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Discussion in 'Audi S4/A4/A4 Cab (B7 Chassis)' started by steve wallace, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. steve wallace
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    [Feb 21, 2014]
    one of my headlights has broken brackets(done by the last owner)
    so I bought a new pair and decided to paint all the chrome inside them black

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    gubbins out

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    gubbins painted

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    back together and compared to original

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    and all done

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    [Feb 21, 2014]
    Good work Steve! Think I'm
    Gonna do the same this weekend!
    Looks spot on! Wasn't too sure wether to do it or not. I think you've swayed me. Do you have any before and afters of the car?
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    [Feb 21, 2014]
    Looks great! This is definitely on my list of things to do. Did you have any issues?
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    [Feb 21, 2014]
    not fitted to the car yet, as these are new headlights
    will post pics when ive fitted them
    I did the hairdryer in the side of the box trick to heat the sealer to split them
    im happy with how they have turned out
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    [Feb 21, 2014]
    Great work mate,looks much better.:yes:
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    [Feb 21, 2014]
    dechroming the grill, when I take the bumper off and got a black badge to fit as well
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    [Feb 21, 2014]
    hi mate what paint did you use
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    [Feb 21, 2014]
    Halfords bumper paint, as its designed to go straight onto plastics without primer
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    [Feb 21, 2014]
    Nice one cheers might give this a try this weekend
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    [Feb 22, 2014]
    Really like this mod.
    Was going to do with my old Mondeo but changed my mind as on some other cars it actually made the lights look like a couple of maglite torches.
    Will be very interesting to see the before/after pictures once you have completed.
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    [Feb 22, 2014]
    Yeah I did the same to clear the indicators a while ago. Even tho these halfords paints are designed to go straight over plastic without primer, I'd always give them a good prep up first. Can imagine the heat will make that paint flake real quick. I don't trust paints that don't require a plastic adhesion promoter. I'll look forward to the pics :)
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    [Feb 22, 2014]
    Yer I lightly sanded them with 800 then scotched them off and tack clothed them before I painted
    And the first coat of paint was a really light mist while warming them with a heat gun.
    This sealed them to stop any paint reactions.
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    [Feb 22, 2014]
    Good move, chrome is never the best surface to adhere to, but atleast you haven't left anything to chance.
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    [Feb 22, 2014]
    Go on do it...lol

    The only thing I would recommend is to leave the circle reflectors around the headlights silver as when all black it reduces the brightness beamed on the road..

    Good luck with thee mod....
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    [Feb 22, 2014]
    I had the front end in bits today to adjust the bumper with the new Intercooler. But I have a new grill to fit next week so I think I'll do it all in one blast with some before and after pics :) also had to raise the suspension for the 4 wheel alignment today. Turned out to be more of a ball ache than first expected lol
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    Yeh that's how I did mine.

    As long as you dull the chrome before painting should be all good, mine have been on for a year now and still look brand new
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