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Old 08-18-2010, 10:29 PM   #1
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Default Head light painting

Its the same process for 99-00 as well as 01-05.

Stuff needed:
-oven with timer (or get seperate stopwatch/timer)
-cookie tray large enough to hold a headlight
-tin foil to cover cookie tray
-large flathead screwdriver or something similar to help pry apart
-soft vinyl or leather gloves so you don't scream like a girl
-high temp spray paint of your color choice
-you MIGHT need a tube of silicone/sealant for a little extra seeling if the glue comes apart unevenly.


Take off headlight.
Remove basically everything that's removeable from the headlight. Unscrew all screws.
Preheat oven to 220 degrees. Use a cookie tray or something flat and big enough to hold headlight. Cover that in tin foil so you don't mess up the tray or make it smell like headlights after. pop it in there (do 1 at a time) for about 10-15 minutes DEPENDING on stove. Definitely start off with 10 and see how it goes from there.
Take out. Very carefully bend the little safety tabs allowing two peices to slide apart.
If its super strong and not even moving throw it back into oven for a few minutes.
Its a balancing act. Underdo it and you'll have to rip the 2 parts apart which is bad and can damage them. Overdo and you might start melting the clear part.
When you take it out, WEAR GLOVES. Soft leather or vinyl ones will work. Pry apart SLOWLY. You MAY need to use a flathead to "help" pry them apart. Be very careful cause metal can seriously mess up the plastic, so don't just have at it. Be very patient, HOWEVER if you take more than about 30 seconds to pry apart it will start hardening back up and make it a nightmare. if that happens, pop it in for another 2-5 minutes and get it back up to temp.

After its apart, either scuff up the shiny part with pad or wipe thoroughly with alcohol.
Paint. I used a thin coat of primer, then 2 thin coats of paint. Obviously use at own disgression.

Make sure to let paint dry completely and put back together CAREFULLY cause its super easy to scratch the freshly painted housing when assembling.

Using same process already written up, heat up the 2 parts, and plug them back into each other.


Voila, you're done.

Sometimes the layer of glue is very thin/uneven, so you might need to hit it up with a tube of silicone for that COMPLETE seal. It is optional and use your judgement on whether you need it.


Last step: Look like a baller with nice looking headlights

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Old 08-30-2010, 03:33 PM   #2
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I just moved this here from another thread. Should be much easier to find now.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:15 PM   #3
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I'll update later today or tomorrow with a MUCH more thorough writeup including pictures and all that jazz.
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I followed these instructions and mine came out perfect. Thanks Vlad!

Before and after pics.............

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How's the light output?
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it really doesn't have much of an effect on light output.
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How's the light output?
I've done this on a couple cars.. The part that gets painted is strictly decorative. Even OEM's do it. They have been blacked out on the Mercury Marauder, some of the 99-04 Mustangs, and all the MSMs, there are many others I'm sure.
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Cool! Looks like this mod might be in my future as well.
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If you have black paint laying around then it's a free mod. No reason not to do it.
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Two things, 1. Like the OP said, use "high temp" paint. Headlights get HOT. 2. Be careful where you apply it. Beside blocking light, the blocked area can heat up and melt the actual plastic headlight material. I saw a guy ruin a set of lights this way.
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wtf are you talking about?
painting headlight housings will never cause your headlights to melt. even if you sprayed the whole damn light including the lens it wouldn't melt.

they get hot to the touch. not nearly hot enough to melt thick plastic.

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wtf are you talking about?
painting headlight housings will never cause your headlights to melt. even if you sprayed the whole damn light including the lens it wouldn't melt.

they get hot to the touch. not nearly hot enough to melt thick plastic.

stop posting stupid **** to boost your post count
Not interested in increasing my post count anymore. I didn't make this up. A buddy did this. Now that I think about it, though, he could have been running the painted lights in combination with a hotter bulb.
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if something is wrong with teh bulb or you have some sort of short then its possible I guess.

but under normal conditions no way.


Still, the suggestion to use high temp paint isn't a bad one. just in case
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if something is wrong with teh bulb or you have some sort of short then its possible I guess.

but under normal conditions no way.


Still, the suggestion to use high temp paint isn't a bad one. just in case
Hmmm. OK.

Apologize for whoring it up with the posts. Original intent was to get to 15...but without doing goofy stuff, but then I got going and found lots of interesting threads to "contribute" to.

Speaking of too hot bulbs, this is a big issue with LED's. They are supposed to run cool but some of the replacement boards they are mounted to get really hot and I have read about people melting side markers, for example.
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That is impart to them being a low voltage application that has not been rewired for this. Pumping too much juice through will do this.
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Looks awesome. Should have came that way from the factory.
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Just wanted to add that I did this the week I bought my '02. Looks excellent.
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I came here expecting to see something completely different looks sick though, smooth work.
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