Painting brake calipers - a few tips

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Me too! Love the blue and the red brake callipers. I frown everytime I notice my rusty ones.
Yea the red calipers look pretty sweet but I'm pretty sure that means that you have to get the performance model to get the red calipers. But that's what I'm expecting to get. Not sure about Ludacris mode though, the jury is still out on that one
 

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Yea the red calipers look pretty sweet but I'm pretty sure that means that you have to get the performance model to get the red calipers. But that's what I'm expecting to get. Not sure about Ludacris mode though, the jury is still out on that one
Yeah I'm intending on getting whatever I can. Probably not ludacris unless its glued to another feature. Tesla does sell the calipers for 2500 bucks for the S. Lets pray that option for the 3 to be wayy cheaper.
 

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From my Model ≡ reservation page, I have "All Cars" and "Dashboard", both pointing to the main My Tesla page. (I saved a Model S configuration to my account.)

Looking at my rusty calipers, I wish I'd know about painting them.
 

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Looking at my rusty calipers, I wish I'd know about painting them.
I cleaned up & painted my Leaf's calipers after the first winter. They looked so corroded and I couldn't stand it on a car that was less than one year old (click on photo for a closeup view).
 
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The OEM coating is paint....probably rustoleum or something extremely similar. You could have a shop do it if you don't want to DIY for probably 1/8th the cost of the kit. You are right that it is a 45k car so why would you blow $2500 on a simple DIY paint upgrade
 

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The OEM coating is paint....probably rustoleum or something extremely similar. You could have a shop do it if you don't want to DIY for probably 1/8th the cost of the kit. You are right that it is a 45k car so why would you blow $2500 on a simple DIY paint upgrade
Well to be fair you don't just spend $2,500 and get red calipers. If you're using the model S for comparison you spend more money and shave 1.1 seconds off your 0-60 time and get red calipers included :) oh and its $20,000. Not saying it wouldn't work or you couldn't do a great job and be indistinguishable from the factory ones, just that I personally wouldn't do that to the car. The red calipers to me are a show of performance and they highlight your fancy upgraded 4 caliper Brembo brakes :)
 

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Yea the red calipers look pretty sweet but I'm pretty sure that means that you have to get the performance model to get the red calipers. But that's what I'm expecting to get. Not sure about Ludacris mode though, the jury is still out on that one
lu·di·crous
 

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How well does calliper paint hold up?
I was thinking it would be better to have them powder coated like factory ones are.
 

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How well does calliper paint hold up?
I was thinking it would be better to have them powder coated like factory ones are.
it's high temp paint, so should hold up just as well if prepped correctly. I painted mine nearly 100k miles ago and if they were clean would still look the same as when first done.
 

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How hard is it to paint them? Do you simply remove the wheel and tape off area? Can a clumsy old guy do this?
 

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How hard is it to paint them? Do you simply remove the wheel and tape off area? Can a clumsy old guy do this?
Yeah. Longest time involved is cleaning. Mine were a bare cast alloy so no old paint or rust to remove, but just dirt and oil. Scrubbed down with brake cleaner a couple times then simple green. Masked everything else off and followed the paint instructions. Easy, but a good few hours.
 

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lol pay $45k plus on a car and paint your calipers with rustoleum lol no thanks.
Don't knock it. Done right it will look just as good as the $2500 ones. I did it a few years back on my Corvette and one would have to look very closely to notice it was not stock. These would be tough getting the "TESLA" on it cleanly though.
 

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How well does calliper paint hold up?
I was thinking it would be better to have them powder coated like factory ones are.
I’ve had good experience in the past with this.

Just not sure what to do on Model 3 since the fronts are gray. Do I paint over that and paint the rear to match... just paint the rear... or leave it as is?