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How to open head lights?

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Icon5 How to open head lights?

I did a search... but my ninja search skillz are failing me.

Id like to know at what Temp and for how long I should bake my headlights?

I plan to paint the headlights on my 13 cmax.
 
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That's a good question and one I will need answered soon myself.

Search on "Projector Headlight Conversions" !?!

If someone is going to Projector Headlights then they will to open the Housings.

Post up what you find out !
 
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I remembered this video when rebuilding my rig. This guy used a heat gun.

 
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FMD,

In this How-To, it calls out 250 degree for 10-15 mins !

https://www.ranger-forums.com/how-di...ectors-142122/

A heat gun, I wouldn't think the heat would be spread out enough to release the glue.

After using the heat gun, how much force was needed to separate the lens from the housing ?

The video didn't show how the heat gun was used to heat the Housing, I'm tempted to use the gun just to see but IF it is easier to heat the housing ion the oven... I need an oven... and the Wife says noway to the House oven... !
Wondering if the oven will have a residue smell after heating the housings. anyone do a headlight separation in the Kitchen Oven ?

I am almost ready to separate my Housings/Lens, but don't have a way to heat them so all info is interesting to me... !

FMD, not trying to private your Thread but it is an interesting question to me !
 
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Look up how to paint ford ranger headlights, inside those threads are many different people with different input as to how hot and how long, start off low and ALWAYS be watching it, sit next to the oven if you can. If they don't open bump it a few degrees at a time until they pop open. Better to be safe then sorry especially if you have aftermarket headlights
 
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Originally Posted by RangerNick04 View Post
Look up how to paint ford ranger headlights, inside those threads are many different people with different input as to how hot and how long, start off low and ALWAYS be watching it, sit next to the oven if you can. If they don't open bump it a few degrees at a time until they pop open. Better to be safe then sorry especially if you have aftermarket headlights
Ditto, that's what I was thinking too.

One of the Threads said something about using a couple strips of wood to set the housing on instead of placing them on the rack, more to think about; I wouldn't use plywood !
 
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Originally Posted by Scrambler82 View Post
Ditto, that's what I was thinking too.

One of the Threads said something about using a couple strips of wood to set the housing on instead of placing them on the rack, more to think about; I wouldn't use plywood !
Definitely no plywood!! Maybe a 2x4 would work, maybe it would keep it from melting the lens? You could also put it in one of those silicon baking trays or sheets, as long as you don't mind the possibility of a little bit of melted headlight lens on them...
Only kidding, don't worry too much about it, just take your time and all should go as planned
 
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I did that this weekend using a heat gun. It went pretty smooth. You don't have to use much force with a screwdriver. Just heat a spot, jam and twist until it moves, and don't bring the gun too close. It'll melt the lenses
 
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IIRC I put the headlight in, one at a time, at a low temp, lense down, on a towel,

I did one lense up, and it melted the nub from the casting...

I actaully did this 3x as I was in a MAJOR accident in 2007, and had to bake the new headlight to match the other one while it was in the shop...

From memory, the two pieces should separate fairly easily, and all in one shot...

The heat gun method could work, but you risk warping the lense, and with new headlights (from what I have seen) the lense helps focus the beam (for those of you with non halogen bulbs...

Ill snag some replacements and give it a go...

the wife issue (not my issue) tell her to relax...
 
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