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Old 08-06-2012, 06:45 PM   #1
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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




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.



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.




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/



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Old 08-06-2012, 07:42 PM   #2
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interesting!! looks good. i like simple yet very impacting mods like this
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:57 AM   #3
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Great idea man! +rep and +on my mod to do list
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Looks challenging, but good! It's worth the try.
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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.
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Looks great, thanks for the how-to
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It does look pretty cheap without being painted. But saves a few pennys.
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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.
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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.
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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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