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Old 07-04-2004, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default Painting Calipers - Is high-temp nec.?

I got some RS 2-piston front calipers for my '99 OBS (woot single piston stockers lol) and the previous owner had liked them yellow. It worked with his color scheme and the extremeness of his car (full do-luck kit, sti-ra motor, goodness all over the place) but it won't work with my two-tone stock paint.

I want to paint them either: black, silver, or bronze (as close to the bottom color of my OBS as possible). Black and silver are easy to find in high-temp (up to 1200-degrees) but I can only find a bronzish color that can handle 500-degrees. Is this paint good enough? I don't want to have to be repainting the calipers often... they are off the car now and I want to paint them once, very carefully, nicely, and thourough (preferably spray paint instead of with a brush )...

Anyone know of a specific spray paint I can use that is the color I'm looking for?

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Old 07-04-2004, 05:21 PM   #2
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I used VHT black on mine and the rotor hats..Four months and no peeling.Looks good I think.
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Old 07-04-2004, 06:35 PM   #3
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Originally posted by enewtabie
I used VHT black on mine and the rotor hats..Four months and no peeling.Looks good I think.
I might add to this VHT has several color choices in high temp paints that might be close to the color youre looking for.

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Old 07-05-2004, 11:42 AM   #4
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I have used Plasti-kote engine paint to paint the calipers (NOT rotors) on several cars including my current 2005 WRX sedan, my wife's 2002 A4 and my previous cars - a 2004 WRX wagon and 1998 Maxima. It is rated to 500 F, but I have never had a problem with degradation due to heat and it hold up great. I have only used the black and grey colors on calipers. I have tried the stuff rated at 1200 F for the rotors with limited success. It looks good for a while, bit then rust starts to come back. I think it's the New England winters that really do a number on the rotors. Anyhow, I just wanted to share my experience.
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Old 07-05-2004, 02:11 PM   #5
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I used high-temp engine paint (the stuff with ceramic in it) for my WRX calipers and never had any issues. I can't remember what brand it was though. I think it cost me about $6 a can at Autozone (Kragen).
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Old 07-08-2004, 09:29 AM   #6
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I've heard that high temp engine paint might actually peal due to the fact that it doesn't have the chance to cure so a lower temp paint might actually be better?
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