: Black Out Headlight Mod...



NathanScott
06-06-12, 04:13 PM
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
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/25a356b0.jpg

Remove upper cover
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/Picture1.png
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/f1fbcb87.jpg

Turn wheels to right and remove 3 clips on left wheel well
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/dc853809.jpg

Pull front of fender out some to remove 10mm bolt
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/Picture2.png

Long extension helps
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/1a88cb75.jpg

Turn wheels to left and remove 3 clips and 10mm bolt
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/e7ca3821.jpg

Protect the paint and headlights
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/44ad04d9.jpg

Remove 2 10mm bolts in center and 2 clips at edge
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/Picture3.png

Pull front bumper foward to expose the headlight washer on left
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/ee178b6b.jpg

Remove white clip so the hose can pull off
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/6261c36a.jpg

Same for right washer
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/a91a3799.jpg

NathanScott
06-06-12, 04:15 PM
Tape the hoses up out of the way. They will leak if left on ground.
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/ba556c64.jpg

Pull ends of bumper out on left and right side
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/0c5a77cd.jpg

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
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/dd992bc2.jpg

And right
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/a42e8440.jpg

Remove the hose from the clips on bottom of bumper
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/2082f09c.jpg

Bumper is off now!

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Remove the 2 10 mm bolts on side of headlight
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/Picture5.png

Remove on 10mm not on bottom
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/Picture6.png

Remove plut on bottom of headlight
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/Picture7.png

Headlight is out!
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/83bc4b3b.jpg

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Remove 3 7mm bolts holding the bracket on
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/f7090cee.jpg

Remove all the t15 torx screws around the headlight
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/82dfa78b.jpg

Now the fun part...baking the headlight. Heat oven to 215 and once to temp, put light in for 10 minutes
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/0d47fa3f.jpg

Use gloves to remove the light and start working the corners up. You might have to put the light in for another 5 minutes
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/55385f96.jpg

Seperate the lens and remove 2 electrical connectors
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/0eb6ce5f.jpg

Remove the T15 torx on back of chrome housing
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/797fd3b0.jpg

NathanScott
06-06-12, 04:17 PM
Here are a few more pics of the process of putting back together

Heat up the remaining headlight glue with a heat gun
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/cf96228a.jpg

Use needle nose pliers to pull off all the glue
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/de83ece1.jpg

Put lens assembly together
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/0eb6ce5f.jpg

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.

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A little preview of it put together.
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/8a8eefe9.jpg
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/06e9d292.jpg

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Install lights and put bumper on.

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/8330c5d5.jpg
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NathanScott
06-06-12, 04:19 PM
Before...
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/IMG_0571.jpg
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/IMG_0572.jpg

After...
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/0aa84fff.jpg
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/8330c5d5.jpg

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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.
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/b64008ed.jpg
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/b96b1799.jpg
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/NathanScottAdams/600a51a0.jpg

Ste_V_e
06-06-12, 04:47 PM
Badass. Nice write up.

Purple87SS
06-06-12, 05:21 PM
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.

STS_Chiller
06-06-12, 09:40 PM
mmmmm baked headlight! :drool:
Nice write up.

dqw1
06-07-12, 12:43 PM
This type of thread should be a sticky or something like that for appearance mods.

StealthViggen
06-07-12, 01:18 PM
Great work man! I'll be doing this over the summer for sure. Thanks for the write up.

Bigron
06-07-12, 04:37 PM
What did you paint/tint the inside with? How does it hold up to the heat?

NathanScott
06-07-12, 06:40 PM
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.

Satin69
06-07-12, 07:09 PM
You did a hell of a job. Thanks for the write up!

litig8r187
06-08-12, 02:13 AM
I like the look. Great write up!

Here's mine.

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/9164/img9113small.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/521/img9113small.jpg/)

Tityrous
06-08-12, 04:17 PM
Came out great!

