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How To: Open And Paint Corner Lights

Well I took a crack at painting my clear corners today and figured I would post up my tips and some pictures.

First of the tools and supplies you will need;

- oven
- flat head screw driver
- clear bathroom sealant
- paint of your choice
- blue painters tape

First clean your corners of any grime with soap and water and preheat your oven to ~ 190*.

Temperatures and times can vary but WATCH the corners constantly to avoid melting them.

I started with the corners in for 4 minutes, then managed to break the seal and get most of the lens off then back in for another 2-3 and I was able to work the lens all the way off.

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I started prying here, once the seal is broken work your way slowly around from your point of entry.

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Once some of the lens is off I found the bast way to separate them was to run the blade of the screw driver up along the joint, this is also the place that has the most material so it can handle some extra force when needed.

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Most of the way open, back into the oven.

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OPEN!

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both done

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Then its time to tape, take your time to get smooth sharp lines, the better the tape job the better the corners will look.

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Paints I used - Duplicolor adhesion promoter and Metalcast Smoke.

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Painting - remember light coats

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un-tape after the paint has tacked

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then reseal with clear bathroom silicon

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Hope this is some help for people looking to do their corners - Now Im off to do my headlights

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Thanks man! I did my headlights and I think I'll do my corners here in the next few days!
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got a pic of these mounted on the truck? (curious about what color to use)
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wanted to update this with some tricks I have learned working on other sets of corners.

First thing is an update to temp and time

265 for 7 min has worked the best for me. some lenses will start to get a little soft at this time so use caution.

Next is sealant

DO NOT USE bathroom silicone (not strong enough I lost a lense on a bumpy road and they fogged up

USE Adhesive RTV Silicone or Butyl Rubber

Robot Check Robot Check

OCI Butyl Rubber Glue

Also make sure to scrape ALL of the old sealant out, it sucks but if you don't the lens will not sit back flush and you will not have enough sealant to keep them water tight.


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Hi Mike. I noticed that you posted two photos of the side markers. The first where you kept the entire bulb area unpainted, and the second where you went back and painted the majority of the side marker chrome around the bulb. What changed your mind? Aesthetics? Or did you power up the light and not like the result?
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Hi Mike. I noticed that you posted two photos of the side markers. The first where you kept the entire bulb area unpainted, and the second where you went back and painted the majority of the side marker chrome around the bulb. What changed your mind? Aesthetics? Or did you power up the light and not like the result?
Those are different sets of lights some people
Like the all black look some
Like the partially painted. Just depends on who the lights were for.
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thx, I opted for the partially painted ones. thx for your tips, can't wait to finish up the projects!
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nice How-To. i thought the corners were easier than the actual headlights but than again I cooked em at like 230 degrees i think lol
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Got a picture by chance of the newer style on the truck?

I wasn't a fan of the chrome orignals but the oem looking ones look much better.

-Nigel
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