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Whats up guys, I want to get my brake calipers painted to match my bumblebee before my HRE's arrive. I've talked to some car guys around here and they said I should get them powdercoated to withstand the heat from the brakes. For you guys that have done this, whats the best way to do it? Is it absolutely necessary to powdercoat them. Is their some sort of pant out their that would allow me to do it myself? Or do you guys know of someone who specializes in this. I could do it myself, but would rather pay to have it look as good as possible. By the way, I want the calipers yellow and the viper insignia in black. Thanks for any help you can give.
 

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I tried VHT high-temp brake caliper paint on my AP calipers. There is a shade of yellow which matches Race Yellow fairly well, but after about two track events, it'll turn this lightly-fried golden brown (assuming you don't drive like a pansy). Be aware that VHT has something like three shades of yellow, and the other two aren't even close, but it's hard to tell from the cap color.

If I recall correctly, the VHT was rated for 950 degrees (the highest rating they make), and I recently inquired about powder coating and was told the good stuff should withstand about 1100 degrees. Conseqently, the next time I have occasion to take the car out of commission for a week or two, I'm pulling them off to have them powder coated. Roe Racing uses a shop that has really decent prices and doesn't require you to disassemble them or blast them yourself in advance.

They do look sorta cool in yellow, and they really stand out driving down the road. I had one Porsche TT driver tell me he decided not to race me after he saw my brakes and decided the car must be modified. I didn't bother to tell him I was pretty sure I'd take him in a stock Viper. /images/graemlins/smiles
 

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I had mine powdercoated red and added silver lettering to match my stripes.

If you ask me this is the only way to go if you want it done right and to last.

[image]http://www.viperalley.com/gallery/data/500/53HRE_-_Chrome-Car-3-med.JPG[/image]
 

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Very nice Anthony!! Who did you use to do the powedercoat and add the silver lettering? Anyone local in Texas?
 

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THOR said:
Very nice Anthony!! Who did you use to do the powedercoat and add the silver lettering? Anyone local in Texas?
I used Cy-Fair powdercoating here in H-town. Any powdercoat place should be able to do the job.

Just make sure they do a good job of masking everything off. The baking process won't hurt the caliper and components since their operating temperature are greater than the 350-400 degree baking process.

Make sure to try to get all the brake fluid out - so it does not boil and leak onto the powder.
 

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Anthony - 98 GTS said:
I had mine powdercoated red and added silver lettering to match my stripes.

If you ask me this is the only way to go if you want it done right and to last.

[image]http://www.viperalley.com/gallery/data/500/53HRE_-_Chrome-Car-3-med.JPG[/image]
Anthony I just have to ask, has that car ever even been out of the garage? You could eat off the tires let alone the rims!
 

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Anthony - 98 GTS said:
THOR said:
Very nice Anthony!! Who did you use to do the powedercoat and add the silver lettering? Anyone local in Texas?
I used Cy-Fair powdercoating here in H-town. Any powdercoat place should be able to do the job.

Just make sure they do a good job of masking everything off. The baking process won't hurt the caliper and components since their operating temperature are greater than the 350-400 degree baking process.

Make sure to try to get all the brake fluid out - so it does not boil and leak onto the powder.
Thanx Anthony!! /images/graemlins/thumb1 :cheers:
 

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Anthony - 98 GTS said:
I had mine powdercoated red and added silver lettering to match my stripes.

If you ask me this is the only way to go if you want it done right and to last.

[image]http://www.viperalley.com/gallery/data/500/53HRE_-_Chrome-Car-3-med.JPG[/image]
Of course you could do it like that, or step up and do the real thing with Stoptechs

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Anthony - 98 GTS said:
I had mine powdercoated red and added silver lettering to match my stripes.

If you ask me this is the only way to go if you want it done right and to last.

[image]http://www.viperalley.com/gallery/data/500/53HRE_-_Chrome-Car-3-med.JPG[/image]
That's the nicest setup I've ever seen. :bowdown: Love the HRE's. What rotors are those?

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I can't find the exact number, but that Foliatec stuff wasn't rated anything close to the 950 degrees that VHT is rated for. Heck, go to the Foliatec website -- it's all ricer stuff.

There are other two-part paints out there, but I avoided them because they have to be brushed on, and there were complaints on every site I found where people used two-part brush-on paints.

I see no reason to not go with powdercoat. I had a price for only about $30 per caliper. You'll spend almost that much on enough VHT and brake cleaner to do the job right, so you don't even get a cost savings out of doing it yourself.
 

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I just painted my rears the same way. And I'll pull 'em off and have them powdercoated at the same time. No cover required.
 

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Using Folia Tec and stickers from Sean Roe. It's been about a month and still holding up
 

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e.g. No track time.
 
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