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Old 10-17-2009, 08:01 PM   #1
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My painted tail light bezels on IOM

A big thank you to Themossman who provided this DIY post on how to do this:
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46729

I knew soon after getting my car that the chrome bezels around the tail lights just had to go. I first removed them and put black door trim molding in its place as a temporary solution. Today I painted the bezels and love this more permanent solution.

I used slightly different paints than Themossman did. I wanted a little bit of a shinier look than he did. I used Dupli-Color DS-104 (universal flat black) and Dupli-Color DS-125 (Clear top coat) to give it a little bit of a shine.

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Old 10-17-2009, 08:05 PM   #2
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:05 PM   #3
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:26 PM   #4
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That looks nice..........
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:37 PM   #5
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Abygale, those look great. I like the color they ended up. How hard was it taking them off the car?
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:40 PM   #6
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Aby, I'm surprised at you! You really do have the mod bug! Looks good!
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:42 PM   #7
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Very very nice!! You did a great job of those bezels Aby!
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:49 PM   #8
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Great job girl , now thats what I am talking about, it looks like it was meant to be
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:02 PM   #9
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Thanks guys!

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Abygale, those look great. I like the color they ended up. How hard was it taking them off the car?
It wasn't too hard. Capstone made a video on how to do it. It's either in this section or the DIY section. I did mine before seeing his video but did it the same way he did. It didn't take long but your fingers will hurt for a little while afterward

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Great job girl , now thats what I am talking about, it looks like it was meant to be
I agree! It would be nice if GM offered different colored bezels as an option, or at least made them available from the dealer. So many people seem to either prefer black or body colored
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:02 PM   #10
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Black looks great, much nicer looking then without the trim.
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:20 PM   #11
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Looks great, how was the painting and everthing?
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:55 PM   #12
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Great work - I like how they compliment the black Bow-tie in-lay and license plate frame - synergy is a great thing...
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:35 PM   #13
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Looks really good Great job
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:38 PM   #14
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Should come stock that way. The chrome just doesnt fit.
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:40 PM   #15
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Very nice. Looks so much better with the black bezels or no bezels. Never really understood why chrome accents here and no where else. Good job Aby!
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:24 AM   #16
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looks great, I will be doing this to my SIM ASAP
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:27 AM   #17
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:43 AM   #18
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A big thank you to Themossman who provided this DIY post on how to do this:
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46729

I knew soon after getting my car that the chrome bezels around the tail lights just had to go. I first removed them and put black door trim molding in its place as a temporary solution. Today I painted the bezels and love this more permanent solution.

I used slightly different paints than Themossman did. I wanted a little bit of a shinier look than he did. I used Dupli-Color DS-104 (universal flat black) and Dupli-Color DS-125 (Clear top coat) to give it a little bit of a shine.

With Stock Chrome Bezels:



With door trim molding:




Painted bezels:





That looks great.
I am doing the same thing next week when the paintshop puts on the replacement front GFX lip.
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Old 10-18-2009, 04:10 AM   #19
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looks really good what kinda grill is that ? did u have to get it painted and was the bottom included or sold seperate?
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:50 AM   #20
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Looks like the Phantom grill from Aftermarket Anarchy - see this thread first post - http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47399 - if not its darn close - looks great along with the two-tone upper & lower halves - not to high-jack Abygale's thread...
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:08 AM   #21
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You know I never understood why Chevy made those back light bezels chrome. All of the other light trim was blacked out. All of those rear bezels should match the front grill colour.

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Old 10-18-2009, 09:31 AM   #22
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looks really good what kinda grill is that ? did u have to get it painted and was the bottom included or sold seperate?
The grilles are made by T-Rex. You can buy them seperately. They come in chrome and black in the "phantom" style. I went here because they didn't charge tax or shipping.
http://www.carid.com/2010-chevy-camaro-grill/
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:33 AM   #23
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Thanks everyone. The painting wasn't bad.....I did three coats of adhesive promoter, five light coats of the flat black and three coats of the clear coat. It took a few hours to do with drying time between coats, but well worth it. The bezels go back in MUCH easier than they come out

5th Gen....that is a great looking car. I love the front grill and the paint job. They really need to clean up the back end though and get rid of that chrome
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:45 AM   #24
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Thanks everyone. The painting wasn't bad.....I did three coats of adhesive promoter, five light coats of the flat black and three coats of the clear coat. It took a few hours to do with drying time between coats, but well worth it. The bezels go back in MUCH easier than they come out

5th Gen....that is a great looking car. I love the front grill and the paint job. They really need to clean up the back end though and get rid of that chrome
Thank you, That part is getting done this coming week. The smoke tail lights are on order. The blackout stripe was put on last night. A metallic graphite pinstripe at the black/orange transition is being painted on next week as well. There are a bunch of others things on the list to do before SEMA.
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:47 PM   #25
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that looks great abby!
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