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Old 07-21-2014, 06:20 PM
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Holy resurrected thread --- I just followed the instructions and did this as well --- followed the directions to a "T", down to getting the VHT at Amazon. I found that VHT clear has a propensity to run and create drips REALLY EASILY. However, I also learned that blasting the drips with a hairdryer yields a dry-enough state wherein one can wet sand the run with 1000/2000 grit sandpaper and reshoot. Easy Peasy.

The results are not 100% perfect, but they are pretty darn good.

I included some gratuitous shots of the car just because I cleared out my garage to work on the car and it yielded a good opportunity to make pictures of the car from more than 6" away. :-)
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:37 PM
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What a difference. I will try this on my big reds
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:41 PM
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I've bought the caliper decals on eBay in the past, as an FYI.
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:36 PM
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Yes your procedure works great and does a much better job than mine. I'm lazy and don't bother taking the wheels off the car or cleaning up the edges of the old paint as the new clear-coat seems to wick under the old finish reasonably well.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:19 PM
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If you need to redo the Porsche logo on the brakes there is a site that makes the stencils, used them , they did an excellent job.
Got the info off the P-car DIY site.

You can purchase the Porsche logo stencils needed to do this conversion from Terry Fretwell at www.europdr.com
The stencils are $24 for 4 pieces Terry's e-mail is [email protected] be sure to mention you saw this on p-car.com
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:25 PM
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The decals were easier to use than stencils, IMO.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:31 AM
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I have a set of 4 decals that I purchased from Acromann that I never got around to using if anyone is looking...think I paid near $40....urs for $25
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:20 AM
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Originally Posted by luckyJ View Post
I have a set of 4 decals that I purchased from Acromann that I never got around to using if anyone is looking...think I paid near $40....urs for $25
Sold if they are the original size.
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:14 PM
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When I bought my car the previous owner had just replaced the rear calipers. The clear coat on the fronts looked pretty bad after seeing the how nice the rears looked. So I did this exactly the way the OP described using the VHT clear coat. It took about 30 min to do it and now I have to wait 3 hours before putting my wheels back on.

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Old 08-03-2014, 07:52 PM
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Did you guys remove the caliper or just tape off? Did you put new coat on the inside, too? Thanks
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Old 08-03-2014, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by e9stibi View Post
Did you guys remove the caliper or just tape off? Did you put new coat on the inside, too? Thanks
I just used newspaper and masking tape to mask off everything but the front of the caliper.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:42 PM
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One of the nice things about spraying the clear coat is it acts like a sealant protecting the bleeder screws from corrosion.
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Old 09-08-2016, 09:37 AM
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I will have to add this to my to-do list...
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:36 AM
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If you remove the calipers and disassemble them, there's a gun coating called Cerakote. It's probably the hardest air drying spray available but the substrate has to be absolutely clean (blasted preferably).

They also make an equally tough clear coat (and comes in maannny colours).
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Old 09-10-2016, 07:03 PM
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Didn't have the courage for a DIY on my big reds, dropped her off at my mod shop for a professional finish as they were peeling noticeably.
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