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Old 10-15-2011, 12:41 PM   #1
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I'm currently removing the existing sealant and it is nightmarish. I'm using aftermarket headlights from Amazon and they have a ton of sealant in them. Thus far it seems like it's going to take several cycles in the oven to even make a dent, and I'd like to subject them to as little heat as possible.

How "clean" are you guys getting the housing before adding the new butyl?

Any tips/tricks for removing the sealant that I might have missed?
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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check viet2100's retrofit post or the bhlm how to it basically lists the steps and temps that you should be safe subjecting your lights to.

also the oven method is not the best even though it's the most common. after talking with bjorn from custom lightz he made it very clear that this can weaken the plastic on the housing as they where never designed to be exposed to those temps's in the first place basically it can make them brittle.

what are you retrofitting with btw?

my advice is to use a heat gun carefully and a small flat head the size of the channel in the head light housing and scrape that shit out the cleaner the better then take the roll of butyl rubber and stretch it out ever so slightly as in this case a little being pushed out of the edges is actually a good thing.

check trs.com for oem butyl rubber it's much better than the 3m shit at pepboy's

good luck and post up some pics of your new set-up
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there is absolutely no reason to remove the original sealant from the lights. If anything you add some if needed.
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there is absolutely no reason to remove the original sealant from the lights. If anything you add some if needed.
exactly! I never removed mine either..
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:51 AM   #5
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-I'm using a D2S kit from TRS.
-I used viet's BHLM write up to open the headlight housings.

I may try a heatgun for a bit, as I really don't want to subject the headlights to repeated trips to the oven.

Hmm, as clean as possible, or leave it all?!?
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I removed all of it and used window weld when i put them back together. No issues
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I removed all of it and used window weld when i put them back together. No issues
Did you use a heatgun, oven(how many times), etc.?
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Did you use a heatgun, oven(how many times), etc.?
I used the oven. I went with veit's write up
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I used the oven. I went with veit's write up
Did you get it all off in one attempt?
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Did you get it all off in one attempt?
Well I didn't get all of it but I got as much as I could
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