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T-Rex Eyelids on a budget mod

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MarinePhoenix2207, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Jul 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM
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    MarinePhoenix2207

    MarinePhoenix2207 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So after really wanting t-rex eyelids and not wanting to spend the $45 to buy them, I found a way to get the same results while spending less than half of the cost.

    Tools needed:
    - flexible foam sheets (~ $0.89 per sheet at craft store), I found ones that were about 1/8" thick to help when removing them after spray painting
    - flexible curve stencil ($3-$5 at craft store)
    - plasti-dip (~ $5)
    - scissors
    - painters tape (or any tape for covering non-painted areas and for holding foam sheets in place on headlight)
    - optional: black gloss spray paint for plastics (~$5), for finishing touches

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    Step 1:
    Bend the curve stencil to the angle and shape you'd like. I used photos from other Tacos that had T-Rex eyelids in order to get the shape just right.

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    Step 2:
    Tape foam sheet on headlight so that the bottom aligns with the top of the front bumper. Trace the curve onto the foam sheet.

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    Step 3:
    Make sure the shape is what you want before you start cutting. If you need to retrace, do so now, or you could buy a few sheets and try again if you mess up. Tape the lower half of the foam sheet back onto the headlight into the same position it was before you cut. If needed, make small pencil marks beside the headlight in order to put the stencil back in the exact spot. Tape all around the headlight.

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    Step 4:
    Spray multiple coats of plasti-dip over exposed portion of headlight. I used about 4-5 thin coats. Make sure you don't apply too heavy of a coat that it drips under the foam stencil.

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    Step 5 (optional):
    After you're finished with your coats of plasti-dip, you may want to spray a thin layer of black gloss spray paint in case you feel the plasti-dip is too dull (thanks TankTodd). I also turned on my headlights to see if any light bled through the layers of paint/plasi-dip and covered those small areas up with the paint.

    Step 6:
    Remove tape and foam sheets and enjoy.

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    With gloss
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  2. Jul 25, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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    memario1214

    memario1214 Vivid Illumination Vendor

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    I haven't decided yet whether or not this is really cool or really tacky... I am the god of plasti-dip so I figure I should approve :thumbsup:
     
  3. Jul 25, 2011 at 10:48 AM
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    MarinePhoenix2207

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    Would you have been able to tell the difference between this and a bought one if you had only seen the pics (despite the lack of color-matching)?
     
  4. Jul 25, 2011 at 11:00 AM
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    BenWA

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    I probably would not have noticed the difference in shape or quality but to me the whole point of doing eyelids is to color match. But that's JMHO, YMMV, ETC, and like that.

    Do you have a pic of the whole front of the truck with finished result?
     
  5. Jul 25, 2011 at 11:00 AM
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    memario1214

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    Yes, I have a set of T-Rex eyelids that I rocked for a while, but couldn't seem to get the color right so I pulled them. They stick out a bit from the body. Your way looks better IMHO
     
  6. Jul 25, 2011 at 11:03 AM
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    jonny

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    you get an A for effort. They aren't bad looking. kinda cool actually.
    if they get beat up...peel them fuggers off
    I used to hate how my trex eyelide stuck out from the headlight.
     
  7. Jul 25, 2011 at 12:06 PM
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    MarinePhoenix2207

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    Here's the whole front end. I think the black works well with the rest of the black. I dunno, just a simple project for the truck. How could I resist?

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  8. Jul 25, 2011 at 12:33 PM
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    Steves104x4

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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    Nothing wrong with that; good job!
     
  9. Jul 25, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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    ink junky I phucking hate people >:(

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    I think you did an awesome job man, it looks great! :thumbsup:
     
  10. Jul 25, 2011 at 12:49 PM
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    i think it looks good! although i think it would look better w/o the bug shield. kinda looks like a mustache
     
  11. Jul 25, 2011 at 2:18 PM
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    ^^ yea that def crossed my mind, i like to think that it actually works deflecting stuff, but it does look weird now
     
  12. Jul 25, 2011 at 2:21 PM
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    Agreed;)
     
  13. Jul 25, 2011 at 2:28 PM
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    No with it above the "eyes" it looks like a unibrow.
     
  14. Jul 25, 2011 at 2:28 PM
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    Looks good! I was planning on doing the same thing but i havent had the time to make a template for it.
     
  15. Aug 4, 2011 at 8:55 PM
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    Another way you could do it, that would keep it flush and color match would be just to rattle can the template with your color
     
  16. Aug 4, 2011 at 9:13 PM
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    Sweet, I should did that instead of paying $100 for my eyelids.
     
  17. Nov 9, 2011 at 10:36 AM
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    07TacoRidah

    07TacoRidah SHHHH, this is interesting

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    NICE, been wanting to get some eyelids for a while now too. should have some dip left over from the last time.
     
  18. Nov 9, 2011 at 4:44 PM
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    I say it looks really good and it is super cheap to do. Great work man
     
  19. Nov 9, 2011 at 6:48 PM
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    looks good!! will be doin this weekend! thanks for the good write up aswell.
     
  20. Nov 11, 2011 at 6:08 AM
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    Looks good. It might be better than the fiberglass lids that do no always sit flush with the lights. Instead of the gloss black you could color match it to the truck, but I understand you prefer the black. Options and personal preference/opinion is always good.

    :thumbsup:
     
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