De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

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De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby Albert Tatlock » Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:57 pm

Take off your headlights. There are three 10mm bolts holding them in, a wiring connector for the headlights, and one for the indicator bulb.

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You will now need a flat screwdriver a heat gun* a Phillips screwdriver and some none setting mastic (not silicone sealant).
Place the headlight on a cloth with the glass face down, and with the heat gun* on its lowest setting warm around the edge of the light where the glass meets the black plastic, be patient and always keep the heat gun* moving. After about ten minutes the sealant should start to melt,

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using the flat screwdriver lift up the retaining tabs that are on the underside and side of the headlight, then stand the light on one end, grab the clear lens and black rear part and PULL! Rest and pull again it'll come apart. (If the sealant that's holding the headlight together starts to cool down, warm it back up). Eventually, the headlight will come apart.

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Also, a second person is useful because the sealant will stretch have them cut the stretching sealant with a pair of scissors to make the job easier and cleaner and to avoid any of the sealant going on to the internals of your lights.

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There is only one small Philips screw that holds the orange corner in place, using a Phillips-head screwdriver undo the screw, the chrome reflector and orange corner will pull out together,

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separate the orange corner from the reflector, DO NOT TOUCH THE CHROME! Use gloves or be VERY careful not to touch the chrome.

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. Handle this piece from underneath. Refit the chrome reflector some older Gen 3’s will not have a screw hole to hold it back in place with, if it hasn’t then a dab of clear silicone or a spot of hot glue using a glue gun on the corner of the reflector (where the three holes line up with the seating pad) will be sufficient.

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Put the lights back together put a VERY THIN bead of new sealant around the groove in the black rear of the separated light and reheat the 2 pieces of the headlight with the heat gun* on it’s lowest setting,

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again this should take about ten minutes and remember to always keep the heat gun* moving. Take both parts to one headlight and line up the headlight, and SQUEEZE! Or press down on the back of the lights make sure the headlight is on a cloth surface to avoid scratching it, make sure that the retaining tabs are relocated correctly.
Repeat the process for the other headlight.

Refit the headlight that was first done first this gives the sealant in both lights a few minutes to cool down before handling them. Re-fitting the headlights is the reverse of removing them. Don’t forget to fit chrome indicator bulbs (inline pins) to avoid the fried egg effect.

Ceremoniously dispose of those awful orange plastic bits that have been exorcised from your Coupe.

The process should take approx 1 hour per headlight.
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Postby Albert Tatlock » Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:03 pm

Follow the process as above until the headlights are separated into 2 parts, if you are painting the lights then it’s best that you take both headlights apart before starting to apply any paint.

Once the headlight is apart use a Phillips screwdriver to take out all 3 of the screws from the front part of the headlight.

Take each headlight apart entirely there'll be the following parts:
    clear lens
    bezel
    rear part
    orange reflector
    chrome corner reflector
    two chrome cylinders

If you want to keep any of the chrome parts unpainted, avoid touching the chrome, use gloves or be very careful not to touch the chrome. Handle these pieces from the back.

Take the parts you want to paint and roughen the surface gently with either a scouring pad (the type used for washing saucepan) or 600grit sandpaper. Don't press too hard just take off the finish. Wash the pieces when you're done. Make sure to get all the dust and residue off. Dry the pieces completely using your heat gun* or a hairdryer don't use a towel.

Make sure you have somewhere dry, warm, dust free and sheltered to spray the pieces, lay them out and spray each piece with 3 light even coats of primer. If you spray too much at once you may end up with runs and it’ll take another day to wait for the runs to harden before you can sand them out. Let each coat dry for 10 minutes. Leave the primer to dry off for about 30 minutes (it should be enough if you have sprayed light coats).

Using your colour coat apply three light coats and make sure you cover the pieces entirely allow 10 minutes between coats, leave to dry again for at least 30 minutes. The final coat should be clear lacquer again use 3 light coats allowing each coat to dry for 10 minutes and cover the pieces entirely, let the parts dry overnight before handling them. Put the lights back together (as described in the de-ambering section). Be extra careful as you don't want to chip the paint or get fingerprints on any of the parts.

*Heat gun* 1 or 2 hairdryers can be used as an alternative however this will add quite a lot of time to the overall process but is a little less harsh if you’re not confident using a heat gun.

There is also an oven method which can be used however from personal experience I would not recommend this method.
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tadlocking"

Postby mossy2390 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:21 am

hello,
having trouble finding the none setting mastic and i live in Ireland so i probably wont have half the shops ye have, is there anywhere on line or anything else that can be used??? i do have silicone!
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tadlocking"

Postby Owain » Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:19 am

I used black silicone on mine and have had no issues or leaks in a couple of years. In saying that, Albert's done this far more times than I have so he'll probably be able to give you countless good reasons not to use it!

