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post #1 of 20 Old 01-08-2013, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Painted the headlights and grille on my 2011

I decide to dress up the truck a little this week. The huge headlights and grille on the '11 always bothered me, so I split the headlights, painted the chrome insert, tinted the marker lens and painted the outer grille surround body color. I think it looks much better.

Splitting the headlights is a PITA in my opinion. Some say to put them in the oven @ 250 for 10 minutes and it's easier, but all I had at the shop was a heat gun. It did the job, just took a while.

To get the grille out there are 4 10mm bolts up top and 5 clips on the bottom. Once you take out the bolts reach down with a screwdriver to release the clips.
Then the headlight comes out with 4 more 10mm bolts.

The surround is held in with clips and some plastic rivets, I just replaced the rivets with push pins from the auto parts store.

Here's some pics of the process:

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how hard was it to open the headlights? F150 headlights are a *#($& to open because of the permaseal that Ford used.

I really want to get my front end painted
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What kind of paint did you use to smoke the lens?

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OP, very nice. I like the outcome looks better than factory.

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looks great man!
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What kind of paint did you use to smoke the lens?
Why cant i do the same to mine?
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Thanks guys.

Splitting the lights was a pain in the a$$. Not something I'll do again, but worth the effort!

To tint my lights I use a tinted base coat. It's a clear base with some black in it. I then spray 2-3 costs to get the darkness I want. I did the same to my tails and markers.

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Thanks guys.

Splitting the lights was a pain in the a$$. Not something I'll do again, but worth the effort!

To tint my lights I use a tinted base coat. It's a clear base with some black in it. I then spray 2-3 costs to get the darkness I want. I did the same to my tails and markers.
Where did you get the paint? brand?
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We paint stuff all the time, so we mix it ourself, but any body shop and do it or your local autobody supply.

I think some parts stores sell a spray tint too.

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What paint did you use for the color-matched parts?

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