ZAV

Black Headlight Surround Mod

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I thought I'd just move this, so it doesn't get lost in the tail light section

Pics of my Rolla Mod

http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures...l?id=2105619827

Here is the link to the US DIY's to paint your headlights

removing bumper & headlights

http://9thgencorolla.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4608

cracking em open and painting the surrounds

http://9thgencorolla.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8682

No need for a DIY same as US version with the following differences.

1.When taking the bumper off disconnect the foglights. When all the bolts are off, just pull the sides of the bumper since they are cliped in then pull foward. Just take the whole bumper off its easier to work with.

2.There are 3 three bolts in our headights. 2 on top and one on the side. A little notchy/clip thing holds in the bottom to the car.

2.With the headlights out have you will notice our lights have these little screws holding the lense in. So take off all of them around the outside plus one near the indicator lamp before placing in oven.

4.We also took alll our globes out before placing in oven.We left the wiring in.

3.We used an oven temp of 170 deg celcius. Be sure to turn the oven off, place it on hand towel and make sure no parts of the light are touching any metal in the oven.

4.When u take it out be quick cuz the sealant will dry. We put the first one back in the oven 4 times before we could get the lense off.

5.We didnt have use any more sealant. I just checked my car this morn, on a moist, dewey morning in the hills of Upwey and they are as clear as daylight. So the seal is good.

6.You wont be able to put the lense and casing on properly till you put it back in the oven. So just sit them in as well as u can.

7.As soon as you get out of the oven, be quick and push the lense and casing toghether and put in all the screws.

8.We put our lights back in the oven 1 more time just to let the sealant soften then clamped around the outside.

Thats it.

We were very nervous about puting our lights in the oven, but they did not melt at all and there is no moisture in my headlights this moring, so the seal is good. It a worthwhile mod, our cars look so much better now.

But take care, cuz you must be cautious when doing this mod. I take no responsibility here.

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nice! i used a heatgun for mine too ages... does the plastic surround of your light look all buggered up or is it like how it was orginally?

and is 170 degrees for a fan forced over or a non fan forced??

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thoughts guys, my car is cascade blue but i dont wanna do it black cos i reckon that'll look ****, i reckon black looks awesome on black or silver cars. would it look gay to do it body colour? or would it be alright?

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BigBum u are awesome!!!! thats what i was looking for someone who had already done it so i didnt have to be the guinea pig and have it look ****!!! :P

thanks man... now u got me really thinking... hmm when do i have time???

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im going to put this in the Inside and Out Section and sticky it as its a good post :)

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nice! i used a heatgun for mine too ages... does the plastic surround of your light look all buggered up or is it like how it was orginally?

and is 170 degrees for a fan forced over or a non fan forced??

Looks absolutely stock, its not funny. We didnt bugger up anything, its like a brand new headlight. It even looks better in person.

It was fan forced, but you have to turn it off, so i dont think it makes a difference.

It looks really nice on silver too.

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just checkin on the legality of this mod??

does it affect it in anyway?

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just checkin on the legality of this mod??

does it affect it in anyway?

Nope doesnt effect the light beam in anyway. The surround is just trim, they do then same to commodores (exec chrome, SS black) and lancers (ES chrome, VRX black)

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awesome dude... ok final question... what did u actually paint it with? what kind of paint? did u use clear coat? with a brush or what? haha sorry man i just dont wanna stuff mine up!

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awesome dude... ok final question... what did u actually paint it with? what kind of paint? did u use clear coat? with a brush or what? haha sorry man i just dont wanna stuff mine up!

It was spray high temp paint in black. I cant remember the name but specialised32 may no since he bought it. No clear coat, since it comes out a nice mat black.

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thoughts guys, my car is cascade blue but i dont wanna do it black cos i reckon that'll look ****, i reckon black looks awesome on black or silver cars. would it look gay to do it body colour? or would it be alright?

dude!!! wts wrong with black and blue!!!!

it would look great...

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when you open the headlight is it separate bits or did you have to mask the areas off that you didnt want black :ph34r:

I took off the indicator plastic cover, then masked behind that side the indicator so it still reflects. The suround is screwed onto the lense from memory, but its easy to work out what to do.

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The links are stuffed!

Please fix them!

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on rainy days... will water seep in?

i asked the panel beater to do it for me... but he wont.. coz he said.. its too much trouble and.. if he didnt do a good job in sealin......... :help:

so.. did u guys have any.. "side effects" :P

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after those horrid two weeks of rain in Sydney, the lights are still fine.

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fix the links! please please please please

Yes please! :lol:

Gotta get around to doing this sometime this summer. Thinking of painting them the same colour as my car colour. You still thinking about that Micksta?

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fix the links! please please please please

Yes please! :lol:

Gotta get around to doing this sometime this summer. Thinking of painting them the same colour as my car colour. You still thinking about that Micksta?

mmm i am... have to get around to it sometime... been too busy!! might do it this summer.

good to see someone else has the same idea! :clap:

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same effect on any car... just colouring the inside of the headlight

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