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Doing my BHLM. Glue everywhere

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BarefootBandit, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Jan 3, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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    I'm in the process of doing my BHLM. While taking the lens apart... the glue got all over the outside of the headlight housing.

    How do I remove that stuff once it's done?

    and how long should I wait to dry?
     
  2. Jan 3, 2011 at 12:37 PM
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    maybe stick it back in the oven for a few minutes to warm it back up, take it out and remove again. I think that would work. I would wait a day for it to dry.
     
  3. Jan 3, 2011 at 1:08 PM
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    Wait for what to dry? You're removing as much of it as you can while its still hot/warm (w/o going too crazy and having a completely clean slate, although that wouldnt be bad if you did). trying to remove it when it hardens would be a bit time consuming and probably not even an option. Anyway, a hair dryer also works to heat up the adhesive to the point where its pliable and can be removed. Thats what I'd do for the lens cover. Use your fingers or something softer than then lense so you dont scratch it.
     
  4. Jan 3, 2011 at 1:22 PM
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    Too late. Messed everything up anyway.

    I decided to spray it outside and I accidentally dropped it in the snow. Then I spray painted over the snow. Now it has dripping marks and a big circle where I aimed it at. All in the most noticeable part.

    Ebay headlights here I come :[
     
  5. Jan 3, 2011 at 1:25 PM
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    don't give up just yet, start over............
     
  6. Jan 3, 2011 at 3:51 PM
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    x2. Dont rush, you can strip it and start over if you'd like. Worst case, you try one or two more times, and if you still cant get it, chalk it up to experience.
     
  7. Jan 3, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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    ^^^^ wat they said, dont give up yet, just strip all the paint and start fresh, worst case senario you gotta get new ones so keep trying.
     
  8. Jan 3, 2011 at 3:57 PM
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    I just removed a lot of the paint with paint thinner and did it over. It's drying and looks perfect now.

    Thanks for the support. Pics soon.
     
  9. Jan 3, 2011 at 4:35 PM
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    thats what I'm talking about!!, way to get it done.!!!!! :D
    looking foward to seeing pics.
     
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    I thought he was talking about when he completed the mod and then installed it back in his truck.
     
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    No worries man. I knew what he meant b/c it happened on one of mine (albeit in a real small strand).
     
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    OP, nice work on sticking with it and getting it done!!
     
  13. Jan 3, 2011 at 7:09 PM
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    I broke off the metal piece that holds in the headlight bulb. Broke off as in the tab that holds in that metal piece broke. It's unfix-able.

    Is this really really bad?
     
  14. Jan 3, 2011 at 7:24 PM
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    Specifically the metal thing that is highlighted in red here

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  15. Jan 3, 2011 at 7:26 PM
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    thats the clip for the headlight bulb, its fits right back in.
     
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    Not when you broke off one of the plastic tabs that holds it. I have it sitting in my hand right now. A piece of metal, and a tab that should not be broken.
     
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    LOL, well that changes my answer. I would try and epoxy the plastic back on and then you can reinsert the clip. The bulb will not stay in otherwise, unless you wanna fashion something else up to hold the bulb.

    You could also do a true HID retro, you dont need those clips then, the new projectors would have their own. :thumbup:
     
  18. Jan 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM
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    Time for retros!! lol. kidding.. dont try that. umm, yea, I'd say that might be bad b/c that holds the bulb steady. You might need those ebay lights now :confused::(
     
  19. Jan 3, 2011 at 7:34 PM
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    Beat me to the retro comment :cool:

    Anyway, yea, try some of that 5 minute plastic epoxy found at pep boys, etc. I think thats your only option and I'm not even 100% sure that it'll hold b/c that metal tab does require a bit of pressure to lock in place. But if 6 or 7 bux does the trick, its better than 100+
     
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    Thank God this guy is not a firefighter in my city....
     
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