Paint the brake calipers on new WRX?

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This is a discussion on Paint the brake calipers on new WRX? within the Exterior & Appearance forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Just curious what you guys think? I've never painted the brake calipers on any of my many cars before, but ...

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    Paint the brake calipers on new WRX?

    Just curious what you guys think?

    I've never painted the brake calipers on any of my many cars before, but am thinking of doing so on the new WRX?
    However, I'm a bit hesitant because coming from a BMW 335i, these brake calipers look a bit small.
    And I can't help but laugh when I see someone in a cheapy old Honda Civic or Kia or some other $15,000 car with teeny tiny brake calipers and they paint them. Makes it even worse when they put 18 or 19" wheels on the car.

    I know the new WRX brake calipers are that small, but still they are a bit smaller than I'm used too in the last 2.5 years.

    I have a silver WRX hatch.
    So what do you guys think?


    ****EDIT: I've decided against painting the calipers. Thanks.****
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    Oh, guess I'm too late!

    I was going to say paint them black. I probably will do the same.

    Painting stock calipers red/yellow/orange/etc looks ricey to me.

    But I think the way they are stock looks sort of "unfinished". A nice coat of black, or even silver caliper paint would just class up the ride, in my opinion. You know, something "plain" just to get ride of that oxidized look that they have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elwray View Post
    Oh, guess I'm too late!

    I was going to say paint them black. I probably will do the same.

    Painting stock calipers red/yellow/orange/etc looks ricey to me.

    But I think the way they are stock looks sort of "unfinished". A nice coat of black, or even silver caliper paint would just class up the ride, in my opinion. You know, something "plain" just to get ride of that oxidized look that they have.
    yeah, the more I thought about it, the more cheesy and ricey I thought painting the stock calipers are, especially since they are on the small size.
    Black was a consideration too, but to be honest, the silver looks pretty good. Well my car is still new, once it's dirty I'm sure they will look not as nice. Then a coat of black might sharpen them up.

    I think Subaru used to paint the WRX calipers red from the factory with "Subaru" written on them. I remember how cheesy that looked. I think they eventually realized it too, hence the reason they no longer do that. LOL

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    Mine are definitely starting to look like they need attention. Like they missed some kind of protective coating. I think if I can find a gray or flat silver I'll do that, if not then they're getting black.

    And I'm going to write "BREMBO" on them with Wite-Out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by elwray View Post
    Mine are definitely starting to look like they need attention. Like they missed some kind of protective coating. I think if I can find a gray or flat silver I'll do that, if not then they're getting black.

    And I'm going to write "BREMBO" on them with Wite-Out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elwray View Post
    And I'm going to write "BREMBO" on them with Wite-Out!


    If either of you guys do this soon...can you post pics? I'd like to see what the blk or slv look like. I'm thinking about doing mine in black but still unsure.

    What kind of paint do you use? I assume there is a specific high temp paint?
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    I HAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTEEEEEEEE when people paint the stock "traditional" style calipers red.... it looks so friggin stupid.

    It doesn't look like a BBK
    It doesn't look like it's "custom"

    It just looks like you bought a $10 Wal-Mart caliper painting kit.

    My advice, if you want to clean it up, is to buy a SILVER caliper painting kit.... then it just looks "clean"... not stupid.
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    Duplicolor makes a "brake caliper paint kit" for about $20 or so.

    It's apparently a primer and brush on paint, but the brush strokes blend in and the finish is nice and smooth without being overly glossy.

    I saw pictures of the results from that "kit" and it came out very nice. He said he only washed them, then sanded lightly and used the cleaner/primer and hit it with the paint. Just took off the wheel, masked off the rotor and other parts and painted with everything still on the car.

    Granted, it was RED which I don't particularly like on stock calipers, but the finish was surprisingly nice!

    There's a NAPA down the road from my office, I'll try to pop in there on the way home and see what colors they have. I know I saw the kits in at least Red and Black last time I was there.

    Ideally I'd want gray -- just something to cover up the "oxidized aluminum" look that they have now, but silver would be my second choice as long as it isn't too shiny. I think black would be fine... really just ANYTHING but red/yellow/orange/green/etc.
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    ninefourteener, I see you're from the SLC area.. you must get a helluva lot more salt on the roads in the winter than we have here. What's your brake situation like, or is everything already aftermarket?
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    ^^^ Yes... we do get a LOT of salt and snow.

    But my calipers are stock (red 06-07 4-pots). My upgrades consist of stoptech steel braided lines, axxis pads, and Superblue racing fluid.

    I make sure to use a scrub brush on the calipers every time I wash the car... and when I rotate the tires (or whenever I have the wheels off) I do a "thorough" cleaning of the calipers.

    Gotta keep em clean... they'll be going up for sale in Jan or Feb when I put the car up on jackstands for the Brembo conversion
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    Quote Originally Posted by elwray View Post
    Duplicolor makes a "brake caliper paint kit" for about $20 or so.

    Granted, it was RED which I don't particularly like on stock calipers, but the finish was surprisingly nice!
    ... Until the first time the heat up.... then the clean red finish turns to a hazy, faded red finish that looks like red primer.

    Kit works well..... I used it on my calipers in another car a few years ago. Just get it at Wal-Mart, it's cheaper.

    And get BLACK or Silver.... NOT RED.
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    Well I can honestly say you are more dedicated to cleaning than I am Maybe if I lived out there I'd go to that extent (or closer to it) out of necessity, but I wouldn't look forward to it.

    I'll check out wally world for the kit, thanks for the tip. And don't worry, under no circumstances will I buy red
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    I have a look I'm going for with my car, and having red calipers are part of it. I've been on the fence of maybe painting the stock ones, but like its been said, I feel like it'd be a little rice.

    I think I'm going to have to suck it up and wait until I have an actual BBK before I complete the look.

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