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#1 Old 03-01-2013
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Is it sad to paint the brake calipers ? Was only thinking about painting them Back or Silver. What do you think?

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nope...special paint is available for just that purpose-there are also co's that sell caliper covers that are colored that double as brake dust shields...


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My painted calipers
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I chose to go with the MGP Brake Caliper Covers for both my SLK and Vette. All about personal preference.
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I'm getting my calipers painted red tomorrow.
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I painted mine silver when I replaced the pads and rotors.
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Why didn't you paint the rears? Just wondering.
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Why didn't you paint the rears? Just wondering.
I did paint the rears, but they are so small and pathetic in design you can hardly see them
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I did paint the rears, but they are so small and pathetic in design you can hardly see them

I must say that green (body colour) looks fantastic.
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Anyone found callipers covers in the UK that will fit a '55' ?
I found some on ebay (red). SLK is listed as a fit but not the SLK 55


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These are mine that I did. Gm ppg red....6 hours of grinding the the cast marks out, sanding them, priming them, sanding them, scuff padding them, than paint. After that, throw them on, add the stainless steel lines, bleed brakes, add the custom made decals.
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Drilled brakes are no good for daily driving Jon.
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These are mine that I did. Gm ppg red....6 hours of grinding the the cast marks out, sanding them, priming them, sanding them, scuff padding them, than paint. After that, throw them on, add the stainless steel lines, bleed brakes, add the custom made decals.
Nice job on the decals. Do you go over those again with clear after they are on?
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Nice job on the decals. Do you go over those again with clear after they are on?
Nope, it's painted with dcc, single stage paint.
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Looking good Bradley. Nice to see a young man take pride in his ride.

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Looking good Bradley. Nice to see a young man take pride in his ride.
Thank you! I take so much pride in it! I have well over 600 hours in it. That's why she is locked in the garage for the winter. This is my new $700 winter truck. 1989 Dodge dakota 2wd....about 14mpg. I miss the slk so much.... 20 some mpg..power windows, great pick up! ahhhhh can't wait till it gets warmer and all that salt is off the roads!
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Drilled brakes are no good for daily driving Jon.
Drilled brakes are standard on the 171 350. I think MB know what they are doing !!!!
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Education time for the young

there are a few reasons drilled rotors make sense. The first is heat. When the brake pad grabs the rotor, it creates friction, which creates heat. If that heat can't escape, it leads to brake fade, which reduces the brakes' stopping power. The second reason is gas build up. This actually isn't much of a problem any more; however, the materials used in some older types of brake pads caused gas to build up between the rotors and pads. That gas also limited stopping power. The last reason is water. If a car drives through a puddle, a carwash or even a rainstorm, the brake rotors can get wet. A wet brake rotor is slippery and difficult for the brake pads to grab. Having drilled holes on a brake rotor makes it easy for heat, gas and water to be quickly moved away from the rotor surface, keeping the brake performance strong.

Slotted brake rotors aren't perfect. They tend to wear down brake pads very quickly. Because of this, the most common type of performance brake rotors found on production performance cars are of the drilled variety. While that type of construction is seen as too weak for racing applications, most everyday drivers should have no trouble with drilled rotors on their street cars and can save the slotted rotors for cars that are racetrack-bound.
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Nice...

Drilled and/or slotted rotors are purely cosmetic in today's cars, and have inferior braking performance. The holes were anyways never for heat transfer. Brake rotor metal transfers heat a lot better than a hole to the sky.

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Just to wind a few up I think these will be my next buy when I replace my discs
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