question re changing color of calipers

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    I have a '19 GT Premium. All Magnetic, no black roof. Changed the badge from red to black, as well as the pony at the grill. Stock wheels ( black) which I like. To liven it up I was thinking of changing the calipers to red.
    As far as I can see there are 3 ways;
    - painting the existing
    - adding covers over the existing
    - buying red ones and storing the originals.
    With only 3000 miles it seems a waste of $ to shelve the originals. I've heard different opinions re the covers and heat build up. I'm not a racer but I'd hate to have excess heat warp anything. I could see myself painting the originals, but what do you think of buying the covers ( or maybe just a front and rear), putting them on temporarily, and see if I like the look?
    If I like the look, which way to go? Are the covers expensive? Does Ford make them?
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    The covers seem to be quite expensive, $250 for a set of 4.

    https://www.americanmuscle.com/2015-mustang-caliper-covers.html

    It's only $10 for a can of caliper spray paint.

    I painted the calipers on my acura a few years ago, when I sold that car a year later they were still looking good. It's not a difficult job, you just gotta use a lot of tape and newspaper to cover up everything else.
     
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    I used the G2 Caliper paint. I went with blue as my secondary color. The G2 Kit came out smurf like blue so I used some Duplicolor Blue Metallic spray paint over that and I like it. Not as fresh as if I would have powder coated them but still nice.

    It took me about ten hours worth of work over two days and most of that was masking and covering the car.

    I also changed the point in the 5.0 emblems to blue and bought metallic Brembo stickers from Anchor Room. I will post a pic later from my phone.
     
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    Cool/ look forward to seeing the pix.
     
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    One with just the G2 and then obviously the final look after Duplicolor.

    I think the G2 gets that smurf color blue because of the black paint originally on the calipers. If I did it again I’d try laying down a white primer first before putting the G2 Blue on. 5E9920D5-523D-4F4D-9EF0-7E7678AAAA62.jpeg E9C150F6-4031-4ABE-90FE-EFA632AABF5C.jpeg F0CC6EB9-0941-4707-820C-10467CE2FE1A.jpeg
     
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    Looks pretty good! Nice job masking.
     
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    You can easily paint them on the car, and there is nothing wrong with that if you mask it right. The big thing is preping the surface. Given how low miles your calipers are there should be little to clean, but regardless CLEAN them good or it will not last. It is much harder to do this while on the car.

    Me personally, I got a second set of calipers base GT 4 piston calipers for $50 to dissassemble, sandblast and powder-coat, not sure what color yet but I am thinking just red. I do my own powder-coating so it is a bit easier for me to go this route. I did gloss black calipers for a LS swap BMW project of mine. 6A949D7A-DB04-42F0-A1D6-992C4E53AB35.jpeg
     
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    Geez they look great/ I never thought of the powder coating.
     
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    Painted with G2 calipers paint.

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    I had mine professionally painted for $395.00 and they look amazing 20190615_152656.jpg
     
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    G2 here as well 20190608_005423.jpg 20190608_025724.jpg 20190608_005420.jpg
     
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    I really wanted the Brembo brakes so I replaced my 4 piston GT brakes, which I was originally planning to paint, with a set of the red 6 piston Bullitt Brembos, but I did paint the rear calipers with the G2 kit and they turned out great.
     
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    Painted mine with VHT caliper paint... turned out great. A lot of work, but it's cheap.
    Used a dremel to grind down all the casting marks on the rear calipers to make them look cleaner.

    Also wrapped the face of my wheel with black vinyl, blacked out my badges, and tinted the reflector on the headlights.

    Happy with the results! 20190527_192615.jpg 20190527_221937.jpg 20190615_144132.jpg 20190625_123501.jpg
     
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    I never would have thought of gold but they look good!
     
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    Years ago Cadillac, with their 72-76 Eldorados, color coded the hubcaps to match the color of the car. What would happen if Ford ( or anyone else) color coded the caliper covers to the color of each particular car? Beside the extra cost,?
     
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    Is this their standard G2 orange color or did you order it to match the Orange Fury? That looks like a pretty close match!
     
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    I am still thinking of painting mine, but not sure what color to go with, probably some matching gray for both calipers or go all black or red? rear is more silver than the fronts. I already have custom high heat Continental decals on the fronts and they are holding up fine so far on the base coating. Well the 4 pots are made by Continental Automotive so I felt it would look more accurate with the Continental logo than "brembo".

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    How do you go about the lettering? Do you peel that off and get new ones?
     
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    if you are talking about PP brembo calipers? The logo is lost since it is originally painted on and you have to resort to a high temp decal to put the logo back on after painting or paint the logo on with a stencil.
     
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    Yup, PP Brembos as my GT has the Brembo lettering. No way in hell I would be able to put the lettering back on like original. High temp decal sounds doable though will look around for those. Cheers.
     
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