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Custom Fiberglass Eyelids

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BBiggs, May 17, 2010.

  1. May 17, 2010 at 12:16 PM
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    BBiggs

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    I just got it!
    I'm about to go outside, remove my headlights, cover them in masking tape, and then put fiberglass on the top.

    I'll let it harden, cut it to a sweet shape, and then paint it red.

    Has anyone done this? Or have you just bought premade ones? This seems a lot less expensive to me, so I'm going to give it a go.

    I'll post pictures as I go or maybe just all at once when I'm finished.

    Thoughts? Input? Advice?
     
  2. May 17, 2010 at 12:38 PM
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    HIKR

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    would love to see your process - I will probably end up doing the same thing to save some $$
     
  3. May 17, 2010 at 12:56 PM
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    LBtaco

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    I tried a set how you were saying... not a good idea.(the tape part) it got the headlight all gunk'd up anyway
    use a good release agent, or a bunch of layers x5+ of hairspray, but tape off below so it catches the drips and wax the crap out of the light x3 before you do any of this, it helps release the glass. the more prep the better it will be.
    good luck.
     
  4. May 17, 2010 at 1:08 PM
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    I bought mine from the guy on ebay. $40 seemed reasonable to me. But I look forward to seeing how yours turn out. Be sure to post some pics.
     
  5. May 17, 2010 at 1:17 PM
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    I tried this. I laid a ton of tape on there to protect the headlight. I only made one because it just took too much time and the pricing on ebay was worth me buying them there.

    Although it did come out super sturdy, I probably could've used it as a boomerang since I used too many layers of fiberglass.
     
  6. May 17, 2010 at 1:28 PM
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    im interested in seeing how this goes, especially because i have the material sitting around at home already!
     
  7. May 17, 2010 at 1:37 PM
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    You re going to be thoroughly disappointed at the results.

    After you tape up the light, put aluminum foil over it, Shiny side out. The resin will not stick to foil.

    Useful tip: If you want a specific shape, you have a few minutes during the curing of the resin to cut the fiberglass with scissors or a blade. When it begins to get gel-y just trim away. If you wait until after you'll have to do it with a cut off wheel, or a grinder.
     
  8. May 17, 2010 at 3:00 PM
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    agreed
    get some on ebay man:thumbsup:
     
  9. May 17, 2010 at 11:15 PM
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    I just got it!
    You guys are all very pessimistic. I completed the mod today, and it went swimmingly well. I'm diggin it for sure. I just left my camera in my truck by accident so won't be posting pictures until tomorrow probably.

    Really though. Half of the replies to this were on the negative side, which is surprising. So... In your FACE!
     
  10. May 17, 2010 at 11:18 PM
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    Glad you like the results. I will be interested to see the pics. :)
     
  11. May 17, 2010 at 11:23 PM
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    Way to go BBiggs! haha I'm really looking forward to the pics.
     
  16. May 18, 2010 at 6:41 AM
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    nad mmmm tacos!

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    ya cmon take some pics dude, dont keep us hanging
     
  17. May 18, 2010 at 6:46 AM
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    people still say this? :p
    in for pics
     
  18. May 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM
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    Great job, now lets see some pics
     
  19. May 18, 2010 at 10:12 AM
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    Canadians... Haha jk. I wanna go up there.

    Where's the pics at?!?!? I've been waiting too long. If you're camera is in your truck, walk your lazy ass out there and take some! That actually saves you a trip, you don't have to go get the camera THEN walk to the car.
     
  20. May 18, 2010 at 10:29 AM
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    I know zero about painting... How much does it normally cost to get the eyelids painted to OEM specs assuming one goes the eBay route?
     
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