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Default How to: darken(clear) headlights(on a budget)

Here is a how to darken your own headlights guide some may call it cheap some may think its good, especially if they don't make headlights for your truck like mine.

(P.S) This can also be used to take out the ORANGE reflectors out "for that clear headlight look"

here we go,

steps:
1. take your headlight off
3. put your oven on about 210(15minutes)
4. MAKE SURE YOU take all of the BULBS out
5. put headlight inside oven for about 10 minutes(drink a beer) to soften the glue up
6. Take headlight out*CAUTION ITS HOT*
7. use two butter knives(what i used) and pry the glue off that might take a while be careful so you don't crack the headlight
8. now that you have the cover off you can either darken the housings or if you are just taking out the orange reflectors
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9. Putting it back together get some strong glue like PLASTIC EPOXY(DO NOT USE HOT GLUE) it will be very ugly and when it gets hot it melts and you will lose a headlight cover

here are some pictures of mine i found this first one online just to show the stove



now i primer them


first coat of flat matte black

all panted and ready to dry in the sun


now put back on the truck



still bright



Enjoy guys took me about 5 hours total to do it right but its worth it(mainly waiting) but came out good i like it so that's all that matters.
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Nice mod!!! Thanks for the how-to log.



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Nice mod!!! Thanks for the how-to log.



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no problem man, i believe my next one if i ever do it will come out 100 times better!
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Why would one sacrifice safety to look "cool"?
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Why would one sacrifice safety to look "cool"?
Really sacrificing safety can you explain how? Because I really don't see how this changed anything. You just came in here to hate. This mod is mainly to clear your orange corner reflectors, but I went the other route and darkened mine. you don't like it? Idgaf this is my truck you don't want to do it to your vehicle then don't.
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I wanted to do the same thing, but was worried about losing output painting the reflector. Did it make a noticable difference?
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good idea....i wanna try this on my grand am
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@kapone-Nope but this is because I painted my lenses before I did this mod and as you can tell I didn't paint the main part the bulb shine on either

@ sactown- you should def do it
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nice write up/pics.i've been wanting to do this to wifey's car to take out the orange reflector,but haven't had the cojones to throw them in the oven lol.
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I thought they made aftermarket headlights for Navigators
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