Black Out Headlight Mod...
Cadillac
 

Cadillac Forums | Help Us Help You | Advertise | Cadillac Parts | Cadillac News | Cadillac Classifieds / (Old System)

Cadillac Technical Archive | Cadillac Dealers | Cadillac Reviews | Cadillac Dealer Reviews | Cadillac Vendors

CadillacForums.com is the premier Cadillac Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 39
Like Tree11Likes
2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V Appearance Mods Discussion, Black Out Headlight Mod... in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Thought I would put document my adventure in blacking out the headlight housing. It requires heating the headlight in the ...
  1. #1
    NathanScott is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2009 CTS V
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    San Antonio, TX
    Age
    39
    Posts
    40

    Black Out Headlight Mod...

    Thought I would put document my adventure in blacking out the headlight housing. It requires heating the headlight in the oven and you run the risk of cracking the lens. This was put together to show the process I went through and do no take responsibility if you damage your headlight doing this.

    Start off by removing the bumper...

    Tools to remove the clips


    Remove upper cover



    Turn wheels to right and remove 3 clips on left wheel well


    Pull front of fender out some to remove 10mm bolt


    Long extension helps


    Turn wheels to left and remove 3 clips and 10mm bolt


    Protect the paint and headlights


    Remove 2 10mm bolts in center and 2 clips at edge


    Pull front bumper foward to expose the headlight washer on left


    Remove white clip so the hose can pull off


    Same for right washer
    Merge likes this.

  2. Remove Advertisements
    CadillacForums.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    NathanScott is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2009 CTS V
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    San Antonio, TX
    Age
    39
    Posts
    40

    Re: Black Out Headlight Mod...

    Tape the hoses up out of the way. They will leak if left on ground.


    Pull ends of bumper out on left and right side


    Pull the bumper out to release it. Make sure you have something on the ground to protect the bumper. Once the bumper is on the ground, remove the running light connectors left


    And right


    Remove the hose from the clips on bottom of bumper


    Bumper is off now!

    ----------

    Remove the 2 10 mm bolts on side of headlight


    Remove on 10mm not on bottom


    Remove plut on bottom of headlight


    Headlight is out!


    ----------

    Remove 3 7mm bolts holding the bracket on


    Remove all the t15 torx screws around the headlight


    Now the fun part...baking the headlight. Heat oven to 215 and once to temp, put light in for 10 minutes


    Use gloves to remove the light and start working the corners up. You might have to put the light in for another 5 minutes


    Seperate the lens and remove 2 electrical connectors


    Remove the T15 torx on back of chrome housing
    Merge likes this.

  4. #3
    NathanScott is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2009 CTS V
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    San Antonio, TX
    Age
    39
    Posts
    40

    Re: Black Out Headlight Mod...

    Here are a few more pics of the process of putting back together

    Heat up the remaining headlight glue with a heat gun


    Use needle nose pliers to pull off all the glue


    Put lens assembly together


    I didnt get a pic of the glue, but used DAP black silicone. Apply in the channed evenly and install the lens assembly and screw down.

    ----------

    A little preview of it put together.



    ----------

    Install lights and put bumper on.










    Merge likes this.

  5. #4
    NathanScott is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2009 CTS V
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    San Antonio, TX
    Age
    39
    Posts
    40

    Re: Black Out Headlight Mod...

    Before...



    After...



    ----------

    I tried to take some more pictures in the shade to see if I could get rid of some of the glare. I will try to take some more picture later in the evening with my camera.


    dqw1, dqw1, Houdini and 9 others like this.

  6. #5
    Ste_V_e is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): CTS-V
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    279

    Re: Black Out Headlight Mod...

    Badass. Nice write up.

  7. #6
    Purple87SS is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 2010 Black Raven CTS-V, 1987 Turbo Buick WE4
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    244

    Re: Black Out Headlight Mod...

    Look awesome. I like the carbon fiber look on the inside of the lamps too. But I'd be afraid of moisture in the lamp after a while.

  8. #7
    STS_Chiller's Avatar
    STS_Chiller is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): None
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Age
    55
    Posts
    132

    Re: Black Out Headlight Mod...

    mmmmm baked headlight!
    Nice write up.

  9. #8
    dqw1's Avatar
    dqw1 is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2009 CTS-V
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Madison, AL
    Age
    52
    Posts
    2,014

    Re: Black Out Headlight Mod...

    This type of thread should be a sticky or something like that for appearance mods.

  10. #9
    StealthViggen's Avatar
    StealthViggen is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 2009 CTS-V
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    280

    Re: Black Out Headlight Mod...

    Great work man! I'll be doing this over the summer for sure. Thanks for the write up.

  11. #10
    Bigron is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
    Automobile(s): 2010 CTS-V
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Southfield, MI
    Posts
    934

    Re: Black Out Headlight Mod...

    What did you paint/tint the inside with? How does it hold up to the heat?

  12. #11
    NathanScott is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2009 CTS V
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    San Antonio, TX
    Age
    39
    Posts
    40

    Re: Black Out Headlight Mod...

    Plastidip...have had it around the running light ring for months with no problems so was not worried about heat issues with it. I did not want to sand the chrome just in case I didnt like how it turned out.

  13. #12
    Satin69 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2012 CTS-V Coupe
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    94

    Re: Black Out Headlight Mod...

    You did a hell of a job. Thanks for the write up!

  14. #13
    litig8r187 is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 2010 Black Raven CTS-V Murdered
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Aggieland, Texas
    Posts
    133

    Re: Black Out Headlight Mod...

    I like the look. Great write up!

    Here's mine.


  15. #14
    Tityrous's Avatar
    Tityrous is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 04 CTS-V/12 CTS-V Black Diamond Coupe
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Raymond,NH
    Age
    28
    Posts
    126
    Came out great!

  16. #15
    NathanScott is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2009 CTS V
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    San Antonio, TX
    Age
    39
    Posts
    40

    Re: Black Out Headlight Mod...

    Thanks everyone. Looks good litig8r187!

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Bookmarks

Cadillac Posting Rules

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Read about Lincoln | Buick | Kia Forte Forum
Need products for your Cadillac? Check out your options at the links below:

custom floor mats | Cadillac Chrome and Black Chrome Wheels | window tinting