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How To: DIY black out headlights

Discussion in 'Exterior / Detailing / Bodywork DIY How-To's' started by LatinEM2, Jun 20, 2007.



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  1. LatinEM2

    LatinEM2 La Raza #2 Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    So today in 100+ weather :P i decided to paint my newly new pair of headlights I had purchased becuase I am using my original set for a TSX retro-fit and besides the lense on those were very foogy :???:. This pair was very clean not foggy at all. So my homie and I start on the project.
    Start by taking off the self tapping screws on the front by the radiator cap, then two screws by the fenders, and finally some more self tapping screws on the bottom of the bumper.
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    Then go start to remove the headlights, u can use 1 10mm socket and and extension to take off the headlights. Also this would be a good time to take off all the bulbs and rubber cover.
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    Then you take your headlights to the oven to heat up the glue so you will able to separate them. I put the oven to 250 degrees for about 10 minutes, then i set one headlight for about 5 minutes
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    After that, you have to pry them apart like so:
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    I used a flathead screwdriver to pry them apart. After the prying, you end up with 2 separate parts.
    The front lense and the reflector housing:
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    You have to take off 2 screws on the lense part of the headlights to get the chrome part that were are going to paint, I used a T-15 socket
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    Once you get it off, you have mask off the amber part. Or if you want to paint it or take out its up 2 u. I like the amber part so i left it. Then after the masking, my buddy an I started to wetsand. I used 800 grit paper
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    Then you start paiting:
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    A couple of coats should be enough.
    Then you take off your masking and end up with something like this
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    Almost done, :suprise:, you have to put back the painted part, then set the lense back onto the reflector and finally put it back on the oven to heat up the glue to seal them back up. You should end up with something like this:
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    Finally you put back all your bulbs and plug everything back, put back your bumper. And here are the final results:
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    It took my homie and I about 3 hours to complete this job.
    Comments and questions welcomed. :D
     
  2. fventura03

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  3. Melt

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    looks good i woulda just broke out the amber though ive seen people clear em out.
     
  4. defvayne

    defvayne Set This World On Blaze!! Registered VIP 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    DIY Ownage!!!
     
  5. dj_cronic_metal

    dj_cronic_metal New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    woo horray for living in phoenix care to come to avondale and do mine too :D
     
  6. Melt

    Melt New Member Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    isnt avondale the town out in the sticks when you come into phoenix on the 10 right by buckeye?
     
  7. pon55

    pon55 New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Looken good:thumbup: but Inca gold would be awsome.
     
  8. LatinEM2

    LatinEM2 La Raza #2 Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Hehe, i can give a hand if your searious. :cool:

    Thanks for the replies
     
  9. landwrx

    landwrx New Member 5+ Year Member

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    sweet look

    Just a suggestion, you blacked out your parking lights as well (the little circles between the turn signal and headlight), others may want to keep that part reflective so it doesn't just look like little bulbs lit up with your parking lights on. But really nice clean look LatinEM2!
     
  10. JDM melbatoast

    JDM melbatoast That's what she said.. Registered VIP 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    i know you didnt paint any of the chrome part the light reflects off of but have u had any change sin lighting. i did this with my projectors when i was a rice burner and i like how it came out but i wanna do my stock headlights im debating between black or silver like my body color.

    and did u have any leaking problems i had some problems with my projectors so i had to silicone the s**t out of them
     
  11. LatinEM2

    LatinEM2 La Raza #2 Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    I haven't had a chance to see the lighting since it dosen't get dark here unitll like 8 pm. And on the previous headlights that i had i never had any fogging up or problems with the city lights.
     
  12. dj_cronic_metal

    dj_cronic_metal New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    That's sort of right it goes buckeye then goodyear and then avondale and into phoenix from there. It's not that small either though. They split the zip code because it's getting so big now. Same with goodyear minus the super cop squad.
     
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    dj_cronic_metal New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    I'm just just misinformed about the sanding process. and I have an 04 so not 100% sure what I can blackout and what I can't
     
  14. STR_TopGun

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    THAT LOOKS HOT MAN...U AND UR BUDDY DID AN AWESOME JOB...CAN'T WAIT UNTIL I DO MINE!!...yO LATER ON BE ON THE LOOK OUT I GOT MY DROP DONE I JUST NEED TO TAKE SOME PHOTOS
     
  15. LatinEM2

    LatinEM2 La Raza #2 Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Thanks!
    I've read that the 04-05's are a little harder to pry apart. :???: You pretty much just wetsand all the chrome-shinny parts =)
     
  16. STR_TopGun

    STR_TopGun ES1 Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    only if u lived in jersey to give me a hand in blacking out my headlights...i finally got pics up check the members area
     
  17. wmertz

    wmertz ~multi-colored beast~ Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    s**t looks dope on there.. good s**t
     
  18. 01hondacivicex

    01hondacivicex New Member 5+ Year Member

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    that looks nice
     
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    nice man, i might do that when i get bored enough. need to lower it first. how are the s techs holding up?
     
  20. LatinEM2

    LatinEM2 La Raza #2 Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    They holding just fine, still riding on the stock shocks. :twisted:
     


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