Previous Thread
Next Thread
New Reply
Print Thread
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
carbon_blue_gt
Specialist
carbon_blue_gt Dec 7, 6:14pm - #65983 
2001 carbon blue Toyota Celica GT
Specialist
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
Wyoming
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.
1862384854-Mvc-014s.jpg

[Linked Image]
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
carbon_blue_gt
Specialist
carbon_blue_gt Dec 7, 6:15pm - #65984 
2001 carbon blue Toyota Celica GT
Specialist
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
Wyoming
and a close-up...
1862384857-Mvc-012s.jpg

[Linked Image]
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,372
Speed4TheNeed
Caleb
Speed4TheNeed Dec 7, 6:31pm - #65985 

Caleb
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,372
New Orleans, LA
keep the pics comin thumbsup
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
carbon_blue_gt
Specialist
carbon_blue_gt Dec 7, 6:35pm - #65986 
2001 carbon blue Toyota Celica GT
Specialist
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
Wyoming
here's another...
I just sprayed my next color coat. I haven't wet sanded it yet, so it looks a little rough.
1862384871-Mvc-015s.jpg

[Linked Image]
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
carbon_blue_gt
Specialist
carbon_blue_gt Dec 7, 9:37pm - #65987 
2001 carbon blue Toyota Celica GT
Specialist
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
Wyoming
Here it is, finished product... still taken apart, but the paint is done!
1862385085-Mvc-016s.jpg

[Linked Image]
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
carbon_blue_gt
Specialist
carbon_blue_gt Dec 7, 9:50pm - #65988 
2001 carbon blue Toyota Celica GT
Specialist
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
Wyoming
and, assembled...
1862385107-Mvc-017s.jpg

[Linked Image]
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
carbon_blue_gt
Specialist
carbon_blue_gt Dec 7, 11:27pm - #65989 
2001 carbon blue Toyota Celica GT
Specialist
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
Wyoming
here it is installed...
1862385234-Mvc-002s.jpg

[Linked Image]
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,307
RoMkApOmKa
Specialist
RoMkApOmKa Dec 8, 12:06am - #65990 

Specialist
2002 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,307
Maryland USA
Nice. thumbsup
Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 4,658
Evan
Rebel
Evan Dec 8, 1:39am - #65991 

Rebel
2003 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 4,658
Washington
Originally Posted by RoMkApOmKa
Nice. thumbsup

[Linked Image]
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 10,123
VSGTS14
05 WRB
VSGTS14 Dec 8, 2:12am - #65992 

05 WRB
2005 Subaru WRX STi

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 10,123
Milford, NJ
neat!

SUBARU TECNICA INTERNATIONAL
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 53
MiDNiGhT_bLuE
Member
MiDNiGhT_bLuE Dec 8, 2:37am - #65993 
2000 Carbon Blue Toyota Celica
Member
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 53
St. Louis
sweeet! how did ya manage to remove the housing?
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
carbon_blue_gt
Specialist
carbon_blue_gt Dec 8, 3:35am - #65994 
2001 carbon blue Toyota Celica GT
Specialist
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
Wyoming
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

[Linked Image]
Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 896
element_celica
Senior Member
element_celica Dec 8, 3:43am - #65995 

Senior Member

Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 896
Michigan
eek looks really good!

rip celi...
95 240sx
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,372
Speed4TheNeed
Caleb
Speed4TheNeed Dec 8, 4:51am - #65996 

Caleb
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,372
New Orleans, LA
the install really came out well. two thumbs up thumbsup thumbsup
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
carbon_blue_gt
Specialist
carbon_blue_gt Dec 8, 5:17am - #65997 
2001 carbon blue Toyota Celica GT
Specialist
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
Wyoming
thanks all, i'll post some more pics when I finish my headliner project... (black suede and black dome) It'll be hot

[Linked Image]
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 2,926
celicaTRDgts
Specialist
celicaTRDgts Dec 8, 5:19am - #65998 

Specialist
02 Toyota Celica

Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 2,926
Arizona
nice cant wait to see it done

[Linked Image]
Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 837
LinkTallica
Senior Member
LinkTallica Dec 8, 5:21am - #65999 

Senior Member
1996 Geo Prizm

Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 837
Cal LA
Originally Posted by sPeEd4tHeNeEd
the install really came out well. two thumbs up thumbsup thumbsup

sweet
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 2,454
Elec-FuYu
Specialist
Elec-FuYu Dec 8, 6:31am - #66000 
2003 Silver Toyota Celica
Specialist
2003 Toyota Celica

Joined: May 2003
Posts: 2,454
B.C. Coquitlam
i have a question, do you really have to sand it b4 painting?

