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shoulin
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shoulin Jan 7, 7:30am - #367513 

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Pics of headlights PAINTED :)

hey there peeps i finally broke down and did the ole oven trick today and painted the inside of my headlights graphite, matches my gunmetal rims and my soon to be carbon fiber raised Hood scoop smile

i followed the guide posted by RoB at celicagarage http://www.celicagarage.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1185


i HIGHLY reccomend this HowTo, i followed it exactly and i ended up with perfect results, heres some pics of the process

the problem that drove me to do this smile...
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my car before...
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headlights apart...
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insides removed...
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second inside getting ready for paint...
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the paint i used...
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always had the instructions handy smile...
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my helper smile... helped me bend the tabs back with the heat gun...
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the final product...
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i will take some daytime pics tomorrow.
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cycocelica Jan 7, 7:36am - #367514 

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looks good thumbsup thumbsup i really want to do this
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JAYD Jan 7, 7:50am - #367515 

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Thats looks really good.. Nice job thumbsup
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shoulin Jan 7, 7:52am - #367516 

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thanks man smile it took all day but it was worth it
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Johnsgt Jan 7, 7:58am - #367517 
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Looks really nice. Good job thumbsup
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ToiletPaper Jan 7, 7:58am - #367518 
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RyCeCuBe Jan 7, 8:05am - #367519 

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freaking nice! thumbsup

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eclipseturbogsx Jan 7, 8:06am - #367520 

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nice...i may have to do this now. spineyes
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Walker Jan 7, 8:26am - #367521 

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yee i now what ill be doin next after i finished with gauges and the rest of dash
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Joey Jan 7, 9:27am - #367522 

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i thought condensation was a common problem with people who painted their headlights but you got it before...weird wtf whats up with that? and it always seems to be the right side. i only got condensation after i painted them but i learned to live with it frown

they turned out nice. good job thumbsup
i really like how the celica looks with black housing
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Virgilson Jan 7, 4:13pm - #367523 

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damn that bad ass... thumbsup
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robare99 Jan 7, 4:25pm - #367524 

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That looks so awesome! I loved how mine look after I was done. the best part is that it's underneath the plastic cover and looks totally clean & custom! grin Nice shot of your helper! I wasn't sure if they had the same paint in the USA but it looks like they do.
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hector Jan 7, 4:53pm - #367525 

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i love it!!! thumbsup
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Traviesa86 Jan 7, 4:55pm - #367526 

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that looks really good...i wanna see the daytime pics thumbsup

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Zero Jan 7, 6:06pm - #367527 

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damn everyone is doing this. its super seksi thumbsup

Hey Joey, did you use a silicone sealer when you got finished? that could be the reason why you're still getting condensation.

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Blue Batmobile Jan 7, 6:39pm - #367528 
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Nice job smile.

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mrluilou Jan 7, 6:43pm - #367529 

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Lookin nice man and your car looks sweet too thumbsup

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mrluilou Jan 7, 6:45pm - #367530 

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Hey is that the only color for that & where did you buy it at?

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GTS_Rosh Jan 7, 6:45pm - #367531 

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If only someone out there was able to buy an extra set of Celica Headlights, do the blackout paint job...then start selling it /w exchange for stock headlights...then keep going like that. It would be a sweet deal, I'd pay good money for that! Cause the real JDM headlights are way too expensive.
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SmutasticGT Jan 7, 8:11pm - #367532 

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thumbsup thumbsup looks badass haha i used the same stuff to paint my wheels lol
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shoulin Jan 7, 8:11pm - #367533 

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i shouldnt have anymore condensation, after i reheated the lights and put them backtogether i ran a bead of silicone arround the lights on the outside to makesure i had a 100% seal
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SSCarbonGTS Jan 8, 12:28am - #367534 

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Nice !

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Sultan Jan 8, 2:09am - #367535 

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now imagine how the TRD headlights would look... wink
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celicafourotwo Jan 8, 2:31am - #367536 

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i need to redo mine with the same color..cuz i used Testor Black and it don't show the rigid line at all..too dark..
how many coat did you put on??

look nicesssss..

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Clos Jan 8, 4:31am - #367537 
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esko Jan 8, 4:51am - #367538 

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nice job, im considering doing that to mine now.

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Joey Jan 8, 4:58am - #367539 

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Originally Posted by Zero

Hey Joey, did you use a silicone sealer when you got finished? that could be the reason why you're still getting condensation.


