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Updated pictures in my member garage

I just got my pictures back from my road trip from Washington State to Louisiana. I posted some of them in my garage if anyone wants to take a look.



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what you've done to your lights, i've seen before. I want to do it to mine as well. I've read that you have to heat up the assembly to melt the adhesive to remove the lens cover... any suggestions?

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I put mine in the oven for 15 minutes on 250. You have to use really thick gloves when you are taking them apart. I used welding gloves. You can use a heat gun too. I'm from Vancouver, WA


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how did you resecure the lens? put it back in the oven? did you prep the surface for paint at all to prevent any kind of pealing?
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Hey EbonyKia check this link out. Its a how to I did on how to clear corners. I know its on an optima but you would go thought the same steps on how to get the headlight apart on your Spectra.
https://www.kia-forums.com/do-yoursel...rs-optima.html
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The surface inside is really clean when you open them up. unless you touch it. Oil from your fingers will mess the paint up. To get them back together push them together and then use the heat gun to soften up the glue again so that it will squeeze. then use some tape or something to hold them together till they cool down. I put some clear RTV on them where they connect just in case. MAKE SURE YOU SCUFF UP THE AREA YOU ARE PAINTING WITH SANDPAPER BEFORE YOU PAINT. I used 400 Grit and it gives it something to hold onto. Use even thin coats too. So you don't get any runs. I don't know how humid it is where you are but the more humidity you have the longer it will take to dry. I had to paint mine outside and bring the painted parts in to dry in the A/C.


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you know it doesnt get too humid here in WA. I may give it all a try in the next week or two.
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