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I got the instructions from here ( http://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread.php?t=213644 ).

We took off the bumper:

- 4 bolts on the aluminum up top
- 3 plastic screws on the inside wheelwell ( once the wheelwell is peeled back, there is one bolt in the upper rear of bumper. Where it meets the fender. )
- 2 bolts, 2 or 3 plastic UPPER screws, 4 or 5 LOWER plastic screws
- around 8-10 bolts on the underside of the bumper.

We took out the headlights:

( http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d79/Spec5/Random/DSCN0994.jpg )

- 2 bolts on the top ( very obvious )
- then there is a pressure clip that will release as you pull the headlight out ( make sure it's straight. you'll have to pull pretty hard. )
- Once they're removed, take out the 2 screws.

Put the headlights into the oven:

- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees FAREINHEIT. Set a timer for 22 minutes.
- Get two cookie sheets and place paper towels over the metal
- Put the headlights ( as a whole, MINUS the bulbs ) into the oven.

Take the headlights out:

( http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d79/Spec5/Random/DSCN0992.jpg )
( http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d79/Spec5/Random/DSCN0996.jpg )

- Have a flathead screwdriver ready after you take them out to undo the 3 or 4 clips per headlight and pull them apart.
- Take out the screw that was on the inside of the headlight.
- Take the middle "chrome" piece and unclip the two plastic pieces from the blinker hole.

Paint the headlights:
( I used Rustoleum High Heat flat black spraypaint. )

- Spray the "chrome" pieces, be sure not to put it on to heavy to avoid drippage.
- Force it to dry by putting them in the oven ( BE VERY VERY CAREFUL! They fall over easy. ) for ~7-10 minutes with 200 degrees.

( http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d79/Spec5/Random/DSCN0991.jpg )

Getting it back in one piece:

- Put the plastic pieces back on the chrome-now-black piece and put it back onto the rear part of the headlight. Screw in the screw.
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees, and set a timer for 22 minutes
( Depending on the size of your oven, you can only do one headlight at a time. )
- Grab some rubber sealant ( we used Hondabond ) and put it over the OEM sealant right after it comes out.
- Press the pieces back into place and reinstall the two screws.

( http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d79/Spec5/Random/DSCN0997.jpg )

Enjoy the pimpness \:D/
 

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why thank you... that looks pretty doable w/o screwwin up too bad. ;o/
 

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i did this to my civic lamps and they started to leak a few years later. i'm planning on doing this with the miata but w/o using the oven. i'm thinking the seal will be better if you cut the housing with a dremel to open it. that way you can create a fresh space for sealing up the headlights instead of using silicone over the existing oem seal.
 

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Brian Major @ Wed 10 Jan said:
i did this to my civic lamps and they started to leak a few years later. i'm planning on doing this with the miata but w/o using the oven. i'm thinking the seal will be better if you cut the housing with a dremel to open it. that way you can create a fresh space for sealing up the headlights instead of using silicone over the existing oem seal.
Why not just put a fresh line of adhesive right before you stick the headlights back together?
 

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I did the same for the headlights on my bugeye back when I had it.
Ditto. I baked my WRX bugeyes and painted them black.

My only addition would be to be very careful not to touch the inside of the headlight cover (the clear part) with anything. I accidentally did and noticed, after I had the lights back together, that there were some greasy fingerprints on the inside of the glass. :(
 

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The only thing that would make them look nicer would be to polish off all of the debossed lettering on the lens.
any tips on how to do that?

.. my drivers side headlight is fogged really bad.. its been like it since ive owned the car #-o
 

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The only thing that would make them look nicer would be to polish off all of the debossed lettering on the lens.
any tips on how to do that?

.. my drivers side headlight is fogged really bad.. its been like it since ive owned the car #-o
Sorry. No tips on how to shave the lettering. I saw a write-up on it for tail lights somewhere like 2 years ago but I can't find it now. It basically involved sanding with progressively finer sandpaper until you got to the level of using polishing compound to get the plastic smooth again.

If your driver's side lens is fogged on the outside there is an easy fix for that. Both my headlights got wrecked by an auto detailer who got lazy and didn't mask them off when buffing out my hood. He hit the headlights with the buffer and they eventually turned an ugly shade of foggy yellow.

Because polycarbonate (the clear lens on your headlights) is porous, they typically apply a film coating to it to prevent it from absorbing junk. That film doesn't hold up to 10 years of UV rays very well and eventually turns foggy and yellow. To restore the headlights you need to remove that coating and re-apply a sealant to the lens.

I bought the ADVANCED kit from this site (horrible website - awesome product) - http://www.headlightsolution.net/productinfo_restore_clean_plastic_headlights_headlamps_kits.html

I used it on my '99 as well as on my dad's '98 avalon. It does a fantastic job and it's easy to do by just following the instructions. No special tools are needed. I've got enough product left over to probably do another car or two.
 

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lol, I like the lettering. it keeps the lights looking stock and not some aftermarket blacked out light.
 

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nice!! better not slack and start bright and early. pics by afternoon? :)
 
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