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Old 06-18-2018, 09:56 PM   #1
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Default Best / closest color touch-up paint for 18' STI green / neon calipers?

As the title states, I have a brand new 18' STI with the neon Brembos. I personally love the color and look, but there are two things that irk me. Number one being the brake dust, which is a simple enough fix, and number two is little rock chips that occur when pebbles bounce off inside of the rim and chip the caliper. Right now it's not bad; I have one little chip but I am looking for something of the same color (or as close as possible) to touch up the calipers.

Anyone have any recommendations and or links for touch up paint?
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Old 06-19-2018, 10:25 PM   #2
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I have a Pure Red 2018 too and I was wondering this same question...
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Old 06-20-2018, 11:44 AM   #3
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I would start at the dealer and ask for a paint code...Subaru hasn’t provided paint codes in the past for calipers or wheels but it is worth a try.

If that doesn’t work go to an auto body/paint shop and have them mix you up something that will match and is high temp to withstand the heat from the brakes. If they mix up 1mL of paint you could do touch ups frequently if so desired

There are already threads about the “neon yellow” calipers changing colors to gold after 1 track day similar to the gold brembos changing to brown on the gd models. So depending on your plans for the car either get them repainted/powder coated to any color you want or leave the little annoyance of paint chips there because they might not stay yellow.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:31 PM   #4
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Default 2018 STi Neon Yellow Brake Caliper Paint Chipping

I just bought a 2018 STi with 15k miles on it and after a couple of days I noticed that the paint was chipping on both of the calipers. Particularly, the inner side of the caliper. Has anyone had this problem before?
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Old 07-02-2019, 07:46 PM   #5
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I made this post a while ago, but ultimately the calipers paint has held up really well on mine. I had one or two very small nicks on the tops from wheel removal. I went to the hardware store and found a bright yellow / neon spray paint. Sprayed a good amount on a laminated service and put it on the nick like touch up paint. So far it's held up for months and blended it in.
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Old 11-10-2019, 11:11 AM   #6
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Anybody got any update on this? I'm wanting to powder coat my old rear 04-07 STi 2 pot calipers to match the 18+ yellow front I have. Tried to find out some sort of color code for these but no luck so far.
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Old 01-18-2020, 04:18 PM   #7
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Following. I'd be curious to find out color codes for touch ups if needed down the road
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Old 03-02-2020, 05:18 PM   #8
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Following for later if needed, too!
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Old 03-02-2020, 05:34 PM   #9
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Don't take this as fact, but Porsche uses a color code of '2M8' for their Acid Green. Eyeballing the color looks close, but I have no idea how close it actually is...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Brake-calip...-/111393483537
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Old 03-02-2020, 11:21 PM   #10
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Default Paint Codes??

I just picked up a set of the 18 STI 6/2 Pot for my 16 rex. The driver side front rotor got scratched by the rim when it was wrecked and totaled.
I have a local Metal finishing shop down the road from me I was going to see if they paint match as I was going to have them re powder coat the scratched caliper. Anyone think reaching out to Brembo would be any good? I know their against 3rd party painting.
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Old 03-04-2020, 07:55 AM   #11
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Old 07-21-2020, 08:27 PM   #12
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Anyone have any luck? I've called my local dealer and they had no clue.
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Old 12-17-2020, 02:56 PM   #13
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I don't know if anyone has had any luck finding a good spray paint for these calipers. I looked around and there were some options from the UK and Australia, but nothing that I could find stateside. I think the closest I saw was Rustoleum Key Lime green, but it looks more green than the caliper.

I found two options that look close.




The can on the left is MTN PRO Flourescent Yellow from sprayplanet.com.
The can on the right is Fluro yellow from custom73.com.

Obviously not caliper paint, but I'm hoping they will still work.

I'm not looking to strip/repaint. I'm going try to wet sand the minimum amount to get STI logo off, hoping to retain as much of the color (or at least the primer) underneath the logo. Then spray a light coat of one of these two paints (if necessary), put on the Brembo decals, and cover with a hi heat clear.

Should be able to give this a shot this coming weekend. Stay tuned for more pics.

If someone has found another option for high temp acid green caliper paint in a spray can, please post.

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Old 12-19-2020, 03:49 AM   #14
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Found these two contenders at the local Fred Meyers tonight. Both are Krylon. I didn't see either color on the Krylon website. Lucky find.

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Old 12-20-2020, 03:35 AM   #15
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Well got a chance to do the test spray today.

Surprised what a difference there was when the paint dried. Coming out of the can, they all looked like they were pretty close.



And here's with the caliper.



The Spray Bike Fluro Yellow from Custom73.com looks like a good match.

I'll test spray on the caliper and post. Hoping for a good match.
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Old 12-20-2020, 06:23 PM   #16
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Cool Call me old-fashioned, but...

I used to think that brake calipers painted red were rather garish... until I finally joined the club. I have to admit though, I still haven't warmed up to neon/fluorescent yellowish-green calipers.
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Old 12-24-2020, 09:00 PM   #17
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Well got a chance to do the test spray today.

Surprised what a difference there was when the paint dried. Coming out of the can, they all looked like they were pretty close.



And here's with the caliper.



The Spray Bike Fluro Yellow from Custom73.com looks like a good match.

I'll test spray on the caliper and post. Hoping for a good match.
Thanks for posting this up, mine are need some touch up and the custom73 looks like it would work. Too bad the Brembo paint chips so easily.
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Old 12-27-2020, 10:27 PM   #18
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My plan was to sand off the black STI decals and replace with black Brembo stickers. So I only sanded the raised diamond section on the rears. Everything else is the stock acid green. Will do the fronts later.

The stock acid green is pretty thin. Even being careful with 2000 grit it went through the primer in some spots.

I got a chance to spray the Custom 73. It was a little on the yellow side when wet, and, probably because its only 50 degrees out, sprayed on like sand paper. Couldn't get it to lay flat even in a heated garage.



Let it dry overnight, went lightly with the 2000 grit, then hit it with the rubbing compound. Cleaned it up and sprayed over with clear. The clear darkened the tint of the paint and it actually looks pretty close.

I'm not going for OCD perfection here, I'm just looking for a color job that after having the brembo stickers put on, will look good from a couple feet away.



Its pretty close, and would be fine for spot touch up I think. The picture makes it look dead on which it isn't so for the perfectionists I think you may still be looking at going to an auto paint store, ordering acid green, and doing the entire caliper.


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Old 12-28-2020, 02:00 PM   #19
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I used to think that brake calipers painted red were rather garish... until I finally joined the club. I have to admit though, I still haven't warmed up to neon/fluorescent yellowish-green calipers.
I get it. My plan was to get a set of the big calipers and re-paint them black. I even went with black four pots (on the car now) because I wanted to be more understated than the gold.

But when I opened the box with these, it was like "WOW!". So I thought I'd give it a go. Plus, being on a 2014 WRX Hatch, thought it would be a cool look since they didn't come stock on the car.
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Plus, being on a 2014 WRX Hatch, thought it would be a cool look since they didn't come stock on the car.
Since your WRX is white, any color "clash" should at least be minimal. I'd like to see what the end result on the car looks like. Make sure to post a couple of shots with these calipers installed.
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Old 12-30-2020, 02:23 AM   #21
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Here is a quick touch up on one of the front calipers. Sprayed some paint into a container and used a small sponge brush to apply. This shows the color difference before shooting the clear.

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Old 12-31-2020, 12:37 PM   #22
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STI Brembos are now WRX ready.

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Old 01-01-2021, 10:55 AM   #23
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Those came out really well, what clear did you use?

Really curious how they will hold up with some heat.
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