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DisgruntleD
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After the thread with my new wheels and tires, I've had a few people ask me questions on how I did my headlights and turn signals. I apologize in advance for not having process pics, I will repost/revise this when I do the passenger side, since I haven't gotten to that yet.

I was leery about taking them apart and removing the reflectors, as I believe the reflectors serve a purpose. And I hate the way most aftermarket headlights/turns look, so I tried to think of something different.

I bought one of these (good sellers, had the stuff in two days, granted they're only a couple hundred miles away in the same state)
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SMOK...2QQihZ007QQcategoryZ38661QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I took my headlights out and brought them inside for a few hours to let them warm up (it was in the mid 20's at the time).

I washed them up good, and followed the instructions that came with the vinyl. Got some soapy water in a spray bottle and went to town.

To get around the corners and the curves, I used a low temp heat gun (actually used one of my wife's scrapbooking tools imagine that) to heat up the vinyl and stretch it over the compound curves. With some patience and a bit of, "dammit that's good enough, no one will ever notice that", I was able to squeegee all of the bubbles out and get them to stick on. I let them dry for 10-15 minutes, and I very carefully trimmed along the parting line that you can see on the corner of the headlight and turnsignal with an Xzacto knife.

These are the best pictures I can get at this time, as it is currently snowing here and has been raining the past two days. But, I will take more pictures of the entire process next time.

It doesn't look the greatest, but for the amount of time and money involved it looks fine to me.

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With Flash on
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And this is about the only daylight pic that I had, but I tried to trim it down so it focuses on the right area.
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Dem People
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Looks good. I'm gonna try it.
 
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