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Old 08-13-2009, 11:57 PM   #50
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2014 Fiat Abarth 500


Did mine with Krylon a few months ago. This has been kicked around IWSTI for a while.
Originally Posted by JGard View Post
Has anybody used another type of paint for this? I just went to Michael's and no Krylon stained glass/transparent paint there, so I got the Valspar stained glass in "red". The cap looks a little pinkish, so I'm a bit worried it won't work. I'm going to test-spray something else before attacking my lights, but I figured I'd check to see if anybody has tried this other paint.
I'd stick with the Krylon, even if you have to order it from somewhere. A friend of mine did his with Testor's, and it's noticeably more dull. The krylon come's out very glossy.

Originally Posted by one33_bpm View Post
When you applied the tape to the lights, did you use an exacto knife to cut the lines cleanly?
Yup, here's a tip. Mash out the reverse lights with the key on and the car in reverse. You can see the outline of the reverse light section shining right through the tape. If you mask the turn signal area, do it with the lights still on the car, so you mask evenly across the reverse light/turn signal areas. Guess how I figured this one out. I fixed mine by just respraying over the turn signal area...

Also, if you spray the turn signals, I suggest a clear bulb rather than keeping the amber one. Of course, maybe you like red-orange turn signals... I keep meaning to order up some red LEDs for the turns, but haven't gotten to it.

Originally Posted by elwray View Post
Originally Posted by Bug-Rex View Post
Awesome mod. I wonder how it will hold up in the long run...?
From what I've read, the best long-term results have been from Duplicolor Metalcast Red with Duplicolor clearcoat overtop. But, a lot depends on the pre-painting prep -- lightly sanding the surface and cleaning. As well as wetsanding the painted surfaces or not... so I'm not sure enough people have done this so far to make a judgement on which paint is holding up best
I didn't clear coat mine, they held up well for about 3-4 months in the FL sun. Then I just resprayed 'em dark again. They were starting to look pink instead of red. I also didn't sand them, either. I just cleaned them real well and wiped them down with a bit of rubbing alcohol.
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