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Old 01-30-2013, 10:31 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, been wanting to do this mod for awhile now because I'm not too fond of the all chrome headlights on the new WRX's. Finally decided to do it today and took some pictures of the process, not trying to make a "how-to" but more or less just the steps on the process. If you're looking for a "how-to" guide I used:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2406104
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1461267

I'll start with the products that I used:
http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...0482&ppt=C0171
This is the spray paint I used, I didn't care much for the Rust resistant part, I just needed a semi-flat paint and it was the same price so I just went with that one.
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...1#.UQnbj792z4Y
The wool was just used to remove most of the chrome for a better adhesion on the paint. It worked pretty well and wasn't too hard to use.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1157-Amber-C...ccf842&vxp=mtr
Simply to change the amber bulb to a chrome bulb, makes it look clearer.

Here's is what I started with (sorry for crappy cell phone pics!):

Chrome gross!

Took off the bumper and one of the headlights.


Second light off!


Both lights off, I don't know what they were thinking with so much chrome.


And into the oven they go! For those interested, I did take out all of the bulbs. I was told you don't need too but I didn't want to take any chances.


Cooked em for ~15 Minutes at 220 F don't really need much more.. and if you're doing this wear gloves because the lights and the bonding adhesive is really hot.. just slowly pry them apart and make sure the clips aren't caught. Take your time or you might crack the lens.


First thing I spray painted were the yellow reflectors, their is just 2 screws holding them in.. you don't have to do this but I wanted the full clear/black look. I just did a light coat first then a final and it turned out nice.


Took apart more of the housings then scuffed em up a bit and started painting! I did 3 coats for each housing.


All neat and put together! I really like how they turned out. For putting them back together, I screwed the housing back to the lens and squished the whole light together. I didn't add any more sealant because their is more than enough left. Put them back in the oven at 220F for about 6-8ish minutes and squished and squished then screwed it all up.


I also changed the blinker bulb to a chrome coated amber bulb. I wanted the yellow blink but the clear look still without the lights on. In my opinion it looks 10x better, the link for the bulbs are up above.


Ran out of pictures space, onto the next post!
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:34 PM   #2
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Finished product, the picture is horrible and you can hardly tell but you get the idea


Looks much much better!


And one more picture at night with the lights on, I was pretty close to the wall but you can tell it's hardly affected by it being darker. If you were to paint the reflectors it might dim a bit.


Well thanks for the read! I'd be more than happy to help anyone with questions, just send me a PM or reply on here. (:
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:38 PM   #3
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Looks good one of the first mods I'll be doing when I pick up my car in 2 weeks.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:42 PM   #4
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Looks good one of the first mods I'll be doing when I pick up my car in 2 weeks.
Thanks! Yeah i've been wanting to do mine for a long time, just never had the guts to do it. One of my first big DIY mods (:
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:45 PM   #5
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Looks good man ! Nice job , trade me ! lol
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:52 PM   #6
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Looks good man ! Nice job , trade me ! lol
Thanks, haha just try it out man! It's intimidating at first, but it's not too bad.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:57 AM   #7
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Looks sweet
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:16 AM   #8
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Looks great, Im jealous!! Im to scared to pull mine apart..
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:41 AM   #9
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Looks great, Im jealous!! Im to scared to pull mine apart..
This ^
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:39 PM   #10
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Looks good. I just bought some 2011 black OEM headlights instead lol
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:58 PM   #11
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Nice job. Like you said, it's not TOO hard. A little daunting at first, but totally safe as long as you make sure you seal them up tight again. I did this on my 2010 to install an HID retro, and I'll be doing it again for my 2013 (along with painting the chrome).

How long did you wait before putting them back together? I've heard some people say that the spray paint can outgas and cause the lights to fog up if you seal them too quickly after painting.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:13 PM   #12
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Looks real good man! I'm actually the OP of one of the threads you used as a how-to.

Try to get a few better pictures. I'd love to see how it looks on an OBS car in the daytime.

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Nice job. Like you said, it's not TOO hard. A little daunting at first, but totally safe as long as you make sure you seal them up tight again. I did this on my 2010 to install an HID retro, and I'll be doing it again for my 2013 (along with painting the chrome).

How long did you wait before putting them back together? I've heard some people say that the spray paint can outgas and cause the lights to fog up if you seal them too quickly after painting.
When I did mine, I probably let the paint sit for a couple hours at most. No fogging or anything.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:24 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the great feedback guys! It is a bit frightening to tear apart the headlights just because if you mess up the the price of a new one is a bit steep :/ but it's definitely worth it if you just take your time and do everything right!
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Looks good. I just bought some 2011 black OEM headlights instead lol
I think if I bought the OEM 2011's I'd still wanna paint the little chrome and yellow that's in it, just me though (:

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How long did you wait before putting them back together? I've heard some people say that the spray paint can outgas and cause the lights to fog up if you seal them too quickly after painting.
I heard about the outgas too.. I didn't wait much longer honestly, after my 3rd coat dried I put them back in probably after about 15ish minutes. They went through a cold night and sat out in the sun all day so far and they still look good! No haze or anything yet..

