ
04-12-2012, 11:18 PM
Thanks!

What kind of paint was it that you could brush on? And did you do a lot of masking off for spraying the clear?

They sell the brush kits at advance and places like that as well as the spray on. Its in a box.

When I sprayed mine I taped off the inner wheel well completely and covered the outside of my car as well in a big sheet of plastic. But I'm super paranoid of over spray. I was painting mine red so I thought any over spray would really stand out as well. There is a how-to out there as well if your antsy about it.

OP, just curious but why do you prefer brushing over spraying?

BoricuaHec01
04-13-2012, 12:05 AM
They sell the brush kits at advance and places like that as well as the spray on. Its in a box.

When I sprayed mine I taped off the inner wheel well completely and covered the outside of my car as well in a big sheet of plastic. But I'm super paranoid of over spray. I was painting mine red so I thought any over spray would really stand out as well. There is a how-to out there as well if your antsy about it.

OP, just curious but why do you prefer brushing over spraying?

x2, I used magazine paper.

And no specific reason, I just rather test my painting skills then spraying lol.

3YLSYKR
04-13-2012, 12:07 AM
Not bad, looks good. Nice job.

9WhiteCamaro9
04-13-2012, 12:16 AM
This is gonna be the next thing I do. Looks very good, did you put the clear on after the decal?

This a million times over. I have yet to do it to mine cause this or that happens and it takes my attention away from little stuff like that but I'm hopefully gonna have another vehicle to drive before long and when I do, my Camaro is getting parked and I'm going through the whole car.

Looks good OP. Clean and simple.

scj
04-13-2012, 12:20 AM
Looks pretty good.

BoricuaHec01
04-13-2012, 12:28 AM
Thanks ya'll.

02sleeperz28
04-13-2012, 12:51 AM
Race car shit! J/K. Looks good.

BlackScreaminMachine
04-13-2012, 06:45 AM
Unfortunately my bleeder screws are frozen and If I do this job, it will be with calipers on. Looks good btw.

My6speedZ
04-13-2012, 04:23 PM
Unfortunately my bleeder screws are frozen and If I do this job, it will be with calipers on. Looks good btw.

I sprayed mine with the caliper on. Just mask it off right it will look good.

Actually the hardest part of the whole thing is getting them clean if they have never been cleaned before. Mine painted fine. But on another car that I painted the calipers on I cleaned and cleaned and the paint was still wanting to fish eye. I went through 2 cans brake parts cleaner before I got them clean enough to cover.

Here are mine, I didn't clear mine.


http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i193/scottmoore_photos/photo31.jpg

chaman
04-13-2012, 04:27 PM
Looks great. Nice work.

NemeSS
04-13-2012, 04:55 PM
i also painted mine with that dupli color kit. i wish they sold just the actual paint. and not the kit. i didnt use the brake cleaner that comes with it. and the supplied brush is crap. i used some of the foam brushes used for painting corners from home depot. the brush was leaving bristles behind.
the paint cured and it looks like a plastic coat. i reaaly like the finish. but next time i will just get the paint can. not the kit.

Mtownls1
04-13-2012, 05:14 PM
i really would like to do mine aswell i think it looks good..anyone do any other colors? besides silver black and red,i seen blue and limegreen they dont look as nice..but i was thinking maybe a blood red or so. i may wait until i buy all new breaks and rotors might just get calipers aswell

NemeSS
04-13-2012, 05:26 PM
blooe red always looks kickass on black or blue cars.:thumb:
on both mine they are blood red.
nbm and black cars

BoricuaHec01
04-13-2012, 06:43 PM
i also painted mine with that dupli color kit. i wish they sold just the actual paint. and not the kit. i didnt use the brake cleaner that comes with it. and the supplied brush is crap. i used some of the foam brushes used for painting corners from home depot. the brush was leaving bristles behind.
the paint cured and it looks like a plastic coat. i reaaly like the finish. but next time i will just get the paint can. not the kit.

x2, Ya man I didn't use the brake cleaner that came with it either, I tried it for a second and just threw it away and the brush was DISGUSTING, I only used it for the hard to reach spots and still left annoying bristles behind, I bought real brushes from home depot cause I knew the ones that it came with were junk.

