Paint Cobra calipers?

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Kit comes with a spray can of degreaser, paint, brush, masking tape and stir stick.
 

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There is a set of ford racing that I want to get
For my white95
Have to find them again
 

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I do it because it has some looks
And also keeps the break dust down off the wheel
 

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Could be
I like them there very easy work with
It makes the brake area look clean
Covers the caliper nice
 

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I agree… with both of you!!
IMHO, that’s one of the key factors that makes our hobby so dynamic: diverse tastes and mods!

I can completely see Rau’s logic using the caliper covers. And at the same time I can equally appreciate ttocs’ view of the simple, understated look.
To each his own, eh!

When I DO finally get around to doing it, I’ll certainly post before & after pics.
 

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I got away from painting
Rust and brake dust will show with time

I cover my calipers just looks cleaner
Now granted the custom covers are a bit expensive
But well worth the money
At car shows people do ask where can they find them
Vett people dodge people chevy guys
 

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I could not agree more about getting away from painting.
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But I do fondle, I mean rub some polish on them anytime I have the wheels off...
 

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I do agree with "Your money, your car" which means do what you want but some things just make more sense than others.

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Good luck with whatever you decide
Michael Plummer
 

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I considered covers at one time myself but after upgrading the power I HAD to upgrade the stopping ability as well. Then I saw the baer's and got all stupid for some reason but it was a buy once cry once type of situation.
 

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Ok, finally got around to painting the front calipers!
I cleaned the snot out of them: caliper cleaner, wire brush; caliper cleaner, wire brush; lather/rinse/repeat!

Applied the paint, cleaned off the lettering with mineral spirits on Q-tips, and…..
WAS NOT HAPPY INITIALLY!
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During…
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After…
 

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I was obviously disappointed after painting and was sure I’d have to write the paint off as rust protectant and start shopping for the caliper covers. But after putting the wheels back on and letting the paint set up, it looks “ok” to me. No where near the look and quality of powder coating, but for 1/5th the price I’m ok with it.
 

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I winced a bit when you said it was a brush on. I have never got any better results than that with brush on stuff on metal. If you ever decide to do it over again it would not be too hard to strip that with some citristrip and start over.
 

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Thx, ttocs. I’ll keep that in mind should this crap out on me or if I decide it’s not up to snuff on how I want it to look after all.
 

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its not a super powerful stripper but its also not toxic and you can use it indoors. Just use more coats and let it sit overnight.
 

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