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Old 08-14-2012, 08:44 AM   #841
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That antenna is pretty neat!
^This now I am thinking of shaving my antenna
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:46 AM   #842
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Yeah I might now too. lol I have a stubby antenna on anyways.
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:48 AM   #843
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i like the 'tenna

might have to shave mine now too.
you see what you started... gees...
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:27 AM   #844
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damnit now I have to get rid of my antenna...haha looks good Bryan!
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:27 PM   #845
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I've been digging through this thread, mostly because your car is awesome and because I'll be painting my Machs in the near future, hopefully this weekend. I want to do satin black surrounds, with charcoal/chrome rings, like UtahSVT did:


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Unfortunately, during shipping, the guts (high and low beam fixture) broke loose from there adjustment screws and is now just flopping around inside.
happened to me as well. Just on the drivers side light though. I superglued the fixture to the little white piece that attached to the adjustment ball, hopefully all will be fine. I pulled out all of the wiring and guts, and will be opening them up soon.

I was wondering, do you have any neat tips/tricks for opening the headlights, painting them, polishing the lenses, reassembling, etc?
Sounds like everything went pretty well for you, hopefully does the same for me!

My plan is straightforward:
1. Use oven and knife/screwdriver to separate lights. 225 degrees, check every 10 mins or so.
2. Sand inserts with 800 grit, prime, tape off chrome, paint charcoal, tape off charcoal, paint black, clear??, let dry
3. Use Meguire's/3M/whatever headlight restoring product on lenses.
4. Reassemble lights, guts, and wiring.
5. Use black RTV to seal up.
6. Complete any necessary wiring.
7. Install Euro grille.
8. Post pictures on FF.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:34 PM   #846
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that sounds pretty accurate.
i used krylon on mine. i did all black.
oven trick works well. i used heat gun myself

strapping/clamping is tricky to hold them solidly together as the sealant cures. i used tiedown straps padded with towels as to not mess up the lens. but there has to be a better way.

IMHO,
i think you machs would look sick As if you did color match. just my 2 cents
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strapping/clamping is tricky to hold them solidly together as the sealant cures. i used tiedown straps padded with towels as to not mess up the lens. but there has to be a better way.
That's the one step I'm kinda iffy on how to do. I'll try that as long as no better method prevails.

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i think you machs would look sick As if you did color match. just my 2 cents
You mean to paint all the chrome parts sonic blue? Not sure I'd like that, they'd look too much like the Hella projector lights then. I am considering adding a small blue ring or lip or something like that, like this photoshop:

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yes, i meant all the chrome blue. that insert simply removes from the inside of the headlight.
if you want an easy way to strip the chrome off, you can do a bleach/water solution.
it will "melt"/peel it right off.
i went to the dollar store and got 3 gallons of bleach and then just let them sit for like 30 minutes and used an old toothbrush to brush off the chrome.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:25 PM   #849
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the blue rings would look really good on sonic blue imo. i take it there's no LEDs in the machs?
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yes, i meant all the chrome blue.
Ehh. I'm not so sure I'd like it. Need photoshop first!!

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the blue rings would look really good on sonic blue imo. i take it there's no LEDs in the machs?
Nope, no LEDs halos. It'd be pretty awesome if they did! Your lights look amazing with them. That's why I'm thinking a blue ring would be a cool touch, kinda acts like a halo then.
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