How To DIY Painted Edges on Taillights

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  1. MrGreen33

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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!

    -Greg
     
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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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    nice touch
     
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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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    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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    Last edited: Aug 9, 2012
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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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    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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