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Old 01-24-2011, 09:09 PM   #1
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DIY: Blacking out your headlamps

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.

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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:


Completed:





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Old 01-24-2011, 10:06 PM   #2
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Very nice, but you probably have zero light output from the high beams
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Yeah, there's no output at all from them. Let's be honest though: are halogen "high beams" gonna do any good if you're using properly aimed HIDs in projectors? :p

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Old 01-25-2011, 06:42 AM   #4
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I find myself using my halogen high beams quite a bit on roads with a few street lights. The bixenon high beams don't seem to work quite as well. I think it's got something to do with the contrast that the yellower color halogen high beam gives compared to the HIDs.
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:01 AM   #5
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good write up
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Thanks for doing this.
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It's always nice to see something new.

But just saying.

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It's always nice to see something new.

But just saying.
Crap haha. Well, his painting was just included in the write up for a bigger project. This is just for that single step.


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Yeah, there's no output at all from them. Let's be honest though: are halogen "high beams" gonna do any good if you're using properly aimed HIDs in projectors? :p

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I like running my halogen highs alongside the bixenon highs
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Showoffffff next time you're in NYC I need some stuff done
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NYC isn't like 1500 miles away or anything.


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Okay. I was confused. :p

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Sure! I'll be around the weekend of the 4th
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Great DIY, looks good but I would have to agree with some of the gents regarding the high beams.
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Yeah, if I ever used mine, I wouldn't've done this, but I haven' turned them on in months. Plus, I'm planning on upgrading to bixenons in a few months, so it won't be a concern.
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Yeah, if I ever used mine, I wouldn't've done this, but I haven' turned them on in months. Plus, I'm planning on upgrading to bixenons in a few months, so it won't be a concern.
I guess it depends on where you live... around here you'd be crazy not to have high beams since it's fairly common for no one else to be on the road, and deer like to cross paths frequently. The car would also fail safety inspection here without functional highbeams.

Newer LCMs can be coded so that the bixenons work for flash to pass even when the headlights are off (like the newer BMWs) so I could see the merit to blacking everything out if you had it coded like that.
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Ah, see, I don't have to go through inspection out here. I live outside the city limits. I can definitely see where you're coming from, though.
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:13 PM   #19
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hi guys i borrow this tread to ask smth

First of all, nice painting, not so many would have balls to paint in headlight, so nice job

Does anyone know where i can found smoked or kinde of "black" headlight lens?

I will post a new tread soon so u can answear there too

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