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  • Originally posted by csjoh View Post
    Coming along nicely!

    Are you going to paint the bezel or just leave it black?
    Not sure. I'll have to try both. Having it painted to match body color may require the pieces to be shaped more accurately. Painting it black may hide the imperfections. Appearance wise, I prefer it to match body color.
    Jul 2012 ROTM (3-way quad headlight) ; Sep 2015 ROTM (custom muli-lens 7" fogs)

    3-way quad wiring; foreground limiter; squirrel finder;

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    • Originally posted by satrya View Post
      Not sure. I'll have to try both. Having it painted to match body color may require the pieces to be shaped more accurately. Painting it black may hide the imperfections. Appearance wise, I prefer it to match body color.
      I was gonna say, I'd prefer it to be painted black, lol.

      Originally posted by cthunder
      The more you mod your car the moodier it gets.
      Avalon Dual Lens | Rogue LED | Mori 3800K | Mori 3Five | H11 PnP LED

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      • Originally posted by Fstrsn View Post
        I was gonna say, I'd prefer it to be painted black, lol.
        Black does look nice. But the original opening is black in the first place; it feels like all that work for nothing then.

        Original:


        The plastic piece, in black (mocked up with blue tape for mounting):


        Aside from the fact that the plastic piece covers a slightly larger area and sits in front of the foglights instead of behind, not much seems to have changed. Unless the plastic piece is painted body color.
        Jul 2012 ROTM (3-way quad headlight) ; Sep 2015 ROTM (custom muli-lens 7" fogs)

        3-way quad wiring; foreground limiter; squirrel finder;

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        • Pictures are so small
          Originally posted by nine44
          350 wit da wrist boy?

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          • Test alignment of plastic piece against 7" housing

            Took a test alignment between the plastic piece and the 7" round housing:


            The dichroic film strips add a subtle color to the 7" housing. I almost feel compelled to add something similar on the headlights; perhaps a thin ring around the e55r's lenses. Or at the bottom surface of the housing, which is currently plain chrome.

            I had expected the outer edges of the 7" housing to be obscured by the plastic piece. But because the 7" housing is much deeper than the OEM 7" foglight housing, I had to trim quite a bit of the cone portion of the plastic piece, making the opening much larger than it was. As such, the edges of the 7" housing are now completely exposed. The edges of the hexagonal pattern, particularly on the upper outside, needs to be covered.
            Jul 2012 ROTM (3-way quad headlight) ; Sep 2015 ROTM (custom muli-lens 7" fogs)

            3-way quad wiring; foreground limiter; squirrel finder;

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            • Originally posted by Ilikecars View Post
              Pictures are so small
              Sorry. I try not to attach large pictures when the message is the overall shape instead of the details. Post #753 was to illustrate the similarities in overall shape had the plastic piece be painted black.
              Jul 2012 ROTM (3-way quad headlight) ; Sep 2015 ROTM (custom muli-lens 7" fogs)

              3-way quad wiring; foreground limiter; squirrel finder;

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              • Wow dude, wow. lol

                If you can close up that gap on top, I'd paint them yellow

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                • Originally posted by gold94corolla View Post
                  Wow dude, wow. lol
                  I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing

                  Originally posted by gold94corolla View Post
                  If you can close up that gap on top, I'd paint them yellow
                  Yes, that gap. In spite of being careful with trimming and using paper mache prototypes, I ended up trimming a bit too much on top. I may have to resort to adding a fiberglass layer on the back that allows the top to extend upwards by about 2~3 mm. I didn't really want to involve fiberglass work though.
                  Jul 2012 ROTM (3-way quad headlight) ; Sep 2015 ROTM (custom muli-lens 7" fogs)

                  3-way quad wiring; foreground limiter; squirrel finder;

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                  • Well after all this, that gap can't be acceptable!!

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                    • I think they look good black
                      Originally posted by nine44
                      350 wit da wrist boy?

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                      • Is there such a Thing as too much Projectors? I think not

                        But you schould paint it black to get rid of the imperfections, it would not set off nice in yellow
                        My first Project: Boosted Bosch Ballast& Hella E55 clear lens in 05 euro Mondeo




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                        • Originally posted by gold94corolla View Post
                          If you can close up that gap on top, I'd paint them yellow
                          Originally posted by Ilikecars View Post
                          I think they look good black
                          Originally posted by ApexGER View Post
                          Is there such a Thing as too much Projectors? I think not

                          But you schould paint it black to get rid of the imperfections, it would not set off nice in yellow
                          What I'm hearing is that given the imperfection, black looks better. If so, I agree. I haven't lost hope on making it match the body color though; I have some tweaks on it that may make matching body color better...
                          Jul 2012 ROTM (3-way quad headlight) ; Sep 2015 ROTM (custom muli-lens 7" fogs)

                          3-way quad wiring; foreground limiter; squirrel finder;

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                          • Painted the perimeter with a combination of retroreflective paint and frosted glass paint.


                            Then paint the outer edge gloss black.
                            Jul 2012 ROTM (3-way quad headlight) ; Sep 2015 ROTM (custom muli-lens 7" fogs)

                            3-way quad wiring; foreground limiter; squirrel finder;

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                            • Why are there so many colors reflecting around inside of there?

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                              • Originally posted by gold94corolla View Post
                                Why are there so many colors reflecting around inside of there?
                                Are you talking about the dichrotic film on the "fins"?

                                Originally posted by cthunder
                                The more you mod your car the moodier it gets.
                                Avalon Dual Lens | Rogue LED | Mori 3800K | Mori 3Five | H11 PnP LED

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