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How To: Black Head Light mod

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Viet2100, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. Jun 30, 2013 at 5:53 PM
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    wheelerkr2

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    I'm doing this finally, and i got the headlights off and im trying to take everything off of them, how do i get the small black plastic parts off? they are the small lights i guess, i dont want to just pull them and break them.
    Thanks
     
  2. Jun 30, 2013 at 5:54 PM
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    I just did this last night, can you post a pic? What parts are you talking about?
     
  3. Jun 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM
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    Sorry those were just rubber covers, what i really need to know how to take off are the small parts that have a black cover over them, they are like bolts but have a really wide head.
    Thanks.
     
  4. Jun 30, 2013 at 6:09 PM
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    I left them on, no problems here
     
  5. Jun 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM
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    thanks for the fast replies! I just got the first headlight separated, preheating the oven now for the other one!
     
  6. Jul 1, 2013 at 11:24 PM
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    Can I use plasti-dip to do this?
     
  7. Jul 1, 2013 at 11:27 PM
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    I suppose though I would say hitting the chrome with some steel wool or fine-ish sandpaper will make the coating stick better, don't have to sand all the chrome off, just rough it enough where you have a nice textured surface
     
  8. Jul 2, 2013 at 5:26 AM
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    I suppose someone has to be first although I wouldn't... Krylon Fusion sticks to the chrome plastic very well, not sure how well the Plasti-Dip would hold up or if it would fade in color over time.
     
  9. Jul 5, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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    So, this needs to happen on my truck, the only thing holding me back is me. Is it really as easy as it seems? Any tips for a first timer?
     
  10. Jul 5, 2013 at 9:46 PM
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    Preheat to 300, shut the oven off, put the housings on a piece of cardboard in the oven for no more than 10-15 minutes, handle with gloves.

    Same thing for reassembly.
     
  11. Jul 6, 2013 at 12:04 AM
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    10 minutes did it for me, fallowed this thread mostly, came out well.
    Oh be really careful pulling the headlight bulb, leave the hold down clip in there, it doesnt hurt anything, I broke the tab that holds down one end of the clip and had to superglue it back on.
     
  12. Jul 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM
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    stupid question.... i put the headlights back together and everything lined up real nice until i noticed something this evening. the sides with the screws, the 2 upper screws only screwed into the new rubber. its hardened back up so there is no more give in it but the other 3 sides look great. am i able to put the whole assembly back into the oven for a few minutes to loosen up the new rubber again so that i could hopefully get those screws to seat where they are supposed to?
     
  13. Jul 7, 2013 at 7:49 PM
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    That'll work just fine.
     
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    i don't think it would need to go in at 300 for the full 10 min, what do you think?
     
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    You could try it at 6 - 8 minutes but why not wait the full 10? If you take them out early and the glue isn't softened, you just wasted your time and you'll have to re-bake them anyways.

    FWIW, the glue shouldn't prevent you from putting those screws in. Even when cured, it shouldn't harden to the point where you can't install the screws.
     
  16. Jul 8, 2013 at 7:06 AM
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    What he said Dante, I noticed that I had to use a fair amount of force and some channel locks in a few places to get the suckers closed up, there was rubber coming out of the screw holes too, I paid no heed and just screwed them in till it felt like they were all the way home.
     
  17. Jul 8, 2013 at 9:12 PM
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    +1

    SWMBO was out of town for the weekend when I disassembled mine.
    I did the painting, assembled the projectors, and set them aside to let the paint cure until I was not on call duty and could tear the truck down.

    So 3 weeks later, I start assembling them and start preheating the oven.
    "WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING?????"

    Ruh Roh Shaggy.....

    "Softening the glue"

    "DON'T YOU DARE PUT THOSE CHEMICALS IN MY OVEN!"

    <debating whether to tell her I already did 3 weeks ago, decide to not say anything>

    So I put everything back together, clipped the edges best I could with spring clamps, and got creative with some wood strips and bar clamps to apply even pressure as best I could on the housing.

    Every couple of days, I'd tighten the bar clamps up.

    4 weeks later, I removed the clamps, put the screws in, and put them on the truck. The 4 week wait was only because of call duty... they would have been good after a few days.
     
  18. Jul 9, 2013 at 4:59 AM
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    So it took 7 weeks to finish the project and get your balls back from her purse?;)
     
  19. Jul 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM
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    i did the BHLM and wanted to tint the blinker covers but accidentally broke the cove because it was already cracked from being burned and melted by the light....is there a place where i can get a new blinker cover or should i just black out the chrom where the bulb is and roll with it like that with out the cover on?



    any one have any pics without the cover?
     
  20. Jul 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM
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    ditch it, paint it black, you got the amber bulb
     
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