How to Black Out Headlights

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How to Black Out Headlights
Black out your headlights for a quality look. (car headlights image by Kho Guan Ann from

The process of blacking out the headlights on your car might not exactly sound legal, but it is legal if is done correctly. In fact, you can give your headlights a sleek, blacked out look just in time for the next car show. Or, at the very least, your car will look like it belongs in a car show.

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Things you need

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Dry rag
  • Waxed paper
  • Cooking sheet
  • Oven
  • Dull knife
  • Black spray paint

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  1. 1

    Unscrew the headlights from the car and remove.

  2. 2

    Pull out the light bulbs from the headlight's back section then wipe down the inside of the headlights with a dry rag.

  3. 3

    Set your oven to preheat for 10 minutes at 177 degrees Celsius.

  4. 4

    Cut a sheet of waxed paper and place it on a cooking sheet.

  5. 5

    Set the headlights on the waxed paper on top of the cooking sheet, then slide into your oven. This will soften the glue holding the glass to the headlights. Let the headlight heat up for about 3 to 5 minutes.

  6. 6

    Remove the headlight and remove the glass lens before the glue cools. If you're still having trouble, reheat or use a heat gun to help things along. Use a dull knife to pull the plastic backing away from the glass.

  7. 7

    Pull the light housing (the chrome or silver) out and away from the glass lens with the plastic backing removed. Wipe the housing with a dry rag.

  8. 8

    Spray paint the housing black with an auto acrylic paint. Let the paint dry completely, then paint again. Repeat this step until you're happy with the black out.

  9. 9

    Reassemble the housing and lens then attach the plastic backing. You may need to heat the plastic to help the pliability. Attach the bulbs back in place and screw the headlights back into the car.

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