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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-27-2006, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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ok so this next comming thursday i'll be slaving over my car putting halos and HID's in... and so i know that i have to take the lens off to work with the halos.. now what i was wondering is that your told to work the sealant until you can get the lens to basicly pop or what have you... but i read up somewhere it was best to do it on one corner but they didn't specify which corner... i'd assume maybe the highbeam side?? but then again i'm not sure and i don't want to screw anything up... so can any of you guys tell me please what the easiest way to get these suckers off is?
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i'm assuming you know you'll need to bake your headlights in the oven to help loosen up that resin, or else it ain't coming off. here's the how-to for opening up the headlights from mazda6tech.com (from how-to tint your headlights, but same principle):

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Step Fourteen: Remove headlight housing from oven using the heavy gloves. Unwrap aluminum foil. Next, using the large flat blade screw driver and putty knife, gently push into the silicone sealant between the clear plastic cover of the headlight housing and the black housing itself to begin separating the clear cover from the housing. The technique is to insert the screwdriver, pry apart a little bit, then move screwdriver one direction a little ways, insert putty knife behind screwdriver, remove screwdriver to behind putty knife, slide putty knife to "break" or "cut" the sealant between the cover and the housing. I would suggest you start in a top corner and work your way across the top of the housing, then around a side and you should, at that point, be able to gently pull the cover off the housing the rest of the way. Note, the sealant will be sticky and will get everywhere![/b]
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yes i&#39;m aware you have to bake them hence the reason the title of the thread is "baking the headlights"... thanks for the help... but i swear i saw one thread that said if you just worked one corner it would just peal off... and i can&#39;t find it... oh well i guess i&#39;ll go with what you&#39;ve provided as of now
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Um, peel off? No. Not gonna happen. It&#39;s not a tape or semi-solid bead.


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if you&#39;re talking about prying the housing apart, just make sure and find a strong place to pry it. be gentle with it, but i don&#39;t think there&#39;s a certain &#39;spot&#39; that is the best.

but if you&#39;re talking about peeling the silicone off of the housing, it&#39;s best to do it while it is still warm and be quick. it won&#39;t all come off, so it doesn&#39;t have to be perfect.
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