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Old 03-24-2010, 12:53 AM   #1
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I am wanting to paint my headlight and was thinking of painting the "2" photo. I saw that it is not reflector. Someone has painted?

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Old 03-25-2010, 03:01 PM   #2
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I did something similar on my old bugeye headlights. You can paint the flat part on the bottom of that (where the long straight ripples are), and the section like that, that goes up the side of the reflector housing. You cannot paint the rear, bowl portion of it, if you like seeing at night. It takes a lot of time and patience to tape all of that off. That is probably why no one does it. It does make the lights look a lot darker though, without effecting the beam pattern or output. It also cuts down on glare a good bit. When I did the ones in my bugeye it took me at least an hour of masking per side to mask off the bowl. If you do it be careful it is easy to mess something up.
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Old 03-26-2010, 03:08 AM   #3
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I have patience. Loses glare than?
And how so? "It does make the lights look a lot darker"? Reflects less? That?
You have a picture of your lighthouse?
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Old 03-26-2010, 05:07 PM   #4
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When light comes out of the filament it comes out in a spherical shape. 360 degrees in every direction. There are small shields that block some of this light so most of it hits the bowl in the back of the reflector, but some of it finds it's way to that flat area on the bottom. When it reflects off that area it shines up in the air, creating glare. When you paint it black that light reflects less, so there is less glare.

When I said it makes the lights look a lot darker, I don't mean when they are on. When you are looking at the car with the lights off, you don't see any chrome at all. It is all black. The lights just appear darker when looking at them during the day. The light output from the lights at night, when they are on, is the same as before, just with a little less glare.

Sorry, I don't have any pictures of my lights. I haven't had them on my car since 07. I traded them to get another set of lights. I never took any decent pics of them when I had them.
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