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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-15-2012, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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How to bake your own headlight less than $10

First thing first
tools needed: 7mm socket & driver
2 flat head screwdrivers (normal and a little bigger one)
T-15 socket and driver
Oven lol

First step is to take the lights out of the car

use a 7mm and take the two bolts out and a flat head to take out the bumper retainers.
the headlights are a bit of a pain to take out but you give them a good tug and they should come out

Second step




take headlight and take off all extras. This includes the sealer strip and lights


Be sure to take off all wires and bulbs

Step Three

Pre-Heat oven to 200 degrees F
Place headlight in oven at 200 degrees for 20 min


Do not go over 200. If you forget about the light and leave it in for 25-30 you should be okay.
The reason for heating the light up is to warm up the sealant making it easier to take apart

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Using both screw drivers lift up on tabs and carefully pry lens off housing one by one to make sure you dont brake anything
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-15-2012, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Step Five

Remove T-15 screws from chrome housing and lens, than use flat head to remove tabs at top of chrome shroud and carefully pry apart
Also once apart use flat head to remove reflector



Step Six

Clear Corner Lights
Use T-15 bit to remove 2 screws and remove yellow cap than replace T-15 screws without yellow cap



Step Seven

Pick out a color. I Deiced to go with a color match paint from auto zone
and paint shroud


Now carefully reverse process to put your headlight back together.

once youve reversed to the oven point simply place in oven at 200 for 5-10 min to reheat sealer. remove and press lens back onto housing. make sure to get a good seal. than let cool and put your bulbs and wiring back in,

than place back in car
Before:

After:



You can also add audi style led lights or whatever you like

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Nice write up.
I just wanted to add headlights from cars built after 2007 use a different glue and are a lot harder to separate.
I tried baking and heat gunning mine, the plastic would start to melt before the glue even got soft.
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Will try this


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Very nice write up. I fixed the typo in your title.

I wouldn't recommend doing this to Eagle Eye headlights for anyone reading. There is circuitry for the LED side panels and you would have to splice off the halo ballast. I also don't know how the projector ballast would hold up.

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Nice write up.
I just wanted to add headlights from cars built after 2007 use a different glue and are a lot harder to separate.
I tried baking and heat gunning mine, the plastic would start to melt before the glue even got soft.
This is why I'd use a oven. Better heat displacement. With a heat gun you'd only heat one spot and the other side would still be cold.
Low temp for 20-30 min and it should come apart with a little work
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Very nice write up. I fixed the typo in your title.

I wouldn't recommend doing this to Eagle Eye headlights for anyone reading. There is circuitry for the LED side panels and you would have to splice off the halo ballast. I also don't know how the projector ballast would hold up.
At 200 degrees it should be fine, I don't see any problems. I've retro fitted Hali's and projectors into headlights at this temp with no damage. You could even leave the bulbs in but when possible I'd remove
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This is why I'd use a oven. Better heat displacement. With a heat gun you'd only heat one spot and the other side would still be cold.
Low temp for 20-30 min and it should come apart with a little work
I was melting the plastic housing before the glue even got soft in the oven. I tried all sorts of different temps and times and the glue would not loosen up.
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I was melting the plastic housing before the glue even got soft in the oven. I tried all sorts of different temps and times and the glue would not loosen up.
The headlight has to be from an 05-06. GM switched to a tougher sealant afterwards that requires a higher melting point. It's not worth it then.

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Thats a bummer, Guess I got lucky with mine being a 06.
Still this can be used on many of the G6's on the roads
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Would there be any benefits to this even if you're not changing the fixture? It looks like it was cleaner afterwards, was that the intent?

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Would there be any benefits to this even if you're not changing the fixture? It looks like it was cleaner afterwards, was that the intent?
You can paint around the reflector so its a different color, tint the sidemarker, led turn signal. http://www.g6performance.com/forum/s...t+turn+signals

You can also retrofit the headlights with an hid projector, or even add leds.
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Would there be any benefits to this even if you're not changing the fixture? It looks like it was cleaner afterwards, was that the intent?
I just cleaned them up while I had it apart...
Unless youre painting or adding led strip or something I wouldnt take them apart
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How does it reseal itself? Do you have to buy anything to put on the headlight for it to reseal? I want to try this but I don't want to open the headlight up then I can't put it back together.
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How does it reseal itself? Do you have to buy anything to put on the headlight for it to reseal? I want to try this but I don't want to open the headlight up then I can't put it back together.
There is resealing glue that you can buy from multiple places, but most of the time the glue that was originally on it will suffice, unless you went to be sure there will be no moisture in the headlights.
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