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Well you're changing the reflective / mirroring qualities at the furthest inside point (granted of course you're not an idiot and paint the outside because that's totally different).

You'll still see some orange due to the plastic being orange (aka the black will not match the black plastic in headlights.

It will reduce reflective qualities, at least 50% from what I've noticed.

Hit it at the right angle and you'll certainly see it, but then again.. that part of the headlight doesn't really have any reflective qualities to begin with.

True I see what you are getting at, I was just wondering because once I finally get home I will be able to start everything I want to do and this is one of the mod's and I will just do what you had done in the " Gen2 headlight housing teardown and painting"
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It's honestly quite useless this picture, I can get some of my headlights tomorrow, but these were a buddy of mine that we did a few weeks ago (after taking some serious DA action to the clear plastic)

I'll get pictures tomorrow for you with lights etc. against mine to give you a good idea.

I do actually luckily even have some stock headlights to compare!

Wouldn't hurt to compare with actual evidence though, good call.


as for this image, depending on the calibration of your monitor, if you look very very closely, you will see that the reflector still has an orange tint to it, so like I said it doesn't match the black perfectly, but in the middle of the day, no one is going to notice... and it's far cleaner than if you were to try to paint the outside of them, not to mention it still retains some reflective qualities which I'll try to show tomorrow.


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Okay sounds great thank you!

Now is all this the same?.. because I don't have a Speed3, I have a 2010 3i touring
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Same cross hatch.

Hell I don't even think the 2010s reflect light at all LOL, but I'll shine different lights, the output of the gen1s will be better of course because it's a flat surface where the gen2s .. no part about it is really that flat.

It'll be an interesting test either way.

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It just had sparked my interest.. I like the clean look it gives it from painting but I eventually want to get HID's for them
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