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Old 05-06-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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Painted fog lamp bezels - Ti style

After being inspired by the other thread on installing Ti fog lamp bezels, I decided I saw no reason I couldn't just paint my chrome ones like that.

I used both access methods to get the fog lamps.... removed the headlamps (takes 15 seconds per lamp) and removed the splash shield underneath. You'll need torx bits for all the bolts.

The fog lamps themselves have 4 bolt holes, but are attached with 2 per lamp, diagonally across from each other. I removed the harness from each lamp, then the 2 screws per lamp. The one on the pass side has the washer tank near it, you just need to slightly pull forward on the bumper to give you a little more access to that screw.

Once out, you can see how the bezels attach. There are 4 "U" parts that snap over tangs on the bumper. Whomever said they removed these bezels from the front with a credit card either got damn lucky, or their bezels weren't snapped in all the way. No way a credit card could even fit in the space on my car.

This is what the bezel looks like from behind, note the attachment tangs...



This is what the remaining bumper looks like with the bezel removed...



To paint, I simply masked off the bezel leaving about a half inch of chrome to show after painting. I sanded the remaining chrome with some 1000 grit just to scuff the surface a bit. I then painted with some Krylon Fusion gloss black, and let sit for 24 hrs.

Here is the painted bezel before install...



And here is the end result after install!!



And a full body shot...



For comparison, here is the car before painted bezels...



I love the way it looks, and the next step will be Ti-style headlights!


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Old 05-06-2012, 07:00 PM   #2
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Dang! You'd never know they weren't Ti pieces unless you got down on the ground and took a really good look. Great job!
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:03 PM   #3
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Looks great! Congrats...think I'll do mine.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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That is some dang fine painting there!!!
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:22 PM   #5
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Very nice, I had planned on just painting them all black. Now I have to decide between that and your option.
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Nice work. Hate to tell you now, but you only need a credit card to pop out the bezels.
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Nice work.

Pretty sure that is incorrect, beta. Ti fogs consist of two pieces - the main (black) housing and the chrome ring. The chrome ring is what pops off with a credit card. Non-Ti fogs consist of only one piece, thus the full removal of the housing.
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Pretty sure that is incorrect, beta. Ti fogs consist of two pieces - the main (black) housing and the chrome ring. The chrome ring is what pops off with a credit card. Non-Ti fogs consist of only one piece, thus the full removal of the housing.
Right you are. You can still get them out with a screwdriver from the front apparently, but I'd take the hard way before doing that and risking easily damaging the paint.
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u only need to push down and forward on the top clip and pull forward and the whole bezel comes out
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u only need to push down and forward on the top clip and pull forward and the whole bezel comes out
If only I had known this before I did mine...
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