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Old 06-22-2014, 11:07 PM   #1
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Anyone painted their Xenon Cutoff shield?

I saw on instagram (@evilheadlights) a service that appears to tint the lens on xenon headlights. After digging, I found that all he does is paint the cutoff shield behind the lens, therefore reflecting this color into the lens, but leaving light output unaffected. I have a facelift xenon headlight, but had anyone achieved this on any car? Took my headlight apart and seemed impossible to remove.
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:33 PM   #2
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:48 PM   #3
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Looks tacky, sorry




On non-facelift coupe headlights it's easy to take everything apart, idk about yours.

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Old 06-27-2014, 12:51 PM   #4
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Yeah. Had my headlights apart for what I did to the blinker. Looking at the cutoff shield, parts were overlapping and covering screws that didnt allow it to be taken apart. Seems to be a JDM market kind of thing anyway. If anything I wouldve done black.
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:39 PM   #5
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I painted mine, I also very slightly tinted the high beam bowl, my recommendation would be to use flat black not gloss.

EDIT, sorry. I was only half ass paying attention. I was thinking shroud. My apologizes.

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Old 07-14-2014, 05:40 PM   #6
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How? Wasn't able to get the shield out

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Old 07-14-2014, 07:07 PM   #7
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It's a process to be sure, my biggest issue was not having a set of security (e-torx) bits. Solidjake has a very good video on taking these apart. Took me about an hour once i knew what I was doing.
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Interesting. I know how to take apart the facelift coupe headlight itself, just couldn't see a path to get the shield out

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Old 07-14-2014, 07:22 PM   #9
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I'm not sure how different it is then the sedan. By sheild are you referring to the headlight cover?/lense.
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:24 PM   #10
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It's a flat piece of metal behind the xenon lense.

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Oh, thats removed after you take the ballast out if i remember correctly.
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Now I want to see how this is done. i was looking to paint it black, no colors.
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Old 09-06-2014, 03:37 AM   #13
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this efffect? have you found any info?

i did some searching and it looks like he might be mounting an led in there.
heres some things that might help.
http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...on-eyes-how-to
http://www.mp3car.com/fabrication/13...-lighting.html
http://www.fiat500owners.com/forum/2...lens-glow.html
http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...ors-Demon-eyes
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Old 09-07-2014, 03:30 PM   #14
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Im currently looking at this but RGB instead
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=3097459
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:52 PM   #15
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We recently started added this effect on some headlight builds:
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:54 PM   #16
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Internal shots? I'm just experimenting here. I bought high flux RGb leds and will be building a switch panel to control the different colors. Just haven't figured out led mounting yet
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Old 09-09-2014, 01:54 PM   #17
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yes painted cutoff shields has been done to the e46. i've done quite a few of them when i was actively retrofitting the e46 projectors for other cars. i also did it for patdeezy's car on here.
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Old 09-09-2014, 02:14 PM   #18
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When I was in my headlights I couldn't find a way to completely disassemble.
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When I was in my headlights I couldn't find a way to completely disassemble.
it's because the facelift coupe xenon headlights are extremely hard to take apart. You gotta take apart that box thing surrouding it, then you can unscrew it. i have one taken apart to do a retro that I never finished cause i don't remember how to put them back together LOL

but i gotta at least try to do the clear lens one day, when i open up the headlights again. all the other e46s have it easy. and it's way easier to retrofit too.
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:18 PM   #20
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Yeah it didn't seem obvious. There's no info on facelift coupe headlights. I need to figure out a way to mount the led to shine onto the shield and reflect into the lens
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