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Creamsicle 01-25-2012 02:22 PM

Caliper covers
 
I really wanted to have my calipers painted red, but can't do it myself and haven't been able to find a body shop near my office who will do it for me either.

Then I found these covers:

http://www.carid.com/images/caliper-...2-S-FRD-RD.jpg

http://www.carid.com/2012-ford-focus...gp-332024.html


$200 is a whole lot more than the $40 for the paint, even with paying someone labor on top of that. So I'm a little daunted by the cost.

Opinions??

Davey Boy 01-25-2012 02:33 PM

I wouldn't buy a caliper cover. They're surprisingly easy to paint yourself, even with no experience. All you need is the paint and a free weekend. I'm also cheap and wouldn't want to spend that much just to get red calipers.

HammerStriker 01-25-2012 02:34 PM

I saw those on eBay for a little bit cheaper, but still way too much for what they are IMO.

BetaDnB 01-25-2012 02:38 PM

How long can the paint last? Just wondering if these would have a longer life span that would negate the cost/time to paint and repaint. Anybody have an idea of why these will only fit on the 17" wheels and larger? Do they actually stick out past the edges of the caliper?

misfire 01-25-2012 02:41 PM

I have a mustang that comes in my shop with these things. They look horrible in person

Creamsicle 01-25-2012 02:48 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I have never seen them in person, myself. Appreciate the warning, misfire!

I could paint mine, but would have to invest in 4 jack stands which I'd never use again. Maybe I could sell them I guess. Would also need a weekend in which I don't need to drive anywhere. That's a tough one.

But the responses here are making me lean away from the covers. Thanks again guys.

misfire 01-25-2012 02:52 PM

Your welcome. They look extremely cheap and stand out in a bad way.

st falcon 01-25-2012 02:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BetaDnB (Post 3981905)
How long can the paint last? Just wondering if these would have a longer life span that would negate the cost/time to paint and repaint. Anybody have an idea of why these will only fit on the 17" wheels and larger? Do they actually stick out past the edges of the caliper?

The red paint on my old grand am lasted for the three years I had it. The hardest part is keeping them clean, because the brake dust is even worse on the calipers than the wheels (makes sense). No peeling or chipping. The key is cleaing them thouroughly before paint, and use a high temp primer and of course, high temp paint. Also see if a body shop will powder coat them. Sometimes those that wont paint them will do powder coat. PLus powder coat will probably last 20 years, although its about as expensive as those covers.

And yeah, the covers are not pretty in person. The paint/powder covers the whole assembly, making it look complete.

2012sel 01-25-2012 02:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by misfire (Post 3981910)
I have a mustang that comes in my shop with these things. They look horrible in person

Might have bought these at $100.00, but now won't consider it even at that price. Thanks for the heads up.

xwhit3devilx 01-25-2012 03:36 PM

Don't ever buy covers; not for $20 and definitely not for $200. These things can fall off, a good paint-job cant. Also you wont fool anyone into thinking that your car has 4 piston calipers, you'll just come off as a tool. My advice, step back and think for a minute what else you could do with $200. Kindle fire? Tint job? Happy ending? Your choice of course, but I think this a waste of two Benjamin's.


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