My6speedZ
04-13-2012, 07:26 PM
x3 on the Duplicolor brake cleaner.

projectX
04-13-2012, 07:31 PM
Great job man - the decals are a nice touch. I did mine a royal blue - wish I would have done the decal.

BoricuaHec01
04-13-2012, 08:22 PM
Great job man - the decals are a nice touch. I did mine a royal blue - wish I would have done the decal.

Thanks man. I wouldn't have done it without the decals, it gives it the ultimate touch.

projectX
04-13-2012, 08:25 PM
Indeed.

The Mighty Texan
04-13-2012, 08:42 PM
I'm glad you did it black, imo (no offense to the ones that like it) red and blue are overplayed and tacky with some definite exceptions.. Subtle colors look so much better i think.

BoricuaHec01
04-13-2012, 08:51 PM
I'm glad you did it black, imo (no offense to the ones that like it) red and blue are overplayed and tacky with some definite exceptions.. Subtle colors look so much better i think.

Ya, I did it to match the SS emblems and chrome decal to match my stainless inserts. I originally wanted to go with NBM custom from G2 but think it's a bit too expensive just for caliper paint and I was still alittle skeptical on how it would look so went for this "simple" and subtle look lol, it's sooooo much better in person, I can't stop staring at it when I'm walking towards the car lol, I'm real glad I clear coated them as well.

The Mighty Texan
04-13-2012, 08:54 PM
Oh yeah dark blue is subtle too imo that woulda looked killer as well.

BoricuaHec01
04-13-2012, 09:00 PM
Ya I honestly think it would've looked KILLER but oh well, super stoked about these though.

I could officially say I'm done with the appearance of my car, I think now it's that time to step up to performance :secret2:

My6speedZ
04-13-2012, 09:32 PM
HAHA get that wallet ready :usa:

Great job again though.

BoricuaHec01
04-13-2012, 09:45 PM
HAHA get that wallet ready :usa:

That's the only thing holding me back :bang:

arob987
04-13-2012, 09:57 PM
looks good

soco80p
04-15-2012, 11:51 AM
Looks nice!

UnVMySS
04-15-2012, 04:32 PM
Yes, get the wallet ready...as was said before...it's sad to think of the number of dollars into my car, and it's only a H/C/I/E car...

bizerk1
04-17-2012, 05:15 PM
what color should I do mine? my car is the dark-medium green green

nichoLaS1
04-18-2012, 09:20 PM
Nicely done.. Similar to what I did on mine.

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa357/nabartcz/0305011616.jpg

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa357/nabartcz/2001%20Trans%20Am%20WS6/0108011448.jpg

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa357/nabartcz/2001%20Trans%20Am%20WS6/0120011615a.jpg

BoricuaHec01
04-19-2012, 08:51 AM
^ Exactly the same minus the decals, good shit.

T3X_SS
04-19-2012, 12:18 PM
Where do yall order the caliper decals from?

BoricuaHec01
04-19-2012, 12:20 PM
Where do yall order the caliper decals from?

There's a few places but I got mines from Fourth Circle Designs.

T3X_SS
04-19-2012, 01:15 PM
Cool thanks!

ZeeSNuttS
04-19-2012, 04:29 PM
did this mod in 1999 on my 2000 Zee, this was my first mod I did :) Oh and the free ram air mod as well lol

BoricuaHec01
04-19-2012, 09:49 PM
did this mod in 1999 on my 2000 Zee, this was my first mod I did :) Oh and the free ram air mod as well lol

I didn't even have my driver's license yet during that year lol. How old are you anyways??