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Brake Caliper Paint?

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by James88, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. James88

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    I've been doing some research and have decided to paint my own brake calipers. Although it seems like a simple undertaking, the color that I'm trying to achieve is challenging (photobelow). I want to paint my brake calipers a super bright neon yellow and have only found it available in regular cans of paint. I'm wondering if I use caliper primer then do the neon yellow and then clear coat it with caliper clear if this will work?

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    Would really love some advice or insight on anyone else that has been able to do this with a custom and unique color. Thanks!
     
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    In a year or so regular paint will start chipping. You need to powder coat them if you want it to last. Or at least use a paint designed for wheels (which still want last powder coating).
     
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    Yeah definitely don't want it to chip! Wondering what's the best way to get calipers that color.
     
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    #5 vletnguyen, Oct 17, 2019
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    I used 3 coats of high temp paint (2000+ *F) as primer/base layer then 3 coats of the color I wanted (in this case, the same as you) then 3 coats of clear..

    You can buy "TESLA" high temp vinyl stickers for cheap, I went with whole car debadged looked.

    One can of each was plenty.
     

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    Thanks so much! You guys are the best! I'm going to hunt for some paint at Lowe's and see if I can fine something that matches.

    Also I'll reach out to G2 and see what they can do .
     
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    What did you do to lift the car ? Looks like for G2 paint I have to have all 4 off the ground since the paint hardens quickly.

    Any tips ?
     
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    I was being cheap and didn't want to buy another jack and so I did it one at a time (HUGE waste of time, do at least two at a time). You could buy more jacks or borrow someone's jack to lift all four up. You could also buy a few of those ridiculously expensive jack stand things ( The RennStand by Safe Jack ) , I would rather buy spend more and get the quick jack system If I'm going to spend that kind of money (Car Lift Systems - Portable Car Lifts - QuickJack) usually on sale at costco for $1000 or so.

    Painting it on (G2) should be a lot faster than masking/taping off and then spray paint.

    Honestly, I'd just borrow a few jacks if I had to do it again. Good luck! Let us know how it turns out..
     
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    What do the rear calipers look like?
     
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    What is the fascination of wanting to make it look like the neon green/yellow that Porsche uses for their hybrid cars?

    Anyways, as was pointed out, I would take them to get it powder coated. Much better in the long run in terms of durability.
     
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    Still waiting on g2 paint to ship. I'm probably going to have to buy some Rennstands :/
     
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    How has it held up?
     
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    So far so good.. I'll look more when I swap out the winter tires.
     
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    Love my set up. G2 DEFINITELY is the way to go.
     

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    Is that lime green? Can you show a few more pics in the light please.
     
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    This is the best one. Yes it's lime green.
     
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    Nice lime green
     
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