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JaredConspiracy 01-11-2011 09:23 AM

headlight baking help
im in the process of doing mine but i need help figuring out how to remove all of the leftover sealant off of the lenses...its so tough! how'd yall do it?

westxsrt10 01-11-2011 10:19 AM

What's "headlight baking"? Is that like cooking them till they turn dark?

JaredConspiracy 01-11-2011 10:26 AM

its cooking them in the oven until the come apart so the components on the inside can be custom painted and you can also put custom lighting or whatever other knick knacks you'd like to put into your headlights. It's basically the gateway to making custom headlights out of your stock ones.

JaredConspiracy 01-11-2011 10:37 AM

for example...
These are the backs...
here are my lenses...
and finally the headlight housings...

saunders1986 01-11-2011 11:22 AM

you dont remove it, after ur done painting, put em back together, heat them up again, and squeeze them together tightly, reuse the sealant :)

CapperRAM 01-11-2011 11:37 AM

^^^^ What he said...!!!

JaredConspiracy 01-11-2011 01:26 PM

really!? well too late for that. im working with an old AAC tech and he suggested removing it because that sealant is more like plastic weld and it normally doesnt react to that well...i plan on putting all new silicone in the channel.

CdnoilRAM 01-11-2011 01:43 PM

I had to warm mine up a couple of times, but not like when I baked them open. Just kept them warm, so 5 min at 250F and I acutally used a flat blade screw driver to scrape the sealant out. Then I used a clear sealant. Don't use another color cuz it'll show when it squeezes out.

Ram15002ndgen 01-11-2011 06:36 PM

I agree with the others that you should have left the sealant alone. Second mistake was to paint them before removing it. Only thing I can think is strong enough to remove it would be Carb cleaner or brake cleaner, so your paint job will get all screwed up. I'd say if you can't make it work get a new pair and start over.

JaredConspiracy 01-11-2011 10:47 PM

like i said. i had a former AAC tech help me with these and he did headlights for five years. Everything ended up being just fine!

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