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Old 01-18-2013, 03:40 PM
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Blacked out headlight housing?

Does anyone have pictures of DIY blacked out housings? I found some DIY for 4th gens, but not 5th gens. Anyone ever do it? I'd like some before and after pics, and tell me what you used.
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Re: Blacked out headlight housing?

ive been thinking of painting the chrome parts inside that arent used. do you want to paint inside the housing? or just the lense?
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Re: Blacked out headlight housing?

pretty much theyll look like this



if you do it just make sure you keep the chrome behind the light or they wont shine as bright.
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Re: Blacked out headlight housing?

You can do that, or get Depo black housing lights, which is what I did. Not too expensive, and if you want to you can have the OEM lights retro-fitted or something.
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Re: Blacked out headlight housing?

I've done this.. I'll take pics tomorrow and show you how it looks.

It's a fairly simple process:
- take your headlights out,
- bake em in the oven on low setting for a few minutes to weaken the seal so that you can separate them;
- separate the housing from the rest of the fixture,
- paint it, let it dry,
- put everything back together
- bake em in the oven for a few minutes again
- after you remove them from the oven the second time, use a clamp of some sort ( or just squeeze together with your hands) to make sure the gasket sealant creates a solid seal.

There are two areas where you can go wrong here:
- Not sealing the headlights back together properly and leaving a leak will cause water to get inside. If you want, you could buy a tube of the black gasket sealant at your local auto parts store to create a new seal.

- If you do not place the headlight on a cooking pan or aluminum foil, the oven rack will melt lines into your headlight lens.

You can spend the money on some black housing lights to be on the safe side, but this method will work if you don't want to spend the $$ on a new housing. Your call.

And like Basic said, make sure you don't paint the chrome reflector piece.

If I had an extra set of headlights, I'd make a step by step DIY guide on the process. But I know when I did mine a couple years ago, I googled the process and found a guide on another forum and followed it.

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I've done this.. I'll take pics tomorrow and show you how it looks.

It's a fairly simple process:
- take your headlights out,
- bake em in the oven on low setting for a few minutes to weaken the seal so that you can separate them;
- separate the housing from the rest of the fixture,
- paint it, let it dry,
- put everything back together
- bake em in the oven for a few minutes again
- after you remove them from the oven the second time, use a clamp of some sort ( or just squeeze together with your hands) to make sure the gasket sealant creates a solid seal.

There are two areas where you can go wrong here:
- Not sealing the headlights back together properly and leaving a leak will cause water to get inside. If you want, you could buy a tube of the black gasket sealant at your local auto parts store to create a new seal.

- If you do not place the headlight on a cooking pan or aluminum foil, the oven rack will melt lines into your headlight lens.

You can spend the money on some black housing lights to be on the safe side, but this method will work if you don't want to spend the $$ on a new housing. Your call.

And like Basic said, make sure you don't paint the chrome reflector piece.
DO NOT use a clamp, you will distort the shape of the lens, ask me how i know ;). use some blue painters tape. squeeze the lens and body together, than a loop of tape, squeeze tape, squeeze tape. this way youll pull the 2 together slowly and evenly (and you wont rip the tape) also do this in an X pattern across the lens, again so its even.
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DO NOT use a clamp, you will distort the shape of the lens, ask me how i know ;). use some blue painters tape. squeeze the lens and body together, than a loop of tape, squeeze tape, squeeze tape. this way youll pull the 2 together slowly and evenly (and you wont rip the tape) also do this in an X pattern across the lens, again so its even.
Nice to know about the distortion. I didn't use a clamp when I did mine, I just squeezed mine together and held in place for a few minutes until it dried. The tape sounds like a much better idea.
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I'm guessing I shouldn't paint the whole lens because it will mess with the reflection of the light, the only reason the headlights above get away with it (and all of the aftermarket ones) is because the projectors stick out and don't rely on the reflection?

So unless I get a retrofit, don't paint the lens?
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Re: Blacked out headlight housing?

You gotta do it something like this



Obviously this is a 4th Gen light but same concept



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