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Old 08-16-2004, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Total cost 3.50.

You take the thing out, wash it, let it dry off, put masking tape around seals. Then just lay it on a flat surface and spray 4-5 light layers of paint. Let that paint dry for a few minutes and spray over with 2 layers of clear coat. When dry, just put it back in place.

Real quick writeup in case someone wants to know how I did it. :nana
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I've heard of this done before but i havent seen it.. Does it look pretty 'jerry-rigged' up close?? Also, did you spray all three sections of it or just the orange?? I really want to get rid of the oragne because it matches NOTHING on my car.. Thanks!
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a little less expensive than installing clears.
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I just sprayed the orange. You can sort of see that it's not completely smooth when you get close to it... from 2 feet back you could never recognize it was painted unless you knew.
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I've heard of this done before but i havent seen it.. Does it look pretty 'jerry-rigged' up close?? Also, did you spray all three sections of it or just the orange?? I really want to get rid of the oragne because it matches NOTHING on my car.. Thanks!
I don't think when warning colours were chosen for the important jobs of indicating direction (Orange) or Braking (Red) co-ordination with the rest of the car was a priority!!!

PS do they really allow you to drive around with red indicators (legally) over there??
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I have the same style on my car. With a light enough coat, the lights will still flash amber.

However, look at the back of a caddy. They don't have amber flashers, but red. Amber flashers are required up front and on the side (if equipped). Rear flashers need not be amber.
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i have them too niggaz!
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IMO that looks a great deal better, but only the on the 5, if you did that on a e36 it would look F-ed up
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Gotta admit it does look good.
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I sprayed quite a few layers, so they flash red now ! I like !
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so it still flashes threw the red paint?
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it's transparent paint they use for model cars. of course it flashes.
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I'll take some better pics some other time... of one flashing.
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Isn't that illegal. Don't the flashing lights have to be orange on newer cars? Red flashers are more common on old battleships cars.
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