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Try to get a few better pictures. I'd love to see how it looks on an OBS car in the daytime.
Will do! Unfortunately I'm limited to my GS3 for pictures, but i'll try to get some good ones. Also, thanks for the thread! It helped a lot (:
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:26 PM   #14
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Looks great, Im jealous!! Im to scared to pull mine apart..
This ^
I was very scared to pull mine apart.. I'm not mechanic expert either, and it was my first big DIY project. Like I said, just take your time.. definitely try to spend a day on it.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:44 PM   #15
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Got some more pictures! Tried to add some filters to make the lights "pop" a bit more, sorry for the quality! ):




In all honesty though if you want the clear look I HIGHLY suggest getting those bulbs and painting the blinker reflector. That made a huuuuuge difference.

Next thing for me to do is the tail lights and some HID's! Anyone suggest any specific ones that won't break my wallet?! (:
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:47 PM   #16
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Why didn't you just do your HID when you paint them? lol Would have same you a lot of work.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:56 PM   #17
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Why didn't you just do your HID when you paint them? lol Would have same you a lot of work.
I considered it but lack of money and knowledge on the lights turned me away from it. I don't know too much about HID's and which ones i'd want yet, taking apart the lights/bumper and all that good stuff isn't too hard for me now though (:
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Should have waited to pull them apart IMO. You've done a good job of taking your time so far, don't cheap out and throw an ebay HID kit in now.

http://shop.lightwerkz.net/RetroQuick-System

Best kit for the money, and it's super simple. They make brackets and projectors to fit our cars so there's no guess work. All plug and play. You will have to take your lights apart again though
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:59 PM   #19
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Should have waited to pull them apart IMO. You've done a good job of taking your time so far, don't cheap out and throw an ebay HID kit in now.

http://shop.lightwerkz.net/RetroQuick-System

Best kit for the money, and it's super simple. They make brackets and projectors to fit our cars so there's no guess work. All plug and play. You will have to take your lights apart again though
Hmm those do look nice. Quite a bit of money though.
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Hmm those do look nice. Quite a bit of money though.
$300 is not a ton. Yes, it's more than a $50 plug-n-play kit that you buy from ebay, but you get what you pay for. I've seen a lot of cheap kits out there, and not only is it dangerous for other drivers (sometimes), it doesn't give you the light output and quality you're looking for. Often times cheap HID kits put down less light than a properly aimed set of bright halogens.

Obviously it's your car, but if I were you, I would spend the money where it counts. I've really fought this mentality over the years, trying to cut corners in order to save a few dollars. But when you do the research, spend the money, and put quality parts into the car, you're going to be so much happier down the road.

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Old 01-31-2013, 06:42 PM   #21
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$300 is not a ton. Yes, it's more than a $50 plug-n-play kit that you buy from ebay, but you get what you pay for. I've seen a lot of cheap kits out there, and not only is it dangerous for other drivers (sometimes), it doesn't give you the light output and quality you're looking for. Often times cheap HID kits put down less light than a properly aimed set of bright halogens.

Obviously it's your car, but if I were you, I would spend the money where it counts. I've really fought this mentality over the years, trying to cut corners in order to save a few dollars. But when you do the research, spend the money, and put quality parts into the car, you're going to be so much happier down the road.

Yes yes this is true, that's why I haven't gimped anything on the car so far.. everything has been pretty pricey and genuine. Might just have to save up a bit for those bad boys (:
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:19 PM   #22
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Yes yes this is true, that's why I haven't gimped anything on the car so far.. everything has been pretty pricey and genuine. Might just have to save up a bit for those bad boys (:
I wasn't calling YOU cheap. My bad if it came off that way.

I'm just very passionate about encouraging people to do things right and take their time
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:08 PM   #23
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I wasn't calling YOU cheap. My bad if it came off that way.

I'm just very passionate about encouraging people to do things right and take their time
Didn't come off like that at all (: I completely understand just because I'm the same way. I always just like to see if their is a way to do it a little cheaper but somewhat similar quality as the higher end product. But not always the case
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:24 AM   #24
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i have the morimotto retroquik system in 2012 swp wrx. they look awesome. but i will say they are entry level HID retrofits. the range is good. but not great. still happy with them though
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looks good! i would have tapped off the ring around the projector and kept that silver!
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