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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question GRP Headlight Installation

Hey all,

I just bought a set of replacement headlight lenses (not the full housing, just the lenses themselves) from GRP to replace the current ones I have on my car.

Does anyone have any recommendations or things to keep in mind when swapping them?

I've been told the best way to separate the lenses from their housings is to use a heat gun to soften the glue and then a knife to cut them, but I don't want to damage the housing. I assume that a strong waterproof epoxy of some sort would be used for re-bonding the lenses afterwards.

Has anyone done this before?
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Hey all,

I just bought a set of replacement headlight lenses (not the full housing, just the lenses themselves) from GRP to replace the current ones I have on my car.

Does anyone have any recommendations or things to keep in mind when swapping them?

I've been told the best way to separate the lenses from their housings is to use a heat gun to soften the glue and then a knife to cut them, but I don't want to damage the housing. I assume that a strong waterproof epoxy of some sort would be used for re-bonding the lenses afterwards.

Has anyone done this before?
That is about the only way to do it. We place a heat gun in the vice on low, and work the assembly back and forth over it to get even heat across about 6-8" at a time. Using a plastic separator tool. we wedge that in between the lens and housing and work it throughout the heated area. It takes some time so be patient, but as long as you keep the factory glue/adhesive warmed up it comes apart without a huge amount of force.
--If the current lenses are going in the trash you could use something sharper as you wont have to worry about gouging them etc.
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I threw mine in the oven on thick cardboard with a damp towel inside. (Googled to find temp and time - approx 4 mins I think). Then used a butter knife and they came apart in seconds. I then used rubber butyl from theretrofitsource to seal them back up by again placing in oven for a small period of time again and pressing them together. Just make sure if you go with my method, there's no protective film on the lenses of the headlight.
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I was able to remove them quickly using a box knife with a rounded blade and a vice:
How to Separate 2005/06 Headlamp Lens from Base
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Are people just using black silicon to glue the new one back on? I don't feel like having glue flavored meals from the oven.

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Awesome! Thanks so much for the info, it's raining all week, so when it gets slightly nicer outside I'll have a go at it. I'm still pretty afraid of the Oven solution, but the heat gun seems fine. I'll be trashing the old lenses anyways (they're spiderwebbed ).
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Are people just using black silicon to glue the new one back on? I don't feel like having glue flavored meals from the oven.
I always use a black permatex silicone sealant and have had great results.

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