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Old 05-24-2013, 07:25 PM   #1
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Plasti Dip Smoke, Tinted tails, and those !@#$@!# bezels....

Was a nice day, so decided to do a couple things. First I tried tinting my tails with Plasti Dip Smoke. I only wanted them a little darker. Well, Plasti Dip Smoke is more GRAY than BLACK, so I didn't like the look at all. Took off the Plasti Dip and went and got some Nightshade:



So what to do with my Plasti Dip Smoke.... I was going to do the whiskers in black, like a lot of people have done, but I decided to see what the smoke looked like. To my suprise, it actually turned out good. Almost looks like a brushed aluminum. Not as shiny as the chrome look, but not dark either.






I also had some extra chrome china bezels I got off ebay that I was going to paint to look like titanium bezels. Instead I used the smoke on them as well. Now here was the not fun part. For the life of me I couldn't get the old bezels out.

I did a search and found several suggestions here, (Credit card method, screw driver method, remove headlight), none of these worked for me. A screw driver did not fit at all between the bezel and bumper. Even a tiny one. Credit card I forced in there, but it wasn't doing anything and then broke. Removed the headlight, but I must have giant hands, because I could barely get my hand in there to reach the top clip, let alone any of the others. So, crawled under the car and was going to take off the bottom shield thing, saw all the bolts/pins, and decided I had enough for today. So will try again another day to get those damn things out going through the bottom.

But here is what they look like right now:




And here is just a random shot of my car before I started all this:








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Old 05-25-2013, 08:17 AM   #2
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I'm lost. What did you do ?
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I think that's going to look pretty good, especially with your wheels. I'm in for the updates
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:14 AM   #4
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did you try going in between the fog light and bezel with a small screwdriver(or small hooked pick),thats how i got mine off to paint. credit card and taking headlights out didn't work for me either you can see the bottom and side tab if you look in gap between lens and bezel

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I like how your tail lights look. I have the sedan as well. How did you apply the nightshade? Was it just one simple coat, and did you have to tape off the white parts? Thanks
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So i put a coat of nite shade on my head lamps. They look good i think. But does anyone know if its legal?
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So i put a coat of nite shade on my head lamps. They look good i think. But does anyone know if its legal?
Tinted headlight & taillight NOT LEGAL but NEVER enforced (unless they want an easy excuse to stop you)

Tinted headlight will draw definitively more attention from the cops.
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What about smoke headlights or a dark head light from after market? Is it considered legal then? I figure the actual light, not the housing is a legal concern.

For example a black projector LED headlight, or a smoke projector LED headlight as seen on this page.

https://www.carid.com/2013-ford-focus-headlights/
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Read the details on the smoked ones there.

"Please check your state regulations to ensure smoked lenses are legal in your state"

In other words, NOT a DOT approved street legal product. On your own.
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What about smoke headlights or a dark head light from after market? Is it considered legal then? I figure the actual light, not the housing is a legal concern.

For example a black projector LED headlight, or a smoke projector LED headlight as seen on this page.

https://www.carid.com/2013-ford-focus-headlights/
Oh and yeah... forget Chinese headlights like the one you listed... quality is very poor.

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Be ready to be deceived.... most of the Chinese aftermarket lights for the focus use bad quality polycarbonate lenses...they will develop spider cracks and fog with time.

I backed off the aftermarket headlights deals and retrofitted mine (OEM) instead because of quality complains. Not worth that money IMO.
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