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.
2003 TJ, 33" BFG AT, 2" BL, 2" BDS spring lift, Truck Lite headlights, Homemade sunrider top.
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.
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
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.
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.
2003 Wrangler Sahara 4.0 42rle D30/D44
Front: 2" BDS coils + JKU shocks
Rear: 2" BB + Zone Nitro shocks
Zone 1.25" BL + 1" MML, UCF LoPro
32" BFG AT on 16" Racing Hart
Ramsey Pro Plus 6000, IPF 900s 130W