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Default Couple Questions Regarding Painting Calipers and About Power Windows

First, I want to spray my rubber window tracks with silicone, as I'm getting some squeaking from my driver's window. Do you just use the spray silicone that you would get from AutoZone, or Home Depot? My windows are tinted, will spraying the window tracks have any adverse affects on my tint?

On to the other topic...I got my Wilwoods today, and I have a G2 paint kit on the way. When I get to the face of the caliper, I have to deal with this:
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You have to brush on the G2 paint. What is the best way to clean any paint off of the letters, as I'm sure I'll slop some on there? This stuff dries rock hard...will paint thinner on a rag be good enough to clean the letters? I've also got an air die grinder with some scotchbrite pads? Now that I bought the G2 kit, I'm wondering if I shouldn't just spray them and call it a day?

If I use the G2 kit, I'm going to paint all exterior surfaces, but NOT the interior surfaces of the caliper. If I end up spraying them, are there any concerns with taping anything off? Do I need to be worried about any overspray on any parts of the caliper?
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Default Re: Couple Questions Regarding Painting Calipers and About Power Windows

Here's the concept for the calipers Don. You can do either/or. I couldn't find any high temp green paint so I'm using a G2 kit to paint over it smoothly. I'm painting the whole thing and then slightly sanding the letters off. Its works perfect as I did it on my 4thgen's 300ZX BBK!

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Default Re: Couple Questions Regarding Painting Calipers and About Power Windows

Don, any chemical on the window tint can't be good. Maybe someone else will chime in. As far as getting the paint off, I haven't seen anything that denatured alcohol wouldn't remove. You can pick it up at Home Depot.

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Default Re: Couple Questions Regarding Painting Calipers and About Power Windows

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Here's the concept for the calipers Don. You can do either/or. I couldn't find any high temp green paint so I'm using a G2 kit to paint over it smoothly. I'm painting the whole thing and then slightly sanding the letters off. Its works perfect as I did it on my 4thgen's 300ZX BBK!

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I did this, as eddy had recommended, and it came out great!!!
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Default Re: Couple Questions Regarding Painting Calipers and About Power Windows

Thanks for the caliper tips guys. Eddy, will the letters rust if I don't have any protection on them? Is 100grit too harsh, should I go with something finer so they don't leave sanding scratches on the letters, or will you not see them?

Eddy, any advice on the windows? Will it be safe to spray the tracks with my windows tinted? Should I hunt down my tint guy and run it by him?
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Default Re: Couple Questions Regarding Painting Calipers and About Power Windows

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Thanks for the caliper tips guys. Eddy, will the letters rust if I don't have any protection on them? Is 100grit too harsh, should I go with something finer so they don't leave sanding scratches on the letters, or will you not see them?

Eddy, any advice on the windows? Will it be safe to spray the tracks with my windows tinted? Should I hunt down my tint guy and run it by him?
Yeah you can go with a much finer sand paper. Those Z32 calipers were pretty old so they needed a rougher grit. I never had any problems with rust at all. I've had my Wilwoods for a few years now.

Not sure about the Windows. A lot of people use glass cleaning chemicals on the tints and have never had any major issues. Not sure about that Silicone though.
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Default Re: Couple Questions Regarding Painting Calipers and About Power Windows

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Yeah you can go with a much finer sand paper. Those Z32 calipers were pretty old so they needed a rougher grit. I never had any problems with rust at all. I've had my Wilwoods for a few years now.

Not sure about the Windows. A lot of people use glass cleaning chemicals on the tints and have never had any major issues. Not sure about that Silicone though.
Yeah, ummmmm, I'm a moron! The calipers are aluminum...they won't rust!
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Default Re: Couple Questions Regarding Painting Calipers and About Power Windows

Don ,


roll your windows all the way down , get a can of silicone that has a straw attachment,

and this is the area you want to spray
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then roll you windows up and down , up and down a few times and you should be good, wipe anything access off your tints if you cover it with a heavy coat.

but as long as you spray in this general area when the windows are down your good.


As for the letters ,Eddy has the right idea

or you can either take the time to mask it up , or brush some grease on the letters and then paint around it carefully.

when the paint is dry you can wipe the grease off and the letters are untouched.

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Thanks guys! Hopefully the weather warms up enough in the next week or so and I can get the car detailed!
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