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Old 10-22-2007, 01:20 AM   #1
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Anyone baked their JDM headlights? I'm wondering if I should black out the housings. Looks good on alot of the newer cars, but I just can't imagine how it'd look, especially on a dark green car like mine.
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Old 10-22-2007, 02:24 AM   #2
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you have the projectors now? i've considered that myself, and i don't recall there being much space on the projectors to black out. you can do the area around the low beam projector, the edge around the signal reflector, and that's about it. not sure it would be worth pulling your lamps apart unless you're planning on doing an HID retrofit too.
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Old 10-22-2007, 02:45 AM   #3
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I have to open my passenger side light anyway. It isn't seal very well and the projector lense has some JDM salt water on it. All the lenses are an actual seperate chrome piece, so it wouldn't be hard at all to to paint the outter piece. I was thinking about dissassembling and then taping it all off with some electrical tape then I could put it up on the car and see if I like it or not lol.
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Old 10-22-2007, 03:06 AM   #4
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sounds like a plan. i don't know about using electrical tape though, you might want to pick up some weak masking tape (Wal Mart sells some for like $0.57 which is perfect!) instead because the adhesive on electrical tape has been known to lift up some of the reflective material from people's headlights (mine included!).

either way, it should look good on your car. jdm projectors are probably going to be my next purchase as well.
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Old 10-22-2007, 03:13 AM   #5
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worth every penny. much better output over stock. Thanks for the heads up on electrical tape. Oh I didn't think about just masking it and spraying the masking black. That'd work too.
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Old 10-22-2007, 09:56 AM   #6
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Dan someone on SLi has a set of JDM black housing non projectors. I'm pretty sure he would sell them since he got a set of projectors now.
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Old 10-22-2007, 11:24 AM   #7
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I have projectors too. I have my old lights too. I'm looking at possibly blacking out the JDM's. Just seeing if anyone has done it yet. I've seen a set on ebay, but I haven't seen them mounted on a car.
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Old 10-22-2007, 03:24 PM   #8
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I have projectors too. I have my old lights too. I'm looking at possibly blacking out the JDM's. Just seeing if anyone has done it yet. I've seen a set on ebay, but I haven't seen them mounted on a car.
i've seen a couple like that on eBay, was that just for a specific model, or specific years? or was that a custom job?
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Old 10-22-2007, 10:28 PM   #9
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I actually baked my spare JDM light yesterday to play around with the concept. I took out the chrome piece to give you an idea of what it'll look like. I'm going to paint some of the surfaces flat black, but keep a few of the others reflective.


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Old 10-22-2007, 10:32 PM   #10
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I am curious to see what it looks like
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Old 10-22-2007, 11:22 PM   #11
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looks interesting. would be cool to see it on the car.
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Old 10-23-2007, 02:58 AM   #12
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hmmm.... that does look pretty cool. I'm thinking about opening them up on thursday since I have the whole day off....
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Old 10-23-2007, 03:14 AM   #13
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when you bake the head lights how long do you put them in for and on what temp?
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Old 10-23-2007, 05:59 PM   #14
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7-10 min at like 480.
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:39 PM   #15
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This is the best picture I could find of my friends headlights.

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Old 10-23-2007, 09:13 PM   #16
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looks good! i'm actually torn now between going with jdm projectors, and just doing a bi-xenon HID retrofit. i think they'll cost about the same in the end.
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Old 10-23-2007, 10:37 PM   #17
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HID's. Better investment.
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Old 10-24-2007, 03:38 PM   #18
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Why not get JDM projectors and swap in BMW HID projector housings?
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:31 PM   #19
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well i've been considering that, but i just don't know.
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Old 10-25-2007, 12:14 AM   #20
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OK I must be a retard. I tried baking a JDM light, no go. So decided not to try and screw up a very nice light and tossed my USDM light into the oven. 200* f, 20 minutes, and the adhesive is still super gummy, and not stringy. The plastic casing deforms before the glass moves out at all. Not only that, but I can handle the lights without gloves. I'm thinking my oven sucks...
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:27 PM   #21
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those look sick
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if anyone needs help getting jdm headlights, lemme know...i will do what i can.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:25 PM   #23
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I'll be doing an HID retro on a set of these lights soon and will post pics when I do. The owner of the car still doesn't know if he wants to black them out though.
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OK I must be a retard. I tried baking a JDM light, no go. So decided not to try and screw up a very nice light and tossed my USDM light into the oven. 200* f, 20 minutes, and the adhesive is still super gummy, and not stringy. The plastic casing deforms before the glass moves out at all. Not only that, but I can handle the lights without gloves. I'm thinking my oven sucks...
Heat gun. Its what I've always used and I swear by mine.
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