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[quote author=Lara link=topic=193102.msg4073078#msg4073078 date=1310994580]
Yeah, the paint I used was just normal Krylon plastic paint on my headlights. No problems whatsoever.
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Did you clearcoat or wetsand/polish or anything? Or just spray and go?

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I like the way he did everything but the highs, I was debating just doing the amber part, and the headlight surround, leaving the chrome for the blinkers and highs (like the sema one) but now I don't know anymore.... Ugh they all look soo good


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See, I thought I wanted to leave the chrome in there (wanted functionality just as much as looks), but I like the clean look of the all black. Decided to look at glossy black, so it'll at least reflect SOME light. The chrome high, black low, then chrome blinker alternating pattern looked funny to me. I was thinking an LED blinker/parking light would look good and still offer plenty of light (for warning/notificaton of turning, etc) to oncoming drivers.

Still haven't decided on putting in halo rings, since I don't think I have any existing DRLs... Looks cool, and blends with the existing chrome when the rings aren't lit (aka, car off), but I'm wondering if the rings would stick out like a sore thumb on a painted-black housing...

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Yeah, I'm not a fan of the halos on our megaheadlights... The first gens look more natural with them, also, led bulbs may be the way to go, I have chrome blinkers in now, and they may look a fried ghost egg in the black housings


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[quote author=GrifN link=topic=193102.msg4073082#msg4073082 date=1310995479]
[quote author=Lara link=topic=193102.msg4073078#msg4073078 date=1310994580]
Yeah, the paint I used was just normal Krylon plastic paint on my headlights. No problems whatsoever.
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Did you clearcoat or wetsand/polish or anything? Or just spray and go?
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Just spray and go.


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So I am not completely new to the forums however this is my first post. I am looking into paining my housing but am wondering if I am going to get into something that may be over my head. Watching the video and reading what has been posted it seems easy enough as long as you have patience. I guess I just want to know if this is something that a person that isn't that knowledgeable when it comes to cars should attempt. Also what was shown in the video is that the only way to do it? Thoughts?
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It's definitely do-able, just take your time with whatever method you choose. Most Gen 2 owners have to use a heatgun as they will find that most ovens cannot accomodate their headlights.
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Hey everyone,
i took this task on shortly after picking up my sedan in April of 09. Unfortunatly my oven was to small to accomodate the headlamps so I was forced to do the job with a heat gun


that was the finished results. Due to water intrusion and lack of proper sealant I decided it was best to go back to my stock headlamps. In the meantime I have come up with a custom sealant blanket so that my oven can accomodate the larger shape of the headlamp. I have had some successful runs but am still working out the wrinkles. Due to lack of time I hve had the project sitting aside for a LONG time.
The custom blanket I have come up with is a fire blanket cut to a proper proportion to cover all the open spots, now unfortunatly that did not hold the heat in very well. I then used aluminum tape and tin foil to create a thicker layer for the heat to stay in the oven better. No test run has been done with this theory yet, but if all goes well and I have some time this weekend I will be trying this method for the first time

Also on a side note, i have potentially found some clear lenses for the bixenon setup. according to the retrofit source the WRX projector lenses are the same as the mazdas. If all goes well this weekend I will have a deffinate answer and some more pictures

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Hey everyone,
i took this task on shortly after picking up my sedan in April of 09. Unfortunatly my oven was to small to accomodate the headlamps so I was forced to do the job with a heat gun


that was the finished results. Due to water intrusion and lack of proper sealant I decided it was best to go back to my stock headlamps. In the meantime I have come up with a custom sealant blanket so that my oven can accomodate the larger shape of the headlamp. I have had some successful runs but am still working out the wrinkles. Due to lack of time I hve had the project sitting aside for a LONG time.
The custom blanket I have come up with is a fire blanket cut to a proper proportion to cover all the open spots, now unfortunatly that did not hold the heat in very well. I then used aluminum tape and tin foil to create a thicker layer for the heat to stay in the oven better. No test run has been done with this theory yet, but if all goes well and I have some time this weekend I will be trying this method for the first time

Also on a side note, i have potentially found some clear lenses for the bixenon setup. according to the retrofit source the WRX projector lenses are the same as the mazdas. If all goes well this weekend I will have a deffinate answer and some more pictures
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Reviving an old thread, but any update on this? How did things turn out with the bixenons?

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Thanks for bringing this back from the dead. I do in deed have an update on this and it is in deed very good news. The wrx clear lenses do fit without problem. I have already installed them on my friends car. What we did was scratch out all the factory sealent and used a huge amount of automotive silicone sealant and locked the headlights back in to place. So far its been a few weeks and no leaks. Now the drivers xenon headlight does not have that great of a cut off that I was hoping for. However my friend is super happy with the blueness he doesn't care about the cutoff. My headlights are still a work in progress as I have big plans for them. They are mached up already and ready for stage 2 of the project. Pictures wiLl follow once it is done. Reason for not replying because of school, work and personal business. Will keep it up to date though

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