: Custom Brake Caliper Color. Suggestions???



LyndellWiggins
10-01-12, 05:56 AM
http://blog.lyndellwiggins.com/wp-content/gallery/cts-v/IMG_2609.jpg

Above is a picture of my car. It is a 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe with the Black Raven paint job. I have some big plans for it's future but I am hung up on the brake caliper color. I plan to completely black out the car. I'm thinking Matte Black paint, black out all the chrome, get the black grilles from D3, black side vents from D3, black license plate trim from D3, black Cadillac logos from D3, graphite rims, tinted windows (not too too dark. I still want to be seen), and possibly (and that's a bit "if" so far) black out the tail lights.

I love the yellow brake calipers but my uncle has those on his CTS-V and I'm trying to differentiate us a little since our cars are almost identical. I like the new red calipers but I fear that red might be out-dated and over-done. I was searching the web and came across a blacked out Ferrari with black calipers. It's an interesting idea. Here is the pic:

http://www.youwall.com/papel/3300889b33.jpg

So, what do you guys think? I'm up to any suggestions and if you could possibly find pictures to give me an idea that would be great. Thank you all.

Lyndell Wiggins

PS I also love the vette's blue calipers.

LyndellWiggins
10-01-12, 06:06 AM
And before a bunch of people come in here and tell my that I will ruin the car, I'm sorry you feel that way and I do honestly respect the car, but I am young and its a matter of taste. I do love the "from the factory" look but I kind of want to differentiate myself from the pack. So, let's keep this thread to the brake calipers. Thanks again. :)

Lyndell Wiggins

larry arizona
10-01-12, 07:33 AM
really thinking about adding the zr1 blue to my black v.

CoppeR
10-01-12, 02:46 PM
Instead of dropping all the coin on D3 stuff, just plasti-dip all that chrome. With black, you can almost do any caliper color. Im fairly young so i could go with black or lime green!
edit...hideous wheels but u get the idea.

98155

not a V but got V calipers

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PetroCTS-V
10-01-12, 03:32 PM
I did these on my black C63.

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o316/petmic10/OrangeCalipers2.jpg

xlr_x
10-01-12, 05:32 PM
98163 purple :thumbsup:

qictrk
10-01-12, 05:34 PM
I'm not young, but I still like to stand out in the crowd. The orange really makes a statement. This is one question your going to have to make on your own. There is no
right or wrong. Depends on weather you want to be stealth or you want to say, hey look at me. I like them all. Cecil.................

ClarkkentCTSV
10-01-12, 09:33 PM
I love the way copper looks against an all black car. Just a suggestion.

larry arizona
10-01-12, 09:51 PM
you can get bronze for free if u go track the car like a madman and get the brakes nice and toasty. do the banana calipers turn spotted brown when tracked hard?

LyndellWiggins
10-01-12, 10:40 PM
So far I'm thinking black, blue, copper, maybe a gold?, and possibly an orange. Right now copper and blue are the top two I think.

And about the Plasti dip: I have experimented with Plasti dip and believe it to be a good way to black out a car but I'd rather do things a little more professionally. I may try Plasti dip before making the big jump into the D3 or custom painting.

M5eater
10-02-12, 02:12 PM
If you do Blue. it *has* to be ZR1 Blue. There's someone on here that went with a lazer/ZR1 Blue on this calipers, but I forget who.. larry was that you?
also; your uncle has a CTS-V?

my uncle has a freaking aveo....

also; you look ~ 12 years old in that pic :P

us damn youngings are taking over I say, TAKING OVER!


And about the Plasti dip: I have experimented with Plasti dip and believe it to be a good way to black out a car but I'd rather do things a little more professionally.
Plasti-dip on the grill is *the* only way to do it. And I don't mean that because it's cheap. I mean that because it's ABS plastic and you will *not* be able to prep and paint it sufficiently to prevent it from chipping. plasti-dip is flexiable enough that it will not chip. I've had a PD'd grill for > 1 year and have 0 chips.

Plasti-dip is easier, cheaper, lasts longer and arguably looks better.

There are no disadvantages.

Stillborn
10-02-12, 07:02 PM
i'd like to see an glossy ice blue/carolina blue brake scheme. if you google "ice blue caliper" images you'll get some decent results.

CoppeR
10-02-12, 07:13 PM
Oooo, Glacier Blue calipers. The only way GM is gonna sell that paint.

98205

LyndellWiggins
10-02-12, 07:25 PM
I agree with M5eater, it would have to be ZR1 blue. I cannot have Carolina blue because I actually live in North Carolina and happen to be an NC State fan. Haha.

M5eater: I don't know how many 6' 1" 12 year olds there are with a 5 o'clock shadow but ok. And yes, my uncle and I both have CTS-Vs. His is the Black Diamond Edition and mine has the Black Raven paint job. Here is a pic:
http://images.lyndellwiggins.com/unknephy.jpeg

Thanks everyone for the input. So far I'm thinking black for subtle or blue for pop. Probably the blue is winning thus far.

