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Powder coating brake calipers

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by hankinjax, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. hankinjax

    hankinjax Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Jacksonville fl
    The guys that are powder coating my wheels said they can powder coat the brake calipers red. Has anybody done this? Is it safe? thanks
  2. ddimit

    ddimit Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Sacramento, California, United States
    #2 ddimit, Feb 23, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2016
    I would be concerned as how they do it. as your calipers have seals and other parts inside that would be temperature sensitive. They bake the finish on the caliper at 300+ degrees for a period of time
  3. DoubleDownOn9

    DoubleDownOn9 Member

    Mar 16, 2015
    San Jose Bay Area
    Were they actually going to powder coat the calipers? Typically they just paint them red. It would be nice if they could even paint the "Tesla" in white or black to contrast. A guy on craigslist wanted $200 to do all of them. I don't think he's powder coating, just painting. This could be the same. That would look sweet though. I've always wanted that.
  4. Xenoilphobe

    Xenoilphobe Active Member

    Jan 2, 2014
    Fairfax County, Virginia
    #4 Xenoilphobe, Feb 23, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2016

    Also check out this thread on powder coating the calibers it looks great

    I think you are OK, you don't have to change the seals until he temperatures goes over 464 degrees Fahreinheit

    Brake Check!
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    Why Monitor Brake Caliper Temps?
    By monitoring brake caliper temperatures, you can make sure that the working range of the brake fluid has not been exceeded. If the temperatures exceed the fluid, fluid vaporization can occur causing loss of the brake pedal.
    Temperature Warnings
    For those running fixed, multi-piston calipers (Brembo GT, for example), recommended working temperature is < 200°C (392F), whereas the maximum acceptable working temperature is 220°C (428F);
    Over 240°C (464F), the seals fitted into the calipers can be overheated and they will not guarantee the right performances of the caliper (sealing, roll back, fluid absorption,…);
    If the caliper temperature goes over 240°C (464F), the dust seals and pressure seals should be refreshed.
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  5. anxman

    anxman Member

    Dec 21, 2014
    san francisco, ca
    I investigated this and it was advised that the Model S brake calipers can be very hard to reach / reinstall. I would recommend only working with someone that has specific Model S experience before touching the calipers.
  6. artsci

    artsci Sponsor

    May 10, 2012
    Timonium, Maryland
    Not really the case. There's nothing special about the way the calipers are mounted. Once the wheels are off removing the calipers is standard procedure for any good shop. The only challenge a shop may face are the rear parking brake calipers which are electrically activated. Removing them and the activator is a bit tricky but I indicate how it's done on my post.

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