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Lol, awwww... And the tint didn't make it much less bright for my tests, just less white


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FINALLY!!! Thank you, Lara!!!

Any idea if those are the swivelling/self-leveling headlights? Or was that only available in the bixenon option (which this is not)? Also, if I wanted a slightly glossier look, would spraying some clearcoat in there help with that?

Also, looks like he painted the reflector/housing for the high-beam. That seems... not helpful for light output. I don't think I want to do that... I think I want to just paint the stuff that doesn't reflect light.

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Well, here is the detailed walk-through of his process:

http://www.mazdas 2 4 7 .com/forum/showthread.php?123756503-gt-gt-2010-Mazdaspeed3-HEADLIGHT-BAKE-amp-PAINT!!!-**Photos-amp-Video!**


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A couple people on the "revolution" forum did it too, some awesome looking 2nd gens there, just a horrrrrible forum


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[quote author=Lara link=topic=193102.msg4069943#msg4069943 date=1310567190]
Well, here is the detailed walk-through of his process:

http://www.mazdas 2 4 7 .com/forum/showthread.php?123756503-gt-gt-2010-Mazdaspeed3-HEADLIGHT-BAKE-amp-PAINT!!!-**Photos-amp-Video!**
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You are a god-send Lara. Saved me from having to do a lot of footwork (the older I get, the worse I get at Googling stuff and actually finding what I'm looking for).

In case anyone was wondering, his video is here: How To: PAINT YOUR HEADLIGHTS! Watch in (HD) High Definition by DECALFX.com

After looking at his video/pics of the light output, I think I'm actually okay with painting everything. My biggest gripe is that the paint just looks dull. I like the new 'Vette's headlights, with the color-matched paint. His Kylon Fusion "Black - Textured Shimmer" paint (for plastic) looks more like a gunmetal color. I'd want more of a glossy black (I don't NEED the sparkles that come in the paint, but it'd be nice). Any idea if clearcoat is considered "heat resistant"? I wouldn't want the bulbs and clearcoat to react in some firey meltdown or something...

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closeup please!!!!!!!!!!! looks SICK from there


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CLOSE UP! CLOSE UP!


Anyone have any knowledge on clearcoat being "heat resistant"? Not sure how much heat those lights put out, but clear-coating them for that glossy look would be nice.


Someone also mentioned doing a black 3 with white headlights. Anyone up for photoshopping this on a gen2?

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Everyone with 04-09 that I'm aware of have just painted with krylon fusion for plastic and haven't hand any problems.

Headlights get warm, but not that hot. Maybe if your headlights started to oxidize or something really bad it may retain enough heat, but even then I doubt it.

You don't have to clear, just wet sand and polish them up.. guess you could clear if you want, but both options are available.

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Yeah, the paint I used was just normal Krylon plastic paint on my headlights. No problems whatsoever.


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