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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 09-13-2009, 07:44 PM
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Caliper paint DIY

Hi All,

Below you'll find quick way to face lift your rusty calipers.

What to have ready:

1. Caliper Paint and rust remover stripper
2. Sand paper
3. small paint brush
4. Flat screw driver

Here's the process:

1. Jack up & remove wheel
2. Strip off rust
3. Sand off any remaining rust
4. remove brake strut
5. paint (apply two coats)
6. Put up wheel

Recommendations:

Be very CAUTIOUS when working around the sensors as you do not want to scratch off the wire covering or worse yet, rip them off position.

Do get the rust stripper disk, it'll make your life much easier.

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Old 09-13-2009, 08:59 PM
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Looks really good I think i might do that too
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:01 PM
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Very nice. Can you please add this to the Wiki.
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:48 AM
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Nice, it's the little details that standout. Good job.
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Old 09-14-2009, 06:29 AM
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Looks awesome, I definately need to do this!!
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Old 09-14-2009, 07:43 AM
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:55 AM
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Red would bring my car out nicely i think
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:37 AM
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Funny, I would have guess something more resembling a pink nail polish
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Funny, I would have guess something more resembling a pink nail polish
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:05 PM
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Looks great. I'm gonna do mine in black when I take the car down for the winter.
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:51 PM
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I painted my calipers silver in June, and now my front calipers look beast.
Also you dont need to remove that anti rattle clip thing.
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:25 AM
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Nice man, thanks for the DIY. Best of all I can get all the supplies at the Autozone near my house. I think I am going to go silver like you did, it looks pretty clean.
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:23 PM
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Thanks for all the replies guys. Just one quick thing though, allow yourselves sometime, you wouldn't want to rush the painting as it is as easy as it is detailed, specially when working around the pads. btw, no Pink please !!!!
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:51 PM
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It's on the wiki, thanks for the suggestion !
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:21 PM
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Technically speaking, the best color is flat black, since that dissipates heat best.

Too bad that, regardless which color you choose, they will be brake dust colored in no time
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:14 AM
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Technically speaking, the best color is flat black, since that dissipates heat best.

Too bad that, regardless which color you choose, they will be brake dust colored in no time
When I did mine on my Z3, I took them complete off the car and completely cleaned them up before I did any painting.

The Z is Topaz Blue Metallic so I did them in a blue that closely matches that color. Behind the chrome wheels they look pretty good, and since I'm using a carbon pad they haven't gotten too messed up by brake dust.

To me, it was worth taking them off the car to do it. Plus, I just flushed the brake fluid after putting them back on.
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Looks great, I did this to my 7 and my vette, Duplicolor sells a ceramic high temp spray that works great.
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Technically speaking, the best color is flat black, since that dissipates heat best.
I thought black absorbs heat.

Although I seriously doubt the color of the calipers would have diddly to do with temperature amelioration...

Regardless... Nice DIY, might have to try it sometime...
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:37 PM
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I have no clue about color properties so I can't really favor black or "pink" but Silver looks as close to the original as it gets. I'm already planning on painting the whole thing when the brakes wear off maybe then I might even venture to bleed the lines...
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Old 10-02-2009, 06:22 AM
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black absorbs and emits heat at a higher rate than any other color but in this case don't think its much of an issue paint em whatever color floats your boat
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Old 10-02-2009, 01:11 PM
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black absorbs and emits heat at a higher rate than any other color but in this case don't think its much of an issue paint em whatever color floats your boat
What if its dark out!? I think the color only matters in solar heat absorbtion.
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Im going to do mine when I do a full brake clean-up/inspection. Silver is my color!
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