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DRock3d
11-14-2010, 01:23 PM
So I decided the front of my car was too bright and the headlights looked like robot eyes. I didn't want to lose brightness or the reflective qualities of them though. Then I thought of the chrome blackout paint, Duplicolor Shadow came to mind.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51kdbTXdakL._SS400_.jpg

I was skeptical but I was sure if it would hold up on wheels why couldn't it handle an enclosed headlight?

Before:
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u71/XGamer15/148185304_photobucket_13230_.jpg

Time to do work:
Opening the headlights is hell, took me five hours a piece because the sealant wouldn't soften at all. I used a heat gun and my oven but they hardly helped if at all.

After 10 hours of bitching and a few wounded hands I got them apart and it was time to prep for paint.

Since the paint is translucent you don't sand, this also leaves the paint with nothing to hold to so it's very fragile. I was also glad I bought the automotive masking tape because it holds great and leaves sharp lines. A quick wipe with a soapy water followed by a lint free drying cloth was all it took.
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u71/XGamer15/148185304_photobucket_13224_.jpg

Here is everything ready for paint in my "spray booth"
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u71/XGamer15/148185304_photobucket_13222_.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u71/XGamer15/148185304_photobucket_13217_.jpg

After the eight coat process (including clear)
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u71/XGamer15/148185304_photobucket_13216_.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u71/XGamer15/148185304_photobucket_13214_.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u71/XGamer15/148185304_photobucket_13213_.jpg

Am I satisfied with the results, hell yes. Would I ever do it again, hell no!
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u71/XGamer15/148185304_photobucket_13211_.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u71/XGamer15/148185304_photobucket_13210_.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u71/XGamer15/148185304_photobucket_13209_.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u71/XGamer15/148185304_photobucket_13227_.jpg

Pictures don't do it justice since it's hard to get the chrome qualities to show through. It is certainly black but in the right light it even takes on a slate gray tone. As far as the headlights go, no difference in low beam brightness since they are HID's and the high beam difference is little to no difference. What do you guys think?

bez101
11-14-2010, 01:33 PM
looks good
i would have gone darker

DRock3d
11-14-2010, 01:40 PM
Yeah I thought that too but I wanted to maintain reflectivity and you can't tape over the paint after you paint it or it will peel off. If I knew this before I would have taped, then removed the tape then done three more coats.