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Old 04-14-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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KC long range lights

My great girl friend bought me some daylighters for my bday but there chrome. What's the best black paint to use to cure this problem

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Old 04-14-2012, 07:58 PM   #2
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I have a set of chrome. I skuffed it up with sand paper and painted with Rustoleum satin black. They have held up great. The first time I disassembled and painted all the parts. I redid them a few years later and just taped over the lens. That's the much easier way.

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You can also use original Easy Off oven cleaner, or 50% caustic soda, or the REAL Drano(if you can find it) to remove the chrome before painting.

Completely disassemble the lights, soak in original brand Easy Off or any of the above, scrub with greenie pad....rinse, resoak in cleaner, and scrub again and rinse really good in hot water.....repeat as needed...you will be able to tell when chrome is gone....bake all metal parts in oven at 200 degrees as soon as you shake the rinse water off....wear girly dish washing gloves while you do it and don't get oven cleaner or either chem in your eyes or on you skin cause it burns like crazy.

You can add custom look by NOT painting chrome ring that compresses rubber gasket and/or the lens trim ring.

From experience, I suggest Krylon satin black or Krylon gloss depending on your tastes....No matter which brand paint you use, apply carefully building up coats to complete coverage, then reduce heat in oven to 180 and bake painted parts for 60 minutes, then open oven door part way and let cool slowly.
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AlanRose used rustoleum bed liner on his chrome lights. I haven't seen a pic of what they look like yet though
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Baking them sounds like alot of work. I haul caustic soda alot being a truck driver. That stuff eats up chrome fast. I probably just sand them good and hit them good with some bed liner
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:56 AM   #6
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Can't you just return them and get black replacements?
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Can't you just return them and get black replacements?
No autozone don't carry them in black here just in chrome. So it gives me a project to do today.
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No autozone don't carry them in black here just in chrome.
Ok but Autozone is a KC dealer so they can order them in black for you. I just don't see black paint being as durable as when they come black anodized.
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Ok but Autozone is a KC dealer so they can order them in black for you. I just don't see black paint being as durable as when they come black anodized.
Myself, I'd slap the girlfriend....Nah, don't do that

Top be honest(and off topic), KC's new apollo black plastic lights are a really good buy...Same everything except the housing are really quality plastic and will never rust, AND they carry the same 23 year whole light warranty...Just lots cheaper to buy
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My great girl friend bought me some daylighters for my bday but there chrome. What's the best black paint to use to cure this problem

Seems a little extreme to spray paint the girlfriend because she bought chrome lights. We need a photo of the GF to make sure we agree on the black paint.....I have seen body paint of a few and gotta admit some look damn hot in it.
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I just bought the black ones from Auto Zone about 2 weeks ago
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I just bought the black ones from Auto Zone about 2 weeks ago
They don't carry them in stock at the local az here. Have to order them.
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Decided to go with the chrome with black rock guards instead of painting.

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My IPF's were also chrome. I sanded them with some 320 grit sandpaper, used some black Spayon Flame Proof (a locally manufactured high-heat paint designed for exhaust headers) and then put a coat of textured black over that. It is impossible to tell that it is not the factory finish.
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Decided to go with the chrome with black rock guards instead of painting.

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Hell, that's just enuff chrome to make them pop! I like it
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:21 PM   #16
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Hell, that's just enuff chrome to make them pop! I like it
Thank you. I was thinking the same thing I decided to look at them before I painted and ended up liking it.

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