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Super Tone Help! Painting? Wiring?!?

Hey all...thinking of getting some of the supertones but i dont really want to get the subi modz harness or mounts. Anyways if i just got the basic package (
Amazon.com: HELLA 003399803 Supertone 12V High Tone/Low Tone Twin Horn Kit: Automotive Amazon.com: HELLA 003399803 Supertone 12V High Tone/Low Tone Twin Horn Kit: Automotive
) would i need anything else to install these horns or could i just use the brakets and wiring that comes. Also i want them in blue so could i just paint the guard blue pretty easily? THANKS!
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Hey all...thinking of getting some of the supertones but i dont really want to get the subi modz harness or mounts. Anyways if i just got the basic package (Amazon.com: HELLA 003399803 Supertone 12V High Tone/Low Tone Twin Horn Kit: Automotive) would i need anything else to install these horns or could i just use the brakets and wiring that comes. Also i want them in blue so could i just paint the guard blue pretty easily? THANKS!
I installed these a long time ago when I got the 02 new and the only thing I needed to use was the relay because it wasn't drawing enough power to drive them.

Some people say you can use it w/o it but I haven't had that luck in another car.

I don't use these anymore not because my mom drives the car but they are directional.

In my other car, I went with Stebel Nautilus, they sound like a Cadillac and cars on the side of you can hear it.

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yeah i want to go with these not just for sound but for look also
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Yes you can make your own wiring harness... They come with a relay (which you need to use) and you can paint the guards!

Here is a pic of my hella horns mounted on a custom bracket I made and painted:


Bracket was made using a straight/flat piece of aluminum which can be purchased at home depot or lowes.

Also I recommend purchasing the hella horns and use coupon code: nasiocfan -or- SMARTSHOPPER

Hopefully one of them is still active.

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How do you paint them? I can't even get those grills off to paint.
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How do you paint them? I can't even get those grills off to paint.
They are a pain to get off... I'd advice you get a vice grip to hold the nut and a correct size screw driver for the screw part. Also some elbow grease won't hurt ;)
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to paint did u just use a light sanding then primer and paint or then clearcoat? What was your process
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I masked the grills off when I installed the horns back in 2004 and lightly scuffed the grills before painting........8 years later, they are still 97% flat black.......a couple of minor chips but otherwise, all is good....

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so no primer or clear coat? and they held up that well?
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They are powder coated when new. Best bet would be pull the grilles off and take them to a powder coater and have them done. Shouldn't be more than $15 or $20. But if you were to paint them with actual paint I would recommend etching primer after scuffing them with a scotch brite and then painting. But again if you're going to buy three cans of paint or pints of paint it would ultimately be cheaper an easier to have them powder coated.
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well its not alot of surface area so i was just gonna buy like the half cans of primer and paint so thatl be like $12
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I used rustoleum truck bed liner spray paint and I lightly sanded the grills... Tough, looks nice, and no worrying about a bubble/running/smoothness.
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well its not alot of surface area so i was just gonna buy like the half cans of primer and paint so thatl be like $12
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I used rustoleum truck bed liner spray paint and I lightly sanded the grills... Tough, looks nice, and no worrying about a bubble/running/smoothness.
plasti dip would also work. used a few cans on my mudflaps and i'm contemplating using it on my wheels since i can't justify sanding a brand new set of oem wheels and painting them black. may try painting over the plasti dip also.
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dont think they make royal blue plasti-dip spray do they?

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They need to be prepped before painting or else they'll chip over time. They're behind type grille, so you don't really notice though. I'll be repainting mine this summer.



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