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Re: How to open up OEM HID headlight housings to paint the bezels

Its pretty hard, I can barely put a dent in it with my fingernail...and I mean barely.
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Re: How to open up OEM HID headlight housings to paint the bezels

Yeah, that stuff makes it a royal PITA to separate. Heat doesn't affect it much so you just need A LOT of patience. Work it little by little. It is possible to get them apart without doing too much damage.
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Re: How to open up OEM HID headlight housings to paint the bezels

Well, I'll start from scratch on the driver's side another day. I'll just keep at it until they open. I had an extremely patient approach today. Heat for about 15 at 230, then pry for about 5 to 7...reheat...pry...break stuff...reheat...make no progress unless damaging the housing is the intent...reheat...accomplish nothing...come to Jeep garage to vent and look for ideas...put housing away in the corner like its being punished. I was even showing the housing the awesome projector waiting to be retrofitted into it. I would have thought that would be enough for it to not want to have to reflect dingy yellow halogen lights anymore.

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These housings are a royal PITA! I have done 3 sets, working on another set. They are not fun!


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Re: How to open up OEM HID headlight housings to paint the bezels

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Well, I'll start from scratch on the driver's side another day. I'll just keep at it until they open. I had an extremely patient approach today. Heat for about 15 at 230, then pry for about 5 to 7...reheat...pry...break stuff...reheat...make no progress unless damaging the housing is the intent...reheat...accomplish nothing...come to Jeep garage to vent and look for ideas...put housing away in the corner like its being punished. I was even showing the housing the awesome projector waiting to be retrofitted into it. I would have thought that would be enough for it to not want to have to reflect dingy yellow halogen lights anymore.

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lol I wish there was an easy trick to getting them open but there really isnt, just persistence. Use multiple chisels/flathead screwdrives/objects with which to pry so you can use one to hold open the gap between the lens and housing while you use the other to work the area that hasn't separated yet. Good luck!
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Re: How to open up OEM HID headlight housings to paint the bezels

I have been doing a lot of reading on retrofitting websites and it is almost comforting to know that many people have this problem! Its a known fact that the hard black sealant is a PITA and the biggest common factor I have seen in successful attempts is patience...exactly what you preached from the get go. It also helped to see some pics of how chewed up some of those housings that people take apart get...in retrospect, mine really aren't too bad except for the cracked edge on one part. Anyway, I am not giving up and I am not breaking out the dremel just yet!
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Re: How to open up OEM HID headlight housings to paint the bezels

im saving my OEM projector for a winters (aint got shit to do in this cold weather) project.

question though... i picked up a very decent standard (non OEM HID housing) from a 07 i think at a jeep pile not too long ago upstate..my question is the lens on them are spot on perfect, not even a scratch...i know... if i botch up one of my OEM HID lens while removing the lens...can i use my 07 lenses cover on my 09 OEM HID?

^^lmk if i didnt make any sense there...
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Re: How to open up OEM HID headlight housings to paint the bezels

Yeah the first ones I opened got chewed up pretty bad, the housing even got a small crack in one spot, but it's nothing that a little epoxy can't fix.
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Re: How to open up OEM HID headlight housings to paint the bezels

im asking cause the 07s i picked up have white'sh glue and not the POS black sealant...i thnk the 07 white sealant will bake off rather nicely and easier than the black...

correct? and also jdubz, so if i phuck up my OEM HID lens..i can use my 07 non HID lens right??

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Re: How to open up OEM HID headlight housings to paint the bezels

Well the '07 lenses are completely different and wont fit with your '10 bumper
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Re: How to open up OEM HID headlight housings to paint the bezels

its a 08 standard housing like my jeep had before i put on OEM HIDs..

my mistake, just looked at a pic of the car it came from that i took

so my 08 lens will fit?

im really asking cause i know ill crack the OEM HID lens upon removing it but i dont really care about the lens if my other set (which holds white'ish sealant) will bake off like nothing and putting it on is easier than taking it off....
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if it's an '08 then it probably will but I haven't tested it so I can't make any promises. You wont crack the lens though, have a little faith
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