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    best way to split apart headlights???

    I got an extra pair of headlights and I want to split them apart so I can paint the inside platinum or black ( itll look like the c6 corvette headlights). Anyone know the best way to split them? I heard putting them in the oven? But want to find out for sure.

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    Re: best way to split apart headlights???

    I used oven trick when I tried mine but I would go super slow and carefully as you will easily crack the housings. Based on my experience I have to highly suggest you not try to open and paint them, sell them on e-bay for $300 and buy a set of aftermarkets for $300. I finally just tossed mine in the trash after a month of trying to get them resealed and the paint to look decent which was a complete waste...

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    Re: best way to split apart headlights???

    Or you send them off to DC Customs:

    http://www.facebook.com/DCCustomsSRT

    For splitting, painting, and all sorts of cool stuff.

    Here's mine:


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    Re: best way to split apart headlights???

    Looks sick! Any pics of how they look during the day with the lights off

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    Re: best way to split apart headlights???

    It seems like headlights start to lose their outer coating after three years, so I'm looking at replacing mine. I'm finding some interesting dual "over/under" ccfl halo kits on ebay.

    anything black plastic and halo is good enough for me at this point. any suggestions from the ebay selections?

    The gloss black repaint is awesome

    //I went with these http://www.ebay.com/itm/03-07-Cadill...120ec1&vxp=mtr ... the same ones as

    Quote Originally Posted by etcts-v View Post
    Just a standard Duplicolor rattle can with a clear, if you're painting older lights you may want to hit is with a light coat of filler primer to fill in any scratches or pits.

    Here are mine, Before:



    AFTER:


    I like halos, and though the interior of the headlights isn't gloss black like platinum_v's, it's a 90% solution

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    Re: best way to split apart headlights???

    You can seperate the heads lights. Heat gun did nothing for me, but the over worked like a charm. I did it at 300 for 8 minutes. Then slowly and gently pry them apart! If it cools down too much throw em back in for a few. Also if you can support it in some way that it is not on the over rack. Also, if it is a small oven do not place it close to the heating element/area. Then take all of the round access port out (they melt easier). Lastly if you dont want to end up with a cracked lense, melter mounting tab, melted access panels, and grill marks like a steak, pony up the 210$ and buy those halos off ebay. Thats what I did.

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    Re: best way to split apart headlights???

    i like that they come with bulbs

    I'm still going to paint the edges. although the plastic is black, the bonded seams are grey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikdsctsv
    You can seperate the heads lights. Heat gun did nothing for me, but the over worked like a charm. I did it at 300 for 8 minutes. Then slowly and gently pry them apart! If it cools down too much throw em back in for a few. Also if you can support it in some way that it is not on the over rack. Also, if it is a small oven do not place it close to the heating element/area. Then take all of the round access port out (they melt easier). Lastly if you dont want to end up with a cracked lense, melter mounting tab, melted access panels, and grill marks like a steak, pony up the 210$ and buy those halos off ebay. Thats what I did.
    Were you able to seal your back up with no fogging? Couldn't get my factory ones to seal properly after I took them apart for the life of me.

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