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Old 07-11-2019, 03:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Guys, sorry for the dumb question, but I have a 1998 base model. Do I still follow these same instructions?? Mine are plastic and I don't want to melt

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The oven method is pretty standard for headlight disassembly on all vehicles. I can't offer any guidance as to what temperature to use, perhaps search for "robo mod" threads? What I've read suggests the plastic ones are a little less risky to take apart since the plastic is much less likely to crack compared to the glass ones.

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The paint is faded on both surfaces of the headlights pretty badly. Can I buy my
matching color spray paint off ebay and apply?
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I've seen pretty mixed results from rattle cans, if you care about it matching I'd have them professionally re-sprayed personally. Maybe someone with more paint and bodywork experience than me has a better suggestion though.
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Thanks PhailosaurusRex for the tips and info!
What kind of price for do u think for getting 2 headlights resprayed?

Hmmmmm from Russian Federation!

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I'm confused as to what the problem is, or what we're trying to accomplish here..?

The glass fogging problem, and the lexan lights fading and yellowing are two completely different scenarios that require completely different treatment. The lexan lights are painted on the inside of the plastic. There is no restoring the paint itself. You would have to completely remove and respray if it were damaged. The fading/yellowing is the surface on the outside of the light, and just needs to be sanded, polished, and clear coated... You do not disassemble the light to do that...
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Sorry for not clarifying....

First I was just going to do the "headlight cleaning" but then I thought, since I would have these cooked and opened, to do something with the "fading".

http://moojohn.com/stealth/headlight/Hlobody.jpg

See the painted dk green area, mine are faded (yellow). The car color is pearl white.
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Sorry for not clarifying....

First I was just going to do the "headlight cleaning" but then I thought, since I would have these cooked and opened, to do something with the "fading".

http://moojohn.com/stealth/headlight/Hlobody.jpg

See the painted dk green area, mine are faded (yellow). The car color is pearl white.
That's my point... The yellowing is on the outside... Why would you open them up at all?
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Most likely you could sand and polish the outer plastic. I did that then hit it with some UV resistant clear coat, they look almost like new.
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That's my point... The yellowing is on the outside... Why would you open them up at all?

Yes, so I am an idiot. For some reason, I thought the discoloration was on the INSIDE and taking them out, cooking them, etc would clean it. But you are right.....It's on the outside! The cheap Turtle wax headlight cleaner isn't working so I will try some other methods (ex. R/T93 method)

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