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2008-2013 Cadillac CTS Appearance Mods Discussion, Aggressive headlights look in Cadillac CTS Second Generation Forum - 2008-2013; Sorry for my ignorance, but is this a vinyl tint, or a solid black piece of vinyl? I love the ...
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    Sorry for my ignorance, but is this a vinyl tint, or a solid black piece of vinyl? I love the look and would like to do this on my black coupe as well, but want to make sure I get the right kind if vinyl. I was looking on eBay and I saw the vinyl tint, but this looks more solid than that. Could you possibly post a link if you have one?

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    Re: Aggressive headlights look

    Quote Originally Posted by C "T" ess View Post
    I have a silver coupe and just ordered the paint. I'll let you know if it works out.
    the vinyl film I got on ebay was way too thick. there was no way to get it to conform to the shape. Can ou give us a link to the material you bought. thanks

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    Re: Aggressive headlights look

    Quote Originally Posted by mcneill8328 View Post
    Sorry for my ignorance, but is this a vinyl tint, or a solid black piece of vinyl? I love the look and would like to do this on my black coupe as well, but want to make sure I get the right kind if vinyl. I was looking on eBay and I saw the vinyl tint, but this looks more solid than that. Could you possibly post a link if you have one?
    Its just a black roll of glossy car Vinyl, not Tint.

    Quote Originally Posted by C "T" ess View Post
    the vinyl film I got on ebay was way too thick. there was no way to get it to conform to the shape. Can ou give us a link to the material you bought. thanks
    I tried out the Oracal Black 651 vinyl. Its $12 on ebay for a small roll.



    Although mine came out fine in the end, I'm not going to 100% suggest using this roll. It simply was one of the only glossy black car vinyl rolls I could find on ebay. If anyone has other options feel free to post.

    The first Time I did it myself I was a complete newbie, however I had new Vlights in the the mail, so I gave it a chance on the current. When I received the new lights, my buddy (whom has experience vinyl wrapping) did it for me with the same exact roll. To Conform he used a heat gun to stretch the material.Furthermore, he applied a light coat of water on the lens to slide the vinyl around. As a result, he did a way better job than me.
    He said there is thinner/"performance" vinyl out there that would have made it easier.


    My honest suggestion is:
    If you have a shop near by or friend that knows what they are doing....just do that(A shop should do it dirt cheap)

    If not, Good thing is...you can always just take it off and try again without damaging your lights.

    I will say, it does make a huge difference for such a small mod, which is the reason I did it again as soon as I got my new lights.
    and give the cars attitude, when parked next to others.

    Hope this helps







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    Thanks for the clarification. It does look great, and agree that it totally changes the look of the front end!

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    Re: Aggressive headlights look

    That's really helped to turn it into one of the best-looking cars I've seen on this forum yet. Nice work!

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    Re: Aggressive headlights look

    Tape will cause cracking on headlights.I did this on another car.it takes about 1 year.

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    Re: Aggressive headlights look

    Quote Originally Posted by gvincent View Post
    Tape will cause cracking on headlights.I did this on another car.it takes about 1 year.
    welp that's a bummer to hear...

    researched some other car sites. For some ppl, there were small spider cracks after 3 years and some there weren't after 5years. They said it can be based off driving during cool temperatures and the heat of the headlights being trapped....


    Quote Originally Posted by D VADER View Post
    Looks real cool! I did this to a 2008 CTS. I'm gonna do it to my 2013 too. Good job!
    Hey DVader how did your 2008's turnout?

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    Gvinvent, did your tape cover the entire headlight,or just the top of the headlight like in this case? I can see the tape trapping heat, but if its just an eyelid, I wouldn't think it would cause the same problem.

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    Re: Aggressive headlights look

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    Hey DVader how did your 2008's turnout?
    Eyelids worked fine with the vinyl material. No cracking. My CTS also had a louvered hood

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    Re: Aggressive headlights look

    Quote Originally Posted by D VADER View Post
    Eyelids worked fine with the vinyl material. No cracking. My CTS also had a louvered hood
    thanks! great to hear.


    and yea a hood is the next on my list, if i ever get to it.

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    Re: Aggressive headlights look

    That looks cool. Very creative. Does it just peel off if you decide to take it off? Is the vynal sticky on one side? Will it damage the lens?
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    Re: Aggressive headlights look

    Quote Originally Posted by Gerry1946 View Post
    That looks cool. Very creative. Does it just peel off if you decide to take it off? Is the vynal sticky on one side? Will it damage the lens?
    It peels straight off if you decide to take it off...I've actually recieved compliments this week about how its the first car with vinyl eyelids they've seen that doesn't look out of place.
    No damage thus far, I doubt there will be(but theres always a slight possiblitiy i geuss)..but we went over some of this stuff above.

    here's an older picture next to it's brother(RARRI)

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    Do you (or anyone) have any tips for cutting the vinyl like you did? I have the black vinyl at home, and have been trying to make a template out of paper, but it's not going so good. Haha! Just curious if you could share your technique to make sure it looks identical on both headlights.

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    Re: Aggressive headlights look

    Very nice. Ima try it with dip and see how it goes

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcneill8328 View Post
    Do you (or anyone) have any tips for cutting the vinyl like you did? I have the black vinyl at home, and have been trying to make a template out of paper, but it's not going so good. Haha! Just curious if you could share your technique to make sure it looks identical on both headlights.
    Use exacto knife to cut the material
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