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Old 08-22-2000, 05:22 AM   #1
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Question Amber paint for fog lights?

Okay, here's what I want to do: I have the clear foglight protectors, I was thinking of getting a second set and painting them amber in preparation for winter (amber is better in snow). Any suggestions on paint?

I want to go from this:



to this:



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Old 08-22-2000, 05:25 AM   #2
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I'm not sure who makes them but there are amber bulbs available for the fog lights. I would think changing the bulb would be more effective(and less of a PITA) than painting the lenses.
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Old 08-22-2000, 05:28 AM   #3
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True, but once they're painted it'd be a matter of a few seconds to switch between clear and amber.
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Old 08-22-2000, 05:35 AM   #4
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It's quicker than changing bulbs? I would think changing the bulbs would be quicker than swapping out the whole unit. Not to mention a set of bulbs has got to be cheaper than a complete set of lights.
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Old 08-22-2000, 05:44 AM   #5
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Oh, no, I have the clear acrylic clip-on protectors that MRT and Graham Goode sell. I was thinking of getting a second set, and painting them. Take a close look at the picture, and you'll see the clip-ons over the actual foglight assembly. Where the black SUBARU is, that's the clip-on.
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Old 08-22-2000, 05:49 AM   #6
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O.K. now I get it. That's actually a very good idea. You might want to try a hobby shop. I think you can get paint for R/C cars that will work. I may end up doing the same thing. How much were those covers?

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Old 08-22-2000, 07:57 AM   #7
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I have the Hella Yellow Star bulbs in 85W for my fogs. They work awesome and are only $25/set. Ived had mine for about 6 months now and they dont burn the reflectors. They are definitely brighter than stock. I bought mine from Susquehanna Motorsports.
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Old 08-22-2000, 09:54 AM   #8
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When I ordered the covers a long time ago they were $90.00 from MRT, there was a guy trying to sell them on the Classified Forum a while ago for $60.00. I think they're great, and if I can get amber paint I'd be willing to invest in another set!
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I know some guy did it on his fogs but I'm thinking his technique would still give you the desired results. He posted it on the web but I don't remember the url.
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Old 08-22-2000, 10:16 AM   #10
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Your best bet would be to check out translucent paints for painting the windows of Lexan bodies for RC cars. Then, paint the inside of the cover and hit it with clearcoat after painting.

On the other hand, remember that simply painting the cover amber is different than a bulb that throws amber light. A bulb that throws amber light (like mine) throws white light forward and scatters amber light at the ground, which bounces it up under the fog.

A painted cover will block out all light except amber and give you less light. If all you want them for is winter/snow, go for it. But if you want them for rain and night driving, I'd look into white bulbs that scatter amber light at the ground.

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Anytime you put a colour on a lens you will reduce the light output due to some of it being absorbed in the material, ~ 12% reduction. If you want yellow lamps and use painted bulbs you will get the same problem. Your best bet if you want to keep the light as bright as possible is to get a Dicoic bulb (sp?) that changes the color but not the output

Go here:
http://lighting.mbz.org/ then here:
http://lighting.mbz.org/tech/info/light_color/
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Old 08-22-2000, 11:31 PM   #12
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Peaty and Sean, thanks for the info. So, do you think the 12% reduction would be that significant? I'm running PIAA Superwhite Platinums w/ stock wattage. I'd be okay with some reduction as I'd be gaining the advantage of amber vs bright white light during snow/heavy fog.

What're your opinions, worth it or not?

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