reviewed by edgar3 (g)
Let’s be clear this is my experience. Your experience may very.
I read dozens of reviews and looked at several dozen pictures. I did not read anything negative about the product.
All experiences claimed to be easy with great results.
I did see one brave reviewer claim “they came out ok, could have been better, but, it’ll do for now.”
The kit itself is indeed simple and easy to use. The instructions are simple.
The kit comes with a high quality brake cleaner to clean your calipers. After reading the many experiences, cleaning the calipers was the most time consuming (or should be) and the most important. It’s easy. Just do it over and over to make sure it’s super clean and degreased.
The G2 kit comes with an 8 oz. can with only 4 ounces inside. There is also a small bottle of reactor, when mixed into the paint, makes the combination “work”.
The oversized can is a thoughtful inclusion. It allows you to add the reactor fluid and stir the paint and dip your brush without causing any kind of spillage or overflowing.
The kit also comes with a popsicle stick stirrer and a one inch foam brush.
No complaints so far.
The instructions state when painting some bubbles will appear at first and is normal. It’s the paint and the reactor working.
However, inside the can there were dozens of little particle globules. Looked like the stick may have stirred it from the bottom of the can. These particles would stick to the brush and the caliper. They seemed to be removed by a few brush strokes. Doesn’t seem to have been a big deal. I admit the whole time I was worried that the paint was old or somehow corrupt.
I never got a clear feeling as to how much of the caliper to paint. It may sound stupid, but, the very small amount of paint will make you wonder too. Never fear. I painted all for calipers in their entirety with 3 coats. There was enough left for at least one more coat, probably two.
At this point though everything seemed to be on point. I read that it was wise to paint on light coats, which I did. However, even after the third coat, there were spots on parts of the calipers where the paint was visibly thin and the darkness of the caliper came thru.
I followed the directions to the letter.
I checked this morning to find them exactly as I left them, except to a hardened handsome gloss. Unfortunately there were runs and drips. The spots where the bare metal showed thru were still very much visible. I guess these were spots that needed the 4th and 5th coats.
I reckon if I applied my Brembo decals and put the wheels back on they would look pretty good. I could also wait the 24 hour cure time and sand the drips a bit to even them out. Maybe a careful touch up with a high gloss spray paint in the thin areas will make them a bit m ore consistent.
The quality of my paint job would be more appropriate on and older model resto project or maybe my pickup.
On my 2010 Camaro, not so much.
The $45 price of the kit and the several hours of work is still a good deal.
However, if you’re particular about your mods and demand a bit more of a professional look…or frequently show your car, this option may disappoint you.
I’ll be saving my money to have them powder coated asap. My shop charges $360 to remove the calipers and powdercoat. Other shops will have you remove and replace the calipers for about $300.
There’s a reason that every thread on this subject will include several instances of “if you can afford it, powder coating is the way to go”
I wonder how many of you had the same or similar experience?