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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-27-2004, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Question for those with painted headlights...

I'm thinking about painting my headlights but I've noticed something...

This is how Keith's headlights look...


And this is how Mike V's look...



Both car's headlights have been painted, but why do Keith's look so much darker? Anybody?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-27-2004, 08:59 PM
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looks like he painted the wazy part on the insides too. Mine are like that...havent done the corners yet.
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It could partly be the pics/cameras. The bottom pic looks like the cam sensitivity was turned up, or a brighter sun out that day, etc

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Yes Keith has painted the lenses and also some of the chrome reflective part too. This was the first bird I seen with painted lights and the reason I painted mine. I dont know for sure but it looks like Mike only painted his lenses. I opted to only paint the reflective pieces in the background. Here is a bad pick but a pick none the less...

They all look good! IMO
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Ah yes, that's it. I remember Mike telling me he only painted the lenses...never dawned on me til you said that. I think I'm going to do do the reflective and the lenses on mine. I'm kind of leary of the signals, are they extremely hard to get apart?

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Not necessarily hard, but it does require time and cutting. That is the only way to get them apart. Well worth it though!


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Thanks for the link. I just want to make sure I can do this before I drop all this money into lights and end up screwing them up.

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Life as a Gen 1 (93-96) Mark VIII owner gets more and more ironic everyday.

We struggle to see with our low beams on, and it isnt much better with our highbeams on.

Now I find that some T-Bird(my car's cousin) owners are actually PAINTING their headlights?

Man, I would pay a NHTSA agent to go for a ride in my car, on my way to work at 4:30am, and to read the street sign ahead of me.

You guys have no idea how fortunate you are that Ford didnt let Lincoln's design team have lunch with the T-Bird design team!

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LOL thats great. I really couldnt see with my 94 95 lights either, but that is a different story with the new and clear 96-97's. As bad as it may sound, "painting the headlights" it really doesnt affect the illumination at all.
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I agree with you on how terrible the gen 1 markviii lights are. My buddy has silverstar's for the highbeams. I have caught myself telling him to turn the high's on even when they were.

As for painting the lens, only the sides get painted the parts with the horizontal lines running across them. The reflector in the back is untouched.

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Life as a Gen 1 (93-96) Mark VIII owner gets more and more ironic everyday.

We struggle to see with our low beams on, and it isnt much better with our highbeams on.

Now I find that some T-Bird(my car's cousin) owners are actually PAINTING their headlights?

Man, I would pay a NHTSA agent to go for a ride in my car, on my way to work at 4:30am, and to read the street sign ahead of me.

You guys have no idea how fortunate you are that Ford didnt let Lincoln's design team have lunch with the T-Bird design team!

"I may not be able to see, but I'm haulin' booty!"
Sad but so true. My MKVIII is unsafe at night.
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Life as a Gen 1 (93-96) Mark VIII owner gets more and more ironic everyday.

We struggle to see with our low beams on, and it isnt much better with our highbeams on.

Now I find that some T-Bird(my car's cousin) owners are actually PAINTING their headlights?

Man, I would pay a NHTSA agent to go for a ride in my car, on my way to work at 4:30am, and to read the street sign ahead of me.

You guys have no idea how fortunate you are that Ford didnt let Lincoln's design team have lunch with the T-Bird design team!

"I may not be able to see, but I'm haulin' booty!"
My lights are wayyyy worse then yours; I can put my imaginary money on that!
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