: Aggressive headlights look



GProdigy
05-19-13, 12:22 PM
http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r674/Gprodigy/IMG_4009_zps1e27d1e1.jpg

, I have some V series lights on the way to replace my current lights, but I was always curious what my car would look like with vinyl eyelids. I was bored this weekend, so I just took this $10 roll of ebay vinyl and cut the pattern out. It took about 30 mins for both lights and was pretty fun. I actually like the look, so I thought I'd share. :)

I would have been fine if came with them like that.

Super easy mod..

Aggressive :want:
http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r674/Gprodigy/IMG_4015_zpsbefc3063.jpg

http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r674/Gprodigy/IMG_4019_zps2637801e.jpg

http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r674/Gprodigy/IMG_4011_zps946015bf.jpg

camera : canon 60d 55mm lens 1.4f

sdobert
05-19-13, 01:30 PM
That does look good... Much more aggressive then stock

Mistercoffee2
05-19-13, 01:48 PM
Cool look. Would be nice if it were inside the lens but that's a whole other weekend job. I also like the way your rear wheels fit the finder wells. Is your car lowered, how much? What wheels and tires? Wheel offset?
Nice work.

GProdigy
05-19-13, 01:57 PM
Cool look. Would be nice if it were inside the lens but that's a whole other weekend job. I also like the way your rear wheels fit the finder wells. Is your car lowered, how much? What wheels and tires? Wheel offset?
Nice work.

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/2008-2013-cadillac-cts-appearance-mods/253816-new-black-cts-mods-20-vossen.html here's the thread for my other mods.

wheels 20x9 (vossen cv1),
H&R springs 1.3" rear 1.4" front drop,
tires ATR SPORT 245/35 ZR 20 95 W

and you're right about that being a whole other weekend job lol

blunted
05-21-13, 07:45 PM
Very nice! Wonder if I can find a close color match for my Silver Coupe..

tinman
05-22-13, 09:37 AM
Mild yet wild. Looks good.

CTSCHICK
05-22-13, 04:17 PM
I like it

Legion455
05-22-13, 09:51 PM
Nice Ride!!!

You might try shooting in A-DEP mode, so that the whole car is in focus.. at least in a few shots it looks to be somewhat fuzzy.
might help.

Allen

oliverjo43
05-23-13, 09:52 AM
That shit is sick, I m about to get a 2010 LUx awd myself

8th Day
05-23-13, 10:31 AM
Nice job. :)
Have you thought about doing the rear lights too? I find that the eyelids accentuate how the lamp design sticks out from the car, something that isn't as apparent when the tops are clear.

GProdigy
05-23-13, 03:44 PM
Nice job. :)
Have you thought about doing the rear lights too? I find that the eyelids accentuate how the lamp design sticks out from the car, something that isn't as apparent when the tops are clear.
Thats exactly why I did it, and why it works b/c it accentuates the shape. I haven't thought about doing the rear lights, I just wanted more personality in the headlights.

I'd either black out the entire taillight or just leave them alone. My last car was silver and I had the taillights blackedout and loved it. I didn't do it to my cadi b/c its black and I like contrast.


Nice Ride!!!

You might try shooting in A-DEP mode, so that the whole car is in focus.. at least in a few shots it looks to be somewhat fuzzy.
might help.

Allen

Cool thanks! I'll try it out... right now i'm in love with Depth of Field haha so all of my pictures tend to have them. maybe too much sometimes

shmiddy
05-23-13, 07:32 PM
Why is your car angry at me:(

GProdigy
05-23-13, 07:56 PM
Why is your car angry at me:(

Because she's a certified Beast

D VADER
05-25-13, 08:17 AM
Looks real cool! I did this to a 2008 CTS. I'm gonna do it to my 2013 too. Good job!

C "T" ess
05-27-13, 01:28 PM
Very nice! Wonder if I can find a close color match for my Silver Coupe.. I have a silver coupe and just ordered the paint. I'll let you know if it works out.

mcneill8328
07-12-13, 11:53 AM
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?

