First and foremost - using this DIY is at your own risk. I am mechanically inclined as i have worked on planes for the past 10 years, and cars even longer. This is fairly straightforward, however, if you mess something up it could be VERY costly to replace.
So, i decided to paint the chrome pieces in my headlight black because i dont like chrome, and i think they look way better this way. And, i had a day to burn, so why not do something fun! I am glad i did it, but in the end, im not sure if the amount of work required was worth it. If i was not a tinkerer, and fairly confident in my mechanical skill i would have paid for it. I have a feeling most of the cost that companies charge for this work is spent on advil.
Tools you will need:
- 2 regular sized flatheads
- 1 small flathead
-sandpaper (i used 400 grit)
-T20 torx driver
Tools you might want:
MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU NEED:
i cant stress that enough. this will take about 5 hours all told, and i felt like i could have slowed down. to that end, i broke a piece, so i could have certainly used a break. PLEASE, take your time.
With that said, here we go.....
1. Remove your front bumper and wheel well linings. if you dont know how, look it up or just wing it like i did. its fairly easy, and you cant progress without doing it
2. Once the headlight is removed, take it apart.(1 screw)
You will need to use the heat gun to heat the adhesive, and then slowly and carefully pry the two pieces apart. it takes a little time, just move around the perimeter of the housing and youll be fine. Also, there is one screw on it. There is a piece of rubber, and its underneath it. dont forget about it!
when you are splitting the housing, you will see wiring. you need to unplug that clip before you separate them completely, or you will tear the clip apart. i know, i did it
NOTE-- it seems that no error will be thrown if these plugs are not plugged in. so, if you desire to lose the small LED in the corner of the housing, just leave it undone and it wont be on anymore
3. Remove the angel eyes.(1 screw)
turns out, they are just pieces of glass that are snapped in place and reflect light, unlike the e46. but no worries, its easy to do. use the small screwdriver to gently pry the plastic holding it apart, give it a wiggle and it will come out. its in 2 pieces on the inner light. for the outer lens, its one piece. for that one, unclip one side and gently pry it up so you can see underneath it. Then, slowly pop out the lens one side at a time.
4. Unscrew the to plastic pieces that you want to paint.(5 screws) there are four screws on the inner, and two on the outer, although one is already removed during the angel removal. also, on the outer, there is a clip in the middle portion. its come out easy, so dont force it, just use the small screwdriver if you have to.
5. Sand and Paint!!! i used flat black. but really the choice is yours
6. At this point, everything else is reverse order, so im not going to write it out. if you made it this far, putting it back should be the same amount of work.
NOTE-- when reattaching the lense to the housing, i reheated the glue on the housiong and pressed them back together. i cant say whether this is the best solution or not, but its the one i used. if you feel that more adhesive would be beneficial, by all means use more
All in all, im satisfied with it. but, i still have the same bulbs, so not that much has changed yet...
heres the final product: