Thinking of customising your Tesla brake calipers at home?

Details matter, especially on a high-end car like a Tesla. Yet the cars look so good when leaving the showroom that modifying the styling – as you might on other motors – feels a bit like drawing a grin on the Mona Lisa to make her look happier.

That’s why we see many Tesla owners looking for that unique tweak or standout accent that will really make their pride and joy stand out from the crowd.

With low-profile tires and larger rims now the norm, a car’s brakes have emerged from the shadows to spotlight a design feature that will stand out from the crowd. The colour of calipers finishes those sleek wheels off just perfectly.

What colour calipers work best on a Tesla?

Red calipers add a racy feature and come as an upgrade option when buying a Tesla from new. That effect can be achieved at less than half the cost by customising your calipers after delivery. The brakes performance pack offered by Tesla has typically cost a few thousand pounds all-in.

If red is a bit routine for you, consider a bright green, yellow, orange or even blue. It was probably Porsche who first added red calipers to their cars. Back in the day, red meant sport calipers and yellow indicated carbon-ceramic ones. Since then, red calipers have become quite commonplace on sporty wheels. But they still look great let’s admit it.

Can I paint my own Tesa calipers?

Yes. But we wouldn’t advise it.

You may be tempted to think that all you need to achieve the same style accent is a tin of spray paint.

But it’s a bit more complicated than that, there are good reasons why DIY paint jobs on brake calipers are not such a good idea unless you know exactly what you’re doing.

Any old paint simply won’t do

Brakes get hot. Very hot. Calipers are routinely exposed to temperatures above 200 degrees celsius.

Paint for calipers will need to be in the specialist powder coating form or a liquid paint specially formulated for the job.

You could get vinyl caliper covers instead of painting them. But this tends to look like a cheaper effort than a proper paint job. And if you really must, choose your covering material wisely – some of the caliper covering options on the market don’t inspire confidence.

You will need tools

You could try and paint the calipers with the wheels on. But this is one fiddly job which takes an age, and it could all go wrong with the slightest slip of a brush.

Overspray onto the discs and beyond, and spend the rest of the day sponging and scraping the misplaced paint off.

To properly paint brake calipers, the wheels will have to be removed. And you’ll need a torque wrench, sockets, a breaker bar and a jack adaptor at least to do so. You’ll likely need a decent hydraulic jack too if you’re whipping the wheels off to work on them.

You will need to disassemble the calipers

You will also need to take the calipers apart to get a thorough and uniform paint coverage all round.

There are many rubber seals and covers on Tesla calipers to begin and most have the headache of additional electronic parking brake components. Taking the calipers to bits is one thing, putting them back together and back on the wheels is another.

Consider your warranty-voiding mindset

It’s a bit of a grey area as to whether painting your Tesla brake calipers voids any warranty conditions.

It tends to come down to your own approach to Tesla warranties. The onus is likely to actually be on Tesla themselves to demonstrate the paint job was the cause of any accident or damage.

But doing a bad job at home is a sure-fire way to increase the risk of a potentially pricey void of the warranty. Why take the risk? Get a professional like us to do it for you.

We can skilfully paint the calipers to a colour of your choice without any of the hassle on your Tesla Model 3, a href=””>Model S or a href=””>Model X.

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