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Old 03-10-2012, 02:21 PM   #21
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Mostly a lurker, but I wanted to chime in here because I got headlight burn. For 99-00 headlights, I think this works fine. For 01+ with projectors, you can get some melt, see attachment, I've seen it on a few 01+ headlamps where this has been done, but in different conditions. You can't see it from 4 feet away, but I hate knowing its there.

I don't think it's due to lamp heat. I painted mine with high-temp paint, but let my car (mostly undriven) for about 8 months in the same outdoor spot - facing the sun - and got burn. Couldn't figure out why it would only melt the bottom. On one hot afternoon, I realized the projector, with its rear shield was acting like a mirrored magnifying glass. Throughout the day, the sun would travel and burn focused heat across the headlamp. I'm guessing the original lamp interiors, even with a little bit of the chrome paint, might do enough to deflect the light and heat. The problem doesn't seem to be so much the paint as it is the plastic without any protection.

If your car is mostly garaged, it should be fine. It also depends on how you face the car in relation to the sun. I think this is why varying results left many people confused, thinking they did something wrong.

When I get off my lazy ***, I'm going to try purchasing new chrome interiors, and instead lightly coat it with Eurolight Headlamp Tint, sounds like it gives nice even coverage. Or just say F it and buy MS lamps.

Maybe I'm wrong, but wanted to throw that theory out there for folks.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:52 PM   #22
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Mostly a lurker, but I wanted to chime in here because I got headlight burn. For 99-00 headlights, I think this works fine. For 01+ with projectors, you can get some melt, see attachment, I've seen it on a few 01+ headlamps where this has been done, but in different conditions. You can't see it from 4 feet away, but I hate knowing its there.

I don't think it's due to lamp heat. I painted mine with high-temp paint, but let my car (mostly undriven) for about 8 months in the same outdoor spot - facing the sun - and got burn. Couldn't figure out why it would only melt the bottom. On one hot afternoon, I realized the projector, with its rear shield was acting like a mirrored magnifying glass. Throughout the day, the sun would travel and burn focused heat across the headlamp. I'm guessing the original lamp interiors, even with a little bit of the chrome paint, might do enough to deflect the light and heat. The problem doesn't seem to be so much the paint as it is the plastic without any protection.

If your car is mostly garaged, it should be fine. It also depends on how you face the car in relation to the sun. I think this is why varying results left many people confused, thinking they did something wrong.

When I get off my lazy ***, I'm going to try purchasing new chrome interiors, and instead lightly coat it with Eurolight Headlamp Tint, sounds like it gives nice even coverage. Or just say F it and buy MS lamps.

Maybe I'm wrong, but wanted to throw that theory out there for folks.
Wow that's pretty cool. If you could evenly burn all the black parts, I think you'd start a new trend in the vdub crowd.

I'm going to attempt this today. Let's see how I do
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:31 PM   #23
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I'm going to attempt this today. Let's see how I do
Attempt burning? Attempt painting? Either way, I expect good things.
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Very carefully bend the little safety tabs allowing two peices to slide apart.
Just snapped the tab :(
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Just sawzall them off
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:00 AM   #28
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Fae, I thought you had a teal '01+, those look like '99-'00 lights on a much darker car. Painting for a friend? Also, your camera skills still need some improvement.
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Fae, I thought you had a teal '01+, those look like '99-'00 lights on a much darker car. Painting for a friend? Also, your camera skills still need some improvement.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:54 PM   #30
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Thanks for the help with this
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:06 PM   #31
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...After its apart, either scuff up the shiny part with pad or wipe thoroughly with alcohol.
Sorry for not quite understanding (my English skills..?) but what exactely means "scuff up the shiny part with pad"? Is it enough to just wipe with alcohol? Thanks!
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No, you need to put minute scratches in it for the paint to stick. Use a green scrubber pad.
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What grit should you scuff with?
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Looks good. I'm about to do this on my '00 but also paint the reflector and retro-fit some projectors.
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Gave it a go
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Hey guys. Sorry to bring the thread back from the dead. I want to paint my lights on my 02 but I need some help on how to remove them. I heard you can do it without removing the bumper. I tried, but there is something holding them in. any suggestions? I've done headlight painting and retrofits on Hondas, but this is my first Mazda lol. thanks in advance.

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Also, has anyone with an NB2 swapped the frosted projector lenses with some clear lenses to give that sweet cutoff and output? I have a set of 2.5" clear lenses left over from a retro and im hoping to swap them into the miata while having the lights in pieces anyway. Thoughts?

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Tsx with TRS apollo shrouds in gloss black painted housing with clear/tinted reflector:

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You have to yank the bumper
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You have to yank the bumper
So all these people who say you can do it without removing the bumper are full of it? Oh well. Its still something i want to do and im positive removing a miata bumper is not as bad as an accord with all of its clips, nuts, bolts and headaches lol. Thanks for the help
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