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Ok, we FINALLY did this thing the right way and took some pics to help eveyone out. Here's the DIY, enjoy!

- Dupi-Color Gunmetal spray paint
- Alchohol and clean rag
- Heat gun/blowdryer (prefer the heat gun)
- Old ******* knife that you can destroy
- Oven big enough to fit the headlight on a tray in

The Process
First things first:

Remove the headlights from the car by taking off the front bumper (center plastic clips, 2 lower 10mm bolts, 2 screws under the bumper, 2 screws at each fender)
Then, remove the headlights by taking off the 4 10mm bolts from each headlight. Don't forget to disconnect the headlight connector and the corner bulb (once the headlight is free).
Ok, the headlights are now off the car and ready to be disected.

- Start by removing the light bulb from the housing.
- Preheat the oven to 325 deg.
- When the oven is ready, place the headlight housing onto a baking sheet and put it in the oven for appx. 2 min (you may need to repeat this step until the silicon is plyable enough to work with)

- Remove the housing from the oven (with the pan it's on)
- Place the housing on the counter or whatever surface you choose (we used a towel) and put the baking sheet in another spot as you will be using it again
- Use the blunt side of the knife to pry the outer plastic piece away from the housing. You will need to use the heat gun/blowdryer at this point to help you get it apart. Also, be aware of the little clips and be sure to unclip them without breaking or melting them

- With the clear housing now off, remove the 2 phillips-head screws holding the reflective piece to the clear lense and pull the chrome housing from the clear lense, but be careful to not get the silicon on the chrome piece

- Prepping the housing is easy, but requires patience: use the alchohol and rag and wipe all over the chrome piece. I rubbed enough to where the chrome was actually rubbing off. You will be painting over this part so that does not matter. BE SURE! to wipe into the crevaces very well or the paint will not stick.

- Let the alchohol dry COMPLETELY! and begin painting the housing by spraying very lightly. Do not spray a thick coat on yet, apply a VERY light coat and give it a couple of minutes to dry.

- When the first coat has set for a few minutes, apply a second, thicker coat, but be careful not to overwhelm one area as the paint will run and ruin your project. After this coat is applied, you may want to go work on your other headlight to give this housing enough time to dry.
- Keep applying coats until you are satisfied with the result

This part is a little extra that we decided to do on the fly:
I happen to have some spare Black Transparent Window Tinting model paint left from a model I did and the amber reflectors were just a little too bright for our liking. So, we sprayed the rough side of the amber reflector with a couple of quick coats of the paint. The result was AWESOME!!!!

back on track...
- Reinstall the painted piece into the clear housing and screw it down
- be careful not to get silicon on the painted piece as it will show through and make you very mad
- use the heat gun/blowdryer on the main housing edges to heat the silicon back up -- do this on the clear housing as well
- with both edges sticky, reinstall the clear housing back onto the main housing.
- use the heat gun/blowdryer to help you get the snaps back on
- with the housing as far on as you can get, place the headlight back onto the baking sheet and into the oven for another couple of minutes
- when you remove it, immediately place the headlight into clamps or have something to hold it together (we used an old towel, wrapped the headlight in the towel and duct taped around the towel as tighly as we could for about 10 minutes)


Here's how they turned out.

And, on the car.

1. DO NOT leave the baking sheet in the oven while you work on one headlight and just go set the headlight onto the sheet - THE HEADLIGHT WILL MELT!!! Always remove the sheet with the headlight and set it aside.

2. Patience is the best tool to have here. The paint runs very easily on the chrome surface so spray a bunch of thin coats

3. Don't force anything, if it's not working, step away from the project and come back to it. It's not worth breaking something when you're trying to upgrade.

4. You may have to place the housing in the oven for longer or shorter time spans to get it right. We used the heat gun more than anything, but be careful not to heat one spot for too long or it will melt.

That's it, I hope it helps eveyone. This was a SWEEEEET!! mod and his car looks uber cooler now.



Learned today that you can get the headlight apart much easier and faster by putting the headlight in the oven for 325 deg. for 2 min 45 sec. MUCH EASIER! FYI.

(comment) Did this today Here is a couple more tips that I didn't see:

1) Don't touch headlight bulb. Oil from your hand would cause it overheat later.
2) I used a couple of flat screwdrivers instead of the knife. By nudging those in the clips, I can open up the housing along the longitude (start from one end and go the other). Requires some muscle though, since the sealant is like A LOT duct tape goo.
3) If you overspray the reflector, and they become too dark, use brake cleaner to remove all the paint, and retry :)
4) Dont assemble lights until you got both of them done. So you can compare the color shades
5) Clean up the inside of the clear plastic before putting everything back together. Fingerprints on the inside would really suck :p
6) Took me the whole afternoon and part of the evening (4-5 hrs).



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my mate who is a spray painter by trade done a set but painted the inside black instead of grey, looks well good! you jus have to use a heat gun on the sealant to get them apart!

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I did this... haha. It was scary putting them in the oven, but it worked fine. You would never get that adhesive apart without putting them in the oven. I just used a heat gun to reseal them. I have had them on for a month and a half and no leaks yet.

If I could get real CTR lights for £100 then I would buy those, but they are like $500USD here.

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I figured if I was going to buy them anyway, then I could try this and if it didn't work I would buy them and if it did work I would save $500 + shipping. I still have $500 in pocket so far. saaweeeet :)

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Depends on what look you want. If you want exactly like the CTR, you can use a spray window tint, so it gives it a darker look while still having the shine of chrome.

I just wanted a darker look, along the lines of gun metal. I used an OEM Honda color called called dark graphite I believe. They turned out good. Way nicer than they used to be.

I did a few things different than that guy,
I used a lower heat for longer, I think it was 200°F for 13 minutes (If anyone wanted to know for sure, I could go back and check)
There is a bucket that the blinker bulb is in.I removed that bucket so it would still be reflective chrome when installed again.
I had to sand the chrome off. I used alcohol but the paint couldn't stick in some spots. I used light coats, but maybe they weren't light enough, maybe? *shrugs*

But I was very pleased with the outcome and would do it again. :D

Don't be afraid, it's scary putting your headlight in the oven, but you'll be okay ;)

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i wouldnt mind getting rid of the orangie plastic bit that covers the side indicator bulbs. My worry is condensation once the headlight has been taken apart , how bad is the problem of condensation or the moisture getting inside the headlamp sometimes forming little droplets ..
Great Write up mate :p

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was really really really easy! i put mine in the oven for 3 minutes at 250 and just bent the clips out all pulled the front of. I used some wet and dry on the chrome bit just so the paint took to it easier. I did mine just with primer. Look so much better.
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