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#1 Thirteen13

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 04:56 PM

Hey guys,
As requested here is my version of repainting OEM headlights and giving them a clean up.
Although this focuses specifically on 7th gen celica, my research came from seeing how other people did it, as the method is basically the same for any car.

Equipment Required for Repaint and polish up

Oven big enough for 1 headlight which gets to 100C/220F
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Heatgun
A tool to get under the lens, i used a crappy butter knife.
Phillips head screwdriver
10mm socket
Paint
Polish
Heatproof silicon sealant
Heat proof glove

* I read that many people used all sorts of paint. Some people run stock bulbs, others run HID. I plan on HID, so i picked a 500C Engine Enamel paint. Same stuff you paint your engine with. Many other guides dont mention specifically what type of paint but i find this will be important point to mention as you could buy low temp paint and potentially melt it and cause problems. Bulbs get hot and you need materials to stand the heat.

Also for polishing the headlights i only used polish, but read on for more details


Guide:

1. Remove your headlights. 3 Bolts, 1 at top, 1 near front bar, 1 behind front bar. I managed to remove my headlights without taking the front bar off. Just undid the 4 bolts that hold the front bar in the engine bay.



2. With the headlights removed its time to open them up. If you are using the oven ensure you preheat it to 100c/220f. I used a heatgun as my oven is too small. If you use own, lay the headlight on something heatproof/ baking paper/towel etc. Laying it on a hot rack will melt the plastic.


If you use a heatgun, be patient take your time, heat the glue slowly and work carefully. If you rush and break stuff it can get very expensive.


3. With the lens out, place the black housing in a safe place to ensure your lights and internal bits dont get broken or dirty.

4. Remove the 2 screws that hold the clear cover from the lens. The clear cover is what we will paint. The lens is what we polish.

5. Starting with the clear cover. I used presol to remove any residue it could have from factory. Give it a wipe down, let it dry.

6. Choose if you want to have the headlight looking dark, or give it a dark tint. If you want total dark, paint the top side (side that sits directly under the lens. If you want a tint. Do the under side. As its clear it shines through.

7. Give it light dusted coats. Ensure your painting area is mostly dust free and you wont get oversprey on anything. It dries very quickly, esp on a hot sunny day. Allow 10minutes between dustings

8. I didnt feel my headlights where so cloudy they needed sanding or a harsh abrasive. I used Meguiars Ultimate Compound. I saw others using it, and had some on the shelf and its really amazing stuff. Get 2 clean rags. Then just buff
the stuff on. I did inside and outside to ensure a good finish.

9. Once the plastic shell is painted time to reassemble. Reheat oven to remelt the glue otherwise, place the lens unit into the housing and begin to heat it all up to get the glue to reset. Press it in and work it in so its firm and back in place.

10. Once its all set, run silicon sealant around the edging to ensure a water tight seal is created.


Headlight Apart.
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This paint and test stick
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Unpolished, Stock Compared to Polished and Blackened
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From This
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To This
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Edited by Thirteen13, 31 August 2012 - 04:56 PM.

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#2 CelicaGTSZR19

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 06:37 PM

Such a good job man, it looks really good. I'm not sure if I should do it to mine because its the dark mica blue and not to sure if black looks as good on blue as it does on white. I also wanted to save up the $500 to get the Halo lights but it seems like a waste of money. Lastly because knowing my luck I'd re-install them upside down or something :P
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:19 PM

I've heard many people say just about everything bar OEM is garbage and cracks, melts, discolours. Plus it cost me $40 in materials and its OEM compared to $300+ for replica.junk. I've used high temp heat resistant paint to withstand headlight heat. Esp if hid go in

It's definately worth doing. Black lights suit everything.
Personally halo are ricey. Unless its stock option spend that money on a nice quality set of hid that serve a function and improve the car appearance.

Edited by Thirteen13, 31 August 2012 - 07:23 PM.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:04 PM

hei..that looks fantastic mate!
u should change ur dp..=]

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 10:45 PM

When I read the title and started reading I was concerned.

