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Old 03-15-2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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Where to get headlight housing painted?

I wanted to get rid of the chrome in my headlights, get them opened up and painted flat black. Anyone know of any places in the Vancouver area that do this?
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:48 PM   #2
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diy its very easy
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Thats a rattle can job, I doubt a shop would take on a project so small.
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it depends on how old your car is, if it's newer i would have to say it's the total opposite of easy and simple, it's not easy and you will be lucky if you find a local shop to do it for less than $1000, it's very labour intensive. I've done around 40 sets of lights for the local G35 and 350z guys and other Nissan guys... these newer lights with silicone are hard to take apart and have more than 1 bezel piece inside which makes it difficult to pry apart.


but on the other hand I've done a few 300zx lights and instead of silicone they use butyl, which is a much much softer compound and quite a bit easier to take apart, so i would assume the shops who really know headlights wouldn't have a problem taking on projects like this with headlights who use GLASS for their bezel as opposed to plastic, it's very easy to melt the plastic bezel i learned the hard way myself, this is why shops won't do newer plastic bezel style lights. So my suggestion is if it's an older car DIY it for sure because like i said glass you can't melt in an oven, but if it's a newer car find someone local, and don't PM me I've stopped doing it a while ago, and i used to charge $250 for a set but it takes up too much of my time



here's some examples from the work i've done previously
older headlights with grey butyl





and some 350z lights with silicone and various bezel pieces that are super easy to snap when prying apart the lights



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Nice work. I did find a local shop, they said they will charge me $100. I will keep you guys posted. I also know a guy out in the states that does it for $100, however, the shipping gets pricey.

I also am looking to get my taillights and front windows tinted, not totally dark, just a smoked out look, recemend anyplaces?

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Interested. keep us posted!
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:49 PM   #7
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n-motion is probably mentioned the most when it comes to tailight and window tinting from all the threads i've seen on RS

keep in mind that tinting taillights no matter how light is illegal and icbc will shit on you if you ever get in any kind of accident God forbid because of an illegal modification like tinting tails because of the obvious reasons, it blocks light output
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any news on this local shop? thanks
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