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Old 01-28-2009, 11:07 AM   #1
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Poor Man's Black Headlight Bezels

since the tj is in the shop, i had the time to take out the chrome headlight bezels. it took a total of about 30 seconds to get them out. went home and wet to town.
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can krylon fusion satin black
220, 320, 400 grit sandpaper
rubbing alcohol
60 minutes of your time

i started with the 220, then went to the 320.
washed them off with some rubbing alcohol.
sprayed 2 coats of paint
let dry and wet sanded any runs with the 400 grit
applied two more coats

spray them on a piece of cardboard and pop the threads of the screws threw the top layer and spray them lightly as well. i did two coats

all in all it took me a little over an hour.

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Old 01-28-2009, 11:10 AM   #2
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:12 AM   #3
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I did the same the first time, then it flaked and chipped off within a month. (yes, I did prep them correctly, worked in a body shop for 3 years, nothing new there). I just bought the black ones after that. IMO the black bezels look 100 times better.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:16 AM   #4
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you think i could seal them with something to make them last a little longer?
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:17 AM   #5
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i think it says on the can it takes a full 7 days to cure. i might just keep them in the house for that long and see if it works any better.
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okay so i read the can and it says fully chip resistant with in seven days.
does that mean i should wait the seven days? i'm not in a rush to throw them back on.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:25 AM   #7
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Sure, if you dont need them, give it a shot.
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I did mine the same way, but I used a good primer on them and then used Krylon hammered finish black paint. They still chip from time to time, but I just spray some paint on a q-tip and touch it up.

With the hammered finish paint, you can't tell where the touch-ups are. I use it on all my rattle-can coated surfaces.
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You seem to really like the hammered finish, there must be something to it. Is there any sense in using the hammered finish for flares? Or would that just look weird?
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ive had good experience with krylon clear coat.

i used about 15 layers when i redid my headlights on my wifes intrepid... sanded them with fine sandpaper, and sprayed the crap out of them.

it was like 30F that night, so i let them flash dry for 30-45 seconds in between coats.. then let them dry for about and hour, then brought them in the house 69-70F overnight.

they dried nicely, and are really clear.

they get HELLA ice, snow and MUCHO salt on them, and theyre still really clear. and im not gentle with the brush when i brush them off. ive been known to get impatient and whack them with the plastic end of the brush to brake off ice.
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You seem to really like the hammered finish, there must be something to it. Is there any sense in using the hammered finish for flares? Or would that just look weird?
I like the hammered finish because it doesn't show touch-ups. When I grind the paint off of my rock sliders, I take a flap wheel to the area to smooth out the rough spots on the metal if necessary and then just hit it with more paint. Because of the way it dries, you can't tell where the new paint is.

Rustoleum makes a hammered finish for plastic. Never seen it used so I don't know what it looks like. I've seen the Krylon Fusion paint used on flairs with great results, so that is what I'll most likely use when I get around to painting my flairs.
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ive had good experience with krylon clear coat.

i used about 15 layers when i redid my headlights on my wifes intrepid... sanded them with fine sandpaper, and sprayed the crap out of them.

it was like 30F that night, so i let them flash dry for 30-45 seconds in between coats.. then let them dry for about and hour, then brought them in the house 69-70F overnight.

they dried nicely, and are really clear.

they get HELLA ice, snow and MUCHO salt on them, and theyre still really clear. and im not gentle with the brush when i brush them off. ive been known to get impatient and whack them with the plastic end of the brush to brake off ice.
what part of the headlight did you paint? Im kind of lost. I used to take the headlights apart and paint the inside bezels on my Hondas, but never the outside where the weather would effect them.

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