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Old 01-24-2011, 10:40 PM   #1
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DIY: Blacking out your headlamps

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So I ordered some p46s a few months ago, just like so many of us have. I recently bought some matte black kidney grilles, and really disliked the way all the cheap chromed plastic looked in the p46s next to the matte black kidneys. I had seen pics of cars on here with blacked out lamps, but never a DIY for them, so here we go.

Matte Black spray paint. - I used Krylon stuff. I'm not sure how well it's going to hold up to the heat, so we'll see in a few weeks.
Painters tape

We start here:

There are DIYs all over the place for taking your headlamp apart. Once you remove the lower trim on your light, there are 7 clips around the lens holding it in place. These pop open easily with just a little pressure. Be careful not to break the clips.

Drivers side all taped up. Make sure to completely cover your projector lens!

Spray on a light coat, and let it dry for 10 minutes or so, depending upon the temperature of where you are.

Repeat this a few times until you have solid coverage everywhere.

Halfway there.

Passenger side all taped up and newspapered up:

Solid coating on that light:

Driver light untaped and dried:


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Old 01-24-2011, 10:42 PM   #2
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:58 AM   #3
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So does the paint hold up to the heat?

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It seems to be holding up enough so far.
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:35 PM   #5
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ur hibeams are basically gone.
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wait, wtf? You actually did this?

God this is going to be an epic thread.

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wait, wtf? You actually did this?

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