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Paint My Turn Signals and Headlights

Time + Orange Modeling Paint + Foam Brush

No money for the substantial, classy jewel headlight + egg crate grille freshening? Try this much-less-expensive job of painting your turn signals. I used a clear orange modeling paint on the turn signals with a foam brush for application. The paint was made by Tamiya and is x-26.

As you can see from the image below, painting your turn signals can vastly improve the oxidized plastic.

Painted Volvo 850 turn signals

I started out wet sanding with 600 grit and then working up to 1500. There will be a milky white color to the water; this is good. As you sand away the oxidized plastic, it will become much more clear and smooth.

Once you think you have it as smooth as you can get, allow it to dry thoroughly and then clean the surface with alcohol. Apply several coats of clear acrylic. After one or two coats of clear, you may want to wet sand again with 2000 to remove any orange peal and then give it another coat.

The final product is quite nice and at $10 worth of clear coat and sandpaper, much cheaper than buying a full new set of tail lights.

While I had mine apart, I modified the passenger side rear fog light to actually be wired in the housing and then connected the rear fogs to come on with the brake lights.

The final product is quite nice and at $10 worth of clear coat and sandpaper, much cheaper than buying a full new set of tail lights.

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Painted My Turn Signals and Headlights

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