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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 02-09-2013, 05:45 AM
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What do you guys think?

Last weekend i painted my break calipers, i don't think they turned out to bad?
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:31 AM
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Our calipers are puny, dinky little things which IMHO should not have any extra attention called to them, especially with larger wheels which *really* make the calipers look miniscule. So, for me, black or silver would be more appropriate than red, yellow, blue, etc.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:22 AM
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Well... maybe i wouldn't paint them so bright, if i was going to paint them.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:49 AM
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You did a good job on the work. I am going to pain mine black

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Old 02-09-2013, 10:34 AM
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Last weekend i painted my break calipers, i don't think they turned out to bad?
Anyway... were those brake calipers new? Or how did you clean them before painting?
Mine are so rusty that would be quite work before they look good.
Would be kind of good to get new ones, but these still work.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:08 AM
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Helps to give it a good fresh new look
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:15 PM
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first I soak them in solvent for a while and used a hard wire brush, then dry well and paint with high temperature paint.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:22 PM
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I sort of agree they're small you're right but i wanted to break up the darkness of the car, I think a little yellow works.
but thank you for your opinion.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:43 PM
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Our calipers are puny, dinky little things which IMHO should not have any extra attention called to them, especially with larger wheels which *really* make the calipers look miniscule. So, for me, black or silver would be more appropriate than red, yellow, blue, etc.
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But, you did a good job.
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:49 PM
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Looks like a nice job. Not sure I would have gone with yellow on what looks to be a clean, stock, and classy looking convertible. Maybe black or same blue as the car (is that Monaco blue?)

Gorgeous car.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:50 PM
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I believe its Emperor blue.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:30 PM
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I kind of like it. Good job.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:08 PM
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Looks like a good job dude. I have learned in my short time here that everyone has their own opinions on what a "true" BMW should look like, but as long as you enjoy it, thats all that matters.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:20 PM
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Thank you.

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Looks like a good job dude. I have learned in my short time here that everyone has their own opinions on what a "true" BMW should look like, but as long as you enjoy it, thats all that matters.

Thanks, I feel the same way, I like the job that's all that matters.
I was trying to break up some of the dark paint and I think that I pulled it off, but as you say that's my opinion.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:30 PM
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Thanks, I feel the same way, I like the job that's all that matters.
I was trying to break up some of the dark paint and I think that I pulled it off, but as you say that's my opinion.
It definitely adds an accent to the car. Some are minimalists who what a white car, black rims, black windows, clear corners, all white lights and thats it. Black and white. While the rest of us enjoy a bit of color thrown in the mix.

Fun mod man. I enjoy seeing mods that you have to put some labor into. Anyone can slap some Brembo's on their car, not everyone has the patience to knock the dirt off calipers that have +100k miles on them.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:42 PM
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It definitely adds an accent to the car. Some are minimalists who what a white car, black rims, black windows, clear corners, all white lights and thats it. Black and white. While the rest of us enjoy a bit of color thrown in the mix.

Fun mod man. I enjoy seeing mods that you have to put some labor into. Anyone can slap some Brembo's on their car, not everyone has the patience to knock the dirt off calipers that have +100k miles on them.
Thanks for the support,
It wasn't that hard of a job, as long as you have a lift and the right tools.

The car is an 03 with 82K, it was a one owner.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:17 AM
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Looks like they turned out really well. Not a bad mod that wasn't too expensive. Great job man!
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:51 AM
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I can't hear anything in this thread over your calipers.

Good work, though. Srsly.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:06 PM
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No one is going to accuse you of the understated subtle look, but I'd say this car is totally appropriate for a younger guy which I assume you are.

Looks like quality craftsmanship and a good conversation item! Not so sure they're going to stay very clean looking once the dust gets on that color.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:04 AM
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I would have gone with silver or black but your craftsmanship looks great.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:28 PM
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Very nice...

Provides a nice break from what is erstwhile dark color all-round
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