C "T" ess
07-12-13, 01:05 PM
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

GProdigy
07-12-13, 08:52 PM
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. :)


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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http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r674/Gprodigy/v02_zps6e70d745.jpg
http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r674/Gprodigy/turnup2_zpscb70aea5.jpg
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mcneill8328
07-13-13, 08:38 AM
Thanks for the clarification. It does look great, and agree that it totally changes the look of the front end!

explorenorth
07-15-13, 12:15 PM
That's really helped to turn it into one of the best-looking cars I've seen on this forum yet. Nice work!

gvincent
07-18-13, 09:28 PM
Tape will cause cracking on headlights.I did this on another car.it takes about 1 year.

GProdigy
07-18-13, 11:44 PM
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....



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?

mcneill8328
07-19-13, 08:05 AM
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.

D VADER
07-19-13, 08:59 AM
Hey DVader how did your 2008's turnout?

Eyelids worked fine with the vinyl material. No cracking. My CTS also had a louvered hood

GProdigy
07-19-13, 09:00 PM
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.

Gerry1946
10-03-13, 03:23 AM
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?

GProdigy
10-03-13, 10:36 AM
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) https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1008723_10102095468780612_1040580630_o.jpg

mcneill8328
10-03-13, 12:39 PM
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.

garrisonporquez
07-30-14, 12:42 PM
Very nice. Ima try it with dip and see how it goes

D VADER
07-30-14, 02:55 PM
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

beav9900
08-24-14, 06:26 PM
do you think tint would work? look funny? taking my car in for tint this week and was thinking of asking if they could do this with their darkest tint.

MoistCabbage
08-24-14, 06:49 PM
You can't use tint on the exterior.

beav9900
08-24-14, 06:57 PM
didnt even think about that haha, thanks for the reply

D VADER
08-25-14, 10:18 AM
I went to E Decals and got their windshield vinyl in black. Works out fine

beav9900
09-03-14, 03:35 AM
Bought a sheet of black from e decals and did mine over the weekend. Took me a try or two and it's not perfect but I definitely like them. Going to give it a few weeks and then maybe redo or have someone with experience do them. Made it thru the car wash today so that's a plus!

http://i772.photobucket.com/albums/yy1/marksbeavers/20140901_154317_zpsomjjyb1w.jpg (http://s772.photobucket.com/user/marksbeavers/media/20140901_154317_zpsomjjyb1w.jpg.html)

exhaust_freak
09-03-14, 12:55 PM
Has anyone done this to a red cts. Something tells me putting black would look really stupid. But then again, red might be weird too. I have a red tri coat car

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tinman
09-03-14, 01:04 PM
Experiment. Try a piece of paper or cardboard that may be black, or use a magic marker on a piece of paper cut to size. Try red, too. It should give you an idea at least of what may or may not be feasible.

D VADER
09-03-14, 02:15 PM
Go to EDecal.com and look for red vinyl,

Anthony M
09-03-14, 06:27 PM
Experiment. Try a piece of paper or cardboard that may be black, or use a magic marker on a piece of paper cut to size. Try red, too. It should give you an idea at least of what may or may not be feasible.

I used a pizza box,lol

exhaust_freak
09-04-14, 10:09 PM
I used a pizza box,lol

epic. black or red car?

Anthony M
09-05-14, 08:48 AM
epic. black or red car?

Black Diamond tricoat.

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Black Diamond tricoat.

Bought some Black pearl vinyl from eBay for $8

exhaust_freak
09-05-14, 12:40 PM
I want to see what it would look like on a red cts. Because it looks so good/aggressive with black. I think it's amazing

Anthony M
09-05-14, 03:16 PM
I want to see what it would look like on a red cts. Because it looks so good/aggressive with black. I think it's amazing

I think black would look bad ass on a red one.

exhaust_freak
09-05-14, 05:03 PM
No harm in trying. It's just a vinyl so I can just pull it off if it looks dumb.... Right?

Anthony M
09-06-14, 10:25 AM
No harm in trying. It's just a vinyl so I can just pull it off if it looks dumb.... Right?

Of course,it's just a couple bucks.

exhaust_freak
09-06-14, 11:57 AM
see im looking at the car and trying to imagine black over the headlights, i feel like it will look odd, and i havent checked but does 8thday sell vinyl in red tri coat?

beav9900
09-06-14, 03:25 PM
Are other parts of your car blacked out? Grill, trim, wheels? I think it would work if you have other things so it "matches". Definitely worth a try. Less then $10 and 20 minutes of your time. My worry about red is that the colors wouldn't match up and would look out of place.

