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derek2079
04-14-2005, 11:44 PM
i have been wanting to do this for a long time im wondering how this would be done. i mean sounds simple but im not sure how simple it would accually be. has anyone here done this before and can anyone give me any tips on how to do it?

are people talking about putting them in a conventional oven?

how long would you want to leave them in there for?

at what temp would you set the oven at?


all these things would be good to know i am very anxious to do this

SeanF
04-15-2005, 12:00 AM
well im not sure how to help you if your dead set on this, but i think you should keep your ecodes the way they are, they flow with the rs4 styling your working on..

derek2079
04-15-2005, 12:10 AM
i can see what you are saying 100% yet i still drool when i see headlights that have been painted black inside and done with taste.


cars are all about personalization and giving it a sense of your own style and taste



does anyone know who got evil's old headlights?

Quattrocket
04-15-2005, 01:02 AM
A friend of mine did this to his Golf and they turned out amazing. i believe he just used a hairdryer though. and obviously make sure you use a high temp paint like engine enamel or caliper paint. I will ask him tomorrow how he did it and post it.

RippleChip
04-15-2005, 05:27 AM
Originally posted by derek2079
does anyone know who got evil's old headlights?


Yes I know.

As for opening them up, it takes way more than putting them in an oven to losen the glue. You can do that with Honda lights and others, but these require a heat gun and some serious prying/cutting to get them open.

EuroA4
04-15-2005, 07:11 AM
I hear what you're saying about being different, but this is not an easy mod. From the people I've heard of doing this, it requires a dremmel to actually cut away the lenses, then paint, then re-assemble with glue/sealer...just be patinet, and careful if you attempt it. I'd hate for you to ruin the housings.

EVIL-AUDI
04-15-2005, 07:33 AM
Putting them in the oven is not the right way. The housings will melt long before the glue will.

AsianA408
04-15-2005, 08:30 AM
here have a looksie at my first project i did with DTMevolution

my angel eye pics (http://public.fotki.com/DTMevolution/azna408_angeleyes/)

RippleChip
04-15-2005, 08:34 AM
Have you managed to reattach your angle eye?

Daft
04-15-2005, 10:07 AM
The heat gun way is much safer. Get some gloves and a comfortable chair to sit in and keep moving the gun. If your gun has a low setting, make sure to use it to avoid plastic warpage.

derek2079
04-15-2005, 12:09 PM
ok heat gun sounds very logical. where can i look for one? home depot?

Daft
04-15-2005, 12:44 PM
Sure. Depot's good, Sears too.

I got a ceap one from Harbor Freight for $12. Works like a champ.

white fish
05-08-2005, 07:09 AM
any up dates, pics?
how do you attach the angel eye?
and hi-temp paint you say?
what does it look like one you get the lens off?

derek2079
05-08-2005, 01:57 PM
i keep flip flopping like john kerry on whether i want to do this or not

mmart6545
05-08-2005, 02:11 PM
Originally posted by derek2079
ok heat gun sounds very logical. where can i look for one? home depot?

If you dont know where to get a heat gun, you should probably not attempt this mod.

Burntaudi
05-08-2005, 03:14 PM
Originally posted by mmart6545
If you dont know where to get a heat gun, you should probably not attempt this mod.

Thank You....My thoughts exactly.