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Author My DIY smoked headlights
Avix87
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21st Mar 08 at 17:58   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Decided to tackle this as abit of a diy job and see what happened,

Step 1 : Buy lights


Step 2 : Remove all electrics and add very hot water into a bucket containing the light ( i did so gradually, so not to break the glass)


Step 3 : Now that the glue has softened, remove clips and pry apart with a knife/screwdriver, should get something like this


Step 4 : Prep the chrome part of the light for paint


Step 5 : Painted ( i used satin black)




Step 6 : Heat up the glue again (it was a hot day so i just left it in the sun, otherwise use a heat gun/hairdryer) and put the lights back together
(standard light next to my smoked one)



Step 7 : Remove old lights


Step 8 : Fit new ones





That was my day
Some people might see it as a 'step backwards' styling wise with me taking the angels off, but im aiming more towards the OEM look

Thanks for looking
antscorsa
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21st Mar 08 at 17:59   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

looks much better than those old lights!!!
top job u seal them back up with an extra silicone layer?
DimDG
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21st Mar 08 at 18:00   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

They look like the proper factory-made ones! Well done, great job there!
j10E W
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21st Mar 08 at 18:01   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i did this with some mk4 astra lights baked them in the oven tho to get the glue to soften up

works a treat!!
16V_1600
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21st Mar 08 at 18:18   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Nice work mate, looks
Jez_B
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21st Mar 08 at 18:19   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

May have to do this, looking good mate.
Avix87
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quote:
Originally posted by antscorsa
looks much better than those old lights!!!
top job u seal them back up with an extra silicone layer?

Glad someone agrees, already got abit of ragging over here about them
No didnt feel the need for it really, so we'll wait and see if they mist up
Avix87
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21st Mar 08 at 18:21   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Jez_B
May have to do this, looking good mate.

Also note that these lights arent the orginals ie, ALOT easier to split
little_duke
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21st Mar 08 at 18:21   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i like your old lights.where did you get your clear depo's from.i got one i need a driver side one
Avix87
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quote:
Originally posted by little_duke
i like your old lights.where did you get your clear depo's from.i got one i need a driver side one

Oh and i forgot to mention im from Africa
nova_gteuk
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21st Mar 08 at 18:27   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

its easier to just stick then in the oven,thats how i did mine.

rather than in a bucket of water
little_duke
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oh,well thats stuffed it?

how mcuh do they work out each
lil_g
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21st Mar 08 at 18:29   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I like them. A lot
Avix87
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quote:
Originally posted by little_duke
oh,well thats stuffed it?

how mcuh do they work out each


Lights were R210 each, and i had paint already, so about...30-35pounds
little_duke
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21st Mar 08 at 18:31   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Avix87

Oh and i forgot to mention im from Africa


i wondered how you said you heated the glue with the sun....its tipping down of rain here !!!!

Avix87
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quote:
Originally posted by little_duke
quote:
Originally posted by Avix87

Oh and i forgot to mention im from Africa


i wondered how you said you heated the glue with the sun....its tipping down of rain here !!!!




waj27
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21st Mar 08 at 18:56   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yeah its also easy to use a heat gun i did 2 sets the other day. one set of clear headligths and depos but i droped the left hand side clear ligth and the glass broke. jack ass i know lol

so if any one has a left hand side clear ligth let me know.



[Edited on 21-03-2008 by waj27]
csweatherston
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you should make 10+ sets of these and put them on ebay for 60

im sure thats what GBK did.
waj27
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well i was going to put the depos up for sell but because i drop the clear one, i have to use the depos for now till i can find the glass. i prob swap if any one got the glass
Jez_B
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21st Mar 08 at 19:24   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

So they arent originals? but i could always do it with originals by heating it in the oven? yeah?
notts.pirate
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they look pretty good my man
little_duke
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no,originals are heard to prise apart.depo's or crystals are alot easier
Avix87
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quote:
Originally posted by Jez_B
So they arent originals? but i could always do it with originals by heating it in the oven? yeah?

They are orginal depo's, just clear ones, as we dont get the smoked ones here, however,

They are not orginal GM parts which are sealed for life, and if you managed to unseal those, you might just be the son of god
Jez_B
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21st Mar 08 at 19:34   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

lol fair enough.
Mark.W
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excellent job there mate well done,they are no different to my originally smoked depos

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