Rocky Mountain Club B5

Discussion Forums => Modifications => Topic started by: KevB on July 28, 2005, 08:48:31 PM

Title: Headlight Question
Post by: KevB on July 28, 2005, 08:48:31 PM
Hello all,

I'm considering painting my headlight backgrounds body color, but how do I take off the cover?

Just looking at them there appear to be a few clips around the outside, but I doubt it's that easy to take them apart.

Any input would be appreciated.

Title: Headlight Question
Post by: 03Indigo on July 28, 2005, 09:08:06 PM
the cover is sealed with adhesive.  To get it off, you need to heat it with a heat gun or place it in the oven and pull it apart.  From there, you can do what you need, then buy some more adhesive...much like windshield adhesive.....and warm it up again and seal it.

I think BlueGolfTurbo has doen his, but I can not remember.  There are many links to how this is done on a variety of cars.  If you want, I can look up the directions for the new subarus...they have to pull it apart to clear their corners...but the process is the same.
Title: Headlight Question
Post by: KevB on July 28, 2005, 09:20:07 PM
I've found a couple write-ups, but how long and at what temp would I need to "cook" my headlights?  I haven't been able to find that yet.

Thanks again,
Title: Headlight Question
Post by: ianacole on July 28, 2005, 09:52:32 PM
I would recommend not going too much above "warm" on your oven.  I helped a friend do something similar to his STI, and we didn't have the oven much over warm (maybe 225ish).
Title: Headlight Question
Post by: Spicoli on July 28, 2005, 11:47:46 PM
I made the mistake of using regular body paint and didn't clear coat it.  The painted seeped stuff onto my lenses, and now I have to redo them.  I have been told to use engine paint since it is designed to take massive amounts of heat.... no seepage that way.

Color match is cool.  Here is a pic of when I had color matched.  I did color match lip with flat black under the lights.  It didn't come out as well as I hoped... but it was okay.  It was a bit darker than my paint and the lense only amplified that.

Title: Headlight Question
Post by: Colorado_Baja on July 29, 2005, 01:53:33 AM
I just orderd a can of Indigo from paint  and ill be painting set Indigo, clear coat and the whole nine. Should be hot.. along with the front and rear emblems. Ill post some photos.

Oh and I wouldent put them in the oven. Heat gun is the way to go, no need for extra sealer eather the stuff that is on their gets super stickey when you heat it up again..

Title: Headlight Question
Post by: KevB on July 29, 2005, 07:58:24 AM
That's what I was planning on doing as well.  Painting the front and rear VW emblems body color should look pretty cool.

Title: Headlight Question
Post by: ianacole on July 29, 2005, 08:13:11 AM
One thing that I have heard is that using masking or painter's tape to mask off the reflectors can really damage the finish...don't know if this is true or not.  If you want to use something that will not damage the reflectors you can find this stuff called 3M Parafilm at modeling shops.  It's medical film, that will stretch to 5x its original size.  Because it becomes so thin, it will easily mold to any contour or surface.  If you want, I have some at home (I used it to keep the reverse lights clear when I tinted my rear tails) I can show you how it works.
Title: Headlight Question
Post by: 34k on July 29, 2005, 08:33:17 AM
You have to be EXTREMELY careful of the reflective finish.
 EDIT: Careful as in a fingerprint can damage the material!

If I were doing it again, I would only do the surrounds. I would leave the back part that actually houses the lights chrome like the way Jack shows on his HIDs. It will come out a lot cleaner, won't involve masking anything and you won't risk damaging your lenses.

When Greg and I did ours the masking took by far the most time and even when being super careful and going slow mine still ended up with a less than perfect finish.

Good luck Kevin, can't wait to see 'em!
Title: Headlight Question
Post by: Spicoli on July 29, 2005, 11:23:04 AM
The way I did it, you just pop out that little piece and go about painting... you do have to worry about getting paint on the lights, etc... super easy to paint that.
Title: Headlight Question
Post by: Colorado_Baja on July 29, 2005, 11:28:52 AM
Ill be doing the full deal again, surrounds and the houseings. as for the chrome surface and the reflectors they are right do not touch them, as for masking them off glad press and seal wrap :wink:
Title: Re: Headlight Question
Post by: Usermanual on June 24, 2006, 07:12:42 PM
What ever came of this mod? I have just perfomed the clear corner DIY and would really like to see the inside housings of my B5 A4 painted a nice flat black. I have inspected my one piece headlights and can't seem to see any way to get them apart. Does anyone have any experience with this? I have a nice heat gun, which I assume would yield a better result than the oven, but I have no idea where to pry or whether heating these puppies up will even get me where I want to go.

Thanks for the help.
Title: Re: Headlight Question
Post by: Richard-EB on June 01, 2007, 04:43:57 AM
I am actually curious as well to how this project came out.  Did you end up getting the end results you were looking for?