NO. thats probably the reason why...i did add some later but i still get condensation. its not sealed well along the lower edge of the headlight so that might be why, i'm just too lazy to take off my bumper again
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SilvrGTS Jan 8, 4:26pm - #367540 

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nice job thumbsup
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sbocaj55 Jan 8, 6:35pm - #367541 

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Sweet job...ur thread looks exactly like mine did oh about 2.5 weeks ago...lol...except my condensation was way worse...and was frozen..haha. But i used the same paint...used silicone sealer...and yeah it definitely looks amazing...soooo much better than stock and well worth the labor. Congrats!

oh and i also used the same guide...thanks robare wave
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shoulin Jan 8, 6:49pm - #367542 

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Originally Posted by celicafourotwo
i need to redo mine with the same color..cuz i used Testor Black and it don't show the rigid line at all..too dark..
how many coat did you put on??

look nicesssss..




i think i know why you dont see any of the "ridges" on yours, i think you painted the top of the insert, the smooth side, we painted the inside of our inserts on the ribbed side

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shoulin Jan 8, 6:50pm - #367543 

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i will take some daytime pics when it stops being windy and rainy as hell out there frown
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robare99 Jan 8, 8:45pm - #367544 

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Originally Posted by sbocaj55
Sweet job...ur thread looks exactly like mine did oh about 2.5 weeks ago...lol...except my condensation was way worse...and was frozen..haha. But i used the same paint...used silicone sealer...and yeah it definitely looks amazing...soooo much better than stock and well worth the labor. Congrats!

oh and i also used the same guide...thanks robare wave


No problemo. But the real credit goes to this guy...

http://members.inteliport.net/~easye/headlights.htm he's the one with the balls big enough to do it in the first place! Then... more props to this guy...
(tony)

https://www.celicahobby.com/ubbthreads/thread.f_1869867144_0_collapsed_2__1.html

When I read the first link, I really wanted to do it but I wasn't too crazy about the headlights being all pried apart so that kept me from doing it. But when I read the second link and seen how he was able to get it apart & keep the light all clean and smooth, that made me want to do it! I just took pics along the way, adding any tips & mistakes to avoid. grin It's definately one of my favorite mods!!! Soooo awesome looking. All for the price of a can of paint!
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CELIBORGY Jan 9, 7:05am - #367545 
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bmw52786 Jan 9, 8:18am - #367546 

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very nice job man!! thumbsup

maybe ill get enough balls to do it one day, dont want to screw anything up...

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fonz182 Jan 9, 8:36am - #367547 

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celica209 Jan 10, 9:18am - #367548 

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i just finished doing mine about aan hour ago i used the graphite paint only $4.88 at auto zone and it looks sweet!! i love it for anyone hesitating to do this mod it is definetly worth it! i had no help at all and it took me about 5 hours the long part is waiting for the paint to dry but its a easy mod to do just follow the instructions step by step. It looks like c/f to me but yea i love them! grin
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Barrett18 Jan 10, 10:56am - #367549 

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i've waited on this one for a long time because i didn't want to f*** anything up, but i guess it looks pretty easy, and i have absolutely no money after buying rims laughsilly

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VSGTS14 Jan 11, 3:35am - #367550 

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ok i have a question

when you have to heat them up, what do you put the headlight on?
i put in a towel, but it burns and made the towel damp, but then it gets condensation and still burns...am i using the wrong type or something?
is there any other way, someone run it by me again.

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sickcelica696 Jan 11, 3:59am - #367551 
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billy, my towel burned also, parents thought i was lighting the house on fire, thats normal, just use an old towel. second of all a couple pictures down i see you took off the water overflow relieve valves, was this in the instructions and necessary? because i didn't do that..but it still works fine so i guess its all good
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did it smoke your oven up though? im afraid to do that shit.

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Larry_GTS Jan 11, 4:29am - #367553 
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mine look like that , but they came like it grin
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robare99 Jan 11, 6:07am - #367554 

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I put a towel on a cookie tray. I think I only heated my oven up to 350. Then right after I put the light (on the towel on the tray) in the oven, I turned the oven offf & let it cool for 15 minutes with the light in. No smoke or anything.

Be sure to take the cookie sheet with the towel out of the oven or it will scorch when you reheat the oven. I learned this the hard way. Use an old towel. grin Yeah I was hesitant at first but enough people had done it that I felt confident enough to do it. The results are SOOOO worth it.
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shoulin Jan 11, 8:12am - #367555 

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Originally Posted by robare99
I put a towel on a cookie tray. I think I only heated my oven up to 350. Then right after I put the light (on the towel on the tray) in the oven, I turned the oven offf & let it cool for 15 minutes with the light in. No smoke or anything.

Be sure to take the cookie sheet with the towel out of the oven or it will scorch when you reheat the oven. I learned this the hard way. Use an old towel. grin Yeah I was hesitant at first but enough people had done it that I felt confident enough to do it. The results are SOOOO worth it.


yep between my first and second light i smoked up the kitchen with the towel in, but if you put the towel in after you heat up the oven you will have nuthing burn, even at 350 degrees you can comfortably place the headlight and towel in with your bare hands without them feeling too hot, just avoid the sides of the oven.
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thanks, i'll do it again today thumbsup

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