But you painted the correct bits and more importantly left the correct bits. Looks good + rep.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 10:46 PM

looks agressive! nice

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:14 PM

ME GUSTA!!!!

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 12:17 AM

Cheers guys. Ill eventually get around to some better pics and ill touch up the write up as I know what im talking about but others might not.
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Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:43 AM

A little update for anyone interested in the long term effect of this mod. 4 Months ago i did this.

Ive since installed HID's. Paint still holding up well and hasnt bubled, run, cracked, discoloured. Looks as good as the day i painted it. The plastic lens havent discoloured after the de-oxide cut. They have stilled remained that sharp, clear niceness.
I apply wax generally once a week/fortnight/month(if im lazy) and they are still holding up.

Would highly recommend the de-oxide job as ts basically a buff and wax and very simple. For those more adventurous and want a more aggresive look, then the black out job.
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:31 PM

What level K HID's are you running? and what brand? if you can remember.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:57 PM

8000K, Dont remember brand, i picked them up off another member on here and still running strong. Definately worth it!
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:18 PM

I'm going to do mine this week, want to throw me the brand of Silicone you used. I was thinking Sika-flex but would rather hear about your reliable choice.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:44 PM

I used an automotive silicon cause its what i had laying around, but just use anything to seal plastic together, It does sit in a hottish area, but i bet most silicon will be fine.

My headlights started to go a little bit off again, so gave them a good buff and chucked some wax on them and let it dry whilst waxing the car and after i buffed that off, they went Crystal clear again!

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 07:35 PM

Gonna have to buy a heat gun soon.

Out of interest though, How powerful is your heat gun Thirteen13? 2000W Or it shouldn't matter?

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:38 PM

ummm cant rememeber, dont need much heat, to much and youll melt stuff.. 80c or so is enough. Mine goes to 600c or so.
Take it nice, slow and carefully.
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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:57 PM

you did a very good job

however, i spotted a mistake in your painting.
you painted a chrome bit, which shouldnt get painted at all

here an example for a red one, where the chrome bit under the bulb is still intact
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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:20 PM

you did a very good job

however, i spotted a mistake in your painting.
you painted a chrome bit, which shouldnt get painted at all

here an example for a red one, where the chrome bit under the bulb is still intact


I painted that bit black as well, what's the issue with it being black?

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:38 PM

something about reflecting the lights
the original JDM version is chrome there

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:58 PM

That reflector, I believe the light source instead of beaming forward. Make's the light wider covering more road such as curbs and all that. I think..... My guess anyways.

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ummm cant rememeber, dont need much heat, to much and youll melt stuff.. 80c or so is enough. Mine goes to 600c or so.
Take it nice, slow and carefully.


Shame a hair dryer won't work. :laugh2:

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:09 PM

Shame a hair dryer won't work. :laugh2:


I see what you did there. I painted it black and have no problem and I can't change it back haha. Ignorance is bliss I guess

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 10:06 AM

That plate wasn't chrome or shiny its a piece of aluminium. It hasn't seemed to effect the lighting much that I can notice
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Posted 09 January 2014 - 01:13 AM

Done mine last year. Here is my final result. :)

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 02:38 PM

Nice work man! I painted the reflector thinking it too needed to be painted but it hasn't disrupted my vision or quality of the lights from what it used to be in my opinion but then again I guess it serves a purpose. 



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 05:00 PM

Thanks.

I only kept my reflector due to excessive image browsing. I have looked at it at night, my HID's do make it shine ; its just a piece of the headlights.  So doesn't matter, I guess comes down to preference when painting.


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 03:16 PM

wasn't really preference lol I saw what thirteen did and copied XD



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Posted 03 October 2016 - 12:30 PM

Reviving this old thread (Or bump): Planning to do the same, just picked up a pair of OEM 2nd hand for $80 a set from an unfortunate seller (his celica got written off - he had eBay halos, so his stock were safe).

Probably upload new pics next week of following for other celica followers to check out.






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