Anthony M
09-09-14, 08:06 AM
see im looking at the car and trying to imagine black over the headlights, i feel like it will look odd, and i havent checked but does 8thday sell vinyl in red tri coat?

http://pages.ebay.com/motors/link/?nav=item.view&id=221315368972&alt=web

rnation
09-09-14, 06:59 PM
NICE !!!!!:yup:

GProdigy
09-10-14, 11:06 AM
Here's a rough photoshop to help out you red car guys.

it didn't look noticable with just the stock car and eyelids, so i blacked out some other detail

http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r674/Gprodigy/eyelids_photoshop_zpsf3fe0832.jpg

tinman
09-10-14, 11:29 AM
Red one.

HurstGN
09-10-14, 02:35 PM
Yes, what ^^he^^ said.

exhaust_freak
09-10-14, 05:53 PM
Now just to get the red vinyl! Thanks for the photoshop bro

J Bubba
11-15-14, 07:21 PM
What a great looking mod. too bad winter has hit here, not ideal to do this type of work at home. wondering if anyone tried the plasti dip version yet. I think that would be easier. Just. tape off the shape and spray.

GProdigy
11-16-14, 06:53 PM
What a great looking mod. too bad winter has hit here, not ideal to do this type of work at home. wondering if anyone tried the plasti dip version yet. I think that would be easier. Just. tape off the shape and spray.
Should work...


I took my car in to get some of the road rash(and florida love bugs acid) off the front bumper. They Paint shop loved the car so much they took off the vinyl and just painted the eyelids on no charge.....Here's what it looks like



SOo good news for cars that aren't BLACK. I'm sure it's inexpensive to paint them on.


I have no cracks or damage to my lens.

http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r674/Gprodigy/IMG_5973_zpsb0985fcc.jpg

http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r674/Gprodigy/IMG_59732_zps7836d153.jpg

2manyhotrods
11-16-14, 09:14 PM
Sorry, but I think it looks very tacky.
What's next? Privacy glass and 24" wheels?

You drive a Cadillac, not a Civic!

GProdigy
11-16-14, 10:30 PM
Sorry, but I think it looks very tacky.
What's next? Privacy glass and 24" wheels?

You drive a Cadillac, not a Civic!

You're right,
Sorry I didn't put one of these http://i.b5z.net/i/ui/4000204/i/ec/Cadillac-CTS-NO-Drill-Hood-_i1.jpg on the hood for you.

vfaninva
11-17-14, 12:21 AM
Two observations.

1. I think your Caddy looks great.

2. Anyone who owns a Modena has already demonstrated excellent taste in vehicles.

Two thumbs up!

Embassy_
11-17-14, 11:44 AM
That Caddy looks great! I plan to do this in the spring.

I apologize if I missed this in this discussion, but what is your suspension set-up?

tinman
11-17-14, 12:29 PM
I like it as well.

D VADER
11-17-14, 02:18 PM
Looks good to me. Nothing "Tacky" about it.

andrewhuynh1995
11-17-14, 02:19 PM
I'd do is if I were crafty. But I'm not.

D VADER
11-17-14, 02:20 PM
Looks good to me and not "Tacky"

MoistCabbage
11-17-14, 02:21 PM
Very nice, not tacky at all.

GProdigy
11-17-14, 03:57 PM
That Caddy looks great! I plan to do this in the spring.

I apologize if I missed this in this discussion, but what is your suspension set-up?
Thanks man,
bc Coilovers, RWD

When i started the thread i had H&R springs(page1), but I swapped them for coilovers.

http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r674/Gprodigy/IMG_5973_zpsb0985fcc.jpg

Embassy_
11-17-14, 04:01 PM
Thanks. The stance is perfect.

praprestoabi
11-18-14, 12:37 PM
Thanks man,
bc Coilovers, RWD

When i started the thread i had H&R springs(page1), but I swapped them for coilovers.

Love the car mate.

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab33/praprestoabi/Mobile%20Uploads/image_20141117104820911_zpskliifitj.jpg (http://s847.photobucket.com/user/praprestoabi/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_20141117104820911_zpskliifitj.jpg.html)

I 2nd bc coils :)

boricuacaddy
11-18-14, 07:16 PM
Car looks great!