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Old Aug 16, 2009, 06:47 AM   #16
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Guys, you can't do this with a non-HID housing.

You won't have any light output. The reason it works is because the projector is left as is, but the chrome surround is painted. I painted my DRL reflector too, but that's because I don't use the DRL.

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Old Aug 16, 2009, 08:09 AM   #17
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this is a great DIY mod, thanks !
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Old Aug 17, 2009, 11:50 AM   #18
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Guys, you can't do this with a non-HID housing.

You won't have any light output. The reason it works is because the projector is left as is, but the chrome surround is painted. I painted my DRL reflector too, but that's because I don't use the DRL.

(OP, again, nice job)

You could paint the trim pieces to sorta get the same effect however you would still be left with a lot of chrome due to the lights needing the reflectors. It would help some but the look may not be as dramatic. But then again it may be. I'd be interested to see what the non-HID lights look like painted up.
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Old Aug 18, 2009, 05:19 AM   #19
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looks good!!!!
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Old Sep 24, 2009, 09:25 PM   #20
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great DIY!!! Where did you get the plasti dip from? Thanks
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Old Oct 21, 2009, 10:39 AM   #21
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Gonna do this saturday...cant wait. Great job! Thank you for write up!!!
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Old Oct 22, 2009, 02:50 PM   #22
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Did you have to primer or sand anything? Or did you just spray the plasti dip?
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Old Oct 26, 2009, 05:23 AM   #23
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^+1, I'd like to know also, would like to prevent possible future peeling...

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Did you have to primer or sand anything? Or did you just spray the plasti dip?
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Old Oct 26, 2009, 06:02 AM   #24
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I did mine fri night. Started at 8pm and had them ready to reinstall at 2am. Waited till sat morning to install them. I did not have to sand or primer anything using plasti dip spray paint (from lowes). And they turned out awesome. Ill post pics in a few. Also i plast dipped my middle hood scoop which looks much better imo. This is not the average joe mod....you take a good chance of screwing up expensive lights if you dont know what your doing.

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Sidemarker in sexy plasti-dip black (i wanted to make sure the small orange light was visible from the side in case it was an inspection issue so i left that area clear, same reason for leaving the reflector orange)
so wait, legally we can black out the headlight no probs? just the reflector needs to stay? because im thinkin about doing this, this weekend, and i might just tint that reflector just a little bit for the same reason, i just want to make sure the rest is ok.
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so wait, legally we can black out the headlight no probs? just the reflector needs to stay? because im thinkin about doing this, this weekend, and i might just tint that reflector just a little bit for the same reason, i just want to make sure the rest is ok.
i painted my reflector since it was one of the main reasons i wanted to take my headlight apart anyways. looks so much better imo.
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If you dont want to paint the whole amber turn signal, make a piece of strip and place on each one, then paint, so light will still shine through. The reflector inside the actual bulb dome doesnt have to be stock, it jst helps reflect light.
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evoooo the headlights turned out nice. Too dark for my tastes but looks pretty slick on the WW.

As far as prepping the surface no sanding is required. I just made sure the surface was clean of oils by lightly washing things first.

This job isn't that difficult. The only hard and wierd part is pulling the housing apart after baking. As long as you take your time and don't put enough leverage to crack the lens you should be fine. If the glue isn't soft enough bake them for another 3-5 minutes and try again.

As for an update my lights have gone trough the seasonal changes and a hell of a lot of rain and there still is no fogging, condensation, or discoloration of the headlights. Looks like my silicone sealant is doing its job.
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Old Nov 14, 2009, 03:27 PM   #29
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Perfict, I will be doing this!
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^best of luck
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