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A Retro Project for rhewins13

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Muy Grande, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. Oct 21, 2011 at 12:17 AM
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    Muy Grande

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    So I decided to post up a few pictures of Richards aka rhewins13 Morimoto Projector Headlights. As I understand it, rhewins13 is overseas battling the bad guys and like many of us he takes pride in his Tacoma. He asked me to custom make him a set of Retros that are Murdered out and feature the Halo Ring aka Angel Eyes. I'm hoping to complete his set in the next couple of days so that when he gets back to the states, they'll be ready for install. :D

    This project features the following:

    1. New Aftermarket Headlights (ebay)
    2. Complete Stage III Morimoto Mini Projector kit (TRS) w/ Apollo Shrouds and 35w 6000k bulbs with Morimoto 3five Ballast
    3. Halo Rings - 90mm for outside edge of Apollo Shrouds
    4. Murdered Out (Black Surround, Black Bowls, Black Shrouds) - Krylon Fusion Satin Black Paint w/ Oven Bake

    If you need tips on any of this, just PM me or post to the thread. More pics to come, including the Alignment, final assembly and water test.

    New Aftermarket Headlights.jpg
    TRS Retro Kit.jpg
    Painted Shrouds in Oven.jpg
    Painted Bowls in Oven 2.jpg
    Projector and Bowl installed 1.jpg
    Halo Ring 1.jpg
    Halo Rings Curing Installed.jpg
     
  2. Oct 21, 2011 at 12:41 AM
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    MY50cal

    MY50cal I think I'm getting the Fear.

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    Nice :thumbsup: Wish I could have come back to some Taco toys when I got back stateside... wait, I didnt have a Tacoma in 03-06 :p
     
  3. Oct 21, 2011 at 7:57 AM
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    looking good john, i cant wait to see these up close and in person
     
  4. Oct 21, 2011 at 8:15 AM
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    painting newb question....why did you oven bake after painting? helps it dry faster or does that add an effect to the paint that can't be matched by air drying? :confused:
     
  5. Oct 21, 2011 at 8:16 AM
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    Helps smooth the paint, any overspray gets evened out and plus the baking helps prevent the 'off gassing' that can cause the lenses to fog afterwards. I did the same with my bezels when I painted them.
     
  6. Oct 21, 2011 at 8:21 AM
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    right on....was just reading up on that and seems to be the common reason...i definitely will be doing this with my headlight retro-fit when it is time

    another question...do you have any good tips on prepping the chrome pieces for paint?
     
  7. Oct 21, 2011 at 8:27 AM
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    I just wiped them down with alcohol and a lint-free rag (t-shirts work), then hit it with Krylon Fusion. You could do a light sand step in there but there are so many little nooks and crannies on the bezels, you'll never sand all of it. My mentality was it's clean plastic, it's never been exposed to elements or anything that could chip it, so I just wiped it down and hit it with paint. Do very light coats and lots of them to build up the color.
     
  8. Oct 21, 2011 at 8:32 AM
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    looks sick. Ive been thinking about blacking my retro out...
     
  9. Oct 21, 2011 at 9:00 AM
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    thanks man :thumbsup:



    OP nice looking work btw! hopefully i can turn out a product like that
     
  10. Oct 21, 2011 at 9:18 AM
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    Pugga is right on point with everything he stated. :D

    Tips:
    1. Pre-heat oven to 315
    2. Turn down heat to warm when placing either the shrouds or bowls or surrounds in......I leave the shrouds in for 5 mins and the bowls and surround for 7 mins. I check the bowls and surround for bubbling of paint at 5 mins (you don't want the paint to bubble - known causes to hot or left in to long - believe me I know).

    Important tip: Wait a few minutes aka let the painted pieces air dry a 3-5 minutes before putting them in the oven. If you put them in the oven right after you paint, you run the risk of having overspray bubble up. If this happens no big deal just wait till it drys and sand it down and hit it with some paint and try again.
     
  11. Oct 21, 2011 at 9:25 AM
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    Yeah, I saw your post and voted - BlackOut! :D
     
  12. Oct 23, 2011 at 12:33 AM
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    Sealed up the lights today. (I already did the alignment, normally you don't seal them up until you get the alignment done......I post pics of the alignment, the Halos turned on, and the water test tomorrow night.) :D

    Shroud on 1.jpg
    Shroud on 2.jpg
    Warming up the Sealer.jpg
    Corner Clamp.jpg
    Top Corner Clamp.jpg
    Sealed and Clamped.jpg
    Sealed and Clamped 2.jpg
     
  13. Oct 23, 2011 at 12:41 AM
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    Where did u run the halo wires through?? I got the same ones that I'm still trying to figure where to run the wires through lol
    Good job btw
     
  14. Oct 23, 2011 at 1:53 AM
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    looking good John, im really excited about these
     
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    nice work! wanting to do the same thing. when i get the money.
     
  16. Oct 23, 2011 at 8:12 AM
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    Looks dope.

    How did you align w/o aiming them on the truck? Did you light the halogen bulb inside the shield w/ jumper cables, see where the cut off is, tape on the cut off line, mark where shield is sitting and then put the projector in shield (now cut up) and line the projector cut off w/ the taped line on the wall? Hope that made sense... lol

    I didn't do that. I basically drilled holes, eye balled that it should be aimed slightly down, put the light in the truck and adjusted the screws till I got it where it should be. I'll be sealing one headlight today :D
     
  17. Oct 23, 2011 at 6:16 PM
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    I ran them through the small hole that you run the projector wires thru.....there is enough space for 4 wires. Hope this helps somewhat. I'll try to post a pic of a bowl to show you.
     
  18. Oct 23, 2011 at 6:18 PM
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    It's a little different for the Morimoto Mini Projectors than the FX-R projectors but you basically have to re-install the headlights prior to sealing them up to check for the alignment. I did that with the set I'm making I just didn't take the pictures. And yes, I do an eyeball test but I also have a blank wall with tape that I use to make sure I like the alignment. :D
     
  19. Oct 23, 2011 at 6:51 PM
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    Did you have to trim the insides of the shrouds? I assume you have to trim more for an FX-R kit
     
  20. Oct 23, 2011 at 6:54 PM
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    cool thanks man...im going to tackle mine this weekend :D
     
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