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Old 09-17-2011, 12:45 AM   #1
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Hey guys right now im painting my brakes and Rear sway bar. Im taking pics as i do them. What I bought was blue painting tape,2 red spray paint heat proof, 1 white primer anti rust, face mask, Metal Scouring pad and a lint roller(stupid cat got inside the car) I spent eh 35$ dollars around there. Parts that would make it easier Heat gun, towels etc etc

Let me know how I did guys! =D I hope it isnt ricer or anything I really tried my best and tried doing it right. I think painting is a nice exterior mod for cheap! only took me eh 4 hours in total. So its not bad.
Extra note, I had to touch up my second caliper because I didnt let it sit long enough. For best results let it sit for a day. Also the primer will come right off if you dont let it dry.


First thing I did was remove the tires, took of the calipers dissemble them,
took off the brake pads etc etc, Next I scrub them down with the metal pads to clean the brakes, next I poured rubbing alcohol, I let them dry off. clean off a plank of wood and layed them down seperately. I started spraying them, whatever I could get with the position they were.
Once I was done I grabbed the heat gun and started to dry them, after they were good enough to touch and not leave marks I flipped them over to give spray the other sides. Once done I used the gun gun again. waited for them to dry off and did small touch ups. now I let them dry off.


I posted this here because its a exterior mod that im doing. it wont be very detailed but I am taking pictures in bewteen what I do. I tryed searching for a thread on this but couldnt really find one. Il update once im all done with pics and the result. Im trying to have everything match. Ej207 will come with red turbo inlet and manifold.Thanks for reading









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Old 09-17-2011, 03:10 AM   #2
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I took off the sway bar since its rusty(as you can see the first two pics are before and after), I scrubbed it down with the metal pad and took off most of the rust, after that I grabbed a wire and stuck it thru one of the holes and hung it from the ceiling, next I sprayed the white primer anti rust. Make sure not to use the heat gun on this, it will bubble and you will have to repaint, so wait for it to dry. Next I sprayed the red paint and it turned out nice.

Everything here goes in about orders how I did it. I did the bushing or whatever they are called too(White and Red). Il take more picstures once I put it all on the car.









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Old 09-17-2011, 05:11 AM   #3
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Finished installed, I know the white is going to peel with a power wash but once it does im going to get good white paint and do it right, I only painted them today because It was right there and then. Let me know if you liked what I did and hopefully this inspires someone else to do them too. I know the red wont come off


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Old 09-17-2011, 08:22 AM   #4
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i think it looks fine. props to you for removing the brakes to do it. i love seeing the people with overspray all over the fender liners.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:42 AM   #5
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why would you paint stock pieces though? to highlight that they're stock pieces?

is anyone ever going to see the swaybar?
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:01 AM   #6
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why would you paint stock pieces though? to highlight that they're stock pieces?

is anyone ever going to see the swaybar?
I think you woke up on the wrong side of the bed haha.

Who cares if they are stock. It's a nice look when done correctly, and I did the sway bar cause it was rusting and I sprayed it so it wouldn't rust as much or at all anymore.
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:16 AM   #7
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why would you paint stock pieces though? to highlight that they're stock pieces?

is anyone ever going to see the swaybar?
Paint isn't JUST for looks.



Good job on the paint though!
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:36 AM   #8
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Looks good!
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:41 AM   #9
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looks great!
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:15 PM   #10
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Thanks I tried hard the front brakes I'm going.to try and right a signature on them.
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:34 PM   #11
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You should have painted the rotors hats black while the calipers were off. It makes the brakes and inside the wheel look 100x better. Factory fresh. I always use BBQ paint and it holds up great the semigloss cleans up easily with brake dust.

I personally would not have touched the endlinks though. They flex like crazy and any paint is going to fall off.

Also, make sure to use antiseize on ALL of the bolts you messed with both on the bar and brakes. Also lube those sway bar bushings with a good water proof suspension grease or it will squeak.
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:36 PM   #12
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Oh, and kudos to you for trying to do the best job you can. Half-assed stuff sucks.

And kudos for wearing respiratory protection. Super important.
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[quote="kpluiten"]Oh, and kudos to you for trying to do the best job you can. Half-assed stuff sucks.

And kudos for wearing respiratory protection. Super important.[/ QUOTE]

Haha yea after I finished painting a open the garage door and turned on a fan to air it out.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:59 PM   #14
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You should have painted the rotors hats black while the calipers were off. It makes the brakes and inside the wheel look 100x better. Factory fresh. I always use BBQ paint and it holds up great the semigloss cleans up easily with brake dust.

I personally would not have touched the endlinks though. They flex like crazy and any paint is going to fall off.

Also, make sure to use antiseize on ALL of the bolts you messed with both on the bar and brakes. Also lube those sway bar bushings with a good water proof suspension grease or it will squeak.
Hmm okay il do that. I did clean all the bolts and removed all dirt from it. And the car is going to sit for awhile so it has a good while.to dry correctly
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Old 09-18-2011, 03:59 PM   #15
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Moving on to a new project, Im going to finish up the front brakes tonight and also Im going to start Making my own rear diffuser. Im going to follow the guide BUT one thing im going to do different is use my SPT lip and make it one big piece. its going to look nice =D These projects are extremely fun!
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hey im going to paint mine white just cause im getting a new stock one from dealership. and im going to add a sticker so the alignement shop will think its aftermarket hehehe
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:31 PM   #17
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hey im going to paint mine white just cause im getting a new stock one from dealership. and im going to add a sticker so the alignement shop will think its aftermarket hehehe
haha nice, just becareful with the sticker because it could melt.
Well to be honest im not sure if they could melt, since its the brakes that heat up and the disc... maybe someone might want to chime in on that. Make sure to psot your finished results on here so I can see!
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Nice job on the bar paint. But in the pics your end links are mounted incorrectly. They should be rotated more towards the front. Let me know if you dont see what i mean. (maybe you already corrected that but i thought i should mention.

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Nice job on the bar paint. But in the pics your end links are mounted incorrectly. They should be rotated more towards the front. Let me know if you dont see what i mean. (maybe you already corrected that but i thought i should mention.

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I believe its just on the setting its on, but I was going to change it to stiffer anyways and I still have the tires off. so its a easy fix.
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Look good man ... maybe I'll be able to take a look at all this work you have going on sometime
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:40 PM   #21
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Look good man ... maybe I'll be able to take a look at all this work you have going on sometime
You should of told me! I just put the back brakes and put the sway bar on right, eh im going to do the front brakes soon.
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