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Old 07-11-2012, 04:33 PM   #26
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Is it possible to do this same process with the tail lights as well?
Why would you touch the sexiest tail lights of an 04WRX ?!
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:31 PM   #27
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Is it possible to do this same process with the tail lights as well?

Why would you touch the sexiest tail lights of an 04WRX ?!

I actually tried this just to see if it would be the same as the front lights since I am not a fan of chrome either. I got so far as baking the tail light assembly but was unable to separate the bezel from the outer lens. I tried different temps and times in the oven under close watch and tried to pry in 3 different areas to no avail. The plastic either gets too hot (soft) or not hot enough to breakdown the adhesive holding the assembly together.

I did not want to push it and crack a tail light or mar it up too bad. Any one else have success in this area?

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Old 07-19-2012, 02:33 PM   #28
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Why would you touch the sexiest tail lights of an 04WRX ?!
I actually tried this just to see if it would be the same as the front lights since I am not a fan of chrome either. I got so far as baking the tail light assembly but was unable to separate the bezel from the outer lens. I tried different temps and times in the oven under close watch and tried to pry in 3 different areas to no avail. The plastic either gets too hot (soft) or not hot enough to breakdown the adhesive holding the assembly together.

I did not want to push it and crack a tail light or mar it up too bad. Any one else have success in this area?

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Old 08-31-2012, 01:05 PM   #29
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awesome project...did mine and came out gr8...dont b like me and be lazy and not put the extra sealant on when u bake it back together....andddddi put the oven up to 220...its not too hot but it makes it easier to pull the housing apart..and when i put my headlight back into the oven for reassembly..i say the headlight housing on its back and i put the headlight cover on top so when the goo melted it melted down to where it was supposed to go and it was easier to jus press together
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:53 PM   #30
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Man my headlights are fogged bad! They were spray tinted when i got em. I stripped all that spray off today, they were still hazed out so I pulled em apart and the insides look horrible lol. Definite fail.

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Old 09-09-2012, 09:55 AM   #31
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Tail lamps wont work I believe as.they are either welded together or molded together. I would never fubar 04 tails those are rare and worth $ to some peeps
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:06 PM   #32
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Exactly what i needed. Great job on the instructions! might also do a different color than black but not 100%. i have an 04 and i was thinking of just tinting the red are and leaving the clear alone.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:46 PM   #33
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just did this mod in 8 hours, 4 hours each, that included sanding & buffing the lens to shine them back up.... Thanks!
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:33 AM   #34
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it is possible to black out the tails i did it about a year ago with a friend of mine i can get pics and try and remember the details on the process.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:23 PM   #35
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This is supper cool, I'm going to do this this weekend, thanks for the write up!

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Old 01-11-2013, 03:20 PM   #36
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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1098681

Link for diy on the tails.

If you can buy a second set, they're pretty cheap, this way you can take your time because sealing these is a lot different then the headlights, I used an epoxy plastic welder and have yet to see leaks, knock on wood.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:21 PM   #37
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Looks great. How much did it affect the brightness of the headlights at night?
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:04 PM   #38
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anyone want to trade their untouched set for my blacked out with halo set of headlights? i bought the car with this mod and i dont really like it and would like to go back to stock
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:16 PM   #39
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Thanks for the info
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:06 PM   #40
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Did this a few months back, went with white instead of black since i love the clean look. Also white bezels on a soon to be OPB car should look nice.
Forgive the mess my bumper is/and lack of turbo.


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Old 03-27-2013, 07:20 PM   #41
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IM getting ready to do this, can you clear up one thing for me? Which part is the hid backpack? And the " rubber seal " basically I thought all you had to do was remove all the light bulbs? What is the " backpack " can you put that and the rubber seal out for me please!
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:34 PM   #42
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If the headlight is real hazed out inside and out is there any way you could buff it out or am I just screwed? And if it is possible how would I go about doing it?
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:48 AM   #43
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If the headlight is real hazed out inside and out is there any way you could buff it out or am I just screwed? And if it is possible how would I go about doing it?
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The inside has a film/coating that only gets worse if you screw with it. For the outside, 3M makes a good "headlight restoration" kit I've used on my blobeye and the family outback.

Now I'm in the middle of the blackout process. Will post results when complete. My only addition to the instructions is to try avoiding getting the silicon on any part of the light. IMHO it is NOT easy to get off. I just carefully wiped away the strands of silicon as I opened the casing.

Also, err on the longer side in the oven if you don't want to fight time to get the light apart, I'd say 15 min is the minimum. On my first light, I did 12 min because I was afraid to over-bake. Since it was my first time opening my lights, I was slow and careful and wound up having to put the light back in the oven twice to get it all the way open (8 min each time). I then tried 15 min on the second lights and opened it in one go. 200 is not really hot enough to ruin the light with a few extra minutes, so make your life easier and nut-up.
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Old 10-30-2013, 08:04 PM   #44
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Are you guys replacing the bulb to a colored one. I thought the blinker needs to be colored.
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:50 AM   #45
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Yes, new amber bulbs for parking lights and blinkers. Apparently you can find "chrome-dome" amber bulbs that don't look amber unless their on, if you want to go for the fully cleared look, but I chose to stick with the standard amber.

Here's my process and completion:

Removal:

Not too difficult but it did take some squeezing and prying to get the light out of place. Its quite the tight fit...

I also put down a microfiber towel to protect the paint below the headlight during removal




All the way out:



Painting:

Once I got the housings all the way out, I removed the bulbs and wiring harnesses, then removed all the screws around the perimeter. Its worth noting that some of my screws were hidden under foam tape and a white mounting bracket, so don't miss those.



I baked the housing for 15min at 200 in the center of the oven. At first I didn't want to risk putting them in too long, but the adhesive really wouldn't budge when I pulled them out at 10min, and at 15 min there was no glazing or other signs of overheating. Just go for the full 15 and you should be dandy.



Once apart, I removed the chrome bezel by unscrewing one silver screw and AVOIDED TOUGHING THE INSIDE OF THE LENSE. Next, paint...

I taped off the inside of the high beam channel so the silver would still show on the interior of the headlight. I thought this would give it a cleaner look and possibly preserve a few lumens from the high beams.



I also removed the triangular amber lenses and tossed them (this is where you need new amber bulbs) and painted the amber side reflectors black to maintain the shape of the housing, but get rid of the ugly orange.

After about 5 coats of semi gloss rustoleum paint/primer, I had the finish I was looking for



Next I placed the bezel back in the lens and heated the two halves for another 15min @ 200



Once heated, I replaced all the screws, put all the internals back in (including new bulbs) and reversed my disassembly steps

Here is the finished product:



and, just for reference, this is what it WOULD have looked like if I hadn't taped off the part I did:



TADAH!
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:20 AM   #46
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Are you guys replacing the bulb to a colored one. I thought the blinker needs to be colored.
Yes, go and buy them online the amber blinker. They are whatever the bulb # is and add a NA at the end. Example 194na vs. 194-being clear the NA makes them amber
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:21 PM   #47
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What are your thoughts on using plasti-dip instead of paint? I happen to have some, but if paint is better it's easy enough to buy.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:19 AM   #48
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Decided to keep the amber corners. Thanks for the write up!
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:46 PM   #49
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You guys didnt mention the rubber seal around the housing. Do you have to peel those off and re-glue them back on after or just leave them on and they wont melt when you bake the headlight?
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:23 PM   #50
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Anyone know how wrb would look? Thinking this is gonna be one of the many things I do, but not sure if I like the black on blue thing
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