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    Thumbs up DIY: Bugeye Painted Yellow Foglights

    Ok, so I haven't seen any real "DIY" for our Bugs on how to paint our fogs yellow. I know it's a pretty straight-forward process, but I figured that since I did mine this afternoon, that I would just do a quick tutorial anyways

    Yes, you can use Rockblocker, Lamin-X, etc., to cover and protect the fogs, but if you're like me (on a poor man's college budget) then this is a cheap and effective way to go

    Anywho, onto the pictures.

    BEFORE:



    1). Pick up some Krylon Stain Glass paint in yellow. I finally found mine at the local Michael's, but I've also seen some online stores that carry the stuff as well.




    2). (Optional) Pick up some Scotch Blue Painter's Tape to mask off the headlights (you could most likely just use regular masking tape, but I have some other projects coming up that I'll be needing this for).



    3). This is optional as well, but I decided to play it safe and remove my fog's from their housings on the bumper. I know other people who have just masked off the bumped, etc. Each fog is only held in by 3 screws. Unscrew and un-plug them from their harness and take them out.



    4a). Clean the lights!!! This couldn't be more important. If you want any sort of good result at all, spend some time NOW on the cleaning otherwise you'll most likely be disappointed in the end. I used some rubbing alcohol to get all of the dirt/grime/bugs/gypsies off of the glass so you have a nice, smooth surface to paint.


    4b). I also used a razor blade to smooth the glass out even further (it actually does help). Just put some of the rubbing alcohol on the lens (so it's a little slick) and gently rub the blade at an angle across the glass. I then wiped all of the residue off, and re-cleaned it using the rubbing alcohol.



    5). Time for masking. I first went all the way around the lens and masked off a fine line where the glass and plastic meet. I then went around and used index cards (you can use w/e you want) to protect the rest of the plastic from yellow over-spray.

    **This is actually alot trickier than I had thought. The brackets made it difficult to get the cards to work with me. Next time, I think I would try maybe using newspaper or wax paper.








    6). Paint time!!! I went outside and laid the fogs down on some newspaper (to avoid pissing off the apt. complex). I had to put them pretty far apart (it was a tad windy). I applied one thin, very even layer to both lights and waited for it to dry ~15 mins. I decided it needed another coat so I put another VERY thin layer on the lenses. After letting them sit in the warm sun for about 30 minutes, I brought them inside and put them in our guest bath (with the fan on to get rid of fumes) and let them dry the recommended 3 hours.




    ***WITH SECOND COAT (look darker than they are)



    7). Reinstall the fogs and enjoy!








    EDIT!!! Daylight Pics.






    All this for $15.49



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    ive said this like 80 times but i LOVE yellow fogs on bugeyes.

    good job

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxtreme06 View Post
    ive said this like 80 times but i LOVE yellow fogs (and STi BBS's) on bugeyes.

    good job
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    i did it, looks awesome, it really cleared up the rock spray i had all over them
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    looks good!
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    That's good to hear!!
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    quick question for the original poster, what lights do you have in your fogs, im buying HIDs for mine, and i dind tknow if i should do white lights or yellow?
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    Stock bulbs. Well, actually, that's a lie. They burnt out a few weeks ago so now they are the Sylvania 55W H3's.

    EDIT: I don't think the yellow bulbs will do all that much. It will definitely make it very yellow. The only thing I could think of is if you were to put in, say, 4300k bulbs, that it could possibly maybe wash out the color. In the end, it's up to you. I really don't want to point you in the wrong direction, but I would probably go with yellow HID's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by STI_KLR View Post
    Stock bulbs. Well, actually, that's a lie. They burnt out a few weeks ago so now they are the Sylvania 55W H3's.
    hmmm... anyone know what would be best... yellow HIDs or white?
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    Nice work! I've been wanting to do this for some time now. I think I got a little project for the weekend.

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    I did the exact same thing about a year ago. Here's some pics of mine.






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    Your welcome for telling you where to get this paint
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    Quote Originally Posted by gprwrx View Post
    your welcome for telling you where to get this paint
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