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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-24-2014, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Question about painting 2013 HID factory lights

Hey everyone, I'm hoping to paint the housing of my 2013 HID factory lights and have a question or two.




Here is a couple of pictures of what the lights look like. These aren't my car but same idea. My first question is where can I actually paint on these lights? The day time running lights are V shaped leds. I actually plan on installing these: http://www.corksport.com/corksport-led-drl-kit.html

Second question is if I follow the tutorials around the web that are for 2nd gen lights will the process be virtually the same to take them apart? Heat gun, pry, cut, unscrew?

Thanks if you can give me any help. This car looks like it has black version of my lights but its hard to tell with the watermark.
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I painted mine. 2013 HID stock with autolevel.
To answer your question, yes same process. Although no cutting except maybe xacto knife the seal (if you want it extra clean) as you pry apart but it'll be messy on the knife..will require frequent cleaning since the seal glue will be warm or even hot. Avoid the clear outer housing with the heat gun. Make sure and use painters tape or something to cover the housing just after removing from the car so you don't scratch it. Leave it on until reinstalling on the car. Takes anywhere from 12-24 hours so be prepared for that. Use care when prying apart the housing as you need to use quite a bit of force but watch closely as you do it and stop if it begins to cut into or damage the plastic. Then reheat and try again. Not a fun project but one of the most rewarding when finished. Avoid painting inside that clear plastic strip over the inside amber bulbs (running or parking lights) Behind the strip is a regular chrome housing and that specific bulb will go almost completely dark if painted so leave it chrome. You shouldn't really see it anyway behind all that plastic. The turn signal lights will be reduced by about 20-40% if those chrome housings are painted. I'm ok with it but some might not. I plan to get V3 Triton Switchback white/amber for DRL and signal replacement so I'll be back to at least 100% of stock by then anyway. All of the projector chrome is fine to paint. Only thing effected is high beams by about 10-20% depending on color. How long do you keep your brights on anyway?..hopefully not too long lol. Still plenty of illumination there with output IMO. Won't affect low beams AT ALL ..they rely on the projectors 100% the way I understand it. I'll be "cutting" open my taillights to match them up next. Yes "cut" lol. Hope this answers most of your questions and if you have more feel free to ask. I didn't do a real tutorial myself but I used the one in the link below. And the paint to use is Krylon Fusion. I used "Hammered" black. Comes out more silver but I think it is the one used in the DIY below which happened to be exactly what I wanted. No sanding needed, just a really thorough alcohol cleaning prior. Thin coats..at least 4-5. Watch out as the first 1 or 2 coats try to run off some little spots of the chrome..make sure you get them on the next coat. Best of luck!


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http://mazda3revolution.com/forums/2...tos-video.html

the only difference is my HID headlights with autolevel. His look like halogens. Just be careful, don't bang them around if you have autolevel and you should be fine.
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Thanks for the reply. I'm not sure I understand why the high beam will be affected both my high and low beams are handled by the same projector. The wedge or v shaped lights are simply day time running lights. Also to answer your question I have a daily hour long commute to work at 5:00am. So my brights are on quiet a bit.
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the v shaped lights (DRL) you speak of is different than most models. You obviously have a Canadian model. You'd have to research that light yourself or the CS upgrade you mentioned to see what (if any) chrome can be deleted from that part of the headlight. It was a redundant question really. Nobody uses (or should) their brights for more time than is absolutely necessary if you are anywhere around other cars. I live in the city. I can see how living in the countryside you'd use it a little bit more but still should only be used when really necessary. If low beams don't do it for you then you should upgrade to brighter HIDs. Yes both light come from the projector but as it was described to me and I can verify after having done it (don't know why) but high beams suffer a slight loss. Low beams do not.


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The image of the car you posted with the watermark is actually fully stock headlights.

Look very closely and you'll realize they are just stupid dark black tint.
They also look like crap.

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