: Blacked the headlights

05-12-07, 09:55 PM
over the past few weeks I got bored with the all chrome look of my headlights from when I cleared the corners. So the other day I took my headlights apart, masked off the DTR and turn signal reflector area, and then painted the rest of the housing with Gloss Black High Heat paint I purchased at autozone. I also cut the orange reflector to cover up all the open space except for the where the 194 bulb is. After a few coats, I let it all dry overnight and then reassembled the headlights. Tell me what you guys think.





05-12-07, 09:58 PM
nice!! is it easy to seperate the clear lense from the housing?

05-12-07, 10:07 PM
yeah, after I baked the headlights and took it apart, there were just 2 hex nuts and torx screw holding the piece in.

05-13-07, 12:44 AM
freaken nasty clean i like

05-13-07, 05:30 AM
Looks great with the black of your truck. :)

05-13-07, 10:38 AM
looks good... needs some rims and a drop :)

05-13-07, 10:40 AM
Looks nice :thumbsup:

Any pics with the headlights on?

05-13-07, 10:44 AM
I think they look great, love the blacked out look, get some black rims and it would look awesome.

05-13-07, 12:42 PM
yeah I bought a Mcgauhys 2-3 drop on ebay the other day so ill have that installed as soon as it comes in. and as for the rims im getting some Giovanna Caracas with the solid black caps in about a month.

05-13-07, 12:47 PM
what % tint do you have on your front window?

05-13-07, 12:52 PM
5% on all the side and rear windows and 20% on the windshield. you cant see in the truck during the day and especially not at night. during the rain its kinda hard to see the road but with HIDs its not that bad once you get used to it.

05-13-07, 10:19 PM
BAKED THE HEADLIGHTS??????? Why do you do that?

05-13-07, 10:29 PM
why or how? just take all the lights out of the housing so you dont heat the lights, throw it in the oven at about 200* for about 10 min. just enough to loosen the seal so you can get it apart. easier than using a heatgun.

05-13-07, 10:37 PM
the same thing on the 07???

05-13-07, 10:58 PM
not sure about the 07 headlights. but im sure they're similar though. if you're even slightly mechanically enclined, then getting headlights seperated into individual pieces should be an easy task. I had never baked a single headlight before I had done mine and I didnt have a single problem getting them apart or properly resealing them. i could give you more pointers on how I did it if you wanted.

05-14-07, 11:16 AM
Wow, looks great. Not only it looks great, but its "different". :thumbsup:

Great job :thumbsup:

05-14-07, 12:34 PM
I am going to try on my 07. How long do you have to work after you remove the headlight from the oven?

05-14-07, 02:33 PM
you have about 2-3 minute before the seal gets hard again. but if you can get two sides open before it hardens, you could just stick it back in the over for a few minute to warm the seal up again and then get the last 2 sides.

05-14-07, 10:08 PM
I did the same to my last car and was thinking about the same this on my truck. I'm kinda iffy on it. You did a good job on them though:thumbsup:

I like the grill, still trying to decide between that, chroming it, or getting an aftermarket one.

I really like the emblem up front. The black and chrome look awesome together.

05-14-07, 10:29 PM
Thanks man. Im going for a blacked out look with my lade. yeah I like the look of a factory grille painted to match but I want to get a fine mesh grille and paint it black to match. As for the emblem I painted the inside part black and put an old english Z in the middle for my last name.

05-24-07, 04:52 PM
I just started this project with the escalade. Looks good so far, they should be re-assembled and installed today. I will post pics when I have them completed. Your's look pretty damn good man! I painted the little area where the 194 bulb goes too ;)!

05-24-07, 09:26 PM
looks sick!!!.... Now all you need is some black 24's or 26's...Awesome!!!

05-24-07, 10:10 PM
Just completed mine, they look sooo much better! I will post pics tomorrow, dark already.

05-25-07, 01:38 AM
nice, cant wait to see the pics. yeah for the rims, I should be getting some 24" Giovanna Caracas with black solid caps in about a month or so. ill be sure to post pics once I get them and drop it too.

05-26-07, 10:46 AM
I really haven't found a grille that I fell in love with with the Escalade. Right now either blacking out the grill or chroming seems to be the way I'll go. If I painted it black I wanted to do something with mesh behind the grille. I really like the SRX sport grill, I wanted to do something like that. It all depends on how lazy I get and if I want to do something like that. Sorta like this:


02-11-09, 10:26 AM
Sorry to bring such an old thread around again; but I still can't PM :crying2:!
I'm dying to do this to my truck! Has anybody done it to the HID headlamps, or am I asking for trouble??

02-11-09, 12:58 PM
this is exactly what i want to do with my black 04. glad someone posted some pics of it. looks freakin sweet!

The Lac
02-11-09, 07:02 PM
Damn, that looks great! I need to do that to my headlights, and also paint my grill! My rims would look so good on your Lac!

sam hamm
02-11-09, 07:37 PM
dang man that look good. i did the same thing with the orange piece and replaced the 194 with a led. it didnt throw off any codes so i stuck with it. im planning on doing the headlights like yours soon because i have tint over mine and it takes away so much lighting.

02-13-09, 01:34 AM
when splitting the headlight, is there anything I should know other than heating to about 200* for 10 min. then spreading? Also what do you use to reseal them?

02-13-09, 02:37 AM
Check this! Posted in o7 up!http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-escalade-ext-esv-forum-2007/126935-how-joey-mod-black-clear-your.html

02-22-09, 04:14 PM
Check this! Posted in o7 up!http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-escalade-ext-esv-forum-2007/126935-how-joey-mod-black-clear-your.html

Great link; very helpful, thanks!
Can anyone describe how it's different doing 02-06 lights compared to the 07+ link above?

02-22-09, 10:20 PM
Good info.
I'd like to just clear mine and be done with it. I'll try when I get my lil S10 on the road and have time to let the Lade sit.

02-22-09, 11:33 PM
cleared mine this weekend and it took about 2 hours total

02-24-09, 12:29 PM
If there's anyone in the tri-state area of NY that'd like to do this for me... PM me.

09-30-09, 07:09 PM
How did you get the electrical wiring harness out of the headlight? Or do you have to do that. I removed all the bulds but could not get the electric wars out. When I go to push the connecter in it runs out of space, and therefore I can not think of how to remove it.