NathanScott
06-08-12, 05:54 PM
Thanks everyone. Looks good litig8r187!

gmusquiz
06-08-12, 10:54 PM
Looks good! And to think I did this to my civic like 10 years ago. Some things never change. Guess I got another project for this car but I bet these headlights are a lot more expensive if I mess them up...

bsk997
07-17-12, 04:38 PM
Looks very nice and clean!
Anybody in the socal area that can do this for me? :)

v-caliber
07-19-12, 05:00 AM
Very nice. Should have replaced the drl ambers with the new led h16's while you had the headlight unit out

Dr. Design
07-19-12, 08:43 PM
Nice write up and good job!

Dr. Design
D3 Cadillac

rockryno
07-28-12, 03:42 PM
nice write up!

Carlosg
08-13-12, 11:09 PM
Your car looks good!

KFinnell81
08-25-12, 04:24 PM
Anyone done this on a 2012 CTS-V coupe. 215 is not even budging the sealant. Any help?? I am hoping to get this done today!!

silverstreaker
08-26-12, 12:57 AM
I wish I had the patience to do this, looks great

F U FAST
09-01-12, 07:05 PM
I wish I had the balls to do this myself. Looks great! Anyone have a hook up on a cheap set of housings I could practice this on?

King335i
09-09-12, 08:33 PM
People who take the time to make DIYs to help others are awesome. You, sir, rock.

StealthViggen
09-13-12, 05:58 PM
Anyone done this on a 2012 CTS-V coupe. 215 is not even budging the sealant. Any help?? I am hoping to get this done today!!

Try mounting the light to a bench and use a heat gun on the gaps and pull with a suction cup. Seen that work too.

bolt007
09-16-12, 08:53 PM
97483

Custom head lights!

bolt007
09-16-12, 08:55 PM
97484

Custom with halos led lights

F U FAST
09-16-12, 10:04 PM
Bolt007. You did it yourself?

KFinnell81
09-21-12, 12:46 AM
Those look like the AAC Halo Lights that west coast customs put on little boy bieber's cts-v...

bolt007
09-21-12, 11:04 PM
That's right man!

Mike02z
09-22-12, 11:14 AM
Great write up and your car looks amazing.

I did this 10 years ago to my 02 Z28 (Thus the origin of my handle on all forums). They came out great as well but after a year, I started getting condensation on the inside of the lens. It would dry and look horrible so I wound up buying replacement factory head light assemblies. Hope that does not happen to you. My Z28 had drains as well. Doing this would complete my black-out look but I'm just too concerned as these assemblies are NOT cheap to replace.

1BadCadSTS
08-19-13, 08:17 PM
Looks great!

347strokin
11-27-13, 11:24 PM
Any updates? Now that you guys have been running with the Plasti Dip lights for awhile, is it holding up?
Any consistent condensation issues?
How much did your headlight output drop?
How do they do in night time driving?
I'm wanting to try this in the next two weeks but my car is a daily driver and will see rain, snow, all types of weather.

noshelter
02-26-14, 09:42 AM
Hey Nathan, nice writeup, I'm a couple years late, but doing a similar project to mine. Just bought the xenon housings, but instead of painting the inside, i am replacing the standard bulb with a plasma bulb and lining the turn signal "compartment" with amber LED strips. Obviously it's impossible to do that with the small 3x3 hole in the back, so i need to take the assembly apart to have room, and to make it look nice enough. anyway the directions are nce except for the actual disassembling of the lens. after you took it out of the oven, what did you do to "work" the lens apart? razor blade? did you use anything to pry it apart?

aballeh
02-27-14, 06:49 PM
Is there anyway i can buy these already done or can someone do this for me around the DC area?

power_ats
02-28-14, 03:09 PM
Looks great! I'm not savvy enough to do it myself, but it looks really good!

ats4life
03-01-14, 03:43 PM
Nice post. Looks so amazing!

GrayGhost
07-23-14, 08:34 AM
Any chance of getting the missing original pics from the disassembly reposted? Thanks!