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    Doing my lights today to make them appear as SRI ones.

    I know theres a few threads about self tinting but non really mention what glue to use. o, what type of glue do i use, is it available from the likes of B&Q?

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    I'd just use a clear silicon sealant on it..... I may be wrong but I'd say use that. That is probably no help whatsoever!

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    I am also tempted to do my headlights.........been told to use tiger seal on them......can get it for a fiver......but i dont want to knack me lights......seems hard to get them apart...

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    I'm doing it this weekend, shouldnt be to hard (he says) i'm just going to use a heat gun to soften the glue, then pull apart, saves any dremmeling etc!

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    See i have no dremmel, only an angle grinder lol. But i did find a heatgun so maybe this is the way, just scared of melting the actual casing

    Ill do a mini picture compilation and post them in here. Not a how 2 but just showing how i get on.

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    Just use it on a lowish heat but keep moving it, I'm not using any cutting device.... just to soften the glue, people say put it in the oven but I can see that going wrong, at least with a heatgun you'll have some control over how much heat... I'll post pics of my failure no doubt!

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    I used the oven on my first attempt and melted the casing that covers where the bulbs go and 1 of 3 flaps where you put the bolts through to connect the light casing to the car bent itself 90 degrees south and then curled a bit east so i had to snap it off. OVEN IS A NO NO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beethamwest View Post
    I used the oven on my first attempt and melted the casing that covers where the bulbs go and 1 of 3 flaps where you put the bolts through to connect the light casing to the car bent itself 90 degrees south and then curled a bit east so i had to snap it off. OVEN IS A NO NO!
    Actually thats how you'd do it on some motors (used that method on my old Mondeo), however the glue that holds the Vec headlights together is rigid stuff and you can't really soften it. Only way is to phsically cut through it.

    When it comes to re-assembly, as said above tigerseal is perfect

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    Well iv'e spent the whole day in m garage haha. Done my fog surrounds and lower grille in gloss black. And done my drivers side light. Opening was a pain and most of the clips in place to keep the rubber seal on the casing wer chopped off. i used a freekin angle grinder to do it as heat gun was useless and i don't own a dremmel. Anyhow lights sprayed. 1 word of note, the chrome part that surrounds the indicator bulb rubs off to produce a glossy black colour. I noticed by mistake when cleaning and removing small plasitc parts. Anyhow they look better black. Picture follow. Lower grill and NS light drying




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