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Old 05-15-2019, 12:09 AM
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Hey folks,

I have been working on upgrading my base brakes to Z51. I just finished cleaning and painting one set of calipers!

My process:
  • Brake cleaner, stainless steel brush, 100 grit sandpaper block, and finish in dishwasher
  • Light coat of chapstick on Corvette letters, allowing paint to be easily removed
  • VHT caliper paint, following the instructions on the can/YouTube video (two light coats and one medium coat; I did a few extra sprays for touch up, too)
  • Bake in oven at 200 degrees for one hour
  • Remove paint off Corvette letters
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I think they came out fantastic!!


After cleaning, right before painting

After all coats of paint

In the oven!

Done

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Old 05-15-2019, 12:13 AM
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Nice job! I plan on doing mine soon in black.
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Old 05-15-2019, 12:55 AM
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Very nice! I want to do mine color matched, but probably not going to go through the whole process, but that definitely looks awesome! Great job!
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:28 AM
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Great job as it came out excellent.
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Old 05-15-2019, 03:29 AM
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the removing of the paint from the letters is what makes the difference between an amateur job and professional looking job

It looks great
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:43 AM
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chap stick on letters? really?? that is very interesting! how thick did you have to apply it?

I was just thinking about doing mine in RED because I'm getting new wheels and want it to stand out.

How hard is it to bleed the system when you re-install?

how long did it take ?

I thought i could do this while I'm getting tires mounted on new wheels since I'd have them all off anyway
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chap stick on letters? really?? that is very interesting! how thick did you have to apply it?

I was just thinking about doing mine in RED because I'm getting new wheels and want it to stand out.

How hard is it to bleed the system when you re-install?

how long did it take ?

I thought i could do this while I'm getting tires mounted on new wheels since I'd have them all off anyway

One or two passes with the chaptstick; be sure to remove the excess globs off the edges of the letters! The paint adheres to the chapstick, but the chapstick peels off very easily!

As for bleeding the system... I don't know. I will cross that bridge in a few weeks!
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:51 AM
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They look great well done 👍
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As for bleeding the system... I don't know. I will cross that bridge in a few weeks![/QUOTE]
You bleed them as if you are flushing brake system fluid all around. Plenty of "How to flush brake system" procedures on CF.
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:46 AM
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They look good.
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They look spectacular for sure. Great job!!!!
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Nicely done! Those look great. Question...did you hit them with a coat or two of clear to help keep the letters looking good?
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Nicely done! Those look great. Question...did you hit them with a coat or two of clear to help keep the letters looking good?
No clearcoat! I suppose it would add a shiny layer, but the raw paint-on-metal look is pretty tough!!
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Nice job on the calipers
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Looks like you took your time, and it paid off, truly looked good!
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Thanks for all the positive feedback, everyone!

Once I put these new ones on, I will likely sell my old ones and paint them a VHT available color of the buyer's choosing!!

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Thanks for all the positive feedback, everyone!

Once I put these new ones on, I will likely sell my old ones and paint them a VHT available color of the buyer's choosing!!
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Excellent job. Good color too.
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