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  • About SemperFi FX4
    Year
    2005
    Make
    Ford
    Model
    F150
    Body
    Flareside
    Trim
    FX4
    Color
    Black
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    2005 Ford FX4 Flareside

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  • Last Activity: 04-11-2011 01:56 AM
  • Join Date: 02-01-2011

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  1. 02-06-2011 09:56 PM
    2 coats might be fine. You'll figure out how much you need when you start spraying them. One coat is definitely not enough, and you'll see why. It's not like spray paint, it doesn't exactly spread evenly. That's why I put 3 coats on mine. Yes they were dark, but I wish I would have cleared them. I've seen people that put 5 or 6 coats on, Then get them cleared. Clearing them will make them a little darker as well. But it would look sooooo good. Also, I couldn't find anyone around that would clear them for me. They said it was illegal to paint or alter DOT equipment on a vehicle. But I lived in Utah when I did that.....bunch of MOMO's. I imagine it'll probably cost you about 50$ per tail and prob like 25$ for 3rd. The plastic trim painted and cleared would look great! I've seen it before on this forum, allot of people do it. You'll have to call around town for prices and see which is the cheapest.

    I did the exact same thing for my headlights. Put them in the oven. The headlights were a little more complicated. I had to put them in the oven at 150 for 10 minutes about 4 or 5 times. They were a pain in the ass to take apart. Well worth it though. I like the way they turned out. Trust me, they will be fine in the oven. Don't forget to find some silicon sealer if you end up doing your headlights. You'll have to seal your headlights back up after you're done painting. Look for clear sealer instead of black. It'll be less noticeable and it'll look great. My only other pointer, is to take your time. They will not come apart within the first oven cook. Take your time and do it right.

    Be carefull with Halo projectors. There are allot of cheap-o brands and parts out there. I'd recommend getting them from GoRecon.com. They are a little more expensive, but they are legit and would look sooo sick with some HID's housed in there.

    I'm in the Air Force, just an E4. I can't wait to play with my truck when I get back. I've got a list of things already and I've only been here for 3 weeks. Hope you have fun with yours.
  2. 02-06-2011 05:27 AM
    I really appreciate it man. I've work hard on her.

    I did use nightshade on the tails and 3rd BL. I used 3 coats of nightshade, and 3 coats of clear out of a spray can. I'd recommend if you do this, then you should take it to a body shop and have them put a couple coats of clear on it. It'll really shine after that and it'll last allot longer. I think I did mine like 4 or 5 months ago and the nightshade has pretty much warn off on the 3rd BL and you can tell its not as shiny on my tails.

    I didn't nightshade the fogs. I actually took them apart and painted the inside. stuck them in the oven at 150 for about 10 minutes and they came right apart. Be VERYYYY careful with the chrome on the inside if you do this. If you put tape on it, it'll peel the chrome right off. I am not joking. I'd recommend cutting out cardboard and fitting it on the left and right side. And only paint the top and bottom. I just used 3 coats of Krylon fusion after I scuffed up the chrome and cleaned it before paint. Used the same thing on my emblems. But I used flat black instead of a glossy or semi flat. Again just scuff up where any chrome is, clean it, tape it off so no overspray gets on the truck and get to painting.

    Also, I almost painted my emblems charcoal. Same color as our underbody. I haven't seen anyone do it, and I'm not sure how it would look. That's why I didn't do it. Just thought I'd give you an idea if you were thinking about it.

    Sick tonneau cover! I just recently bought one and am going to paint it charcoal. I hope it doesn't look gay. It won't be for a while though, cause I'm in Afghanistan and pretty much just got here.....i'm very excited.
  3. 02-05-2011 11:29 PM
    Thanks for the compliment. If you have the money I totally recommmend duals. Haven't touched the tail lights. Must have just been the lighting due to time of day, year, and weather. Funny hadn't noticed.

    Stay safe man.
  4. 02-02-2011 05:38 PM
    No problem. I think I just cleaned the lights really well, scuffed them up slightly with a green sanding pad, wiped with rubbing alcohol to clean them before painting/tinting and then sprayed the niteshades.

    For my lights, I installed a retrofit HID kit from Retro-Solutions http://www.retrosolutionsllc.com/ser...ETROFIT/Detail that has a 7 color led backlighting ring on it.
  5. 02-02-2011 01:33 PM
    Surprisingly no problems with the law. I only went with 2 coats of niteshades so they were not black, some people have really dark ones though. I did use 2 coats of clear also, I think Duplicolor.
  6. 02-02-2011 07:07 AM
    Nice truck!

    Welcome to the site! I did use niteshades on my taillights. I liked using it. If you want to use it, make sure you spray light coats since it can fisheye if put on too thick. I even had to lightly spray the second tail with niteshades to get the 2 lights to match each other. Also wet sanding between coats helps keep it smooth.

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