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Old 05-29-2012, 01:06 AM   #1
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Painting Headlight Inserts

my 330i has the silver headlight inserts and I want to change them over to black. I was wondering if I could safely plastidip them (bring on the haters) and have it look good.

The reason I want to plastidip is just in case the look doesn't quite suit my car. The thing that scares me is that I don't know how hot it will get inside those headlights and if the plastidip can hold up in those temperatures.

If anyone has used plastidip on your headlight inserts please let me know how it worked out for you. Or if you have any information that might sway me in another direction or shed light on something I haven't quite thought of, please chime in.

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Old 05-29-2012, 01:07 AM   #2
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Yeup.

I used plasti-dip....they look fine. It's been half a year.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:09 AM   #3
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wow, thanks for the quick response TiAg46!

any others?
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:11 AM   #4
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No problem.

For the record, I'm also using 8000k HID bulbs, which I imagine are a lot hotter than normal H7 bulbs.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:20 AM   #5
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Glad I found this bc i've been wondering the same thing.
Now to just find a DIY to remove the inserts and away i go!

Edit: Found one... that didn't take long
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:43 AM   #6
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you can use plasti dip but if you decide you like it (which you will) go to a more uniform matte paint. it will look much better with your headlights on. it will have a smoother, but still matte, finish.
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:42 AM   #7
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Plasti-dip does a good job.
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:49 AM   #8
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I've got to think that there's a reason why they're silver and reflective.
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:59 AM   #9
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I've got to think that there's a reason why they're silver and reflective.
He's talking about the trim piece, not the reflective bowl.

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Old 05-29-2012, 06:14 AM   #10
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Oops. Guys do paint that reflective bowl though too, don't they?
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:26 AM   #11
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you can use plasti dip but if you decide you like it (which you will) go to a more uniform matte paint. it will look much better with your headlights on. it will have a smoother, but still matte, finish.
This.

I mean, plasti-dip looks fine, but I think matte black would look better.
May as well do it over the plasti-dip, in case if I wanna go back, I can still peel it off.

Also, dmax, some people paint that part in colors, yellow or blue usually, but then end up regretting it because they can't take it off. And their visibility at night suffers (usually it's the high beam bowl that's painted anyway).
It looks good on some cars, but silver is usually not one of them.
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Oops. Guys do paint that reflective bowl though too, don't they?
Yeah. I've seen some painted blue and yellow. I know one guy did his black after doing the FX-R retrofit to cover up scratches and what not. The bi-Xenon feature gave off enough light for high-beams and the halogens still put off some decent light (not great by any means, though).
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Use Plasti-dip. Did the same to mine.
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...The reason I want to plastidip is just in case the look doesn't quite suit my car. ...
They will suit your car...my car....any (E46) car, trust me. I understand BMW's intention to make 330i/Ci different, but titanium trim was not the way IMHO. Trim in the front bumper is so-so...titanium inside headlights is no-no.

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No problem.

For the record, I'm also using 8000k HID bulbs, which I imagine are a lot hotter than normal H7 bulbs.
for the record, I am using halogen bulbs.
just get a matte black spray can.
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:39 AM   #16
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Oops. Guys do paint that reflective bowl though too, don't they?
If you paint the cutoff shield it will have a hue of that color when the lights are off and no difference when they're on. It looks pretty cool
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I used that matte black trim paint from Autozone. Worked fine and looks great!
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So I'm finally in the process of painting the inserts but I need to know how to take this piece off. I don't want to damage or break anything.
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So I'm finally in the process of painting the inserts but I need to know how to take this piece off. I don't want to damage or break anything.
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Old 06-09-2012, 04:14 PM   #20
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So what I gathered from that video is that you need to completely take the headlight apart in order to take that part off. :-(

I also noticed that Jake's part is not painted. Do most people who paint their shrouds leave that part as it is?

I might just do that, since taking it all apart seems like too much work and I don't want to deal with having to re-align the headlights and all that other complicate stuff.
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