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Old 02-04-2006, 10:01 PM   #1
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Good Idea For Cars With Clear Corners!!!

Hey fellas, are you guys tired of looking through those clear corners and rears and seeing that annoying Orange bulb, doesnt look very nice does it?? I'm not sure if anyone has done this before, buut i thought it was worth a mention. What i did, instad of spending $60 on those funky chrome bulbs, I just got a can of silver/mettalic spray paint, n just removed my bulbs and sprayed them, careful not to brab the actual glass part when re-installing them, cuz the paint my flake off, and there you go, no more orange through your clears and you saved yourself about 55 bucks!! you gotta pay for the paint!!...Well those were my 2 cents, hope that idea was of use for you guys!
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Old 02-04-2006, 10:10 PM   #2
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Nice idea to remind others, but have no fear, it's not breaking new ground. Folks have/had been DIY'ing silver turn signal bulbs for years. A little reminder every now and then never hurts though.
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Old 02-05-2006, 02:08 AM   #3
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Did you notice much of a difference in the brightness before and after?
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wouldnt the paint crack from the heat
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Old 02-05-2006, 03:18 AM   #5
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wouldnt the paint crack from the heat
That's why you get high temp paint.
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Old 02-05-2006, 10:03 AM   #6
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where can you buy this paint? and about how much?
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Old 02-05-2006, 11:13 AM   #7
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Many have done this for years, it's a pretty common idea amongst those with clear lights. But thanks for the reminder anyways

Discount Auto, PepBoys, Kragen, even Walmart has this stuff. Just look for silver engine enamel. Make sure you let it dry a good amount of time before you put them on your car. Otherwise, you'll get some smoked lights....not in a good way.

I would personally not do this because it decreases the level of brightness of the bulbs significantly.

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Old 02-06-2006, 05:50 PM   #8
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I've done this for years and it works well. The key is to use a VERY light mist. You are not trying to "paint" the bulbs but to slightly obsure the orange. It really take very little paint.

I have had no problems with brightness. The bulbs do seem to have a diminished life though. I suspect they probably run hotter with the paint. In 4+ years I have replaced 3 of the 4. I think the stock bulbs would probably last longer than that.
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Old 02-06-2006, 08:39 PM   #9
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Does this hide the orange when the bulb is lit? People associate the orange with turning. I wouldn't want someone to miss the fact that I'm turning
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.......i believe this was the first DIY on this site.... hottest topic in 2000.. haha
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Its always a good reminder, for those who dont know about it
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Did this about two years ago and haven't had to touch a thing since, and they burn bright orange when lit.
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I just paid $1.99 for those chrome bulbs from autolumination... much cheaper than the silvervisions or whatever, and they light up perfectly and look great.
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