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Old 04-13-09, 12:27 PM   #61
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there's no real point to use this method on the grill since the grill isnt metallic at all. if you really want a black chrome effect then you could try sanding, priming, and painting with a metallic coat (silver, mirror finish) and then following that with a black tinted clear coat followed by a LOT of coats of heavy duty clear.

or you could buy a black chrome grill off of ebay.

stupid idea to do it on the headlights.
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Old 04-17-09, 11:05 AM   #62
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Projectors in a black chrome housing would not be beautiful? 'Stupid' might be a little strong don't you think (maybe not for OEM HIDS)?

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Old 04-24-09, 04:40 PM   #63
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about to do this myself but was wondeing what clear you are using ???
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Would VHT Nite Shades do the same job as the Tamiya brand?
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Projectors in a black chrome housing would not be beautiful? 'Stupid' might be a little strong don't you think (maybe not for OEM HIDS)?
sorry, i misread and didn't see you say housings, doing the housings will be fine, I had thought you meant just headlights, meaning the covers.

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about to do this myself but was wondeing what clear you are using ???
i used normal DuPont clear, for automotive applications.

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Would VHT Nite Shades do the same job as the Tamiya brand?
no idea, i woulld call VHT and see what they say about it being used over plastic. also see what they recco to use for clear. it SHOULD work.
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nite shade is what is used to tint taillights. ive used it before and it works the same as the polycarbonate paint.
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thanks...im gonna try it this weekend...just afraid to remove the emblems myself...gotta ask Andrew/Krapwerdna to help.....lol....

btw if it doesnt look the way i want, is there any chemical to strip it off?
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this is a GREAT diy
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thanks...im gonna try it this weekend...just afraid to remove the emblems myself...gotta ask Andrew/Krapwerdna to help.....lol....

btw if it doesnt look the way i want, is there any chemical to strip it off?
Sandpaper is supposed to do the trick. I know this because I painted my badges and forgot to primer (first time painting something) and they turned out bubbly.
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Sandpaper is supposed to do the trick. I know this because I painted my badges and forgot to primer (first time painting something) and they turned out bubbly.
keep in mind that if you use sandpaper thats of low enough grit to take the shine off the emblems, you're not going to get that pearlescent finish desired for the black chrome/black pearl type of look.
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dont use sandpaper..if you get the Tamiya paint, pick up a can of the polycarbonate adhesion promoter..they sell it at just about any hobby shop or craft store..I have been using the stuff for years with my r/c hobbies and it works great..just prep good with some denatured alcohol and you will get the desired look.
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this is an old thread and still alive. nice DYI. i was just thinking about this today. now i just need to find the right sized/style emblem
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looks sweet!
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I tried painting mine but it turned out black. Is it because I did too much coats?
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Since we all don't need a whole can of this spray we should start a CL lend it program or something....save even more money
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