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Old 09-24-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Default I need to get rid of these tinted headlights!

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I just bought a 2002 WRX and the previous owner tinted the headlights, taillights, and foglights. I would just use some Goof Off Extra Strength to rub it off, BUT, they werent spray tinted. They were professionally painted with a mix of 95% clear paint and 5% black paint. I don't think I can get it off. It also hinders the light output slightly.

So the question is, should I just go the eBay route and get some cheap headlights with the interior black casing or spend some more more money and buy OEM ones? Are eBay ones crap? I assume this is a yes but I just want to know people's experience with them.

Another question, do you think I would be able to get it off by wet sanding with different grits and then polishing?

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Old 09-25-2012, 11:33 AM   #2
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The replica ones that I know of: WRC replica, OEM reflector replica, and another one with projector lows and reflector highs, have poor low beam output out the box.

This could be an opportunity for a proper HID retrofit.

Or find used OEM reflector headlights and be done with it; although you'll be missing out on the improved output of HID projectors.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:43 AM   #3
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I would love to convert to HIDs! I read that the OEM reflectors aren't made for HID bulbs and therefore perform improperly. Would I buy HID reflectors?
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:54 AM   #4
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I would love to convert to HIDs! I read that the OEM reflectors aren't made for HID bulbs and therefore perform improperly. Would I buy HID reflectors?
That is why in the previous post he mentioned retrofit, not just put HID in a halogen reflector
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:14 PM   #5
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Sorry, I'm not an HID expert. How would I go about doing this process?
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:38 PM   #6
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In short, you buy professional HID projectors and ballasts, take your headlamp, cook it, remove the lens, bolt the projectors, cook it again to put the lens back on. Takes a weekend, but easily done by someone with basic skills. Just takes time, and beer.

here's an excellent DYI for you:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...t=hid+retrofit
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:34 PM   #7
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Sorry. I forgot to be specific about "retrofit". Yes, that's what it implies. You get a projector unit that looks approximately like these. The one on the right has a 2.5" lens, the other 2 has 3" lenses. The projector will have a reflector bowl in the back and a projector lens on the front. There is a shield in between to make sure that in low beam mode, no light is distributed above a certain horizontal cutoff. For biXenons, this shield has a movable component that allows for a high beam mode.

A good HID requires good reflector bowl + projector lens optics (usually for the low beams, but some have better high beams compared to its peers but not as good low beams), good cutoff (that should be guaranteed for oem units), good HID capsules (or "bulbs"), and good ballasts. Reduce the quality on any one of those and the benefit of the retrofit will be affected. Having said that, even the basic (but proper) retrofit will improve distance and peripheral lighting compared to the oem bugeye reflector halogens, at the same time not adding glare.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:43 PM   #8
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Wow, I am confused haha. The most involved thing I have ever done with lighting was convert my fog lights on my old car from halogen to HID. That was very simple. All I had to do was mount and wire in the ballast. So the projector unit in the picture will be put in an OEM headlight? Sorry if I sound stupid but I just do not know very much about this topic.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:05 PM   #9
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Yes. Open headlight. Insert proper projector. Align. Seal headlight. Done.


The link that Bluefoton posted pretty much covers it. There are HID retrofit specific forums where you can get much more general HID information, like HID planet.
theretrofitsource.com is a good parts resource.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:13 PM   #10
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there was a thread about removing spray tint from tailights.
I think he used brake fluid.
who the hell spends $ to have a shop paint headlights?
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:26 PM   #11
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Thanks guys I will check it all out.

Aerosaaber,

I have no clue haha.
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:16 PM   #12
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You could try one of those headlight restoration kits that contain the mild abrasive wheel you put in a power drill. I did a set of headlights that had overspray all over them and they came out good as new. Could save you a few bucks if you don't want to convert to a different light cluster entirely.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:54 PM   #13
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^ that or just start wet sanding with 800 git till it all comes off then move to 1000-2000-3000 then use a polish and uv sealant.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:47 PM   #14
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let us know how it turns out.
still don't get painting stuff when an overlay is probably 10x easier/cheaper
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:14 AM   #15
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I agree, putting on clear overlays to protect them couldn't have been easier
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:42 AM   #16
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still don't get painting stuff when an overlay is probably 10x easier/cheaper
+1. I'm going to use a light smoke Lamin-X to de-ugly the clear taillights on my MX-5. It's effective and while not all that easy to peel off, it would still be a lot more reversible than paint.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:58 PM   #17
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why not just get an 8 dollar gallon of laquer thinner and wipe them off. then compoun an dpolish them. good as new
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:11 PM   #18
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I wouldn't advise liquor thinner, it can crack them
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:34 AM   #19
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I used adhesive remover like for debaging expect to remove tint/ paint from my tail lights seemed to work pretty good, As already mentioned try brake cleaner!
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