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Old 06-29-2014, 02:46 AM   #1
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Melting paint and halogen bowls?

So I just ordered some projectors, shrouds and angel eyes to do an HID retrofit and I thought I would paint the reflector bowls and the shrouds. I'm not sure whether the silver/chrome shrouds will look good with the car (silver) yet. The hids and the halos are 6000k.

Anyways, I have some left over rattle can plasti dip. Will the plasti dip melt if it was near the projector and/or bulb (the plasti dip will be sprayed a lot in thin layers)? Say it was like a 16 hour drive?

Also, I've seen some burnt bowls threads long time ago. What causes them to burn? I've seen a lot of people put HIDs on bowls too. Is that one reason why the bowls burn? Will having projectors prevent the bowls from burning?

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Old 06-29-2014, 04:11 AM   #2
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are you talking about painting the halogen reflector bowls? The burning problem was with the factory ZKW projector bowls and sub par plastic along with the heat from the xenon bulb. It has nothing to do with the HID bulbs in halogen reflectors.

Silver shrouds should look fine as that's what the factory ones are.

Plastidip says that it's able to withstand temperatures up to 200 degrees F.

Personally I would just use some high temp enamel paint if I were going to paint.

If you want to paint it, follow this guide http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...light=morimoto
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:24 AM   #3
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are you talking about painting the halogen reflector bowls? The burning problem was with the factory ZKW projector bowls and sub par plastic along with the heat from the xenon bulb. It has nothing to do with the HID bulbs in halogen reflectors.

Silver shrouds should look fine as that's what the factory ones are.

Plastidip says that it's able to withstand temperatures up to 200 degrees F.

Personally I would just use some high temp enamel paint if I were going to paint.

If you want to paint it, follow this guide http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...light=morimoto
Yea, I was referring to the reflector bowls. I was actually following that guide. The angel eyes that I bought were the orion v2.5 (hopefully they come out good). As for the paint, I just had some plasti dip left over and thought i would use that instead of buying. But I guess ima go ahead of get some of that krylon for safety.

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Silver should look fine on a silver E46 in my opinion:

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Thanks for that picture. Now I know how my car will look.


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