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Old 10-29-2011, 07:13 PM
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I searched the forum with a few different words and couldn't come up with anything. I would like to repaint my calipers, or have them repainted.
Should they be powder coated or just high temp paint?
What is done about the Porsche emblem on the caliper?

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Old 10-29-2011, 08:50 PM
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There was a really good article in the Panorama if you are a PCA member. Probably within the past year or so.
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Old 10-29-2011, 09:11 PM
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I don't think I am a PCA member, but I did come across some info on the 996 forum. It seems that powder coating is the way to go.
Still not sure about getting the decals back in there.
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Old 10-29-2011, 09:26 PM
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http://www.suncoastparts.com/product...tbrakeupgrades

Be sure to measure the oem ones and pick white!
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:13 AM
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Might have to do mine. What paint? Does it need to be heat proof?
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:23 AM
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There are some DIY articles on 6speed or Renntech. You use duplicolor caliper paint. It works well, i did it on my previous 996.

Powder coating would be best but costs a lot more.
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by raineycd View Post
http://www.suncoastparts.com/product...tbrakeupgrades

Be sure to measure the oem ones and pick white!
Thank you.

Several posts on the 996 forum revealed that most paints other than powder coat turned black or brown if used on a track.

I couldn't verify that powder coating doesn't do this because no one had powder coated.

If I am going to do it, I want to do it so it will be closest to OEM durability.
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:59 PM
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Powder coating is advised against by Porsche and specifically prohibited by Brembo. I did a bunch of research when getting ready to rebuild the brakes on my Rturbo and spoke with Brembo directly. Contrary to popular belief and my surprise, Brembo Italy does not powder coat but rather paints all their calipers. They will not tell you what product they use as it is proprietary. As far as painting calipers, the only way to do it properly and have a durable finish is to remove the calipers and completely strip them down to bare metal to get proper primer/paint adhesion. The article where the guy repainted the calipers in the Panorama magazine is a joke and will be of a temporary nature at best especially if you track your car and really heat up the calipers. The DIY at home repaint may be OK for a sunday driven cars n coffee garage queens but anything more demanding will make the paint fail. In the end, after talking to a bunch of people, I ended up removing my calipers, draining the fluid, flushing them with alcohol and sending them off to Eli in the LA area (323) 262-7365 for a refinish. For about $600 they will strip, refinish, bake, apply decals and clearcoat. I have since received the calipers back and the finish was excellent. In addition, I have completed several track events where my caliper temps have exceeded 400F and the finish is as perfect as they day they were put on. The only caveat is, when you send the calipers off to get sandblasted, make sure you plug all the holes carefully as you don't want any of the sand blasting media to get inside them. Ask me how I know. I ended up taking the calipers apart to change to seals anyway so it was no huge deal but just a word of warning. Also, tell them NOT to paint the are under the mounting flange, caliper mounting bolts, and the brake pad bolt head.

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Old 10-30-2011, 04:11 PM
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Just a fyi they sell the caiper paint at most auto parts stores
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by porscheforfun View Post
Just a fyi they sell the caiper paint at most auto parts stores
Also ive heard of people painting them with the caliper paint and putting them in a oven to bake the paint on
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For $600 you could repaint every year and be ahead in money and time. It just depends how much of a perfect result you can live with.
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Gus, check out Tim's DIY he posted here on RL a few years back. His userid is gota911.
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:42 PM
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I believe the Brembo /Porsche finish an epoxy base which makes it much more durable and resistant to various chemical reactions IE brake fluid (which melts conventional paints) and brake cleaner (solvents)
That said I have a complete set of calipers for sale with 15k easy miles ,decals clean and white.
Pm me if you want them
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:50 PM
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Looking to stay with red, just want mine to shine more.
Since the OEM finish has held up to track temps for those that track their cars, I don't want to compromise that level of durability.
I am waiting to see if the duplicolors and OTC parts store paints hold up.
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