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Old 17-10-2006   #1
Dan
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Removing glass from Marea Headlight (guide)


Removing glass from Marea Headlight
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Do not attempt this if you are inpatient, or you will end up breaking the glass and maybe hurting yourself.
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I realise on the above pic it says Brava on the headlight but it is off a Marea.
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Time required: *50 minutes
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Tools required: 3 flat bladed screwdrivers, large, small and another in between.
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Best option would be a hot air gun, or a powerful hairdryer would work but will probably take longer.
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Firstly remove all the clips, as below:
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Now heat the bonding with your hot air gun.
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I started from the right,
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Heat from about where the clip was and work your way right and down the side, don't keep the gun in the same place for too long as you will melt the plastic.
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Once you feel the bonding is soft enough take your small screwdriver and scratch out all the softened bonding, don't worry if it sticks to the glass it will come off easy later with a little rub.
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It dries and goes hard quite quickly so repeat the above till you have removed most of the bond.
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Now from where the clip was work your way left across the top heating and scratching all the bond out just like your did previously, but do take your time, don't rush anything.
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Once you have removed most of the bond from the top and both sides, place your middle size screwdriver in the gap (again where about that clip was), and try to lever the glass away, but be gentle.* If you don't see the glass move at all then you need to remove more bond.* If you do then just keep tweaking it a little and work your way across the top of the light, once it feels more loose lever it properly and use your large screwdriver to hold it open, you will see more bonding start the stretch as you lever the glass, see below:
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The large screwdriver is holding the glass away whilst I use the small screwdriver to remove what you can see above, a Stanley knife maybe better but I didn't think of that at the time.
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Now you should be able to put your thumbs on the plastic, fingers on the glass and pull the glass away, don't try to pull the glass of completely just yet though.
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Now turn the light over, the bonding on the bottom of the light should look like it does in the above pic, I used the hot air gun to melt it and just pulled off the glass.
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Job done, wasn't that hard was it?!!
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If you have taken the glass off to spray the plastic behind the glass, the plastic is on little clips/brackets but will now have bonding stuck to them too, it comes off easy though just pull it where the clips/brackets are.
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DO NOT PUT THE GLASS BACK TILL YOU ARE READY FOR THE FINSHED JOB, IT WILL STICK AND YOU WILL HAVE TO GO THOUGH THIS AGAIN.
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Hope that helps you.
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If you have any questions you can email me:
djtinsley@blueyonder.co.uk
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*I did all that quite a while ago. the last one I split took me 15 mins. its really easy!
Mine finished, i'm gonna do it again in mirror chome!
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e4...n/DSCF0768.jpg
Hope that helps you.
Dan
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Old 17-10-2006   #2
Dan
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Re: Untitled


oops, this was ment to be on a different thread. sorry
Dan

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Old 17-10-2006   #3
Joske
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Re: Untitled

If its okay with you i think Wimmy should host this in the modding section. Looks really good with nice pics and very clear to understand.

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Old 17-10-2006   #4
Stu R
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Re: Untitled

Thats exactly how I seperated mine, though I needed a little help from a friend as his patience is far greater than mine. (Thanks Stevie B)

The warnings are true, this jobs CAN NOT be rushed or you will end up with flying glass all over the place.

As joske said (he pipped me to the post), get Wimmy to place it on the Modding section as this would help a great number of people.




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Old 17-10-2006   #5
Wimmy
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Agreed - will you please MAIL me the instructions and pics seperately or together as a word document. Otherwise I will forget about it on here.

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Old 17-10-2006   #6
Dan
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Re: Removing glass from Marea Headlight (guide)


You got mail Wimmy.
Thanks,
Dan

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Old 17-10-2006   #7
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Re: Removing glass from Marea Headlight (guide)

Nice work there Dan - i wondered a few times how to do this too, and I'm sure i was talking to Matt (puntomatt) who was really wanting to know how to do this too, as he wanted to get to the silver part inside.

Will be a good addition to the guide section
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Old 17-10-2006   #8
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Re: Removing glass from Marea Headlight (guide)

You've got some memory on you loosecannon!!! I was indeed wanting to get at the silver bits cause of that speckling. Think I'll attempt it closer to service time cause I can't be arsed taking to the garage for alignment again

O/T What's happening with you and the car after your accident?



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Old 18-10-2006   #9
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