LyndellWiggins
10-02-12, 07:30 PM
I forgot to comment on the Plasti dip. You don't think buying a blacked out grill would work? I'm not fully against Plasti dip, I actually love the stuff. My dad has just been trying to talk me into a "more professional" approach. Also, the grille is the one part of the car that I think Plasti dip might be hard to remove from. Have you tried removing it from the grille? I mean there are just so many little holes and angles.

Dr. Design
10-02-12, 09:20 PM
I have my eye on one of the challenge cars as his calipers are getting ready to change color. I think his bananas are going to brown shortly.


you can get bronze for free if u go track the car like a madman and get the brakes nice and toasty. do the banana calipers turn spotted brown when tracked hard?

LyndellWiggins - From a design standpoint, have you looked at possibly going with a glass black caliper? It might offer a good deal of contrast to the matte finish that you are talking about doing with everything else. The tone on tone (if done tastefully) can be very rewarding as it shows the attention to detail. The copper finish is also becoming more popular. The natural hues and tones are starting to make a design impact.

Good luck with your decision. Looking forward to seeing the finish product.

Thanks,

Dr. Design
D3 Cadillac

M5eater
10-02-12, 09:41 PM
Instead of dropping all the coin on D3 stuff, just plasti-dip all that chrome. With black, you can almost do any caliper color. Im fairly young so i could go with black or lime green!
edit...hideous wheels but u get the idea.

98155

not a V but got V calipers

98157

I just noticed.. that this was a G8 GT with GREEN V2 brakes.


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gsandhu
10-02-12, 11:46 PM
I forgot to comment on the Plasti dip. You don't think buying a blacked out grill would work? I'm not fully against Plasti dip, I actually love the stuff. My dad has just been trying to talk me into a "more professional" approach. Also, the grille is the one part of the car that I think Plasti dip might be hard to remove from. Have you tried removing it from the grille? I mean there are just so many little holes and angles.

Bro I probably have to most experience with that and let metal you it's a PAIN IN THE ASS to remove !! I did it on my grill and my moms range rover and I had to rent a pressure wash because the angles are crazy.. I say you get the d3 grille lol I am never gonna use plasti dip on mine again lol

LyndellWiggins
10-03-12, 01:23 AM
Bro I probably have to most experience with that and let metal you it's a PAIN IN THE ASS to remove !! I did it on my grill and my moms range rover and I had to rent a pressure wash because the angles are crazy.. I say you get the d3 grille lol I am never gonna use plasti dip on mine again lol

That's what I was thinking. I mean I know Plasti dip comes off smooth solid surfaces easily but taking it off the grille just sounds like a headache. I mean if the dip ever got messed up I would have to re-do it and I just would rather have a real black grille (D3). Thanks for the input.

M5eater
10-03-12, 07:53 AM
Bro I probably have to most experience with that and let metal you it's a PAIN IN THE ASS to remove !! I did it on my grill and my moms range rover and I had to rent a pressure wash because the angles are crazy.. I say you get the d3 grille lol I am never gonna use plasti dip on mine again lol

removing it by hand will take you at least 3-5 hours to remove(no exaggeration because I started to remove it by hand). you NEED a pressure washer. It'll get done in 20-30 minutes instead.

I was afraid to use my washer on the grille initially, but then realized it's not chromed plastic it's colored plastic. You can't harm it unless you're going fine-tip @ 2000+PSI. Which you won't need to.

Captain McFunk
10-03-12, 06:04 PM
well, either way you go on the calipers, I have the vinyl "V" logo decals I can get you to put back on your calipers. Mine are done in white, by the way:

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn181/CaptainMcFunk/finalfrontcaliper.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn181/CaptainMcFunk/photo-40.jpg

LyndellWiggins
10-03-12, 08:02 PM
Captain: If I had a white car I'd love the white calipers with black rims. Heck it probably would look great on my car as well. I probably need to add that to the list. And for the decals, do you sell them or what? Thanks.

Stillborn
10-03-12, 08:08 PM
Bro I probably have to most experience with that and let metal you it's a PAIN IN THE ASS to remove !! I did it on my grill and my moms range rover and I had to rent a pressure wash because the angles are crazy.. I say you get the d3 grille lol I am never gonna use plasti dip on mine again lol

some bug and tar remover (wait 5 mins), a manual car wash place with pressure washer,...you'll have it off in 2 mins.

Stillborn
10-03-12, 08:11 PM
[QUOTE=Captain McFunk;3104789]well, either way you go on the calipers, I have the vinyl "V" logo decals I can get you to put back on your calipers. Mine are done in white, by the way:

you shoulda hit up those rotor hats with black bbq grill paint. ;)

OldRoadDawg
10-03-12, 10:25 PM
And for the decals, do you sell them or what? Thanks.
Here is a source:

Caliper Decals (http://8thdaycreations.com/products-page/vinyl-graphics/brake-caliper-decals/)

LyndellWiggins
10-05-12, 09:39 AM
Thanks Captain. I've been checking out the Plasti Dip forums and I like what you've done with your Caddy. I may try the Matte Black Plasti Dip to see how the car looks before going either vinyl or paint. Heck, I may just keep it Plasti Dipped if it looks good enough! But I know black has a lot of range and may not look as good as your custom blue.