I am a HID Maniac!!
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,864
stefanoc
Specialist
stefanoc Dec 8, 6:44am - #66001 

Specialist
2002 Toyota Celica

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,864
CA
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
Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,587
xmangt1
4 All U Haterz!
xmangt1 Dec 8, 6:50am - #66002 

4 All U Haterz!
2000 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,587
Chicago, IL
Nice job!!!
How long did the whole thing take & how much were the supplies? thumbsup
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 966
Blue Batmobile
ECelica Staff
Blue Batmobile Dec 8, 6:54am - #66003 
ECelica Staff

Joined: May 2002
Posts: 966
San Diego, CA
Nice job thumbsup

Bat-

www.bluebatoverlays.com
email: bluebatmobile@san.rr.com
Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 802
shox
Senior Member
shox Dec 8, 6:56am - #66004 

Senior Member
2003 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 802
Calgary, Alberta
Looks nice!
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 509
FPcelica
Senior Member
FPcelica Dec 8, 7:11am - #66005 
2001 Spectra Blue Mica Toyota Celica GT
Senior Member
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 509
Houston, TX
nice thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

[Linked Image]
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
carbon_blue_gt
Specialist
carbon_blue_gt Dec 8, 8:27am - #66006 
2001 carbon blue Toyota Celica GT
Specialist
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
Wyoming
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.

[Linked Image]
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 2,454
Elec-FuYu
Specialist
Elec-FuYu Dec 8, 8:36am - #66007 
2003 Silver Toyota Celica
Specialist
2003 Toyota Celica

Joined: May 2003
Posts: 2,454
B.C. Coquitlam
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

I am a HID Maniac!!
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
carbon_blue_gt
Specialist
carbon_blue_gt Dec 8, 8:39am - #66008 
2001 carbon blue Toyota Celica GT
Specialist
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
Wyoming
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!

Jon

[Linked Image]
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
carbon_blue_gt
Specialist
carbon_blue_gt Dec 8, 8:40am - #66009 
2001 carbon blue Toyota Celica GT
Specialist
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
Wyoming
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

[Linked Image]
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,140
Bakablo1
Specialist
Bakablo1 Dec 8, 9:30pm - #66010 
Specialist

Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,140
Ontario, Canada
looks awsome thumbsup.. how many cans of paint/clearcoat did you use?
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,161
Street Prototype
ECelica Staff
Street Prototype Dec 8, 10:47pm - #66011 

ECelica Staff
2002 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,161
Guam, U.S.A.
thumbsup

[Linked Image]
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
carbon_blue_gt
Specialist
carbon_blue_gt Dec 8, 10:54pm - #66012 
2001 carbon blue Toyota Celica GT
Specialist
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
Wyoming
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

[Linked Image]
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
carbon_blue_gt
Specialist
carbon_blue_gt Dec 9, 2:41am - #66013 
2001 carbon blue Toyota Celica GT
Specialist
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
Wyoming
here's a finished pic with the dome light set on my new suede headliner...
1862386961-Mvc-024s.jpg

[Linked Image]
Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 500
GTSHYPR
Bruce Leroy
GTSHYPR Dec 9, 5:40pm - #66014 
2002 Spectra Blue Mica Toyota Celica GTS
Bruce Leroy
2002 Toyota Celica GTS

Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 500
Salisbury, MD
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.
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
carbon_blue_gt
Specialist
carbon_blue_gt Dec 9, 6:30pm - #66015 
2001 carbon blue Toyota Celica GT
Specialist
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
Wyoming
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).

[Linked Image]
Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 254
MxReb0
Member
MxReb0 Dec 10, 3:59am - #66016 

Member
2000 Toyota Celica

Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 254
Raleigh & Charlotte, NC
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?
1862388590-gucci.jpg

MAKE YOUR TIME
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
carbon_blue_gt
Specialist
carbon_blue_gt Dec 10, 4:15am - #66017 
2001 carbon blue Toyota Celica GT
Specialist
2001 Toyota Celica GT

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,061
Wyoming
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

[Linked Image]
Join the conversation - Register now or Sign in to add your comment


Moderated by  isaac 

Customize Your Toyota CelicaPrivacy Policy · About · Contact
CelicaHobby.com is an independent Toyota Celica enthusiast website. CelicaHobby.com is not sponsored by or affiliated with Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. in any way. The Toyota and Celica names and logos are trademarks owned by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
© CelicaHobby.com, 2001-2016