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Old 01-28-2010, 12:12 PM
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Re: Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat(**GLITTER BOYZ**

sweet!!! i have those superflux leds in my cargo strip!!! they are BRIGHT!!!! great proj bro!!! any more teaser shots????
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:15 AM
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Re: Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat(**GLITTER BOYZ**

so I'm having a tough time deciding which color to powdercoat my AEV Pintlers. They're currently argent, which is a nice color but in certaiin light they appear lighter than I'd like (for example).

I'm leaning toward a dark charcoal, or even black, in a satin/semi-gloss finish.

Here's how they look now:


Here's a quick photochop of something darker:


I went to a powdercoating shop yesterday and here's one of the colors that caught my eye, it's "autumn black." It's black but not really. It has metallic colors similar to brilliant black but it's much more subtle, especially because of the low-gloss finish.









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Old 01-29-2010, 11:22 AM
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LOL>...I like both of them
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Re: Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat(**GLITTER BOYZ**

i personally would go with gloss black i have the same exact truck as you and asked the same exact question w/a poll a few months ago

i think if you match the rim color to the paint it would be too much... imo of course!
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Re: Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat(**GLITTER BOYZ**

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Irf in the skirt after someone tried to steal his bag of glitter...

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Paint mine Silver please.
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I like it, esp with the black grill too
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Re: Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat(**GLITTER BOYZ**

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sorry for quoting pics...but daym gina!!! elaborate on this job for us?? black inners on OEM HIDS! i want to do this with a pair of used OEM HIDs on ebay. i can very well reatch or make a bracket to use the broken tabbed headlight housings

did you actually do this or is this a PS? looks ill bro. also the wheel choice and colors are also nice. id go with the darker black.

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sorry for quoting pics...but daym gina!!! elaborate on this job for us?? black inners on OEM HIDS! i want to do this with a pair of used OEM HIDs on ebay. i can very well reatch or make a bracket to use the broken tabbed headlight housings

did you actually do this or is this a PS? looks ill bro. also the wheel choice and colors are also nice. id go with the darker black.

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Oh it's real lol The problem with WK headlights is they aren't sealed with butyl rubber like most headlights, which makes getting them apart a royal PITA. Some of the HID housings are sealed with black silicone while others (mine!) are sealed with a hard plastic-like glue that is virtually impervious to heat, which made it even harder to get apart. The process is simple, it just takes patience.

Remove all electronics (ballast, leveling sensor, etc.) and bulbs from housings

Line a cookie sheet with a wet towel. I did this to keep the headlight from directly touching hot metal--I didn't wanted anything to melt.

Bake it in the oven at around 220 for 12-15 minutes

Use a chisel or something flat and pointy to get in the seal between the lens and housing and start prying. Be careful your tool doesn't slip and nick your lens! I started on the side that's under the grill. I pryed it apart enough to fit another chisel in there and worked my way across.

By now it has probably cooled off and could use a reheat. It took me 2 reheats before I finally got them apart.

Now you can sand and paint the bezels. I wet sanded with 400 grit until all the chrome was gone, rinsed them off really well, let them dry, wiped them down with alcohol, hung them up then primed with 500* engine enamel and painted with semi-gloss black engine enamel (make sure whatever solvent you wipe them down with has completely evaporated before you paint, check the crevices). I did a few light coats.

While those are curing, get ready for some more fun! Now it's time to remove all the old glue that's still in the housing channel and around the edge of the lens. I found a chisel worked best to remove it from the housing channel. Work each side of the channel then you can pull it out a section at a time. My lenses were pristine so before I did anything with them I covered them in masking tape and then at the spots nearest to where i'd be working, Gorilla Tape. GT is thick and would help absorb any slips of the tool while the masking tape would protect from general abrasions. I started using a chisel on the lens but could see that wasn't going to work as well so I got out the dremmel and a grinding stone on a flex hose attachment. This part is MESSY! After dremmeling, I rinsed all the glue powder off then removed the tape, it worked and they still looked perfect.

Clear out any debris from the housings and lay a strip of 3M Windo-Weld Ribbon Sealant, it's a soft sticky rubber that will allow you to easily reopen the lights in the future if you ever need/want to. I used the 1/4" size and had to stretch it a little to fit it down in the channel. Now either warm it up in the oven or use a heatgun and press the lens down into it. If you think any spots didn't seal as well as they should, use more Windo-Weld or hot glue or something. Reinstall the electronics, bulbs, and you should be good to go.
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Re: Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat(**GLITTER BOYZ**

you sir have skills! i really like the end result bro. now you got me watching used OEMs for a future project. (if were loaded id buy a set right now and do it in my shop during work hours) ill have to wait to this but looking at the end result is very tempting. ive always wanted to have black inners, esp on OEM HID housings. with the addition of black paint it looks very natural and unique to say the least.

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