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Hey guys today i spent a good part of the day making my headlights look like centennial edition headlights on the 2000 taurus. i took a lot of pictures and am gunna tell you guys how to do it step by step.. Here it goes


Tools:
Oven at 300 degrees
Oven mitt
Towel
Baking sheet razor knife
Silicone
Flat head screw driver
# 10 torq bit.
5/16 socket
Semi Gloss Black spray paint
Masking tape
Gold Scuff pad


Before


First start by removing the headlight. Pull up on the two tabs on each side of the light and release the headlight along with remove two bolts from one side of both headlights with a 5/16 socket. un clip your harness from each light and remove headlight from vehicle.


Next take each headlight and remove bulbs, harnesses, rubber gaskets from each headlight.


Now go and heat your oven to 300 degrees with a cooking sheet pan in the oven.


while the oven is heating take a razor knife and cut the sealant around the headlight so once its heated its easier to pull apart

Once your oven is up to temp place the headlight in the oven with the bottom of the headlight rest on the pan.. Allow the light to sit in the oven for 5-8 minutes.

Remove the headlight from the oven with a oven mitt and place a towel over you so you dont burn yourself.
begine to pry at the headlight with a flat head screw driver along the edges.. i had to bend the one lip up so i could get the screw driver in the light housing.. pry all along the light to loosen the lens up. Also release the tabs holding the lens in. once you get a side up try to get you fingers in there and pull like all heck and get that lens off of the housing.. its a pain in the butt.


Now that you have the lens off your gunna need to take your # 10 torq bit and unbolt the chrome housing from the lens. You'll notice the headlight bulb chrome housing stays with the backing of the headlight.. Also remove the side marker by pushing them out from the back side


Now scuff them with gold scuff pad and wash them down with light soap and water.. get them nice and clean.

Now mask off the turn signal with masking tape. kinda hard to tell you excetly where to mask but you can see in the pictures.



Heres the fun part.. Grab your semi gloss (low gloss) paint and spray the housings black..Allow them to dry for the time the can says..


Now while they are drying clean off the old glue with a razor knife and test fit the lens to make sure it fits back together nicely



Once dry reassemble the housing to the lens with the torq bits you took out alogn with the side marker



Put silicone in the groove on the black housing and place the lens onto the housing and clip the tabs and lens into place. run a bead of silicone along the out side edge of the headlight and smooth with your finger. i then took masking tape and taped them tight together and had myself and my girlfriend hold them tightly for 20 mins till the silicone got firm..


After and hour i reassabled the headlights by installing the bulbs (h.i.d's in my case), all the harnesses and ruber gaskets just like before when i took them out


next i reconnected everything.. slide the tabs down and bolted the lights back in and i was done. stepped back and took a look at my work. then tested al lthe lights to make sure they all worked again.. done


Finsihed product.. More pics are in my myspace album www.myspace.com/a23dranger










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maybe get a pic in daylight......looks nice though.
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Looks good, you really did a good job - however you should've done a clear corner effect on them while you had them apart

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Looks good, you really did a good job - however you should've done a clear corner effect on them while you had them apart
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i was going to but there would have been a recessed part on the light where the marker lens goes.. i tryed it and didn't like it that much.. to each is to there own.. least people can know how to take that lens out now to get that clear corner effect


and btw i plan to get some daylight pictures tomorrow... i started this at 4 and got done around 9 so all i could get where night pics..



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Interesting approach. They look good


Although I must say, when I saw the title, I thought someone ACTUALLY painted over their headlights...I was trying to figure out why.


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Since your headlamps were chrome and now black (except for the back reflector)...do you see a difference in lighting? Has it gone down?

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How much do you charge?

I would totally send you a pair to do

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Interesting approach. They look good


Although I must say, when I saw the title, I thought someone ACTUALLY painted over their headlights...I was trying to figure out why.
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haha... i didn't know how else to list it.. but it got your attention ... lol..

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how much you wanna pay.. haha.. haven't thought about production yet.. haha..
thanks guys.. i think they came out great and for $15 you cant beat it..

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