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Old 10-20-2005, 11:36 AM
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Should I paint my Brakes? Red? Orange? Blue? or What?

I dont know if any of the members here, have toyed with the idea of painting the brakes.

Ive seen a DIY at other forums, shhhhhh! and wondering if members here have done it.

What paint did they use and what color seem to be the correct color to do it in?

Red, Orange, Blue or what?

I've seen a graphite porsche boxer, with red painted brakes, I think it looks cool.

Im just looking to other cheap projects, i guess to do, that doesnt destroy the car.

I like to see photos of others that have done so.

YEAH or NAY ?

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Old 10-20-2005, 11:50 AM
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Eh... I think it only looks good if the brakes are the color of the car. Since you have grey I guess you could paint them the same color as your car, but it wouldn't been TOO much of a difference compared to the way they are stock. But it'd still look nice and give a touch of extra class.
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Old 10-20-2005, 11:56 AM
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You mean smoking your lights? I suggest you get the stickers, if that's what you're talking about. It's cleaner and looks better. I might do mine in the future.
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Old 10-20-2005, 12:12 PM
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Eh... I think it only looks good if the brakes are the color of the car. Since you have grey I guess you could paint them the same color as your car, but it wouldn't been TOO much of a difference compared to the way they are stock. But it'd still look nice and give a touch of extra class.
i guess grey color wouldnt make that much notice, what do you think of red or blue?


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I saw your red car btw, i thnk your brakes painted will look nice becoz you have a set of bigger brakes than mine.

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Old 10-20-2005, 12:14 PM
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You mean smoking your lights? I suggest you get the stickers, if that's what you're talking about. It's cleaner and looks better. I might do mine in the future.
i dont mean the lights
i mean the brake caliper housing on the wheel/rotors!

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Old 10-20-2005, 12:30 PM
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I hope you mean "painting the brake calipers", not the brake pads or rotors. That would be bad.

To me the "correct color" is what ever came from the factory. To you, it should be whatever color you like.

Just be aware that there is a very high probability that your painted calipers will not stay painted for long (very tough to do a quality job). And that you'll have to wash/clean/wax them as well if you want to display the nice color, because of the brake dust.

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Old 10-20-2005, 12:54 PM
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i dont mean the lights
Yeah, I thought you said brake lights. My bad.
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Old 10-20-2005, 12:57 PM
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hmm., the jury is still out on this one.... let me sit it out and wait. hmm

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I have seen red on a couple audi's. Doesn't look to bad as long as you manage to stay on top and keep them clean. Depends on how much attention you want to draw to your wheels.
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Old 10-20-2005, 01:19 PM
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I have seen red on a couple audi's. Doesn't look to bad as long as you manage to stay on top and keep them clean. Depends on how much attention you want to draw to your wheels.
What drew me to do this is the porshe boxer sports i saw this morning coming to work, it look very sharp, but then again that was a factory done paint.

I believe, even leaving it alone after its painted wouldnt look that bad, since it will have that industrial everyday driven look.

hmm, maybe just a another brain f*rt!

Maybe its tryingt to hard kinda look, thats why i like to know if others have done it. let me do a search?

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Old 10-20-2005, 01:38 PM
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RED --->> High heat paint ... 3 coats for the nice red look...clean very well before painting ... remove as much brake dust .... they also sell a specific caliper paint ... did it to my vdub ... really looks nice ... buy some x-dilled or slotted rotors ... looks even sweeter
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Paint it black if anything. I personally am not a fan of those mods, but I would go black if I were going to do it...
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A friend of mine did it on his SRT-4, but I'm too much a fan of that. The job did look okay though, it didn't look too amateurish. Have you thought of BMW blue (Referencing the well-know logo here...!)?
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thks for your guys feedback, currently Im still debating. I feel if i do this, it has to be done right, and doesnt look highschoolish.

I found these two photos from this site from fellow bimmers?

Do they look cool to you or not?

I already have an opinion, just wondering if Im sharing the same with you.

... i havent considered black, Im imagining it with these photos.
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Old 10-20-2005, 06:31 PM
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Nay.

But that's just me. YMMV.
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thks for your guys feedback, currently Im still debating. I feel if i do this, it has to be done right, and doesnt look highschoolish.

I found these two photos from this site from fellow bimmers?

Do they look cool to you or not?

I already have an opinion, just wondering if Im sharing the same with you.

... i havent considered black, Im imagining it with these photos.
Thanks for the pics ase, atleast now i know what you guys were talking about ..
And yes, they look coooool.
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these are exactly my thoughts, who ever did this didnt do a good job. and really makes me think twice about the endeavor.

One things i notice is the overspray and I feel the color shade of the blue or red wasnt the perfect color.

And if you notice it doesnt really look that good, base on the size of the brake caliper housing. With the caliper housing like that I dont want to put any attention to it, for its small, doesnt look sporty or racy.

Now if I had bigger brakes, maybe like a convert size or 330i for that matter, then maybe it will make sense to do it. And even if I do it, it wouldnt be that sloppy.

I feel to do it correctly. The color shade has to be better or maybe paint it several coating.

I wonder if dismatling the entire assembly and paint baked it is possible.

hmm, these photos was far way off from the ones the porsche red brakes that i saw this morning.
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Hey.... just a thought, I have a feeling that would void your warranty, since the front calipers are aluminum the paint may actually hold the heat in and case premature warping/damage to the calipers, also since the fronts are aluminum I wonder if the paint would even bond properly/I remember having issues with heat paint on an aluminum engine block years back.... not sure but IMHO i would leave them alone.... Best of Luck!
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I dunno I think it looks a little Honda Civic-ish. Big brake packages come powdercoated from the factory like Brembo, Willwood, AEM, etc.
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You can buy them already pre-painted in some place, mine are blue, and I bought them that way
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Old 10-21-2005, 11:24 AM
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Can you guys deliberate more, looks close to a hang-jury.

Yeah-from tiger, wings, wolf, bavarian, quack, tmon, tph
Nay-from west, nikki, mapezzul, malby
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i kinda agree with some that the first photos i posted were kinda cheessy, i wouldnt proceed if thats all the effect of all my effort

Malby! what is powder coated?

Ice where did you get yours prepainted,

btw thk Mapezzul for the heads up on the warranty, and reminding me its aluminum, I may just leave it but...

...but look at these photo now, thats the effect i want to give, but is seems like more work and money needed.

how can i accomplish that? where can i get these disk and brakes?

( I dont care about the photo wheels, I like my same BMW OEMs)

Tell me gang HOW!
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the BMW calipers aren't even the nice looking mono block design, it's a single pot

all the nice looking calipers that are factory painted are at least 4 pot

I wouldn't want to draw attention to them since they're not that good looking anyway, it's almost like painting your brake drums bright yellow. Everyone notices them and goes, geez that douche has drum brakes. With our cars they'll be saying geez he's only got 1 pot calipers
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