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#1 (permalink) Old 04-01-2012, 04:57 PM
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How to clean up fog light cover

Hey guys. I installed HID fog lights today, but got a problem. I must have ordered the wrong diameter, because cutting off the entire "gas cap" from the fog light cover to make my own fillers would have left me with a gap between the filler and the HID projector.

Anyways, I cut a circle through the tip of the gas cap to create a smaller diameter hole to fit the fog lights through. However, cutting a circle here leaves a lot more visible mess than cutting straight through from behind the fog light cover.

Anybody have any ideas what I can use to cover the edge and make it neater? Maybe some glue or even rubber trim? You don't notice at all until you get up close. Other than that, think they look pretty good? I did a better cutting job on the drivers side, but I'd still like to cover the edge that I made.


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dang that is a gnarly job...id recommend using sandpaper, or a dremel, or a simple curved hand file to smooth out the cut job. then if the thickness of the plastic is small enough, get yourself some protective door trim and run it along the inside diameter so it looks more like a plastic boot the light is sitting inside, of. you should be able to find it in rolls of 10ft or more at any local hardware store. it runs along the edge of the door, to help against dings in parking lots.
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Thanks for the input. That was a pretty bad job on that side. I ended up braking one of the tabs that secure the plastic trim ring in place, so I will scrap that one and buy another. I got a dremel that I could use on the new one.

I'll post pictures when I'm done for any other owners who plan to put in HID fog lights in the future. I must say, the visibility all around the front of the car is much greater!
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I love my dremel, but I would go with a hole saw of the right size and a drill first, then clean the edges with the dremel. Then you might be able to use a heat gun to get the plastics gloss back?

Looks good. What projectors did you use?

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I too ordered the wrong fitment for my fogs, I used a dremel and at a slow speed gradually grinded down till i got the shape i wanted. I used a cone shaped piece not sure what its called

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I'm thinking of smoothing it all out with a dremel, then just going around the trim with a rubber trim moulding, kinda like Mhannis's idea.
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If you can't find door trim long enough or flexible enough, you can use a piece of vacuum tube split down the middle.

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I love my dremel, but I would go with a hole saw of the right size and a drill first, then clean the edges with the dremel. Then you might be able to use a heat gun to get the plastics gloss back?

Looks good. What projectors did you use?
I got them off eBay. They look amazing, they pretty much act as another pair of headlights because the cut-off is right where the halogen headlights go up to and illuminate more than the headlights.

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As far as mounting, I got some metal from Home Depot and made my own mounting bracket to the tab above the fog light hole. I may also mount to another location for more stability because I heard of someone's tab breaking off and losing their lights somewhere on the forum.

I'll post more pics once I clean up this hideous install.
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