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Evan Apr 5, 9:19pm - #145622 

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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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Evan Apr 5, 9:21pm - #145624 

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another before
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and another before
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Evan Apr 5, 9:21pm - #145626 

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removed the headlights
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here they are out
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Evan Apr 5, 9:22pm - #145628 

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apart, after baking
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Evan Apr 5, 9:22pm - #145629 

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first coat of paint
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Evan Apr 5, 9:23pm - #145630 

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second coat - I did three total, but the third coat was just spot painting
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Evan Apr 5, 9:23pm - #145631 

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Installed this morning
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Evan Apr 5, 9:24pm - #145634 

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here's some closer shots
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one more after this
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last one. Here, you can see they match my front emblem grin
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spaztikid Apr 5, 9:27pm - #145639 
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looks really clean thumbsup

good job.
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looks awesome eek ...when you putting the rims on? then all you need is a new front

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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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00GTShope Apr 5, 9:28pm - #145642 

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that looks really good! thumbsup
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Evan Apr 5, 9:30pm - #145643 

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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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5280vvti Apr 5, 9:30pm - #145644 

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Very clean! Good job on the project goodjob
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awesome! thumbsup thumbsup

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Evan Apr 5, 9:52pm - #145646 

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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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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


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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Evan Apr 5, 9:55pm - #145648 

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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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JAIMEJAMES Apr 5, 10:02pm - #145649 

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looks great. i may do mine someday...

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Steven Apr 5, 10:21pm - #145650 
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That is some fine craftsmanship Evan. Got any tips?
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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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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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10celica10 Apr 5, 10:43pm - #145654 
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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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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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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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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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se7enmodgt20 Apr 5, 11:10pm - #145658 
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that look's sweet i wanna do it!!!! thumbsup
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Thanks man!!! i cant wait!!
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Thanks man!!! i cant wait!!
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Thanks man!!! i cant wait!!
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no need for 3...i think he gets the point after the first one

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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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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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sappemall99 Apr 6, 12:04am - #145665 

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damn paintin headlights is where its at, BTW looks hella clean dog, flows wit tha car nicley thumbsup

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Originally Posted by 10celica10
Thanks man!!! i cant wait!!

nice triple post lol

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Sultan Apr 6, 1:28am - #145667 

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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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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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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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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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how did i miss this confused

looks really sw33t thumbsup
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