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How To: Painting Dome light

Posted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:53 pm
by mopar04
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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Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:13 am
by Johny
Nice writeup! :thumbup:

Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:48 am
by gtxtreme19
Sanded or not you'll need an adhesion promoter on that or it will Peel.

Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:48 pm
by mopar04
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:

Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 2:42 pm
by blueneo03
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

Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:08 pm
by mopar04
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.

Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:17 pm
by blueneo03
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

How To Painting Dome light

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:58 pm
by WarnerTok
does anyone know how to make my map lights turn on and off with the center dome light? please help I replaced all my lights with LEDs and would like them to work with the dome. thanks.

Re: How To: Painting Dome light

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:22 am
by blueneo03
I think that should work automatically... is your map light OEM or was it wired in some other way?

Re: How To: Painting Dome light

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:37 pm
by occasional demons
WarnerTok's IP is from the Ukraine.

Just waiting for the spam links....