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i really want to paint my headlights, but... #383178 Jan 25, 3:07pm Jan 25, 3:07pm
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i really want to paint my headlights, but...
i am really intimidated by the whole process. and my car is my daily driver. i have have to use it early every morning. is this something that is difficult to do? is it hard to mess it up?

Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: SwiftCelGTS] #383179 Jan 25, 3:14pm Jan 25, 3:14pm
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i did it when i was nervous also, dont worry about it. I had hella condesation in them lights that just had to come out. Starting at 8am with ample breaks and saftey I easily had it done by 12pm. Its like 30min to take lights apart being careful them first time, and then however long it takes you to paint them. I really dont think its hard to mess it up unless you snap something. Just take it slow when pulling the two shells apart from each other, any other questions feel free to ask

Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: sickcelica696] #383180 Jan 25, 3:15pm Jan 25, 3:15pm
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o yea, heres a quick pic of how they turned out

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Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: sickcelica696] #383181 Jan 25, 3:16pm Jan 25, 3:16pm
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another

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Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: sickcelica696] #383182 Jan 25, 3:18pm Jan 25, 3:18pm
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i did mine and i'm not satisifed with krylon fusion and painted on the top part of the plastic, so it was a bit more tedious.
i don't have patience and i'm not a good painter
i plan on just getting new 05 lights that look normal and a carbon fiber Hood


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Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: VSGTS14] #383183 Jan 25, 3:25pm Jan 25, 3:25pm
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well some people can't just pull parts from everywhere like you billy tongue a little time and patience is all it takes

Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: sickcelica696] #383184 Jan 25, 3:26pm Jan 25, 3:26pm
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you have to take off your bumper cry

Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: SwiftCelGTS] #383185 Jan 25, 3:44pm Jan 25, 3:44pm
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lol, i'm takin time to get this stuff rofl
i just SUCK at painting spineyes


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Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: VSGTS14] #383186 Jan 25, 3:53pm Jan 25, 3:53pm
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you dont have to remove bumper unless you got fiberglass, just bend corner back a tad

Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: sickcelica696] #383187 Jan 25, 4:02pm Jan 25, 4:02pm
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Originally Posted by sickcelica696
you dont have to remove bumper unless you got fiberglass, just bend corner back a tad


i've got urethane thumbsup

Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: SwiftCelGTS] #383188 Jan 25, 4:43pm Jan 25, 4:43pm
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The stock bumper wasnt that much of a hassle for me to remove. I dunno about the TRD front, though - esp. if its the stock bumper for your car.

here's a scary thought/story for you Darrell, i was trying to paint my rice tails to have a black housing (like tgts2000's) tycs. well i put them in the oven and fucked up. i was impatient which lead me to bending the plastic cover frown Now i gave up on the project. All i need is a heat-gun to reshape the plastic with more control than putting it in the oven.

moral of the story: two wrongs dont make a right. but three rights make a left lollol


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Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: Zero] #383189 Jan 25, 4:46pm Jan 25, 4:46pm
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well no.1) its the same to remove, just undo the one 10mm bolt in wheel well behind the plastic, then pull edge out maybe 2-3in. and no.2) dont try and paint cheap tailights rofl

Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: sickcelica696] #383190 Jan 25, 7:48pm Jan 25, 7:48pm
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rofl wave


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Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: Zero] #383191 Jan 26, 7:34am Jan 26, 7:34am
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my TRD bumper didn't come factory installed. i've actually got a wings west kit with a TRD front.

Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: SwiftCelGTS] #383192 Jan 26, 8:53am Jan 26, 8:53am
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one time i saw pics of a black car that had the headlights painted black. they were really good pictures. anybody happen to have a link to those? it was a while back that they were posted.

Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: SwiftCelGTS] #383193 Jan 28, 7:50am Jan 28, 7:50am
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i think i'm just gonna get eyelids

Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: SwiftCelGTS] #383194 Jan 28, 4:16pm Jan 28, 4:16pm
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Dude it's so easy. once you do it you'll wonder why you thought is was so hard.
I did. thumbsup


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Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: Live42day] #383195 Jan 28, 5:19pm Jan 28, 5:19pm
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Originally Posted by Live42day
Dude it's so easy. once you do it you'll wonder why you thought is was so hard.
I did. thumbsup


yeah honestly. No one in my family has ANY car knowledge or mechanical background of any sort...so me doing this was a big deal in my mind. It honestly takes no time to totally remove your bumper...especially if you have a friend to help you make sure you don't get dings and scratches on it...i mean...i was really nervous but it turned out beautifully and i'm very very glad i did it...i just took one saturday and dedicated it to my car and it was awesome...i'd just make sure you tape off that plastic piece well...and please paint the underside not the top... thumbsup

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Re: i really want to paint my headlights, but... [Re: sbocaj55] #383196 Jan 28, 6:29pm Jan 28, 6:29pm
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yea if you do paint them, it'll work with the underside much better than the top.
that was my problem, i did the top.


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i ordered some eyelids instead, but thanks for the info everyone. i could always change my mind down the road and sell the eyelids to do this.

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