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FORD50 08-06-2012 06:45 PM

Painted Tail light Edge
 
I recently ordered the tinted (SES) OEM tail lights for my '10 focus. As Ford has done with many tail lights on recent models, the lights dont have a finished edge. It looks very cheap and doesnt blend well with the vehicle.

Here is what it looks like from factory

http://images.thecarconnection.com/l...00255348_l.jpg
http://www.shopautoweek.com/content/...ls.636.477.jpg

As you can see the edge of either the tinted or chrome light ends up looking white. A much better finish would be either black or the color of your vehicle.

To do this you simply remove the light and paint the inside of that edge. Dont worry, it is sealed off from the rest of you light, so you dont have to be an artist. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DISASSEMBLE THE LIGHT HOUSING. I used black automotive spray paint. The color is up to you just be sure to use an automive paint. With a small nozzle you can carefully spray the paint on the edge or through the crack to fill in the edge. Another method is to fill a syringe (without the needle of course) with the paint and spread it onto the edge. A small delicate paint brush from a craft store can also help.

http://www.nvland.com/images/kelly/lights/4.jpg

After the edge is painted, I use a good RV/automotive sealant to seal off this newly painted edge from the elements. Applied by hand worked best for me.

Ive done this to both my Focus and my F150. It can be done on the tinted or chrome lights.

http://i463.photobucket.com/albums/q...8/2577ffa6.jpg
http://i463.photobucket.com/albums/q...8/IMG_1789.jpg

Here is another thread from an F150 forum that details the process and has a ton of before/after pics showing different colors used.

http://www.f150forum.com/f38/painted...easy-do-88981/

misfire 08-06-2012 07:42 PM

interesting!! looks good. i like simple yet very impacting mods like this

JDBug182 08-07-2012 09:57 AM

Great idea man! +rep and +on my mod to do list

Dark 007 08-07-2012 11:55 AM

Looks challenging, but good! It's worth the try.

FORD50 08-07-2012 12:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dark 007 (Post 4296175)
Looks challenging, but good! It's worth the try.

It's not challenging at all. Just takes a little patience. Keep a rag with some paint remover nearby to remove any excess that gets on the front of the housing. If I can do this mod anyone can.

RAF_S197 08-07-2012 01:07 PM

Looks great, thanks for the how-to

Miller88 08-10-2012 07:46 AM

It does look pretty cheap without being painted. But saves a few pennys.

mac.mogul 08-10-2012 09:20 AM

I guess I never really noticed. Nice! Not a fan of the black on sterling grey, it would probably be better to do body color when the car isn't white or black but it looks good on the truck.

FORD50 08-10-2012 10:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mac.mogul (Post 4300680)
I guess I never really noticed. Nice! Not a fan of the black on sterling grey, it would probably be better to do body color when the car isn't white or black but it looks good on the truck.

Its all personal preference. If I had the SES trim I wouldve went with body color match. Since I have the SE with black door handles and mirrors i think the black edges on the light looks great. Either way is better than the way they come from the factory in my opinion.

Miller88 08-10-2012 01:25 PM

If I could find a really cheap set of tail lights, I want to bake them, pull them apart, and paint the shiney parts that make it a SE light instead of a SES light.


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