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Old 07-27-2012, 08:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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DIY Painted Edges on Taillights


Before DIY:



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After DIY:


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What is needed:

1.) 8mm or 5/16th socket or wrench
2.) Black paint
3.) Tiny brush
4.) Needle and a syringe
5.) WD-40
6.) Rags
7.) Razorblade



*Overspill or having the paint on a surface not intended on the truck or light, do to operator error, can normally be removed with a small touch up of the almighty, WD-40.



Step 1

Remove Taillights
1. Open Tailgate.
2. Each Taillight has Two 8mm (or 5/16) screws, that needs to be removed.
3. Pull tail light out.
4. Disconnect the taillight.

Step 2

Pre-Paint Prep work

1. Clean tail lights with water and a cloth.
2. Inspect the inside edge of the taillight and look for excess glue that can impede the paint from bonding with the desired location.
With a Razorblade, remove the excess glue from the inside edge of the taillight.
4. If needed, repeat step 1 after completing step 2, if excess glue was removed.

Step 3

Paint
Paint type: I Testors gloss black model enamel paint. Although a good Idea might be to use/try the FORD OEM touch up paint available at the local FORD dealer.

1. Use a tiny brush, with stiff bristles, to paint the inside of the taillights edge.
(Rumor is that a syringe works best…problem is I am not sure how to get one…hehe)
2. Let the paint dry for a few hours, and repeat step one until to apply a second or third coat.
3. Let paint dry after the last coat…I left mine drying overnight.






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Very nice! It is amazing how the smallest thing can have such a big impact!

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I like the idea of using touch up paint. Either from Ford or somebody like NAPA.

I think a syringe would be more difficult to apply evenly than a brush. Many children's OTC medications come with a non-sterile syringe. I'd think a pharmacy might have some for sale for that sort of purpose.
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Can anyone provide more pics of the process???

This 'mod' is something I would like to do but am still unsure of where the paint would be going (the syringe part confuses me?)


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They're using the syringe like a caulk tube, to squirt out the paint, instead of painting it on with a brush.
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Will try to post up some pictures soon with the lights off...and where the paint would go.


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Can anyone provide more pics of the process???

This 'mod' is something I would like to do but am still unsure of where the paint would be going (the syringe part confuses me?)


Disclaimer...these are not my photos.

Have not taken my tails off again...but I found these photos which show where to paint the back side of the taillight edge.


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Originally Posted by MrGreen33 View Post
Disclaimer...these are not my photos.

Have not taken my tails off again...but I found these photos which show where to paint the back side of the taillight edge.


Attachment 10478

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so, do I paint just that area shown in the pohoto or do i paint all the way to the outer edge?


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Originally Posted by FAMARO View Post
so, do I paint just that area shown in the pohoto or do i paint all the way to the outer edge?

fill in the groove and make sure you go back and paint the little edge very carefully to cover the whole back of the lip.


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