Spraying The Internals Of Your Headlights

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Spraying The Internals Of Your Headlights

Postby Albert Tatlock » Sun May 09, 2010 1:30 pm

If you want to spray your lights while you are de-ambering them here's a quick guide that might help you.

Once the lights are stripped and the orange corner is disposed of place the chrome pieces on a soft surface then unscrew the main bezel and remove it from the lens. Unscrew the 2 chrome rings and remove them also.
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Using some ¾” masking tape mask off the strip that is directly along where the indicator bulb sits. Use a Stanley knife to trim the tape, make sure the edges are pressed firmly down.
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Take some 400 grit wet and dry (600 or 800 will be fine) and using it dry gently rub in a circular motion to dull the chrome finish of all the chrome bits you want to spray.
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It should look a creamy white when it’s ready to be sprayed.
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Wipe the prepared pieces with some slightly damp tissue then go over them with a tacky rag (available from any DIY store) to remove any small bits of dirt or dust.

Warm the room you’re spraying in and shake the aerosol you’re using for several minutes, I always keep the aerosol in my pocket while I’m doing the prep work to get it warm, warm paint flows better than cold paint giving a better finish. No need for primer it will make the finish look too heavy, now apply a light dust coat to all the pieces you want to spray and leave it for 10 minutes.
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Shake the aerosol again then hold the can approx 8” away spray using steady strokes always keep the aerosol moving and don’t try to apply too much or you will get runs.
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Leave to go tacky for 10 minutes and if you’re satisfied with the coverage and finish run a Stanley knife around the edges of the masking tape on the indicator reflector and push the tape though the bulb hole and carefully remove it.
Leave to dry for an hour or so in a warm room and re-assemble the light as described in the de-amber DIY. (sorry about the quality of the pics they were taken using my phone)
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Re: Spraying the intenals of your headlights

Postby berni-mac » Sun May 09, 2010 7:58 pm

great diy mate! :) just to add can do the same for gen 1 internals, just don't need the tape for the indicator! :)
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Re: Spraying the intenals of your headlights

Postby supersai101 » Mon May 10, 2010 12:43 am

are the lights in the pics the ones i have now? lol
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Re: Spraying the intenals of your headlights

Postby Albert Tatlock » Mon May 10, 2010 9:58 am

supersai101 wrote:are the lights in the pics the ones i have now? lol

No Sai they were the ones on the bench waiting to be done when you arrived.
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Re: Spraying the intenals of your headlights

Postby supersai101 » Mon May 10, 2010 10:46 am

Ah I see, you do one hell of a good job on them :)
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Re: Spraying the intenals of your headlights

Postby scout » Mon May 10, 2010 12:47 pm

supersai101 wrote:Ah I see, you do one hell of a good job on them :)



You must have my old ones :P
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Re: Spraying the intenals of your headlights

Postby Albert Tatlock » Mon May 10, 2010 1:13 pm

scout wrote:
supersai101 wrote:Ah I see, you do one hell of a good job on them :)



You must have my old ones :P

No mate they're in Scotland in singh84's coupe
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Postby supersai101 » Mon May 10, 2010 1:29 pm

One big sharing community lol
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Re: Spraying the intenals of your headlights

Postby scout » Mon May 10, 2010 5:40 pm

Share the love :oops:
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Re: Spraying the intenals of your headlights

Postby raven » Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:23 pm

hey thanx for the tips here, I de-ambered and painted black my headlights this w/end just gone [Sept 4/5 ] Here's my thoughts :

It was well worth the effort and the tips helped greatly. For anyone like me that likes a bit of DIY but isnt the most patient it does take some time and whatever 'Mr Tatlock' charges, it is well earnt !!!
The putting back together / re-masticking is a bit messy but then I always am ! Only neg on all this was how rough my lenses [glass outters] now look, they didnt really show on top of chrome but matt black shows it up and mine are quite cloudy !!!! ..........still the matt headlight look FABULOUS as do the de-ambered indicators - I say go for it peeps ! 8-)
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Re: Spraying the intenals of your headlights

Postby Angelus » Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:06 am

One of tatlocks other diy's tells you how to remove the lacquer lines from the headlights.
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Re: Spraying The Internals Of Your Headlights

Postby raven » Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:40 pm

oh ta fur that Angelus, I see you are in Cardigan - Im there regularly even though I live in Bristol ! 8-)
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Re: Spraying The Internals Of Your Headlights

Postby Angelus » Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:53 pm

oh? do you have a picture of your car? i occasionally see other coupes here.
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Re: Spraying The Internals Of Your Headlights

Postby Progen » Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:16 pm

Just wondering, what is the reason for taping across the bulb section of the light section? Am I right in saying the whole section of it on the 3.5 is clear, and does it need to be taped or can it al just be painted matte black?

I plan on light sanding it all down, light coat of primer and matte black paint. I think im right in saying matte black paint doesn't need a clear top coat? just leave dry for a day and put back together??
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Re: Spraying The Internals Of Your Headlights

Postby dantanner » Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:23 pm

The little bit of tape is to help with the indicator but is not essential
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Re: Spraying The Internals Of Your Headlights

Postby Naz93 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:13 pm

Is there a particular kind of bulb I should be replacing the indicating one with when doing this??

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Re: Spraying The Internals Of Your Headlights

Postby lukeyfc1212 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:32 pm

^^^ just put some chrome indicator bulbs in! Much better look! :)
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Re: Spraying The Internals Of Your Headlights

Postby lukeyfc1212 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:27 pm

Chrome indicator in low light, hope this helps
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