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Old 01-29-2019, 11:45 PM
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I saw that you sold your truck on Panjo... ran across the images when I was doing aero kit research. How did that experience go?
The X5 is still with us. Too hard to let go.
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Very nice e53! How did you go about removing your headlight lenses? I googled it and came up with a generic YT video that suggested baking the light for 7 min at 270 degrees. It looked like the adhesive was super gooey at that point and he could fairly easily pry off the lens. Any advice?

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The X5 is still with us. Too hard to let go.
I imagine it would be Tam. One of my favs for sure.

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Very nice e53! How did you go about removing your headlight lenses? I googled it and came up with a generic YT video that suggested baking the light for 7 min at 270 degrees. It looked like the adhesive was super gooey at that point and he could fairly easily pry off the lens. Any advice?

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Thanks. The headlights took me a week to accomplish, had only one child at the time. Would take 2 weeks now. I would not recommend baking them. I used a heat gun to heat the plastic and a razor blade then made a clean cut all the way around the headlight. Used harbor freight pics with varying bends to cut the adhesive. It is not held/sealed on with butyl rubber rope like most headlights. They are glued together with an adhesive similar to windshield adhesive. I'm not sure it would even bat an eye if you threw it in the oven at 270*. And any hotter I'd worry about the headlight.
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Thanks for the advice! A couple more ??...

You said you polished a sealed them. What did you use to seal? I want to polish and seal the inside of my lenses as they're fogged/etched. A clear, thin sealant would be nice to add after polishing

Did you use butyl tape to re-seal the lenses to the frames or something else?

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Thanks for the advice! A couple more ??...

You said you polished a sealed them. What did you use to seal? I want to polish and seal the inside of my lenses as they're fogged/etched. A clear, thin sealant would be nice to add after polishing

Did you use butyl tape to re-seal the lenses to the frames or something else?

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Yep, I used butyl rope when I put them back on in case they ever had to come off again. I didn't want to have to deal with the cutting out the windshield type adhesive again... that stuff was brutal. I need to repolish and reseal the outsides again. The lacquer has worn off after a few years. Might use some Xpel or LaminX film after the lacquer this time and see how that works.
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I imagine it would be Tam. One of my favs for sure.



Thanks. The headlights took me a week to accomplish, had only one child at the time. Would take 2 weeks now. I would not recommend baking them. I used a heat gun to heat the plastic and a razor blade then made a clean cut all the way around the headlight. Used harbor freight pics with varying bends to cut the adhesive. It is not held/sealed on with butyl rubber rope like most headlights. They are glued together with an adhesive similar to windshield adhesive. I'm not sure it would even bat an eye if you threw it in the oven at 270*. And any hotter I'd worry about the headlight.
Sometime in 2002, I think it was about mid year, the headlights went from a seal that can be weakened with heat, making them fairly easy to open, to a seal that is intended to be permanent. I have opened both. It is possible to open the permanently sealed headlights but I assure you it is not easy and it will take many hours to get them done without damaging the lens.
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Thanks for the advice! A couple more ??...

You said you polished a sealed them. What did you use to seal? I want to polish and seal the inside of my lenses as they're fogged/etched. A clear, thin sealant would be nice to add after polishing

Did you use butyl tape to re-seal the lenses to the frames or something else?

Thanks,

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Oh was your first question about sealing the lenses on the outside? Like UV protecting? I used a minwax lacquer diluted with mineral spirits. I got the idea from a DIY on another forum... though I can't remember which. Audi maybe? I followed their DIY. I'll have to find it again soon though as I'll be redoing mine in the near future.
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