View Full Version : So I baked my headlights(pics)

03-16-2006, 02:13 AM
yeah, so i got pics. My headlamps are ugly yellow tint, so i decided since its not running atm, lets take them off. I did so, and then began the process

headlights removed
I baked them in the oven, 350dfor about 5-7 minutes, then i got em out and seperated.
I cleaned them up as good as i can, plastic polish and all. then the housing.
and seeing that I'm going jdm tyte yo! later, i just set them up for paint right quick and walla
and so you can see how sparkly it is

tomorrow I will have on the car pics and stuff :)

03-16-2006, 02:21 AM
Shoulda put this in General!! Looks good tho buddy, cant wait to see em on the 240 :cool:

03-16-2006, 04:05 AM
OT's my home and its nto celica related :)

03-16-2006, 04:14 AM
thats gonna look good when you put them on. cant wait to see pics. hahaha i have that same tool kit up top.

03-16-2006, 04:56 AM
Good choice on color. Sure you will be happy not choosing black?


03-16-2006, 11:41 AM
if i'm not happy with teh color, i'll just order the euro ones

03-16-2006, 03:31 PM
Hey!!! If the reflecting parabola of the housing is painted black, it will absorb all the light. How are you going to see at night more than 10 feet in from of your car? Muy peligrosa!

03-16-2006, 08:17 PM
its not black hombre, its man purple, bitch!

03-16-2006, 08:37 PM
Your ass is still gonna be blind at night honky.

03-16-2006, 08:39 PM
And by honky, I mean literally. You are going to have to use your horn and some bat-like echo location to find your way around at night.:hehe:

03-16-2006, 08:41 PM

Need a part? ask here. (http://www.celicatech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13203)

Will I actually be asking Ricksta for the part? If so, sign me up.http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/Playfortoday/Emoticons/livestock01-14-04-whore.gif

03-16-2006, 10:19 PM
it still has a yellow to it, but looks alot better than it was. I'll have pics up later, and soem with the lights on to see how much they absorb, i hate it when play is mad at me.

03-16-2006, 10:38 PM
reflecting parabola

Ellipsoid, actually.

Ellipses have the property of taking light from a source at one of their two foci and focusing it to the other.

Parabolas focus parallel incident light beams to their focus.

Headlight reflectors are ellipsoids, and the bulb is placed at the closer focus. The light is then focused to the second focus, which is way out in front of your car.

Azz, you may indeed have some issues with light intensity. If you're to try this in the future with another set of headlights, I would use a transparent paint (like a tinted clear coat) to add a tint to your reflectors without too badly compromising their ability to reflect a good amount of incident light.

If you have trouble with it, you can still re-coat with a good chrome paint. ALSAcorp makes tintable chrome paints that you could use.


They also make something called MultiChrome, basically a chrome with flake:


I don't think I would use it on a car ( :ghey: ), but regardless I thought it was an interesting paint.

03-16-2006, 10:38 PM
You painted the reflectors? :slap:

03-17-2006, 12:43 AM
well, the car is immobile, but tomorrow that will be changed. I'll see how bad it is. I planned on replacing the bulbs too, so that should help some. Pics anyway.
Honestly, since i don't have the euro's and i have a haze prob, not much of a diff.
http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/4497/picture1537gg.jpg http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/73/picture1543qw.jpg
now, nighttime. Looks fine, but I can't judge till i can drive her.
http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/5168/picture1554qc.jpg http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/462/picture1561td.jpg http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/6945/picture1579op.jpg http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/602/picture1593yc.jpg

I want to thank you all in your support and critisism alike. This was a "lets see if I can do this" project. I think I know maybe...if anything, alittle more than the infamous rickstar when it comes to cars. taking my headlights off, baking them, and not destroying them was the key, cuz I couldn't find a write up on it. I cleaned the lens as good as possible. Gonna take claybar to it soon. If the paint does hinder my sight severly, Its not called jdm tyte fo' nuthin. Anyway, I'm happy with how it all turnt out, I got em off, open, cleaned and back on again with little problem, and my corner lens was stickign out abit before all this and thus I fixed it yay! Again, ty all for your input, especially Play.

03-17-2006, 12:55 AM
CS, I think you are getting a little too technical. Parabola results in this ====>, Elipse results in this ====x>. We are not talking about crossing focal points, just a basic principal of light reflecting. I will give you a win on the fact that his are ellipse, but way back in the day when I was taught about this stuff, I think most cars were still using parabolic sealed beam head light or my teacher used an incorrect example, and he was nerdy, so he very well may not have understood car headlights.

Azz, you're welcome.;)

03-17-2006, 02:59 AM
I'll be honest, the idea of painting my reflectors dark seems strange to say the least.

If it works though :bigthumbu

03-17-2006, 03:50 AM
thats the pic that inspired me honestly. Obviously I didn't come out with the same result, unfortunatly. Live and learn though.

03-17-2006, 04:23 AM
That guy has projectors fitted in there so the reflectors serve no purpose, so he can have painted housing and it won't affect his light output. If those are plastic, you can sand and polish them to achieve that crystal clear look.

Can't really tell the light output from those pics. You'd have to see if they're actually throwing decent light on the ground.

03-17-2006, 05:18 AM
thats the pic that inspired me honestly. Obviously I didn't come out with the same result, unfortunatly. Live and learn though.

meh, I love 240s but that white one is gross. If I was gonna do anything with your headlights, I'd sand the lenses down to give them that crystal look and leave it at that...maybe you could flat black some of the surfaces that don't focus anything.

03-17-2006, 06:27 AM
sometime this weekend i think i'll sand em, cuz i want that nice clear, cuz the corners would match the heads better. I just wanted to do it for the sheer learnign factor. and with all you guys' help, I've learned

03-17-2006, 08:31 AM
Just wet sand it with like 2000 grit, then use a polishing compound. Use harsher grit sanding paper before the 2000, since you're gonna have to sand it down so it's nice and flat.

03-17-2006, 08:50 AM
I'm going HID soon..

03-18-2006, 12:31 AM
I took some superfine steel wool to the surface, cuz i figured its a learning process one way or another and lemme tell you, looks fantastic compared to what it was.

03-18-2006, 01:17 AM
You talking about the clear lens?

Try this... (http://www.mdwholesale.com/)

03-18-2006, 08:10 AM
plus if your going for a custom-look, this is a good solution:


Wicked Toys
03-19-2006, 06:44 PM
Yeah, I was there with Azz sat night, I walk in his house and he's scrubing away. I assisted and used a clay bar to smooth things out. Now Azz when ya put them back on, I'll admit they do look hella better then when ya bought the car. Its almost clear plastic again but I do think you need to drive with the high beams on for now till ya get the Euro's. Still they look good. PS how bout that car show last night :laugh:

03-19-2006, 06:52 PM
Black Painted Reflectors = Need for High Beams = LOL

03-19-2006, 07:26 PM
I really don't know what azz was thinkin when he painted the reflectors black... lol

03-19-2006, 09:13 PM
for the last time, its not black, fuckers