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Old 07-03-2000, 05:25 AM   #1
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Post Brake Caliper Paint : Folia Tec !!

For those of us who cannot afford a set of 4 pot Brembo's to make our brakes stand out, this stuff is GREAT.

I put blue Folia Tec on my calipers (front and rear) this weekend. This stuff is amazing. My calipers look like they are dipped in blue covering now.

A few tips on it's use though : The manual says mix in a plastic cup. DONT ! This stuff eats plastic. (but the good news is that my driveway looks good in blue). Also, there is enough to do much more than 3 coats on a full set of RS calipers.

For people who want to do this, be assured that the cost of the FoliaTec paint is worth the money.


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Old 07-03-2000, 05:38 AM   #2
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Oh no you followed the instructions! Damn I tried to warn as many people as possible about that. I had the same thing happen. It will also eat any brush that is not made of natural hair and a metal handle. The paint won't come off the ground either. I even used acid and it wouldn't come up. I just put more sealant over it on the garage floor. It does look good when it is finished though. I just hope I can sell somebody my stock RS calipers when I get back. they are already in Rally Blue. Good job and trust me that stuff will look good for a long time.
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Old 07-03-2000, 06:14 AM   #3
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Lt, how much of that paint do you have left? From what I have heard once you do it that last for ever. Why not get some of your money back and sell me whatys left? I will be in Dallas this Thursday and Friday.

This is the USAF Lt isn't it? This is Jim, met at Cobb, me ans my wife Emi and dog Momo. If not the deal still stands. Let me know.

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Old 07-03-2000, 07:28 AM   #4
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Where are you guys getting this paint from? I have not heard of it before.
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Old 07-03-2000, 07:30 AM   #5
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N/A : Funny thing... as the paint was leaking on my hand on the way to the trash can I remembered reading something like that. So your advice was heard, if not remembered.

The only bad thing is that I have Mintex front pads. Those things are brake dust factories. Only 2 weeks ago I REMOVED the wheels to clean them and now it's back to the way it was. I just hope that doesnt' affect the caliper paint badly.


Paultg, I got it from Cobb tuning. I called every shop in my area and no one had heard of it. I didn't even think of calling Trey Cobb. I went to his place to get an alignment and he had the stuff in stock ! I had to wait for him to get blue though.

It's about $65 and worth it.

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Old 07-03-2000, 07:42 AM   #6
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I agree Matt, this stuff is the best paint availabe for calipers. I painted mine about a year ago, and it still looks BRAND NEW! I get so tired of all the people that use high temp engine paint and say that it looks as good as the Folia-Tec. Wrong! And I had the same problem...I mixed it in a plastic Taco Bell cup and it ate right through it. Now it looks like I slaughtered a lamb on my driveway! I bought my paint from www.heubergermotors.com in Colorado. $50 to my door and worth EVERY penny. Here's a pic of my calpier after a years use...

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Old 07-03-2000, 07:49 AM   #7
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I am just glad that stuff comes off of skin. It not, then I would also have Folia-Tec Rally Blue hands for the rest of my life.

 
Old 07-03-2000, 08:26 AM   #8
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Thanks guys, I have to put that on my list of to do things! I like the red.

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Old 07-03-2000, 01:56 PM   #9
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www.strictly-foreign.com
They have the largest selection of Foliatec products and they are also one of the cheapest I could find. They won't bill until they ship and they notify you prior to shipping.
Also only mix what you thinkyou will need. You aren't likely to need the the whole can mixed up. So don't mix it all and save some for another project car. If you add the hardener to the paint it will turn rock hard in the can. Just leave the two unmixed if you don't need to use it all. From my calculations if you had two cans and only used what you needed to you could end up with a 3rd can easily.
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Old 07-03-2000, 05:50 PM   #10
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Did you paint the calipers while they were on the car ? Remove the pads, or leave them in ?

How long does it take for the paint to harden (before you can drive the car again)?
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Old 07-03-2000, 05:56 PM   #11
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Just wonderin'

What's all your opinions on the best colors for calipers?

I know the Standard REd is always nice, How 'bout Blue, Silver Etc.??

I didn't just want to give in and pick red like everyone else did, otherwise I wouldn't hav picked a subie!

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Old 07-03-2000, 06:41 PM   #12
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I just received my Folia Tec in the mail but theres a problem, the instructions say that the paint should be applied in temperatures between 59-70 degrees fahrenheit. Todays high was about 110! Should I be worried? I think the reason for the temp. range is because it dries quickly. Does this mean I need to paint fast?
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Old 07-04-2000, 12:29 AM   #13
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I must confess, I did the high temp paint thing and it looked good for a few months. However, the calipers are starting to look pretty grimy again (I painted them Aluminum, which matched my 2.5GT's wheels pretty well, but shows brake dust easily). Realistically I could repaint them about 4 or 5 more times and still come out ahead cost-wise, but why bother? I think when I redo it I'm going to use the Folia Tec. All the pictures I've seen even after a year or so look brand new. I'm also going to order some Folia Tec to do the calipers on the new Baer Racing brakes I'll be putting on my Mustang. Mmmmmm, Baer Claws.

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Old 07-04-2000, 03:18 AM   #14
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I did my brakes in the summer last year at about 85 degrees or so. I used the Racing Blue which is a dead on match for Rally Blue. I was in no hurry so I just used two different brushes. One was pretty small for getting in small areas and the larger one to cover the flat areas of the caliper. I left the caliper on since the day I did it the power in the new garage wasn't hooked up yet. I didn't want to do it with hand tools. Yah call me lazy. Anyways, it went on very easy. It takes 24hrs to harden all the way. Make sure you clean the dirt and stuff off of the calipers before you mix the paint and the hardener. You want to have everything ready to go before you start. I left the calipers and pads on the car and it took about an 1 or so to get all four calipers done. That is actual painting time after it was up on stands and cleaned. Oh I forget who asked about the temp but I forgot to mention that where I lived at it was also a humid day. If your in a hot dry area you may want to consider applying yours at night or in the evening so it doesn't dry up on you. Just keep stiring it while your applying the paint also. When they say mix well they aren't kidding. It didn't want to mix all the way for me. Well hope that helps. There was a thread about this in the Tech section a couple months ago also. A few of us all gave our impressions of it.
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Old 07-04-2000, 08:16 AM   #15
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N/A,

Thanks for all that info. Now I just need to find someone in Vancouver who can get this stuff.
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Old 07-04-2000, 11:16 PM   #16
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Ok I have posted this place before. They will ship you the Foliatec to your house. They are also a cool place to order from. www.strictly-foreign.com
They can hook you up. I hope their link gets added to the new site.
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Old 07-05-2000, 12:51 AM   #17
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Hey Imprezme,

You bought red right? I'll let you experiment on your car and if it looks good I'll buy the left-over paint from you and do mine.

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Old 07-05-2000, 05:27 AM   #18
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Imprezme, I noticed the temp range too, but I did mine in about 90 degree heat and see no problems.

 
Old 07-05-2000, 06:43 AM   #19
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I also did mine in about 80 degree heat and it did just fine. It definately takes at least 24 hours for the stuff to dry. Don't even try to put your wheels back on early...all you will do is rub the paint off the caliper and get it on your wheel. As for colors, it is all personal. I went with all red accents on my rally blue, so I went with red paint. I think it looks great.
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Old 07-05-2000, 11:28 AM   #20
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Is there a blue that matches or comes close to the ever popular Blue Ridge Pearl?? How about some ideas on what would look sweet with BRP...I'm thinking just plain black or silver or gray. Any suggestions...anyone??
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