07-13 NNBS Headlight Mod

Discussion in 'Lighting Discussion' started by the phantom, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. the phantom

    the phantom New Member

    Well I finally bit the bullet and bought a set of Euro crystal clear signal lense with a black background headlights off Ebay for $175. My sole purpose was to either use these newly purchased headlights for my project or save these if I screw up the stock ones. Well after receiving them and getting ideas what I wanted to do I decided to use the new ones. My plan is to remove the lense off of the backing and start with painting the black background red to match my truck. Then I will install two 4" Color changing Halo rings around each light and a matching color changing strip across the middle. Also I have the switchback signal bulbs this is why I went with the clear signal lense. The color changing smd lights will all work by remote control. (cheap ebay stuff).

    I removed the rubber grommets and wiring from the back of the headlight and pre-heated my oven to 230 degrees. I placed the light on a cookie sheet and stuck it in the oven for 10 minutes. I used a infrared thermometer heat gun to be sure my oven was accurate. I checked the plastic just before I pulled it out and it was at 185 degrees. From what I understand the lights will melt at 285. All that is needed to get the butyle rubber seal around the headlight flexible seems to be about 185.
    It took two times of placing it in the oven to remove the lense from the seal. by the time I began using a flathead screwdriver to pry open and pop the tabs it began to cool. After the second time back in oven for 8 minutes the glue seems to allow the lense to pull off much easier. The second light I only had to put in the oven once since I was that much better at it the second time.:lol: More to come when I can post up pictures:grrrrrr:
  2. the phantom

    the phantom New Member

    woohooo Pictures!!!! 2012-02-11_09-28-19_468.jpg The rings are in ready to mount. 0110142229.jpg 0110142052.jpg 2012-02-23_19-29-19_136.jpg 0111142056.jpg
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2014
  3. Als09Sierra

    Als09Sierra New Member

    Looks great. Keep us updated with lots of pics.
  4. the phantom

    the phantom New Member

    I will, Im looking at doing my foglights next. Mounting the rings is one of the challenges and also making sure the light gets good and sealed back up. Again I will probably buy an aftermarket set of foglights to rip into so I dont ruin the stock ones. That way if and when I sell the truck I can either keep them/ sell them seperate, or allow the new buyer to do what they want with it.
  5. 08_rado_rocker

    08_rado_rocker New Member

    looks awesome bro! I have been wanting to paint mine white for quite some time now, just never pulled the trigger. neither of my headlights are factory anymore (friend drove it drunk and smashed the driver side... haters happened on the passenger), and the lenses SUCK.. can you post a link to the ebay item you bought for the headlights? they look pretty good!
  6. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    The demon eyes look awesome, but I think your going to regret painting the housings. I know what happens to them from experience lol, you'll find out soon enough.
  7. the phantom

    the phantom New Member

    I asked an experienced sign painter about what to use and he said the new krylon fusion paint for plastic works very well. [MENTION=53287]08_rado_rocker[/MENTION] if you search silverado euro crystal headlights you should find a couple options ex smoked w/ amber lense clear w/ clear signal lense ect.
  8. 08_rado_rocker

    08_rado_rocker New Member

    dont be an ass lol.. what happened in your experience? and what kind of paint did you use?

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    right on.. ill have to check that out. I would think that using a high temp paint would be the best route, looking forward to see how this holds up for you! Did you clear them at all? Also curious to know how the fitment of those particular lights are on your truck?
  9. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator

    those look sweet. Now hurry, I need to see pics of them on your truck!! :great:
  10. the phantom

    the phantom New Member

    yeah gonna be a bit for install in the truck, one of the rings had 3 smd lights that were out for the color blue. The seller is sending me another ring to replace it along with small ones for the foglights. I did not clear the paint. How hot do you thing it gets in there with the stock lights? I felt the lenses with the headlights on and really didnt feel heat throught the lense itself. Im hoping the rings withstand the heat but I would imagine they should considering that it is what they are used for. Also I wouldnt think that the paint would have issues with the heat if its not getting that hot. My sign guy told me that paint technology has come a long way from just the old basic rattle can paint of yesterday.
  11. lonelywolf858

    lonelywolf858 New Member

    Sub'd for updates because you gave me an idea to do it to mine.
  12. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    I didn't want to scare him, that's all.

    I painted my 05 Silverado housings the same way, except mine were blue. We used the OEM PPG 2 stage base coat/clear coat. They were professionally done at a body shop, they looking awesome.

    First thing I noticed was a major light output problem, there is a reason why the factory puts reflectors in there.

    Second thing I noticed was the paint faded very quickly, I ended up taking them back out. Now I have book ends......
  13. the phantom

    the phantom New Member

    Yeah I see the stock ones have it chrome where these new aftermarkets are black. I like that look better and yet even better red. so I figured painting them red instead of the black wouldnt change that outcome on these lights. As far as paint goes did they fade from the sun? Im thinking of possibly tinting the lenses some which would cut down on the ultra violet rays hitting it. Also its parked undercover most of its life also so im hoping the paint would hold up for me.
    We will see..:neutral:. Dont worry you wouldnt scare me. :no:some things I do have to learn on my own but I definitely appreciate your input/experience so I know what to look for.
    Got the Switchbacks and resistors ready to go.. 0117141640a.jpg
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2014
  14. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    The sun does some serious damage to the paint as far as fading, I don't think It was the actual light beam itself because I drove mostly at day light.

    You'll love the switchbacks, those are awesome!
  15. the phantom

    the phantom New Member

    yeah thats all Im worried about is how hot the lights get with my halo rings being right there close to the bulbs. The rings have a range for temperature but thats the temperature it can operate in(forgot what it was now)and not cause damage to them. Im crossing my fingers there wont be any issues.
  16. the phantom

    the phantom New Member

    some of the pieces parts of my project. $_14.jpg 161173408844_1.jpg 161179407528_1.jpg 360793005932_1.jpg 3292_G.jpg 221315718871_1.jpg 0111141614b.jpg 200917220825_2.jpg
  17. the phantom

    the phantom New Member

    Getting ready to bake the lenses off my new foglights for the color ring to get installed.
    Also got the Fog light grille covers Painted. 0128141339.jpg If you look cose you can see a hole in the chrome under the bulb. Perfect place to run the wires for the rings. 0126141300.jpg
  18. the phantom

    the phantom New Member

    Fog lights are done... Just waiting on some strips to go between the Halo's in the headlights.
    0131142039.jpg 0131142038.jpg 0131142038a.jpg 0131142038d.jpg Perrty colors
  19. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator

    those look pretty sweet! I can't wait to see them on the truck in daylight and darkness.
  20. 08_rado_rocker

    08_rado_rocker New Member

    whatever happened on this project? Are they installed and paint holding up?

    And to be fair, the 05 style headlights entire housing is used to project light... if you notice, he taped off the parts of our headlights that are used to project and reflect light. This should have prevented any premature wear on the paint from bulb heat [MENTION=23036]TRPLXL2[/MENTION]

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