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Old 10-25-2008, 06:30 AM   #1
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Default DIY 99-00 painted headlight housings

I had this Idea all the way back from the subaru days, since lots of people do that with them:

you "bake" the headlights, in that you take them off, heat them up, take them apart and paint the inside (not the reflectors of course) whatever color you want.

Ive seen this done with many of the 01+ miata headlights, but am wondering if anyone has done it to 99-00.

here's a quick reference of what Im talking about:

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Its late so excuse me if something doesnt make sense, and I did search with no luck. If someone can confirm this have been done on a 99-00 miata or point me in the direction for more info It would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:33 AM   #2
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its been done. someone did an HID housing conversion too to the 99 headlights. cheack out (yea, i know) CR.net. its on there.
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:35 AM   #3
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ok found a couple people talking about it on faggy *** m.net


are they really prone to overheat/melt? i know subaru headlights hold up like champs, just paranoyd and wanna be reassured this will work
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ok nevermind, found a bunch more threads about it..sorry

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instructions
items needed:
flathead screwdriver
oven(yes the thing you put food in to cook)
1 can of rust-oleum high heat spraypaint(black)
1 cookie sheet
paper towels
wrench kit or socket kit for the headlight bolts


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take out your headlights by unscrewing the two visible bolts holding them to the frame. there should be two. after that pull straight out if it won't come out you might have to wiggle it out. at the bottom of the headlight there is a clip holding the headlight in place after you pull out the headlight make sure to put the clip back on frame. it should look like a white round piece of plastic and it should fit on a metal rod on the back of the headlight assembly.

now to the fun stuff.
preheat your oven to 200 degrees. once preheated, remove the bulbs out of your headlight(s) if you havn't already. then place it on the cookie sheet with a paper towel seperating the headlight and cookie sheet, unless you like the taste of road grime and such on you food later on. place the headlight into the oven for exactly 22min(use a timer if you have one). when 22 minutes arrives take the headlight out and immediately pry the lense from the body.
the sealant hold the lense in place should be soft enough to pry apart but don't waste time, oh and make sure to loosen the clips along the border of the lense. once you have two seperate pieces the lense and body unscrew the chrome plastic piece from the lense. spray paint it let dry and spraypaint again. hold the piece up to a bright light or the sunlight to see if you missed any spots where chrome might show through(no need to sand if you use the paint i did) put the lense back together, then the lense and body the best you can get it and stick it back into the oven for another 22 mins. after 22 mins take out immediately push the lense back into the body(use a bath towel or mittens the headlights tend to be hot)
let cool and place the bulbs back in and reinstall.

for those of you who put in h.i.d h4 conversion this would be a good idea so you don't get hi beamed everywhere you go. i have a 12000k h.i.d. setup and doing this fixed my problem.


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Old 10-25-2008, 09:33 AM   #5
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ok found a couple people talking about it on faggy *** m.net


are they really prone to overheat/melt? i know subaru headlights hold up like champs, just paranoyd and wanna be reassured this will work
Why would anyone use Daisy's on a newer miata...... I guess cheap rims for race tires.

I would hate to cook the lights to long.
I do like them painted on the subaru's though.
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Since you have a white car, i'd like to see you do the insides white.... doing them black will make the car look like a dumb white bitch that's been told....twice. Not to mention that unless your lenses are flawless, using black makes the fog/haze/pits look 100000x magnified. Yes?
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Don't delete this. I wanna do this to my silver 99' one day. Not sure if I'll do it silver or black though. Either way, I'm painting everything including the shiny housing part. I've seen pics of only painting the housing and not the projector part and it looks really dumb to me. Worse than stock. So I'll paint it all and maybe do a HID conversion if it makes the headlights function any worse. Luckily I don't do a lot of nighttime driving though.
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Actually I am kind of considering doing it black. The lenses are not perfect, but I will polish them to perfection. Never really thought about white, Ill have to toss that Idea around. I was thinking either black or dark gray or something. well see, tonight me and a buddy that did his subaru lights are going to give it a shot.

and yes, the thing that scares me the most is overcooking/damaging them of course.


ps: the siggy pic I have the headlights are pshopped black, doesnt look bad to me, or do you guys think otherwise?
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Yeah I'm probably gonna do mine black. I've seen newer corvettes that have the insides painted to match the color of the car. Just doesn't look right and that's with a perfectly clear lense. The color just looks duller than the car and then it stands out in a bad sorta way. With my shitty frosty the snowman lenses I'm sure it would look even worse. So I'll probably do a few coats of black, sanding between coats, and then a gloss to get a nice shine.
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Ok, so pretty much finished it up today, the guy in the pics is my friend Max who helped make this go smooth as hell and helped out. Kitchen was dirty and I havent installed granite yet so we just did it right in there. Dont mind the civic rims on the car, I am in the middle of redoing my 16's bronze:










we cleared the orange city lights as well......

as you can see, the lenses are dull as hell and fading, so a buff/polish job is needed badly. I will do this shortly, but overall they look GREAT and I am amazed at how much better the car looks with them. u can see I chose to do black, and its totally worth it.
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nice work.

what I like about the painted internal housings is that they are subtle and timeless. they add to the look of the car without it looking like you did something obvious.

there are a lot of "small mods" like that that are too overt and distracting.



plus it looks **** on a black car.
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OK, i admit... I cheated to get my dark housings...

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Sounds like fun, I will be doing this tomorrow in my powdercoating oven...do the 99-00 lights pull out with just two bolts and the clips? IIRC I thought you had to remove the bumper; sorry for my retardedness!
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Sounds like fun, I will be doing this tomorrow in my powdercoating oven...do the 99-00 lights pull out with just two bolts and the clips? IIRC I thought you had to remove the bumper; sorry for my retardedness!
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take out your headlights by unscrewing the two visible bolts holding them to the frame. there should be two. after that pull straight out if it won't come out you might have to wiggle it out. at the bottom of the headlight there is a clip holding the headlight in place after you pull out the headlight make sure to put the clip back on frame. it should look like a white round piece of plastic and it should fit on a metal rod on the back of the headlight assembly.
I followed these directions. Worked for my 99'. Take pics if you do this.
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How long does it take, I am interested in doing it right now, but I have to leave in 1.5 hours...F it, I shall try and just take the other car if so!
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Let me clarify. That's how I removed my headlights. I haven't done this mod yet. Stop posting and start moding.
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Let me clarify. That's how I removed my headlights. I haven't done this mod yet. Stop posting and start moding.
Just tried to pull them, but to no avail...I pulled the two bolts and pulled the headlights striaght out, but it didn't come out just broke a plastic piece that fell to the floor. Seems to be binding on the fender side of the light
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They are baking @ 225 as I type! F those clips are a PITA
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m.net link suggest 200*F.
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Ok, some info. the headlights are held by 2 bolts on the top and ONE ON THE BOTOM. DO NOT JUST TRY TO YANK THEM OUT, YOU WILL BREAK ****. the bolt on the bottom is behind/under the headlight, and the only way to get to it is to take off the bumper. it is a little tough to get to it, but once you break it loose, you can just unscrew it with your fingers. when baking we had the oven at 200, and took about 7-8 minutes for the glue to get loose, not easy to pry off loose, but enough to tear them open. if you want easier opening, you can go for 10 minutes, but I was too ***** to keep them in there that long so as not to fry them. any more questions feel free to ask
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