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Red brake calipers

uclahenry

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Jan 6, 2018
25
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los angeles
hi all,

Have 2014 ms and am considering getting red brake calipers. Wondering if it was better to get them professionally painted or vinyl wrapped? Worried about longevity, chipping etc.

thanks!
 

Chad.smith528

Member
May 20, 2015
55
7
Trabuco canyon, CA
I used Custom Calipers located in Orange County CA. They were mobile, came out, pull the wheel, taped the car off and sprayed the calipers. It was around 600-800 dollars. The big expense is pulling them off, putting them back on and bleeding them. If you can keep them attached the price is much cheaper
 

Mygr8

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Dec 19, 2017
67
12
Dallas, TX
I just called the SC and spoke to someone to confirm if warranty on the calipers would be voided if they were painted. He didn't know at first. After checking, he confirmed that the warranty WOULD be voided on the calipers if they are painted.

Has anyone had experience with this before?

Thanks in advance.
 
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CLLACAB

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Dec 11, 2014
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Las Vegas, NV
There is probably an attorney around here who can provide further guidance, but I believe that the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act prohibits them from voiding the warranty unless they can prove the modification caused the problem. It’s the responsibility of the manufacturer to prove that the modification caused the problem, not the consumer to prove that it did not.
 
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aollivierre

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Aug 8, 2017
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arlington,tx
Painted. Looks awesome when done.
 

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Gixx1300R

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There is probably an attorney around here who can provide further guidance, but I believe that the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act prohibits them from voiding the warranty unless they can prove the modification caused the problem. It’s the responsibility of the manufacturer to prove that the modification caused the problem, not the consumer to prove that it did not.


exactly
 

The Duke

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Nov 17, 2016
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411
While more expensive, changing rotors has more visual impact to the educated. The Red does look pretty, slotted rotors look racy.
 

Mygr8

Member
Dec 19, 2017
67
12
Dallas, TX
I agree 100%!

I also thinks it looks better with the 21 inch wheels, instead of the smaller 19 inch wheels!
I have the T-Sportline 20" Black Matt Turbines on my car. I've dropped off the car this morning and have decided to have the rotors painted while on the car. I'm also getting the chrome delete. Really excited.
 

Stan Moraski

Brownout
Apr 22, 2016
217
179
Canton, CT
Has anyone gone the ForMyTesla route with brushing on two coats and then applying the letters? Seems to be the easiest DIY solution to me. Also, is rear parking brake caliper meant to be red as well? As always, thanks in advance, you forum peeps are the best!
 
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Qbenjamin

Frugal But Classy!
Jan 7, 2017
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Bravos
Has anyone gone the ForMyTesla route with brushing on two coats and then applying the letters? Seems to be the easiest DIY solution to me. Also, is rear parking brake caliper meant to be red as well? As always, thanks in advance, you forum peeps are the best!
Brushing any paint on metal is going to leave brush strokes and probably hairs. I wouldn't recommend that you do that.

I opted not to powder coat my parking caliper since the P models don't have it on there either.
 
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jaguar36

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Apr 10, 2014
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Brushing any paint on metal is going to leave brush strokes and probably hairs. I wouldn't recommend that you do that.
Hairs? If you are getting hairs in your paint you need to not use dollar store paint brushes. Also if you get a decent paint that self levels well it won't leave brush marks.

Not saying that's the best way to paint calipers though.
 
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Qbenjamin

Frugal But Classy!
Jan 7, 2017
1,139
673
Bravos
Hairs? If you are getting hairs in your paint you need to not use dollar store paint brushes. Also if you get a decent paint that self levels well it won't leave brush marks.

Not saying that's the best way to paint calipers though.
Hairs = bristles.
 

Flyguy

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Aug 17, 2017
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would recommend against hand painting. I got mine sprayed on the vehicle, TESLA label is then applied and clear coated. I had calipers sprayed and silver slipstreams powder coated for $1,200. it is well worth it to have professionally done.
 

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Stan Moraski

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Apr 22, 2016
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Canton, CT
Have to agree with jaguar36 that most high quality paints will be somewhat self leveling and a good quality bristle brush will not leave bristles behind. That being said, not sure how to lift all four wheels off the ground to get all calipers done in four hours with two coats plus letters. Any input would be appreciated!
 

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