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Apr 5, 2:19pm - #145622 
Painted Headlights - 56k forget it

Here's the paint and glue I used. The Paint is a Metallic Black from Rustoleum (coincidentally, the same paint I used to do my front emblem). The glue is liquid silicone, and both are available at your local hardware store.

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Apr 5, 2:20pm - #145623 
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Apr 5, 2:21pm - #145624 
another before

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Apr 5, 2:21pm - #145625 
and another before

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Apr 5, 2:21pm - #145626 
removed the headlights

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Apr 5, 2:21pm - #145627 
here they are out

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Apr 5, 2:22pm - #145628 
apart, after baking

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Apr 5, 2:22pm - #145629 
first coat of paint

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Apr 5, 2:23pm - #145630 
second coat - I did three total, but the third coat was just spot painting

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Apr 5, 2:23pm - #145631 
Installed this morning

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Apr 5, 2:23pm - #145632 
another installed

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Apr 5, 2:24pm - #145633 
more

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Apr 5, 2:24pm - #145634 
here's some closer shots

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Apr 5, 2:24pm - #145635 
another

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Apr 5, 2:25pm - #145636 
and another

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Apr 5, 2:25pm - #145637 
one more after this

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Apr 5, 2:25pm - #145638 
last one. Here, you can see they match my front emblem grin

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Apr 5, 2:27pm - #145639 
looks really clean thumbsup

good job.

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Apr 5, 2:27pm - #145640 
looks awesome eek ...when you putting the rims on? then all you need is a new front


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Apr 5, 2:28pm - #145641 
Originally Posted by celicaTRDgts
looks awesome eek ...when you putting the rims on? then all you need is a new front


In the next week or so. And I like my front tongue Might get the ww lip if they ever come out with one for the 03+ front wink


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Apr 5, 2:28pm - #145642 
that looks really good! thumbsup

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Apr 5, 2:30pm - #145643 
I forgot to mention that I painted the UNDERSIDE (in case you couldn't tell from the pics), as opposed to the topside. The difference is that if you do the bottom, you get the "ribbed" effect, as you can tell. If you paint the top, it looks smooth instead.

If you're thinking of doing this mod, Rob posted an AWESOME step-by-step with tons of pics here:

http://celicagarage.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1185


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Apr 5, 2:30pm - #145644 

Very clean! Good job on the project goodjob

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Apr 5, 2:50pm - #145645 
awesome! thumbsup thumbsup


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Apr 5, 2:52pm - #145646 
Originally Posted by VSGTS14
awesome! thumbsup thumbsup


Billy, you need to do this mod.. it would really go well with all the other black accents you have grin


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Apr 5, 2:54pm - #145647 
Originally Posted by Evan
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awesome! thumbsup thumbsup


Billy, you need to do this mod.. it would really go well with all the other black accents you have grin


I know, i don't want to paint though, i'm thinkin of getting the black headlights on the 04 celicas instead...


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Apr 5, 2:55pm - #145648 
Originally Posted by VSGTS14
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awesome! thumbsup thumbsup


Billy, you need to do this mod.. it would really go well with all the other black accents you have grin


I know, i don't want to paint though, i'm thinkin of getting the black headlights on the 04 celicas instead...


Tater's inserts would also look awesome (and be much cheaper than the '04 lights). thumbsup


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Apr 5, 3:02pm - #145649 
looks great. i may do mine someday...


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Apr 5, 3:21pm - #145650 
That is some fine craftsmanship Evan. Got any tips?

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Apr 5, 3:28pm - #145651 
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Apr 5, 3:33pm - #145652 
looks very clean, i really like them. thumbsup i would probubly do that if i wasent doing my own thing..mine should be out of the shop this weekend hopefully happywink

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Apr 5, 3:40pm - #145653 
I tried to do this myself, and after getting the headlights out, I realized that they wouldn't fit in my oven! rofl

Oh well, it wasn't all a loss, because I changed out my fog lights. frown


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Apr 5, 3:43pm - #145654 
You were saposed to help me with mine dammt!!! angry It looks AWESOME!!!! Im gonna do mine this week if you can help that be great! SWEET man i like it alot!

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Apr 5, 3:57pm - #145655 
Originally Posted by Steven
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 laughsilly 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 rofl


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Apr 5, 3:58pm - #145656 
Originally Posted by 10celica10
You were saposed to help me with mine dammt!!! angry It looks AWESOME!!!! Im gonna do mine this week if you can help that be great! SWEET man i like it alot!


rofl Sorry, like I said it was spur of the moment, otherwise I would've let you know before hand. I'll be glad to help you with yours thumbsup


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Apr 5, 4:01pm - #145657 
Steven, one more tip: don't bother removing the entire front bumper. Just take out a few screws from either side and you can have a friend pull the side of the bumper out while you unscrew the headlight bolt thumbsup


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Apr 5, 4:10pm - #145658 
that look's sweet i wanna do it!!!! thumbsup

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Apr 5, 4:18pm - #145659 
Thanks man!!! i cant wait!!

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Apr 5, 4:18pm - #145660 
Thanks man!!! i cant wait!!

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Apr 5, 4:18pm - #145661 
Thanks man!!! i cant wait!!

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Apr 5, 4:35pm - #145662 
no need for 3...i think he gets the point after the first one


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Apr 5, 4:36pm - #145663 
Originally Posted by celicaTRDgts

no need for 3...i think he gets the point after the first one


that was a system error; some of the other threads also have triple posts.

Like this one:

https://www.celicahobby.com/ubbthrea...#Post1869917109


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Apr 5, 4:36pm - #145664 
Originally Posted by celicaTRDgts
no need for 3...i think he gets the point after the first one


rofl

looks great btw evan thumbsup

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Apr 5, 5:04pm - #145665 
damn paintin headlights is where its at, BTW looks hella clean dog, flows wit tha car nicley thumbsup


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Apr 5, 6:26pm - #145666 
Originally Posted by 10celica10
Thanks man!!! i cant wait!!

nice triple post lol


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Apr 5, 6:28pm - #145667 
finally did it, eh Evan... came out pretty good.

I'll probably go Billy's route and get the black 04's - less work required grin

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Apr 5, 7:55pm - #145668 
Originally Posted by Sultan
finally did it, eh Evan... came out pretty good.

I'll probably go Billy's route and get the black 04's - less work required grin


laughsilly yeah it wasn't easy, I'll say that. But well worth it; I'm REALLY happy with how they turned out thumbsup


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Apr 5, 10:28pm - #145669 
Looks really great, nice work. When I saw the thread title I thought and was hoping this was going to be how to paint the headlight covers to get the TRD eyelid effect.


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Apr 5, 11:49pm - #145670 
Originally Posted by Sultan
finally did it, eh Evan... came out pretty good.

I'll probably go Billy's route and get the black 04's - less work required grin


does someone have picture of these??

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Apr 6, 7:06am - #145671 
how did i miss this confused

looks really sw33t thumbsup

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