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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tadlocking"

Postby berni-mac » Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:20 pm

i did more or less the same mossy to my gen 1 and just used some pink sealant (i was in a happy mood) only thing is that if you ever want to open them again the sealant ain't gonna move!!!!

i'd imagine halfords r your local motor factors will stock it or could get it in for you, where you living mossy? i'm from kildare! :)
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tadlocking"

Postby mossy2390 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:37 pm

yeah i tried halfords and b&q and they didnt have a clue what i was on about
i got the silicone but im kinda unsure about it wanna get it right ya know.
im from cork. there many from ireland members??
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby thedupleman » Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:38 am

just a good opportunity here to point out albert tatlock is always willing to deamber your lights for you,but lately has been having problems with people sending back sub-standard lights.please make sure any lights you have in exchange are in good condition or have informed albert beforehand they are damaged.
eg acceptable-slight scratches,missing parts(with notification)
unacceptable- missing parts(without notification)missing bulb holders,broken body parts,scoring(deeply)
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tadlocking"

Postby mick-doyle » Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:21 pm

mossy2390 wrote:yeah i tried halfords and b&q and they didnt have a clue what i was on about
i got the silicone but im kinda unsure about it wanna get it right ya know.
im from cork. there many from ireland members??


I've done a few sets and I used black Tec-7 adhesive. Its about a tenner in B&Q
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby ANDY-Tuscani » Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:16 am

Hi, i really want to get this done to mine but i want a really good job. i think i saw somewhere there is someone on here that does it alot? how much does he charge and where does he do it? all replies much appreciated.
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby LiDL » Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:41 am

the fella you need to get in touch with is "Albert Tadlock", he's a top bloke and will more than likley be able to help you out. he charges pennies and you swap your lights over.
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby ANDY-Tuscani » Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:06 pm

oh right cool cheers for that i've emailed him now.
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby Cidneyr » Sun May 02, 2010 3:27 pm

quick question, could you not just use a fresh stanley blade and a steady hand to cut through the sealant or is that too reckless
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby Albert Tatlock » Sun May 02, 2010 8:59 pm

Cidneyr wrote:quick question, could you not just use a fresh stanley blade and a steady hand to cut through the sealant or is that too reckless

No mate if it were that easy I wouldn't have my Saturdays booked up for the next 18 months (slight exaggeration). You will have to heat the sealant and prise the light apart.
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby Jimlee567 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:37 pm

This is the main reason i have joined this site, I have been trying to track down Albert Tatlock for a while now and I have been fortunate enough to find him! I would love to get my yet to own car de-ambered, they look so much better without the orange in them!
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tadlocking"

Postby Gadzooks » Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:04 pm

mossy2390 wrote:hello,
having trouble finding the none setting mastic and i live in Ireland so i probably wont have half the shops ye have, is there anywhere on line or anything else that can be used??? i do have silicone!
thanks


I've bought some of this off ebay and it's what I intend to use when I eventually get round to de-ambering my car. Oh and the chrome bulbs I bought are the correct ones for my gen 3 (opposite pins).

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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby iceman1067 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:02 pm

how far away from the light unit do we need to hold the heat gun?
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby BEAST_69 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:03 pm

Hold it 2-3" away and keep it moving, depending on the wattage heat gun you use as to how long it will take to get it hot enough, usually 10 mins :)
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby iceman1067 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:48 pm

ok cheers, im going to attempt it tomorrow
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De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby Gadzooks » Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:50 am

I had a mare doing mine. Result looks ok. Won't be doing it again (if there was ever a need).
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby iceman1067 » Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:33 pm

well i got it done eventually, took 3 hours in the end. will upload pic tomorrow as it got dark by the time i finished
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby Cidneyr » Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:33 pm

i've done mine a few months ago first one was difficult but the second one was a piece of piss, though now i noticed i didn't seal one of them properly... gutted
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby wessieworld83 » Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:07 pm

Hi I'm going to de Amber my lights but I'm also wanting to smoke the lights like the gen 3.5 which part of the headlight do I spray tints on, may sound like a daft question but I don't want to get it wrong
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby wessieworld83 » Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:22 pm

Hi Albert how much do you charge for the headlights done?
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby BEAST_69 » Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:23 pm

The way Albert and I do them is spray the silver part with black spray and then laquar :)
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Re: De-Ambering Your Headlights aka "Tatlocking"

Postby scout » Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:24 pm

wessieworld83 wrote:Hi Albert how much do you charge for the headlights done?


Its best to PM him
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