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Old 08-02-2019, 01:56 PM   #1
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What color calipers?

I have a beautiful, bright red, low mileage 2003 Touring. Wanting to make the stock alloys look better with new rotors and caliper refresh. Do I go with red? Match the body color or go with a subtle silver/gray? Or something else?
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:01 PM   #2
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Multi-piston fixed calipers are the only ones that should be painted, IMO.

I say match the factory bare metal finish as close as you can.
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:04 PM   #3
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The factory silver looks great. It isn't too flashy but also doesn't look dull
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:13 PM   #4
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What wheels do you have on the car?

My vote is also for stock silver as it will look good with some clean rotors but if you have some heavily spoked wheels that cover most of the brake components I could see some other color working without being too flashy.
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:50 PM   #5
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I'd go with reman calipers which have a stock unpainted sheen.

anything else makes it look like a teenager trying to turn a daihatsu into a ferrari. the attempt becomes glaringly obvious.

Let the car and how you keep it make the statement. Not your calipers.
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Old 08-02-2019, 03:21 PM   #6
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What wheels do you have on the car?

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Bone stock except for sport steering wheel I put on.

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Old 08-02-2019, 03:35 PM   #7
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that car looks immaculate as is. and you'll very rarely hear me saying that about any car....do not ruin with painted calipers. seriously.
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Old 08-02-2019, 03:43 PM   #8
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Kind of what I was thinking. 50K miles and manual transmission. The underside doesn't look as nice. Lots of surface rust on the brakes, shocks and springs. Need to replace some of that stuff anyway. I'd like to have real nice looking brakes under those wheels.
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Old 08-02-2019, 09:06 PM   #9
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Remanufactured calipers are NOT painted and will RUST very fast. You will need to paint them

Go with silver
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Old 08-02-2019, 09:20 PM   #10
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I also vote silver or a "cast aluminum" colour. will look like a reman caliper but will not rust!
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Old 08-02-2019, 09:42 PM   #11
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Seriously, you're getting some good advice here.
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Old 08-02-2019, 11:04 PM   #12
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Since a lot of reman calipers have the coating sandblasted off I would recommend painting them. I painted mine black because I did not find silver high temp paint at the parts store that day. The black still looks fairly stock and most important protects it from rust. Mainly its just important just that remanufactured calipers are coated with something to prevent the calipers looking like giant rust blocks after 2 months. I agree to use silver if you do it for looks.
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Silver or black because they’re not big brake kits. I went with black and it’s held up well for three years now.
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this question comes up every 4 months. and it’s always ends between Silver and Black. I like black because it stands out against the shinny rotor. and still has a classy subtle sportiness to it.

on your clean stock wagon I think Silver would be best to give the calipers a cleaned-up stock look. just do not paint the pads or the anti-rattle clip to give contrast.
if your rotor “hats” aren't treated/painted I would do those also.
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Old 08-04-2019, 02:23 AM   #16
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On a single piston caliper, i'd just go gunmetal grey, or silver. No gloss. No need in showing off our brakes. If a "mod" is entailing a 5 dollar rattle can, just keep it simple, stupid.
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Old 08-26-2019, 05:31 AM   #17
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Personally, I think that drawing attention to anything in particular takes the eye away from the total look. Our cars are beautiful...why draw the eye to a piece of metal hiding behind a wheel?

You want people looking at your car or you. Also, I know from experience the shame you feel when a lovely woman looks at your car, then you, then down at your green calipers--it's a look somewhere between disgust and pity.
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I did silver and regretted it quickly. The brake dust looks nasty on it and once it eats through in some places the rust stands out. Black only from now on.
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Old 08-27-2019, 05:56 AM   #19
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Get them zinc plated. Otherwise just let them rust. Any paint will fade and rust. Or just look horrible after 3k miles. My front are reman and zinc plated and still look good. My rears were reman and they painted them silver but they rusted within a month.
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I'd go with reman calipers which have a stock unpainted sheen.

anything else makes it look like a teenager trying to turn a daihatsu into a ferrari. the attempt becomes glaringly obvious.

Let the car and how you keep it make the statement. Not your calipers.
It's not often I'm 100% in agreement with Mango, but I am about this. Dead on.

Not a fan of painted calipers. IMHO it's obviously trying to make them something they are not.
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