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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-26-2010, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Paint/Resealing Questions

Sooo the other day one of my low beam on my pass side went out, It's an HID so either the ballast or the bulb burnt out, I don't really know or care. So that leaves me with one working headlight. . .so basically I just bought stockers on ebay for $80 and Ima paint em'. btw my gen two projectors w/ 2 8000k lows and 2 8000k highs are for sale(h1 & h7), idk whats wrong with them...the halos work fine though, so those will be up as soon as I get the stockers done, so if you want them claim them and gimme a price...

. . .and to the questions

1.) Is clearcoat suggested? also primer?

I plan on cooking them at 200F for 10 or so minutes...
pealing them apart, painting the exterior white assembly most likely also(with clear) and the little reflective lense will be nightshaded slightly...as for the blinker reflector, I'm thinkin' black....we'll see what kinda replies I get for that.

*trying to do this on a budget, so we'll see what I can do them for... =)

Also, I may put 2 VERY thin coats of VHT on the inside of the lense, along with a layer of clear, then buff them to even it all out and get it all glossy, well see....

and pics of what I got...

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2 Tubes of GE Premium Waterproof Silicone (clear)
1 Can of Krylon Gloss Black
1 Can of Krylon White Primer



And the Budget-

Silicone (x2) $7.44
Primer (x1) $2.97
Paint (x1) $2.97
Lights (set) $85.17
Total $98.55

As for the Nightshade, I may have some in my box o' stuff at home so that'll determine weather or not I do any...I'm satisfied with keeping this all under $100.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-26-2010, 07:10 PM
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GE makes a sealant for lexan and plexiglass...I would use that you can get it at Lowes in the aisle with the plexiglass.

I would prime and them

The HIDS won't mess with the paint at all

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I just resealed mine because they kept fogging up because they were not sealed right.

That's what i get for taking the easy route and buying them painted.

But anyway i opened them up and got the old and OEM crap out.
And put a nice heavy bead of the black silicone in and a good bead around the outside of them.

I got it at Advance Auto.

Advance Auto Parts: Black Silicone Adhesive Sealant by Permatex - Part 81173


Before they had some type of clear silicone that was not sticking at all to the plastic.
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GE makes a sealant for lexan and plexiglass...I would use that you can get it at Lowes in the aisle with the plexiglass.

I would prime and them

The HIDS won't mess with the paint at all
I actually just got that exact stuff, glad I got something someone has used by chance...lol

*OP updated*

also.

Q.) Do the clips that hole the lenses on easily unclip/move?

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They do break easy. On mine each light had one missing when i got the lights.
I also managed to break on too.
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i am in the process of painting a pair of SS headlights currently and i used a plastic primer and krylon fusion, first time i painted it orange peeled cuz of the humidity but more importantly you should def wetsand after priming and then lay on a coat of black then let that dry and wet sand the first couple coats of black and then put on your second round of coats of black. i did that and because it finally came out good i am going to use krylon crystal clear satin protective finish. Black RTV silicone is suggested by buyhids.com and the mechanic i talked to and thats what other ppl on here have used with good luck. with resealing you have to make sure that all the old factory oem sealant is out of the channels and when you put it on push it together as best as possible and then put it in the oven for a bit to heat the adhesive up then press it together again making sure the clips which i broke all of them haha are in the right position
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Do use primer and clear if you want. The hids won't harm the paint. I didn't use clear and used flat black paint to keep it looking stock. As far as resealing, just reuse the same grey glue it comes with. Don't remove any of it.

After ur done painting, put everything back together. Put the lens back on the back cover and squeeze it in a little. Then throw them back in the oven again for ten minutes. Take em out and close em shut. Works for me. And here's another little trick.

Throw in some packets of silica gel in the housing. That'll keep em from fogging up. Jut FYI. Lol

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Throw in some packets of silica gel in the housing. That'll keep em from fogging up. Jut FYI. Lol
never thought of that ^ thats a pretty damn good idea...
thanks cesar...im gonna have to just find something with it already, so I can keep it all under $100...haha...

also, my current headlights used to fog up, I just put a layer of silicone over the hole and TA-DA! we'll see what happens.

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