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Old 09-15-2012, 03:31 PM   #1
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Baking headlights

So...got a pair of HID's to install, but one needs a new lens, and I'd like to paint the chrome frames black.

Read every baking thread I could find on the net...started at 200* for 15 mins. Seemed like the plastic of the housing softened more than the glue did. How hot is it safe to go with these lights, and for how long? One thread I read listed 300* as the heat used, for 15 or 20 mins.

Any suggestions on how to get these lenses off?

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Old 09-15-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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Ive only heard 200 anymore than that and u get cracking.
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Should they stay in longer? How soft is the seal supposed to get? I've had one light in and out 4 or 5 times, and it's still pretty well glued on...
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Should they stay in longer? How soft is the seal supposed to get? I've had one light in and out 4 or 5 times, and it's still pretty well glued on...
try using a butter knife on the glue after its soft
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I just did my lights a couple of days ago, I set the oven at 265 for 7 minutes per The Retrofit Source's instructions for melting their rubber butyl glue. I had some cardboard on the oven so I wouldn't melt lines in the headlight; I broke them apart with a screwdriver by starting at the corners closest to the grill.

At first I tried 225 for increments of 5 mins and I was struggling with pulling them apart.
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The key is to heat them slowly at low-ish heat so that it can penetrate, and use a cookie sheet. Work one corner to start. If you can, try to slice the sealer from the plastic housing (carefully) if it's really not budging. This assumes it's the oem sealer (urethane). Be aware that there are tabs that hold the lens in the housing, you do not want to break or bend them if possible. Once you get a gap going, stick 'stuff' behind the gap so that the lens cannot reseal. Once you get the started though, it goes pretty quick.
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P.S. I recommend the upper most corner to start. that worked best for me anyway.
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SUCESS! I think the first one had been opened, and re-sealed with a different type of glue, because the second one came apart in two heat cycles.
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SUCESS! I think the first one had been opened, and re-sealed with a different type of glue, because the second one came apart in two heat cycles.
what glue did you use ?
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what glue did you use ?
I haven't re-sealed them yet. They came with the SVT I purchased about a month ago, and one needed a new lens. I think that one had been opened previously, because the glue was much harder to remove than on the other light.

I'll post some pictures later this afternoon...
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I haven't re-sealed them yet. They came with the SVT I purchased about a month ago, and one needed a new lens. I think that one had been opened previously, because the glue was much harder to remove than on the other light.

I'll post some pictures later this afternoon...
lol i see , i misread . i took a look at mine and am kinda pissed at myself for buyin cheap ass hids because the hackjob of wires inside the little rubbe cap was far beyond my undersanding , should not have gone to a shop in detroit......stupid stupid stupid

i dont want to undo the wires cause i dont know how to rewire and i dont wanna mess up someone elses hackjob . otherwise i woulda been paintin em today
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