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Unread 02-20-2012, 11:10 AM   #1
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Headlight Disassembly

So I am planning on taking my headlights and putting them in the oven to clean of the inside so that i can get a better/cleaner looking headlight, but then i came across this build http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...ods-build.html where when he took the headlights apart he also painted the inside of the housing black. Does anyone have opinions on how should go about doing this? or if it is even possible on a jeep?

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Unread 02-20-2012, 11:15 AM   #2
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First of all the stock headlights are pretty hard to get apart, when I did my retrofit I had a hell of a time trying to get them apart.

If you plan on painting you could easily just make sure you don't paint the reflective part that determines the light output.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 11:18 AM   #3
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thank you. how did you go about taking them apart and what did you use to reassemble the headlight?
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Unread 02-20-2012, 11:20 AM   #4
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I put them in the oven, don't remember how long or what temp but I wore some heat resistant gloves and grabbed them out and had to take a flat head and pry around all the edges, took me a couple tries till I finally got them apart. It was very discouraging when I couldn't get them apart. I actually stopped trying and came back the next day when I had more time. So if it doesn't work once just retry but don't over heat them to where the housings melt!
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Unread 02-20-2012, 11:52 AM   #5
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most people go 200-250 for 15-20minutes depending the quality of the housings. From what I hear, the stock WJ housing are a pain to get apart so more time in the oven will probably be necessary. Just make sure you place it on a wooden board so the rack doesn't melt the plastic.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 11:58 AM   #6
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Alright thank you. Are either one of yall really sure on how I should go about painting the inside of the headlight?
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Unread 02-20-2012, 12:32 PM   #7
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The inside is all plastic so whatever you use, you might want to make sure you prep the surface accordingly. I would use high temp paint/primer just to be on the safe side since the headlights do get hot.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 12:51 PM   #8
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Also if your going to tear them apart I would drop the coin on some projectors and HID kit you'd already have the hardest part of the retrofit done by just pulling them apart
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Unread 02-20-2012, 01:05 PM   #9
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X 2. Perfect opportunity to fit projectors
If you do the projectors you can paint the low beam reflector black.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 01:57 PM   #10
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Heat it at a lower temp, say 125-150 degrees for a longer period of time. The lower temp won't melt your housing and it'll apply more heat (longer time) to soften the sealer.
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im getting ready to mod my headlights, been searching on here on how to take them apart, but nobody says what they glue they use to reassemble the lens back on the housing. What kind of glue can i use to reattach them?
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