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topaz557
12-07-2009, 09:03 AM
hey there im facing a dillema i have the option to have my calibers painted for 140 or powdercoated for 450.. what is the differnces between the two and is powdercoating really worth it??

zrowcool
12-07-2009, 09:06 AM
you are getting ripped for 450. a pair of calipers here is about 150 that includes blasting them and coating them in any color.
Paint and powdercoat are very different. Paint is urethane that is sprayed on and powder coat is plastic melted on. Powdercoat is much stronger than paint since paint will chip and powdercoat will dent. Also resists the heat better and scratches.

lotusgardener
12-07-2009, 09:07 AM
Ditto getting ripped on the powdercoat.

flynnr
12-07-2009, 09:09 AM
i got 4 18" rims bead blasted and powdercoated whatever color i wanted for $300

turned out great

lunamarA4
12-07-2009, 09:20 AM
i powdercoated 4 wheels for $200 go somewhere else

Powdercoat -> stronger 100%

JD3
12-07-2009, 09:29 AM
Might not be what you're looking for but I painted some calipers myself a few years ago with some regular caliper paint from AutoZone. It was a kit with cleaning solution and paint with a brush, not a spray. Believe it or not it actually looked really good and lasted a long time without retouching. I live in Columbus so I basically deal with the same weather as you do. There was a lot of paint too so plenty for touch up.

topaz557
12-07-2009, 09:37 AM
does anyone know of anyone in the cincinnati area who will do powdercoating for that cheep?

andyrew
12-07-2009, 09:47 AM
Umm... I would say you get a $30 paint kit like JD3 mentioned...

A: At 150 your getting ripped off
B: At 450 your getting ripped off
C: No need to powdercoat your calipers. When you put the paint on and get the calipers up to temp the paint basically self bakes on the calipers... So in essence they powdercoat themselves... How many times are you going to touch your calipers? Save the $$ and just get a kit and brush the paint on. You'll be done in a hour (max) and be able to put that money elsewhere..



IMHO.

Diddy
12-07-2009, 09:47 AM
Sry no help there, but just to back everyone else up $450 is more than 3x what it should cost!!!

jriddle11
12-07-2009, 09:47 AM
does anyone know of anyone in the cincinnati area who will do powdercoating for that cheep?

If you dont want to do them yourself I would powder coat them for sure. I painted the calipers on my B6 and was pleased with how they turned out.

I'm checking with a few people I know to see if any one has any connections. I will let you know.

topaz557
12-07-2009, 09:52 AM
thanks for the help so far guys, yah im not calling " the wheel doctor" ever again should have know it was a ripoff got sent there by someone at tire discounters haha

tmr931
12-07-2009, 09:55 AM
does anyone know of anyone in the cincinnati area who will do powdercoating for that cheep?

There was a guy on cincy craigslist that was running a deal for powdercoating, $75 per wheel. Normal price was $100. Based on that i dont see how a pair of calipers would be more than $200 tops.

jriddle11
12-07-2009, 09:57 AM
Look in the Cincy thread they maybe able to help you too.

http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=179737

Coopa
12-07-2009, 10:15 AM
Get the $35 caliper paint deal. Powdercoating them isn't all that necessary and for anything more than 150 bucks its a waste of money. Just my 2 cents I guess.

One of my friends spray painted his calipers red on his beater civic. It actually didn't look terrible and lasted quite a while haha

jriddle11
12-07-2009, 10:15 AM
Here is a contact, the only thing is he is in Canton

Name: Matt Pitzo
Email: mapcomfort@yahoo.com

Brake Caliper 2pc (must be taken apart): $45.00 x 4 = $180

more information can be found here:
http://forums.eurovagens.com/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=561

I have a few more emails out to friends so I may have a few more names.

jriddle11
12-07-2009, 10:19 AM
Here is a guy in Colubmus
Street werkz, Josh, 614-291-0951
http://www.streetwerkz.com/

topaz557
12-07-2009, 10:54 AM
i cant go that far out of my way no one will drive behind me, looks like im stuck buying the paint for pepboys, will it atleast look good and last a few years???

wesleyfbm
12-07-2009, 12:16 PM
either way whatever you do they will look clean for bout a month...brake dust is killer.

id just do DIY paint

JD3
12-07-2009, 12:31 PM
thanks for the help so far guys, yah im not calling " the wheel doctor" ever again should have know it was a ripoff got sent there by someone at tire discounters haha

I used the Wheel Doctor for a severely cracked wheel and they fixed it up right as rain in one day for $100. Never had a problem since. The guy did say he gave me a heck of a deal and should've charged me a lot more. Oh well, my win, but I don't have anything bad to say about em.

topaz557
12-07-2009, 05:52 PM
I used the Wheel Doctor for a severely cracked wheel and they fixed it up right as rain in one day for $100. Never had a problem since. The guy did say he gave me a heck of a deal and should've charged me a lot more. Oh well, my win, but I don't have anything bad to say about em.

haha well as you can see i did they wanted 450 for powercoating or whatever

CaSp3r9
12-07-2009, 06:35 PM
Don't mean to thread jack... I need to refinish my calipers as well, what's the best route for paint? Is there any good stuff out there in a rattle can? And is it a good idea to finish them with a clear coat or two? My only concern with the clear coat is it flaking off like it tends to on wheels.

andyrew
12-07-2009, 06:42 PM
i cant go that far out of my way no one will drive behind me, looks like im stuck buying the paint for pepboys, will it atleast look good and last a few years???

They will be fine...

jrock
12-07-2009, 06:54 PM
You are def getting ripped off!

I got my calipers and brackets powder coated last month for $120.

‹bermensch
12-07-2009, 07:47 PM
I would go with powder-coating

Blake260
12-07-2009, 08:58 PM
a powdercoating kit is only ~200 from eastwood, I just got one and am saving hella money doing it myself....with good results too.

CaSp3r9
12-07-2009, 09:42 PM
Cool, I'll look in to it. I would much rather have them powdercoated, I just assumed paint them due to cost and I don't have any experience with powedercoating. On the other hand, I pick up on things pretty quickly and if I'm going to do it, I might as well do it right! Sold. Haha thanks guys.

EDIT: Oh wow, just did a little research - didn't realize powdercoating was such a simple process! I can totally see myself powdercoating tools and shit when I'm done with my calipers hahaha

JD3
12-09-2009, 06:30 AM
haha well as you can see i did they wanted 450 for powercoating or whatever


They were making up for the money they lost on me!

urban96
12-09-2009, 09:18 AM
you could pick up a 2nd set of calipers and have those PCd and then just swap em

This Is Epic
12-09-2009, 12:39 PM
Paint. After all they are just calipers.

onemoremile
12-09-2009, 01:21 PM
My winter wheels are being blasted and coated right now for 35 each. Another set is getting blasted for 10 each.

Get a high temp powdercoat and they will look much better for much longer. I've used the paint a few years ago and it looks like crap now.

adr3naline fix
12-09-2009, 01:59 PM
Powdercoating is obviously better, but I sprayed my calipers for $4.99 with some nice caliper paint from O'Rielly AP and they look great. [:D]

witwer4444
12-09-2009, 05:34 PM
My winter wheels are being blasted and coated right now for 35 each. Another set is getting blasted for 10 each.

Get a high temp powdercoat and they will look much better for much longer. I've used the paint a few years ago and it looks like crap now.

Jim where in GR are you getting this done at? I might want to do this as soon as spring hits. let me know

Euromike
12-09-2009, 06:46 PM
i painted mine for the 30 dollar paint kit at autozone and they look awesome and have held up for over a year now, i dont even clean them and they look great. Do that!