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painted dome light housing #65983 Dec 7, 10:14am Dec 7, 10:14am
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painted dome light housing
Hey, i know this is a small project, but someone was asking on here about how to do a body-shop style paint job, so I thought I'd show some pics of my progress. If anyone wanted, I could be convinced to do an actual paint-guide with my next project. Let me know...

Anyway, here's the first set of pics. I have sanded the texture off the dome light housing, and primed it with Krylon Fusion black. I like the way the Fusion bonds to the plastic, but I'm not crazy about the finish of it, so I'm not using it for the main color coat. After I sprayed the Fusion, I took the housing to my sink, and sanded it smooth with 2000 grit sandpaper, until it felt as smooth as glass.

This pic is after the first coat of my main color coat. I'm using Duplicolor auto body paint (available at almost any auto parts store in spray cans). After this coat, i repeated my wet sanding until it was smooth again.

I'll continue posting pics as I work on this project today.

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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #65984 Dec 7, 10:15am Dec 7, 10:15am
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and a close-up...

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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #65985 Dec 7, 10:31am Dec 7, 10:31am
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keep the pics comin thumbsup

Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #65986 Dec 7, 10:35am Dec 7, 10:35am
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here's another...
I just sprayed my next color coat. I haven't wet sanded it yet, so it looks a little rough.

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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #65987 Dec 7, 1:37pm Dec 7, 1:37pm
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Here it is, finished product... still taken apart, but the paint is done!

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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #65988 Dec 7, 1:50pm Dec 7, 1:50pm
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and, assembled...

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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #65989 Dec 7, 3:27pm Dec 7, 3:27pm
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here it is installed...

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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #65990 Dec 7, 4:06pm Dec 7, 4:06pm
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Nice. thumbsup

Re: painted dome light housing [Re: RoMkApOmKa] #65991 Dec 7, 5:39pm Dec 7, 5:39pm
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Originally Posted by RoMkApOmKa
Nice. thumbsup


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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #65992 Dec 7, 6:12pm Dec 7, 6:12pm
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neat!


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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: VSGTS14] #65993 Dec 7, 6:37pm Dec 7, 6:37pm
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sweeet! how did ya manage to remove the housing?

Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #65994 Dec 7, 7:35pm Dec 7, 7:35pm
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take the lens off by prying down on it with a THIN flathead screwdriver (be careful not to damage it), and you'll find two screws that hold it up, take them out, and you're in business


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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #65995 Dec 7, 7:43pm Dec 7, 7:43pm
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eek looks really good!


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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: element_celica] #65996 Dec 7, 8:51pm Dec 7, 8:51pm
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the install really came out well. two thumbs up thumbsup thumbsup

Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #65997 Dec 7, 9:17pm Dec 7, 9:17pm
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thanks all, i'll post some more pics when I finish my headliner project... (black suede and black dome) It'll be hot


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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #65998 Dec 7, 9:19pm Dec 7, 9:19pm
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nice cant wait to see it done


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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: Speed4TheNeed] #65999 Dec 7, 9:21pm Dec 7, 9:21pm
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Originally Posted by sPeEd4tHeNeEd
the install really came out well. two thumbs up thumbsup thumbsup

sweet

Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #66000 Dec 7, 10:31pm Dec 7, 10:31pm
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i have a question, do you really have to sand it b4 painting?


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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #66001 Dec 7, 10:44pm Dec 7, 10:44pm
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wut do you mean by wet sanding? do you really mean it sanding it during wet? or do you wait for a minute or something? and do you do this over and over to make it better, shinier or something?
sorry, dont know nothing about this

Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #66002 Dec 7, 10:50pm Dec 7, 10:50pm
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Nice job!!!
How long did the whole thing take & how much were the supplies? thumbsup

Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #66003 Dec 7, 10:54pm Dec 7, 10:54pm
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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #66004 Dec 7, 10:56pm Dec 7, 10:56pm
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Looks nice!

Re: painted dome light housing [Re: shox] #66005 Dec 7, 11:11pm Dec 7, 11:11pm
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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: Elec-FuYu] #66006 Dec 8, 12:27am Dec 8, 12:27am
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Originally Posted by Elec-FuYu
i have a question, do you really have to sand it b4 painting?


