How To: Painting Dome light

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How To: Painting Dome light

Post by mopar04 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:53 pm

I was bored today and had nothing to do so I decided to paint my dome light. I'm planning on painting it Solar Yellow to match my bezel but that will be when I purchase a can of it from the dealership. For now, it stays black. Here is a how to, just in case there are some people out there who want to do the same thing.


Things needed:

1) Flat head screwdriver.
2) Can of spray paint in your choice of color.
3) Can of clear coat.
4) Fine sandpaper (Optional. I don't remember what grit I used).
5) Masking tape.



Now the first thing you do is to take the flat head and pop one side of the lens out.


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Next, use the flat head to pry the clip on the connector. Once you do that, pry and pull the connector off.

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Once the light is disconnected, the dome should drop down from the headliner easily. Now jimmy the other end of the lens off of the dome. It should look like this now.

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There are two options at this point. A) you can either leave the metal on and mask over it to avoid painting, or B) you can take the time to pry off all the metal and not worry about masking. I chose to take the light bulb out and mask over metal, but when I paint it Solar Yellow, I will be pulling the metal off and painting the whole bezel.

You can either start painting or scuff up the piece before painting. I chose to sand it down first with a very fine sandpaper. I don't remember what grit it was though. Once I was done scuffing it up a little, I masked it off.


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Now its time to paint. Remember not to spray to close to the piece or the paint will drip.

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Wait about 10 - 15 minutes between coats. I did about 3. Once you got the desired amount of layers on, then start laying down some clear, and let dry for about 1 hour - 1 1/2 hours.

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When it is dry, just reverse the uninstall instructions and you should have a nicely painted dome light!


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Post by Johny » Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:13 am

Nice writeup! :thumbup:
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Post by gtxtreme19 » Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:48 am

Sanded or not you'll need an adhesion promoter on that or it will Peel.
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Post by mopar04 » Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:48 pm

Johny: Thanks! I get bored a lot, and without a lot of cash, I stick to finding cheap mods to do, the only thing in my budget. :lol:

gtxtreme19: I used High Heat engine paint and the High Heat clear coat paint. When I re-paint it with the Solar Yellow, I will have to do that though. :rockon:
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Post by blueneo03 » Thu Oct 14, 2010 2:42 pm

actually the dome light hasnt needed adhesion promoter... i used primer on mine with a clear and it works fine and hasnt peeled at all... now the b pillars are a whole nother story
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Post by mopar04 » Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:08 pm

Well that's nice to know. I typically use high heat paint with high heat clear coat anyways and I've never had a problem with anything I've painted.
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Post by blueneo03 » Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:17 pm

ya i used cheap home depot paint with automotive primer and restoleum matte clear and it works fine for parts that dont move at all, but i need to redo the b pillars with adhesion promoter
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