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Since you have to have amber colored light coming from the turn signal indicators but I really don't like the "egg yolk" effect that comes from running amber bulbs in clear indicators, I decided to try painting them with a little silver paint.
Here are the four bulbs that we'll be painting.
To be able to control the bulbs and hold on to them while
painting, I secured the wedge bulbs in a packing peanut with a little
After one light coat of silver paint and overnight drying, here is the final product.
Final: Note, the larger bulbs are not the correct size for the front of the e36.
I found that the amount of silver paint that I used despite two light coats of paint was too much. It did not allow enough light to shine through. After checking the bulbs after a minute or so of operation, they were very hot and the paint was softening.
I decided to remove the paint from them. You get that fried egg look, but I'm going to see if I can't put some LED's in there to get a nice bright signal without the amber colored bulb showing through.
I've talked with a few people on bimmer forums and the like about the LED's. It sounds like a lot of work to get them in there, plus you'd have to drill quite a few holes in the indicators to get enough LED's in there and get enough light out of them to fill the entire indicator.
So, back to painting I guess. I'm going to try a VERY light application with some engine paint this time.
Second Time Around:
This time around I just did a very light "dusting" of paint over the bulbs. In addition to that I also painted the bulb bases so that you wouldn't see the green bases through the clear lenses and spoil everything.
Materials Needed (just listed the different ones):
2.) Clean the bulbs with some thinner or wax and grease remover.
5.) Clean the bases well with some thinner or wax and grease remover.
7.) Spray a coat of paint on the top and a little on the sides of the bases.
Here they are installed.
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