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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-22-2008, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy painting and baking my headlights

Hey just an idear I want to paint my headlight housings.... what temp do u need to set the oven at to bake the headlights apart?? Let me know asap I wanna do it saturday....

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o god I did this one....why I bought projectors lets put it that way. I don't remember what the temp was. I wouldn't do it just cause of my bad experience.

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set it on a low temp ~200F bake just long enough for the sealant to loosen up. not sure how long that is tho.

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I think 15 minutes I remember that part don't quote me on it

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idk if its that long. but i could be wrong. iwas thinking 5-10

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i will be painting mine too, as soon as my back up set gets here anyway...

i read on another site that it's 200 degrees, but i forget how long to bake them.


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I painted mine, it isnt that bad...

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I baked them at 200 for 10 minutes...prob should have went to 15 minutes to loosen the adheisive a little more...

When you get them out of the oven, be careful they will be hot, the plastic will cool off fast so you can handle them. Start at the corners and work your way from there. As soon as you can touch them start...don't wait cause the adhesive will cool and you will have to bake them again.

The little tabs that hold the lens on....yeah expect to brake a few...lol

Ive heard of people reusing the original sealant that is on there, regardless, go buy some Clear Permatex...GET THAT BRAND....Its only like 5 or 6 bucks...when you have them put back together, use the Permatex on the outside of the seal and make sure its water proof, you dont want moisture getting in there.

Here is a pic from another thread where you can see mine....ignore the salt...lol


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Very nice nugz. I didn't even realize that you did that (maybe cuz I'm used to seeing mine painted).

200 degrees for 15-20 minutes. I went the whole 20 and they pulled apart just fine.

I agree with nugz on the sealant. I didn't put sealant on mine but you can never be to sure.... you'd hate to have to pull them back apart clean them up and then seal them again.

As for the tabs......AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!! I hate those things!

Also when you put them back togther do one at a time (you probably won't be able to fit them both in your oven anyways) and make sure you press and hold them together nice and tight. You could use tape to hold them tight (that's what i did).

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i did 300 for 7-10
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post #10 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-23-2008, 10:59 AM
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if you are going to paint them black... just get the ones off of e-bay... save yourself the trouble..
 
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