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Simple question. For anyone that has baked there housing. To Paint, tint, install Halos, did doing this mess up the alignment at all or was they still the exact same when you re-installed them without having to adjust them at all?
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It shouldn't mess with them at all. The painting is of the bezels, a separate piece from the actual lamps.
Here's a good shot of the 3 components of a headlight housing, the plastic cover, the silver bezel and the actual unit that houses the wiring, the bulbs and the projectors.



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It shouldn't mess with them at all. The painting is of the bezels, a separate piece from the actual lamps.
Here's a good shot of the 3 components of a headlight housing, the plastic cover, the silver bezel and the actual unit that houses the wiring, the bulbs and the projectors.

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and with painting i can use any black high temp spray paint right? i'm still having troubles finding Tint. i heard not to go with some online no name brand becasue it will suck. and I havn't heard anyone post where a good place to get some is.. I kind of want to go with silver tint to match my car since it's silver.
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Well, some people used Nite Shades (get at your local hobby store like Hobby Lobby). I used high heat engine enamel found at my local auto parts place like Auto Zone, Advanced Auto, etc.


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tint? are you talking about getting tint and spraying it on the lenses? not a good idea, mainly because of light output. if you're talking about putting tint on the bezels, i would just use regular high-temp paint. i bought some from o'reilly's. just use the high heat paint and clearcoat and you will be okay.

just a little helpful tip: when you bake your headlight assemblies, pull apart the lens from the housing and scrape the silicone off while it is still warm. i just used a flathead screwdriver to get the silicone off. get as much of it off as you can...so that you can put a lot of fresh silicone on there.
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tint? are you talking about getting tint and spraying it on the lenses? not a good idea, mainly because of light output. if you're talking about putting tint on the bezels, i would just use regular high-temp paint. i bought some from o'reilly's. just use the high heat paint and clearcoat and you will be okay.

just a little helpful tip: when you bake your headlight assemblies, pull apart the lens from the housing and scrape the silicone off while it is still warm. i just used a flathead screwdriver to get the silicone off. get as much of it off as you can...so that you can put a lot of fresh silicone on there.
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Is high temp paint necessary? I ask because I have leftover steel grey paint from paintscratch that I want to use on the bezels in the spring. Or will it be damaged by the bulb heat? I wouldn't think it'd get THAT hot, especially since I plan to do a retrofit at the same time.


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Is high temp paint necessary? I ask because I have leftover steel grey paint from paintscratch that I want to use on the bezels in the spring. Or will it be damaged by the bulb heat? I wouldn't think it'd get THAT hot, especially since I plan to do a retrofit at the same time.
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thats what i am doing as well. with the retrofit. I will just go to Hobby Lobby tonight and buy some Niteshade. i seen some pics in another forum a minute ago and that is what they used and it looks pretty good......
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it doesn't get that hot inside, but just to be safe...i would go buy some high-heat clearcoat, then you should be fine. if you can paint the engine cover without high-heat paint, i'm sure you headlight bezels don't require high-heat paint...i'm thinking that the engine cover gets a little warmer than the headlights.
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