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Blacking Out Headlights, How to

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by spencer_hong, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. Aug 16, 2007 at 8:11 PM
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    Soul

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    Is the grit sand paper on amazon by any chance? If so can you link it? we don't have any kragen's store and I call most of the store in Idaho and they don't know what grit sand paper are o_O.
    I'm planning on purchasing the spray paint and grit on amazon :].

    You know any local store with Krylon paint? Or amazon is the only hope?

    double checking is this the same product you use? (paint)
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...7203?_encoding=UTF8&m=A1T0VEFK4F7RX4&v=glance
    http://www.amazon.com/Inch-Hook-San...0006M2SK2/ref=pd_sim_hi_1/002-7865606-2667203 (sandpaper) or http://www.amazon.com/Magnate-V616G...667203?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1187320870&sr=1-(sand paper)
     
  2. Aug 16, 2007 at 8:24 PM
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    The sandpaper you are linking is for a dual action air sander, and while that would work, you are paying extra for the round shape and adhesive backing and you don't need it.

    Here is basic 600 grit sandpaper on amazon http://www.amazon.com/Wet-Dry-Ultra-Fine-Sandpaper/dp/B0000AXT76/ref=pd_bbs_sr_10/103-3824458-3923859?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1187320779&sr=8-10

    Though please take what I say here with a grain of salt as I lack the stones to stick my headlights in the oven and then pry them apart, but I suspect that you'd be fine using 000 steel wool in place of the 600 grit paper.

    While you might need amazon or a good automotive store or automotive paint supply house to find 600 grit paper, both the krylon fusion and 000 steel wool would be available at your local Lowes or Home depot.
     
  3. Aug 16, 2007 at 8:37 PM
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    I'll check out home depot & Lowes tomorrow! I gave up hope on both of them cause I search for it on their sites and couldn't find any results.
    Krylon has black in gloss and non gloss. It's the same thing comparing it to lcd monitors right? Glossy = shiny
     
  4. Aug 16, 2007 at 8:42 PM
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    Yes, glossy is shiny, but you best wait for confirmation from someone who has done this as to which one you want to use. I would thing the gloss, but like I said I have not done this so I really don't know for sure.
     
  5. Aug 16, 2007 at 8:59 PM
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    I'm reading multi forums and instruction on this.
    "2. Baking the headlights.

    Make sure you take off all the little plastic and rubber pieces on the back of the headlights along with three small hex screws and take out the main headlight. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees F. I know the oven part sounds sketchy, but as long as you do everything right it'll work out perfectly. Stick the headlights in one at a time for 8 minutes. When you pull them out let them cool for a very short time then start pulling the lens away from the plastic backing. The sticky stuff between the plastic and lens is really strong, and trust me it might get frustrating (it definitely did for me) but remember, take your time. A flat-head might be useful he to help pry the two apart."

    Baking it for 8 minutes 1 at a time with set to 200*F with in the 8 minutes? or preheat till then put in and the oven off?

    5. Putting the headlight back together.

    Put the lens w/ the frame back into the plastic holding of the headlight. Stick it back in the over (preheated at 200 degrees F) for about 5 minutes. When you take it out, immediately push it back together and get the silcone to stick as much as possible. The headlight should have a sturdy hold and not seem like its going to fall apart. It should be completely glued back togther. I reccomend using electrical tape to seal all around the lens, just so no moisture gets in (i had this issue). Put the headlight and grille back in, and enjoy!

    stick both of them in for 5 minutes? or one at a time?
     
  6. Aug 17, 2007 at 7:34 AM
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    Spencer any tips on getting the lens away from the plastic? It's a hard as hell. I put it in the oven twice at 8 minutes.. and i just barely got a cm. I'm giving it a break... I'll try another attempt when i wake up.

    http://www.customtacos.com/tech/index.php?article=222 I'ma give preheat 305 and then off a try
     
  7. Aug 17, 2007 at 10:10 PM
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    Yeah 305 is the saver for me :]

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  8. Aug 23, 2007 at 8:00 PM
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    Blacked out headlights & tail lights,Eye lids, and stainless steel billet grill, Debadged, 10" RockfordSubs, 6x9 Polk speakers, 6 1/2 speakers, JVC CD Player, Vent Visors, Nerf Bars, 20% Tint front, 15% bk Pop-lock, Tonneau Bed cover, Rockford punch amps, OEM Tacoma Bed mat, Toycoma Sport Brakes
    Hey man that's beautiful!! I swear all this great info I'm gonna do this to mine..thanks again by the way nice truck!!
     
  9. Aug 23, 2007 at 8:38 PM
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    Hey y'all!! Just a suggestion. Instead of putting the headlight/lens assembly in an oven for the 2nd time, how about this. Clean out the groove the headlight lens goes into and wipe down with alcohol to clean out any oils. Then run a bead of silicone sealant around the seal. You could use aquarium sealant if you never figure on taking it apart again, or just use the regular silicone clear sealant you can find at Lowes/Home Depot/Wally World. No worries about water or moisture getting in after that.
     
  11. Oct 6, 2007 at 3:22 AM
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    I have a Silver Taco and I'd love to see a pic of your mod on this? It does look really good with a black taco, but I didnt think it would be "all that" with a silver. Then again, my wife always picks the color of paint for the house... :eek:
     
  12. Oct 6, 2007 at 3:35 AM
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    Brant's truck from the photo gallery
     
  13. Oct 6, 2007 at 3:43 AM
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  14. Oct 6, 2007 at 3:44 AM
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    Yea that looks pretty good... Gives the front end some definition and personality... :)
     
  15. Oct 14, 2007 at 6:18 PM
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    [​IMG]Found this on ebay today:

    For $169.00 per pair, you can get the headlamps blacked out already. All you have to do is remove your stock headlamps and replace with these.
    This is for people who do not wish to go thru 4 or 5 hours of work, or whose wives or mothers wont dare let them near the oven. I mean, you could get bitched out for 4 or 5 hours too, so this is really the easy way out.

    On EBAY TWO ITEM NUMBERS

    150170391757

    120172931164

    I have included 2 items just incase one auction has ended. These are BUY IT NOW auctions.
     
  16. Nov 6, 2007 at 5:14 PM
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    Great work on the headlights! They look awesome.

    Question. If I can't get all of the chrome out of the corners and crevices will the paint still and here and look good? I will spend a couple more hours sanding if that is what I have to do to make it look good, but if the paint adheres they why waste my time.

    thanks for any helps
     
  17. Nov 6, 2007 at 9:21 PM
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    wat?
    i didnt sand any...i just sprayed the krylon fusion on it...since its supposed to bond to plastic and all. i've been running mine for a few months and havent had any probs at all.
     
  18. Nov 6, 2007 at 9:41 PM
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    i sanded mine quickly, trying to get as much off as i could but i only spent 5 minutes on each one. i used the same krylon fusion paint and it came out great
     
  19. Nov 6, 2007 at 10:15 PM
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    yeah sanding isnt THAT important, its a good idea though to give the paint a little more grip on the surface. and always go with the krylon
     
  20. Nov 6, 2007 at 10:15 PM
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    if anyone personally needs help with the headlights or anything else, im always available on aim at spencerrr13
     
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