That is some fine craftsmanship Evan. Got any tips?
Yes, follow the directions from Rob's post that I gave above ( http://celicagarage.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1185
)Leave the lights in the oven for a full 15 mins
, and you won't have to put them back in as many times when prying them apart (the glue gets hard as a rock when it cools down). TAKE YOUR TIME, and be patient
so you don't break anything: there are lots of very small and fragile parts within the headlight housing.Use 3 LIGHT coats of paint
, as opposed to 1 or 2 heavier coats so you won't get any drips or runs. It'll also help to get even coverage, that way. When you're all done painting and ready to assemble the headlights, heat up the "bottom" half to soften the old glue.
Then apply some liquid silicone in the "groove" and place the "top" piece into position. Remember to hurry and put the screws in before the glue hardens again.
And final tip, DON'T START YOUR HOUSE ON FIRE
I forgot to turn the oven OFF on the first light and nearly burned the towel I had sitting in there.. the first clue was the smoke