Yes, at least a light scuff sanding will help the paint (even Krylon fusion) adhere to the surface better.


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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #66007 Dec 8, 12:36am Dec 8, 12:36am
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Originally Posted by carbon_blue_gt
Originally Posted by Elec-FuYu
i have a question, do you really have to sand it b4 painting?


Yes, at least a light scuff sanding will help the paint (even Krylon fusion) adhere to the surface better.

alright~
i might go paint mine in silver when i got time~ tongue still got some paint left after painting the AEM lisence plate frame


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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: stefanoc] #66008 Dec 8, 12:39am Dec 8, 12:39am
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Originally Posted by stefanoc
wut do you mean by wet sanding? do you really mean it sanding it during wet? or do you wait for a minute or something? and do you do this over and over to make it better, shinier or something?
sorry, dont know nothing about this


After you spray the paint on the surface, let it dry really well, then turn on your kitchen or bathroom sink, and use 1500 or 2000 grit sandpaper and lightly, using circular strokes, sand the surface until it looks completely uniform (you'll have to let it dry to be able to tell if you've sanded enough). Be sure that your piece is completely dry again before spraying the next coat. It's ok if end up sanding through your first couple of coats, the only thing that's important is that you use thin coats of paint, and get the paint really smooth with your wet sanding. You want to do this with EVERY coat of paint, even your final clear coat. My usual paint sequence is:

primer: Krylon Fusion (bonds well to plastic, but I don't like the finish
wet sand
color coat: Duplicolor paint, available at most auto parts stores
wet sand
continue adding color coats, sanding after each until you don't see any of the primer through them anywhere
wet sand
clear coat: I use two or three clear coats, and I wet sand between each

Wet sand after your final clear coat. I know this will dull the surface, but it's worth it later. Next, buff the paint with 3M brand Body Repair Rubbing Compund. I use the Fine Cut variety, and it produces a wonderful finish by removing the 2000 grit scratches from the wet sanding.

Finish by rubbing the paint surface with your favorite paint polish (Meguiar's Deep Crystal works wonders)

Hope this helps!

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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: xmangt1] #66009 Dec 8, 12:40am Dec 8, 12:40am
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Originally Posted by xmangt1
Nice job!!!
How long did the whole thing take & how much were the supplies? thumbsup


Took about three hours (with a lot of down time while paint dried)

And cost about $20 for all the material, which I still have plenty of to do other projects


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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #66010 Dec 8, 1:30pm Dec 8, 1:30pm
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looks awsome thumbsup.. how many cans of paint/clearcoat did you use?

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Originally Posted by Bakablo1
looks awsome thumbsup.. how many cans of paint/clearcoat did you use?


I used about a quarter of a can of Duplicolor black, about half a can of Duplicolor clear, and a very small amount of Krylon Fusion


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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #66013 Dec 8, 6:41pm Dec 8, 6:41pm
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here's a finished pic with the dome light set on my new suede headliner...

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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #66014 Dec 9, 9:40am Dec 9, 9:40am
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That's the best damn step by step I've seen.
I know what I doing after work.


I'm gonna take your little Civic. Dust it off. Turn it sideways and stick it straight up you candy A*s.
Re: painted dome light housing [Re: GTSHYPR] #66015 Dec 9, 10:30am Dec 9, 10:30am
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Originally Posted by GTSHYPR
That's the best damn step by step I've seen.
I know what I doing after work.


Thanks! If you need any other hinst or have any questions put up a post, or drop me a PM. I'll be checking back all day while I repaint my center console (it got scratched by a clumsy passenger in my car).


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Originally Posted by carbon_blue_gt
here's a finished pic with the dome light set on my new suede headliner...

reupholstered your car with purple suede? Why not Gucci?

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Re: painted dome light housing [Re: MxReb0] #66017 Dec 9, 8:15pm Dec 9, 8:15pm
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Originally Posted by MxReb0
Originally Posted by carbon_blue_gt
here's a finished pic with the dome light set on my new suede headliner...

reupholstered your car with purple suede? Why not Gucci?


the suede is black, with a little bit of a blue tint to it

I don't know why, but in some lights, it looks blue


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