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Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, Blacked Out HeadLights in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; Hey pals, recently used VHT Night Shades to black out my tails and it turned out great. Now wanting to ...
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    Blacked Out HeadLights

    Hey pals, recently used VHT Night Shades to black out my tails and it turned out great. Now wanting to do my headlights. Slightly nervous about functionality of headlights afterwards. Has anyone every done this? Suggestions?

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    Slightly? Don't do it, well, if you only drive during the day, go ahead I guess...
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    Ever seen it done?

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    Re: Blacked Out HeadLights

    I ordered Xpel Headlight protection in "dark smoke" colour. Its thick vinyl that is applied with solution and squeegee.
    I haven't applied them yet - I just got a set of aftermarket dual-halo headlights so I might put them on the new ones.
    Anyway, this is just one option....

    http://www.xpel.com/products/headlight_protection.asp

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    I've done them before, you take any type of automotive clear coat, ppg, chroma clear, etc. Add catalyst, and reducer. Then add black base to it, your going to want to add a little at a time. Make sure you have a piece of lexan for a test peice. Wet sand your headlights with 600 to 800 grit. And wash off residue with soap and water. Next wipe off with wax and grease remover, and spray. Remember even coats because the tinted clear is like a candy coat. The more you spray, the darker it will get. So i would do both headlights between coats. then finish off with a coat of clear non tinted to seal. Fifteen minutes after. Because you will need to wetsand and buff. You don't want to rub off the tint with a buffer. Two coats of clear should prevent this. Unless your a bad ass painter. Then no buffing necessary. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesdeann
    I've done them before, you take any type of automotive clear coat, ppg, chroma clear, etc. Add catalyst, and reducer. Then add black base to it, your going to want to add a little at a time. Make sure you have a piece of lexan for a test peice. Wet sand your headlights with 600 to 800 grit. And wash off residue with soap and water. Next wipe off with wax and grease remover, and spray. Remember even coats because the tinted clear is like a candy coat. The more you spray, the darker it will get. So i would do both headlights between coats. then finish off with a coat of clear non tinted to seal. Fifteen minutes after. Because you will need to wetsand and buff. You don't want to rub off the tint with a buffer. Two coats of clear should prevent this. Unless your a bad ass painter. Then no buffing necessary. Hope this helps.
    Was your visibility decreased much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiero
    I ordered Xpel Headlight protection in "dark smoke" colour. Its thick vinyl that is applied with solution and squeegee.
    I haven't applied them yet - I just got a set of aftermarket dual-halo headlights so I might put them on the new ones.
    Anyway, this is just one option....

    http://www.xpel.com/products/headlight_protection.asp
    Where'd you get the dual halos?

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    Re: Blacked Out HeadLights

    just do a search on Ebay. They are manufactured by eagle eye (china?) but lots of distributors online.
    If you search the forums here you will see some pictures.

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    Re: Blacked Out HeadLights

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Nix View Post
    Was your visibility decreased much?
    +1 This might be the best way to go - sounds easy to f-up tho.... What happed to your visibility using this method?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiero
    just do a search on Ebay. They are manufactured by eagle eye (china?) but lots of distributors online.
    If you search the forums here you will see some pictures.
    Those look good man. For sure

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    I usually do a smoke tint. It looks good and Visibility isn't too bad with hids. I would go with the vinyl, because once your lights are painted. There's no fixing. At least you can remove the vinyl if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesdeann
    I usually do a smoke tint. It looks good and Visibility isn't too bad with hids. I would go with the vinyl, because once your lights are painted. There's no fixing. At least you can remove the vinyl if needed.
    Thank for advice. Very useful

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    Re: Blacked Out HeadLights

    Im all for murdering out a vehicle. But the headlights is something i wouldn't consider due to the FACT that you will significantly lose light output. But there is a way around that, you can upgrade to a 55w or 100w hid kit. Be careful of the 100w, the mother fukker is like shining a bright ass spotlight in your eye. I have 100w hid kit for my cars high beams, they are very bright...

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    Re: Blacked Out HeadLights

    I did mine with a light coat of VHT Night Shades and solved the problem with dim lights with 55w HIDs. If I knew about the vinyl, I would have used that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hey8you
    I did mine with a light coat of VHT Night Shades and solved the problem with dim lights with 55w HIDs. If I knew about the vinyl, I would have used that.
    Exactly what I was looking for.. Did you go 6k or 8k?

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