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Tidied up my calipers......

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  1. Richardesty
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    I tidied up my calipers today, after doing the RS4 rear sway bar......

    I intended to 'go red' but chickened out:

    Front:
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    Rear:
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    Cos it's such an easy job today, they may go red yet!
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    Very nice indeed.

    What did you use and how did you do it then? :)
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    good job,same decals as i have and same position!hmmm great minds think alike lol:p
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    Simply a case of:


    • Remove the wheels
    • Clean the calipers with some brake cleaners, and a wire brush
    • More brake cleaner
    • Then painted using this:
    [​IMG]

    • Added the stickers
    • Replaced the wheels
    :unsure: Yes - I couldn't believe it either. The paint is less than £3 from Wilko's and lasts for years on calipers :icon_thumright:

    Tidied up the disc whilst I was at it too:
    [​IMG]

    Seriously considering redoing in red though :wacko:
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    very good indeed.

    and as i have a wilko discount card, even better:)

    i presume you brushed it on. did you mask up or go freehand?

    definately something i need to do.

    I presume the decals are from ebay? got a linky? :)
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    looks really nice, but as you say red would look killer
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    Yeh, good work! :icon_thumright:
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    Nice job, busy day today then!

    I think red would look good on your colour car ;)
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    NICE WORK .LIKE THE DISCREET BLACK
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    I actually did the initial coat using the spray version - masking off using a large towel :eyebrows: then I touched up the edges using the brush on version, and a brush.

    I used ebay item:
    250423982604[​IMG]
    That said you can just search 'Audi Caliper Decal' for other suppliers. I was very tempted to use some 'brembo' stickers if I'm honest, and if I 'GO RED' I probably will.
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    Well I've got some red paint now........so watch this space!
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    prefer the understated black, I'm mid process of doing this myself with the 'S' decal from S-Line on them
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    Anoter job for me to do! Just need the time!
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    That looks really good mate, well done :)
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    + 1 :)
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    The joys of Photoshop:

    [​IMG]

    ?
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    Oh yes....the black look nice and clean and discreet...but who wants discreet lol
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    LOL - I was more bothered about the fact that I spent all that time doing them, only to find you couldn't really see them :photo:

    Personally I think red looks best, some how 'lifts' the tone of the car and hey - 9/10 people won't even know they're there! :keule:
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    Looking good mate.

    Think I would stay with Black but Red does look good!
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    Lol I often think that about things I do, but as long as YOU know they're there ;)
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    I did mine in black, and they look nice with the wheels off, but like you say when you put the wheels on you dont really notice them!
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    Hi guys some of this sites members have used our decals and posted on another thread on here, we sell a set of 12 for £5 delivered, we also have the S-Line decals, www.qhstore.co.uk Cheers all :)
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    I honestly cant decide what colour to go for so i think im just going to go for red, anyone fancy photoshopping some red callipers with a white s line logo onto these images for me? bearing in mind im fitting new discs soon and redstuff pads!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
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    Personally mate i wouldn't go for red on your car.
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    I agree I think, on the blue car IMO gloss black would look better. Red is fine if you have huuuge Brembo's but, especially with the smaller rear calipers I think red can draw attention to how small they look!
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    So where do i get brembos then? lol

    Wass not sure about red anyway so may go with black or silver!
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    I'd say red would tie in fine - linking the red in the Sline Logos and that of the tail lights......
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    Lol everyone says a different thing on here so do what you feel is best :thumbsup:

    Brembo covers are freely available on ebay for about £12 a pair ;)
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    Don't go for these, they will look very cheap!

    Dazmo IMO you need to keep the class look with your car. Red would make it look a bit "saxo". I agree either black or a darker shade of silver behind those wheels would look good. The front calipers on the 3.0 are quite beefy so even a darker colour will draw attention.

    No offence to anyone with red calipers, each to their own.
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    Just to clarify, that was a joke! :tumble:
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    I know mate, I forgot to put a smiley on the end of my comment. Lol.

    Caliper painting is a minefield, I've got an idea on what i want to do with mine but won't post my idea till I see the results, it might look rubbish.
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    My front calipers are hugh and would look great red but like previously mentioned the rear calipers are alot smaller and may look abit silly painted red so i reckon black is probably best to keep that smart look.

    I still like the idea of red though as it looks so much cooler.
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    The thing for me was you do what you think suits you, and if you don't like it - it's not a big job to change the colour again..........as I did.

    The paint I've used is really good for this, and about £3 a go (enough to do all four!).

    My biggest problem was waiting for new stickers :yes:
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    Did you use hamerite smooth? doesnt this give a satin finish.

    Or can you buy it in glossy and matt?
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    After a few tips from Rich, I also have a set of red calipers on my Audi and jolly-nice they are too. I was changing the pads anyway, stealers quoted £61 for a front set, got some decent Mintex ones, £42 for front + back :yes:

    Also stuck the Audi decals on the front set and they look really nice, haven't done any on the back as I can't work out where I can put them to any effect.

    Thanks to Rich for his help.
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    Get some pics up please mate as i still cant decide on red or black!!
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    Will do when it stops raining :)

    Take it from me, I was undecided until I saw some done in red....go red....you won't regret it.
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    Here's a comparison:

    [​IMG]
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    Did you change your mind rich?
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