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Old 03-01-2008, 10:43 PM   #1
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Default DIY: Clear and paint your 08 headlights

Put a few hours aside today to put this together to maybe help some people. Took about 3 hours total from start to finish. I didn't paint the light surrounding, just the reflector. Thanks to YTDiamond05 for helping.

Tools needed:
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#2 Philips screw drive
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Razor (to cut the silicone when pulling the light apart)
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Paint used





Step 1:
Start off by removing 6 plastic push clips, 4 in the grill and 1 in each of the head lights, and removing 2 screws in the top of the head lights pictured below, and remove the two clips in fender well, one is a push clip another is a Philips clip. There also clips on the bottom of the bumper attached to the splash guard.






Step 2:
Remove the bumper.




Step 3:
Preheat oven to 220 F degrees.


Step 4:
There are 5 screws that hold the light in, one of which was removed in the first step. Pictured here are the others that need to be removed. There is one harness that plugs into the back of the light housing.





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Old 03-01-2008, 10:44 PM   #2
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Step 5:
Once the light is removed you have to take off the bracket on the bottom of the light.




Step 6:
Remove the 5 small screws that hold the front lenses on.




Step 7:
Your oven should be up to temp after the last two steps. Put in oven on a cookie sheet, you do not need to remove the lights, harnesses, your choice. Leave it in for about 10-15 minutes to soften up the sealant holding the lense together to the light.




Step 8:
Remove the housing from the oven, make sure you use glove. Slowly pry open the housing. Careful not to pry too hard and crack the lense.



Once it's past the clips, it should come apart easily, just go slow.



Here is what you end up with:



If you want to paint the black housing with the chrome ring you have to remove a few more screws.

Step 9:
The reflector has two screws holding it on. I don't have any pictures of the painting, but I painted both side of the reflector with 4 light coats. Putting it back in...




Painted reflector:




Step 10:
Put the lense back on the housing, and put it back in the oven, still on 220 for 10 minutes. After it heats up remove it and make sure you put the screws back in. Screwing it together should tighten up the housing pretty good, and make sure there are no gaps between the housing and the lense. Reinstall the bracket on the bottom of the housing.

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Old 03-01-2008, 10:44 PM   #3
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Step 11:
Put it all back together, and enjoy.






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Old 03-01-2008, 10:52 PM   #4
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Sweet write up man, now I just need to find the 06/07 version of this!! haha
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:55 PM   #5
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:55 PM   #6
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Looks really good. Nice work and writeup.
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:32 PM   #7
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Gracias!

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Old 03-02-2008, 02:19 AM   #8
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looks very good, good job!
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Old 03-02-2008, 03:53 PM   #9
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Looks absolutely amazing! Love the contrast it gives to headlights for colors like white, wouldn't do it on OBP black though, as it just dulls the headlights down and blends them in, taking away the aggressiveness.
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Old 03-02-2008, 03:59 PM   #10
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looks real clean, nice job, and a good write up.
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Old 03-02-2008, 04:44 PM   #11
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That turned out very clean. Great write up.
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:23 AM   #12
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Nice DIY. yea saw it on the Nation woot. haha
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:43 PM   #13
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very balsy for a brand new 08, lol. Im still afraid to do this with my 07.
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:45 PM   #14
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Here's a shot in the sun.

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Old 03-08-2008, 12:15 AM   #15
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congrats man, very clean job, got me motivated to pop some more lamps in the oven, i used to clear out the s10/sonoma headlights like that, never had the balls to rip out my 08 imprezas, definately gonna do it soon though haha, thanks for the post
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Old 03-08-2008, 02:06 AM   #16
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looks good man, good job. just did this to my 06 rex best mod i've done yet!
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Old 03-08-2008, 10:16 AM   #17
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Nice write up. Turned out looking great!
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Old 03-08-2008, 12:10 PM   #18
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question though...do u have to use a sealer to put back together the headlights or just screw them back?
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Old 03-08-2008, 12:12 PM   #19
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There is enough sealant still in the head light. I guess you could add more sealant if you wanted to, but I wouldn't.

You put both piece in the oven to warm it (the sealant) and it goes back together easily.
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Old 03-29-2008, 10:26 AM   #20
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I'm thinking about doing this to my 2008 sedan. I did it with my '04 and it looked great, so I'm anxious to do it with this one.

One question though for Matt: Do you have a picture of the area behind the reflector before you painted it? I'm hoping it's chrome b/c I don't want to paint mine, but I don't want it to look like dull plastic. If no pic, can you remember what it looked like?

Nice write up! Without this, I would never even attempt it.
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Old 03-29-2008, 11:53 AM   #21
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It was chrome behind the reflector.
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Old 03-30-2008, 01:23 AM   #22
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wow, it looks really good... can't wait until it gets warmer
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Old 04-08-2008, 12:20 PM   #24
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looks awesome! nice write up!
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:01 PM   #25
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Remove the bumper ...

I was wondering if you could possibly elaborate on this a bit? I removed every single bolt and clip named on the splash guard, grill, both headlamps, fender well. There were 3 in the fender well btw. But simply "removing the bumper" was next to impossible.

There was something connected between the fender and the bumper where they meet. I don't see how I could possible get to the inner fender of driver's side without removing the battery completely to check it out.

Is there something I'm missing here?

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