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  • How To Paint Ion Headlight Housings

    You will need:
    rubber gloves
    Krylon Fusion spray paint
    flat head screwdriver
    painter's masking tape

    All you have to do is:

    1. Take off both headlight assemblies from the car.
    2. Wipe the clear front lens clean.
    3. Take out both bulbs in each headlight.
    4. Heat your oven to 200F.
    5. Place headlights on cookie sheet (do not put them directly on the oven rack).

    6. Leave them in for approximately 15 minutes.
    7. Take the first one out, leaving the other one in for the time being.
    8. It will be hot as hell, but ALWAYS use the rubber gloves when handling.
    Use a flat screwdriver to pull up on the clips all around the casing.

    9. Work your way around the whole headlight, pulling the clear lens apart from the black back part as the clips come undone. *Be fast, because if you take too much time, the glue will harden again.
    10. If the glue hardens before you get the first one done, put it back in the oven again for 2 more minutes while you start pulling the other headlight apart.
    11. Once both headlights have the lenses off, you pull out the chrome plastic trim piece in the inside.

    12. Take out the amber reflector on each headlight.

    13. Tape off the chrome plastic piece like so...

    14. Start painting from just over a foot away in slow, even motions...it will look like this. *Be sure to paint ALL AROUND the front and sides and inside.

    15. Let each one dry for a good 30-45 minutes.
    16. I suggest you repaint to make sure that it has a good coat.

    17. Let dry again.
    18. Peel off painter's tape from each headlight.
    19. Put amber reflectors back on, and place each piece back inside the lens.

    20. Put each headlight back together on the black back part being sure that the clips all clip back in place. Place both headlights in the oven again at 200F for 15 minutes each.

    21. They will be hot again, but take each one out of the oven and press the clear lens and backing together REALLY HARD until the black glue starts to harden.
    22. Place each headlight back in the oven for 5 minutes each and keep pressing the whole thing together.
    23. Repeat one last time. *

    24. Put bulbs back in each headlight.

    25. Put them back on your ION and enjoy. If they do fog up, to fix it, take them off again, take out the bulbs, and place in the oven again for 5 minutes and press each one together REALLY hard.
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