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#1 (permalink) Old 03-31-2004, 02:58 PM
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I'm sure most of you have already seen this, but just wanted to show anyone who hasn't...

Took out the amber bulbs, LIGHTLY sprayed the bulb with silver enamel spray paint. Took 20 minutes, cost $2.47, and no more egg yolks
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Here is another pic....
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nice...i plan on getting clears when it warms up; did you go with oem or did you buy ebay?
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i bought the crystal clear with black background first (from PCP---in the bottom pic) like what daemon has, but they just didn't look right. Wound up with these oem clears from bavauto.com (pictured above)


...just incase anyone is wondering, the car is just VERY dirty, the paint is not all jacked up like it looks

BTW, nice avatar eloff, strongbad is my hero!!!

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i love them all...strongbad rules, but the cheat is seriously a badass - but i am sticking with the old school "home sar" avatar just becasue...haha

btw did you get your headlights from pcp too?
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what color are they when you are using the signal at night?

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It looksa liksa thisa....
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No longer red.
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I thought you were only supposed to cover a portion of them? You covered the whole thing in enamel paint and they still shine orange?

I just went to the BMW dealership to get the amber bulbs. The guy tried to rip me off by telling me I needed to buy new bulb sockets and that the ambers didn't fit the same socket. I talked to the guys manager who informed me I didnt need new sockets. The guy must have been trying to make more money off of commision thinking I was some stupid **** who didn't know what he needed. What a ****.

Anyway, I put them in and they're definitely visibly orange through the oem clears. Spraying them sounds like a great idea if that works. What type of paint did you use specifically?

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damn that looks good. i just have blue bulbs that blink bluish/white. They are 100% legal in california, the only blue/white turn signals not allowed is the rear, which are only allowed to be amber.

heres an older pic of my fixerupper.
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i went to an arts and crafts store (Hobby Lobby) and spent a wopping $2.47 on Testors Spray Enamel (I used silver, but i'm sure that grey or white would work). I'm sure brand doesn't matter (albeit Testors is good) but deffinately buy enamel (heat resistant).

I had a couple sets of bulbs to experiment with, and this is what worked best. Hold the spray can a good 15 inches away from the bulb, and VERY lightly coat the bulb. Put too much on and it will dim the bulb significantly, not enough and you can still see the amber. I finished with a bulb that looked silver, but was more or less peppered with silver as opposed to a solid coat. Kind of hard to explain, but experiment a little and i'm sure you'll figure it out...


Elof: No i didn't buy the lights from PCP! I will mess around with some turn signals at 20 bucks a set, but when it comes to headlights i didn't mess around. They are ZKW's.

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Eloff: No i didn't buy the lights from PCP! I will mess around with some turn signals at 20 bucks a set, but when it comes to headlights i didn't mess around. They are ZKW's.
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I thought you were only supposed to cover a portion of them? You covered the whole thing in enamel paint and they still shine orange?
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Anyway, I put them in and they're definitely visibly orange through the oem clears. Spraying them sounds like a great idea if that works. What type of paint did you use specifically?
yeah, you cover the entire glass portion, but only in a fine mist. do not apply a full coat. this was done with silver engine paint (high temp). it may extend the durability of the paint job if you rub the glass down with isopropyl alcohol to remove any traces of fingerprints before you paint.
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