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#1 SoobGoob

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 08:31 PM

cam someone please tell me the process of opening my headlights. i know you put them in the oven but i dont know for how long or what temp thanks!

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 08:46 PM

found a thread on it. i have an extra set of loyale headlights so i am going to smoke them. i havent seen it done on a loyale yet so ill post pictures when im done :banana:

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 10:03 AM

cam someone please tell me the process of opening my headlights. i know you put them in the oven but i dont know for how long or what temp thanks!

SG

i've never tried this but it may help:

you could probably just dump out the water as much as possible and then put a hairdryer where the bulb goes and run it for a couple of minutes to dry them out.

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 11:18 AM

Well, Long long time Ago... (Back in `90s) my white EA82 Wagon got a Loose Bulb (I dropped the Battery hittin` the Bulb`s Base) so then the Headlight got Water (Not just moisture, it was about two ounces of Water) `cos I washed the Engine...

I did get out the entire Headlight, and then I removed some water by Chakin` it without bulb, and then I putted it in the Floor, and connected in a 110V, a 150Watts Reflector bulb, facin` the Headlight for three hours... it became too hot, so the Water and moisture did evaporate and gone.

But be Carefull: some 110V reflectors may come too Hot, and can break the Glass of the Headlight, or Burn plastics (or Skin) so, be Carefull.

Good Luck! :)

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 12:51 PM

Try some alcohol.

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 01:44 PM

Try some alcohol.


Done and done.

Now I don't care a bit about the water in my headlights.

... what happens when I sober up?

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 03:51 PM

Good one. :lol:

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 04:39 PM

If the moisture is in there because of a hole in the front of the light, just take the bulb out and drive (assuming it's not raining out) for a few miles. It should dry out quickly from the air moving through it.

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 04:46 PM

He's actually taking the lamp assembly and baking it till the sealant can be pulled apart to open the casing. Then you clean out the innards, and smoke them with some paint if you like. Then bake the parts to soften the goop again and push em back together. Pretty sure this has the added benefit that it should seal any holes that have formed in the sealant too.

I want to try it sometime myself...

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 07:46 PM

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Pics that explain that Procedure would be Nice!

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 08:11 PM

a convection oven at 250 degrees for whatever it takes works excellent. I am guessing even lower temps cure it too.Overbaking brings a hint of black color in the reflective part of back of lense, even then, it still works great (I overbaked one - nothing broke).
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Posted 10 November 2006 - 10:25 PM

you might try putting some dessicant into the light, it's the little packs you find in sneaker boxes and nail boxes or anything else that needs to stay dry during shipping. just open the little paper envelope and put a few grains in the light enclosure. as long as there are no cracks it should eliminate any fogging.

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 11:18 PM

Try some alcohol.

Done and done.

Now I don't care a bit about the water in my headlights.

... what happens when I sober up?

-=Russ=-


Classic!

Russ, that didn't hurt your shoulder too bad there, when he twisted your arm, did it???

back on topic, this is a GREAT thread! common car knowledge that is NOT that common! thanks again, USMB! :headbang:

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 11:29 PM

Classic!

back on topic, this is a GREAT thread! common car knowledge that is NOT that common! thanks again, USMB! :headbang:


Yea, a good one. I have a box of these lights that are leakers slated for repair at a future date. Good glass deserves saving around here.

On a side note, of all the ones I have, out of six or eight drivers side headlights, ONE doesn't leak. The passenger side is less likely to be that way. What's this mean? I don't know, it's just what I'm seeing.

#15 SoobGoob

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Posted 11 November 2006 - 05:40 PM

well i tried baking for 25 minutes at 200 degrees but to luck, ill keep trying and get some pics up of the final proudct

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Posted 11 November 2006 - 08:01 PM

Okay, heres a howto for another car. A Honda Accord CB7 body (90-93). Granted, its not a Subaru, however, the techniques are similar.... as hell, it all came from Japan right? ;) It should help someone along...

Warning: 56k, go make a sandwich.

http://www.cb7tuner....ead.php?t=59176

Cheers!

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Posted 11 November 2006 - 08:10 PM

Now all I need is a way to restore the mirror finish.....




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