DIY S-series headlight reflector painting

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coppertop_01
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by coppertop_01 » Sun Feb 18, 2007 9:33 pm
Ok, I am going to tell you how to paint your reflector on a S-series.

Firstly let me say, DO NOT PAINT THE SURFACES THAT ARE USED FOR REFLECTING LIGHT!!!! secondly, I am not responsible if you screw this up

Tools that you are going to need:

Exacto knife
Scraper
Silicon
500grit sandpaper
Masking tape
10 mm ratchet with extension
Can of paint
Menthal hydrate (surface cleaner, light lacquer thinner, but it won't melt plastic)

Method
1. With your 10mm ratchet remove the headlights
2. Remove the bulbs from the unit
3. Use the exacto knife and cut out the silicon between the lens and the reflector
4. Pull apart the lens and the reflector, this might take some time and patience, and prying. You will see a couple tabs inside the lens/reflector, pry at those locations, try not to break anything.
5. Once apart, don't touch the chrome, the oils in your hands can cause the chrome to peel, with time and heat.
6. Mask off all the areas that you don't want painted, IE: the areas you need for reflecting light.
7. Take the sandpaper, and lightly sand the area that your are going to paint.
8. Clean the area with menthal hydrate
9. Paint the reflector
10. When dry, put the lens back on the reflector, use the silicon to seal it back on.......use some tape to hold it while the silicon drys

Have fun with it......

Brandon, can you post some pics of yours?

Jer

 

sc2racer
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by sc2racer » Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:28 pm
Hey Jer ... why don't i give you my headlights and you can do them for me lol .. I will pay you obviously but knowing me ill do something weird that will mess up the finish .. lemme know lol ?

 

coppertop_01
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by coppertop_01 » Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:18 pm
If I had time.......I would man

Jer

 

sc2racer
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by sc2racer » Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:53 pm
ya thats cool i understand that one .. I was just messin around lol :P .. but ill prolly end up trying it eventually .. see what the outcome is lol

 

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by slammedsl1 » Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:21 pm
send em my way, i did mine when we did my oil pan and i'd do it again

 

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by cyphon21 » Sat Mar 31, 2007 2:56 am
Menthal hydrate.. would rubbing alcohol do the same effect or what else? like soap and water maybe lol

 

viperssaturn
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by viperssaturn » Sat Mar 31, 2007 8:46 am
Methal Hydrate, or paint thinner or acetone or brake cleaner.

 

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by subliminal64 » Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:40 am

From what I remember Acetone eats plastic like a Mo Fo. I could be wrong...

 

coppertop_01
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by coppertop_01 » Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:50 pm
same with brake thinner........acetone and brake thinners are a no go, as well as laquer thinner

varsol, menthal hydrate, and rubbing alchol are the way to go

Jer

 

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by rshackelferd » Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:26 pm
nice thanks 4 the tips
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