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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 06-24-2013, 08:08 AM
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Freshened the look of my Brakes! Big improvement for a few bucks. PICS

I got up Sunday morning with the idea to freshen up the looks of my brakes so I drove to Auto zone and picked up a can of VHT high performance auto paint. I already had black and metallic paint. I removed the calipers and used some heavy grit sand paper and a steel brush to clean them up. As the pic shows they were pretty rusty and old looking.

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Old 06-24-2013, 08:13 AM
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After Pics

Here are the pics of when I was done. It didn't take that long. I think they came out great, not to flashy but a nice clean suttle improvement.

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Old 06-24-2013, 08:25 AM
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It certainly looks like you did a good job painting them.

It's your car and you will be driving it so the most important thing is that you like it.

I always painted mine black in the past. I feel like stock calipers painted red or yellow just screams "look how tiny my brakes are".
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:37 AM
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I agree with Pete.

E46 calipers are pretty damn puny....IMHO, the less attention they generate, the better.

(Can`t argue about their effectiveness, though )
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:30 AM
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Well... might think of painting brake calipers when putting in new ones next time, not worth the effort with old ones in my opinion.
Either way i think i would make them close to body color and not stand out so much on their own.
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Well... might think of painting brake calipers when putting in new ones next time, not worth the effort with old ones in my opinion.
Either way i think i would make them close to body color and not stand out so much on their own.
I have original calipers on my '04 and in the past 2 years, have re-painted them a couple times with caliper paint. They look brand new and it prevents corrosion so why not?! It's not that hard and inexpensive.

OP - Nice job...I'm not a fan of high profile colors to show off calipers but whatever floats your boat. It shows you care about your car and that you put in the effort to keep it looking and running good.

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