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CORVETTE TODAY #128-Learn About Spring Mountain From Lead Instructor, Rick Malone

This week's guest on CORVETTE TODAY was actually on the show in June of 2020...2-1/2 years ago! He's Rick Malone, the Lead Driving Instructor and Director of the Ron Fellows Corvette Performance Driving School at Spring Mountain. https://youtu.be/ZivzUbqZeFA; https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/corve...cLQcA7UeQlrsLD
Rick is back on CORVETTE TODAY to update us on the C8 Owners Driver's School, what's going on at Spring Mountain, in general, and what you have to look forward to when you take their 2 day course. There is so much fun for you and your spouse when you attend their class. Don't miss this episode of CORVETTE TODAY with Rick Malone! Visit the CORVETTE TODAY website, listen to the show, watch the YouTube video, shop in the Merchandise Store, sign up for weekly emails and join the Facebook Group at:


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2023 Corvette Info Including SR Pricing, SR 2023 Visualizer, 70th Anniversary SR/Z06 Press Release; The C8 Z06 Press Release, Order Guide & Its Visualizer Link

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    Im not in love with the colors GM is offering for the calipers. I ordered a sample from G2USA.com and I really like the sample they sent. Is it a huge project to paint the calipers?? Obviously I wouldn’t do it myself, but who would do something like this?

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    Common occurrence on C7s.

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      Originally posted by Sandyslu View Post
      Im not in love with the colors GM is offering for the calipers. I ordered a sample from G2USA.com and I really like the sample they sent. Is it a huge project to paint the calipers?? Obviously I wouldn’t do it myself, but who would do something like this?
      Have done it on several cars. All came out fantastic (and I am a lousy painter, but tape pretty well — as I personally do not remove the calipers for bleeding the brakes later issue).

      The one thing about it, and their color matching on their custom colors is really, really good, is that you need to watch several YouTube videos a few times, do exactly what they are the G2 directions say,. e.g., once you mix the two part paint, you must finish the job all at once. Which leads to two options, either jacking up the car and removing all four wheels at once (a PIA without 4 point lift) or buy two cans (@ $110 each, then jacking up one side at a time — and having done both, I now will happily pay an extra $110 and buy one can for one side, the second for the other. Where are my friends with lifts???

      One more critical factor, is that you must do this job absolutely consistent with the recommended temperature standards, which if I am remembering correctly, is between 55-75 degrees F.

      I would do the system/process again on my C8 in a heartbeat.
      Last edited by John; 08-04-2019, 10:19 PM.
      2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, complete high wing/aero package. CCB’s, PBC, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


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      • #4
        Guys have been painting calipers on Corvettes (and having professionals do it for 'em too) for decades. Unfortunately, most of them that I've seen look like they were done in the back yard. The only way to do it right is to have it professionally 'powder coated'.
        2020 HTC Torch Red with lots of goodies. Built in September. Museum Delivered in October......

        Other toys in the garage: Ferrari California, BMW i8 Roadster, Bentley Flying Spur, Chevy SSr

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        • #5
          Please tell my many year old, still super glossy and beautiful calipers that their painting was a failure. They might disagree.

          As to your point about power-coating, I agree that is absolutely the best option, but the time it takes to keep a car up on jack stands, getting your local P-C to get the job done in a timely manner , and then after their re-install, bleeding the brakes, make that option not my personal favorite. But no doubt powder-coating ones brake calipers and wheels are the very best option.
          2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, complete high wing/aero package. CCB’s, PBC, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


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          • #6
            I never did it before and after watching the you tube videos i ventured to do it myself. It was real easy and has lasted a long time.


            ill probably stick with the stock black caliber color for many uears and then one day paint the stock calibers myself again..l

            when i was done I laughed at how long it took me to decide to paint them and then again at how quickly and easily it took me to prep, paint and put the wheels back on..

            it was so easy

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            • #7
              I painted my C6 calipers in 2007 with high-temp red spray paint ... they still look perfect (nice and glossy red). Painting works fine (assuming you prep the calipers correctly and use a high-temp paint - regular body touch up paint will probably fade or blister). The downside, on the C6Z (which mine was not) and C8 (from the pics I have seen) is that you will loose the "Corvette" decal (and the "Z51" decal on the C8). The C6 "Corvette" letters were cast into the caliper and easy to sand down to bare metal after painting.

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              • #8
                Good point 07MontyRed. Believe we again will have aftermarkets who sell near identical caliper labels, even in the same colors as GM’s. Here’s just one I quickly found.

                https://www.amazon.com/Corvette-Stin.../dp/B01N1WJAER
                2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, complete high wing/aero package. CCB’s, PBC, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


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