ABT Eyelid Installation Part III

Weather be damned, these eyelids were getting installed today. The added benefit of having a garage free of enough clutter to actually park a car in. So, after getting both eyelids prepped, painted and polished, the last step of the project was the installation. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve opted to adhere the eyelids to the headlight assembly using 3M VHB tape. 3M Adhesive Tape This stuff is very strong and used on door trim and molding to hold it in place for years. Before I applied the tape to the back of the eyelids, I had to do some prep work. I sanded the back of the eyelids with a 800 grit sand paper, used a 3M prep cloth to clean it, then rubbed it down with rubbing alcohol (as per the instructions). Then I started laying out the 1 inch tape to the back of the eyelids, covering about 90% of the surface. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. And I’ll be damned if I’m taking them off to get a pic. I also cleaned the headlight assembly and rubbed it down with rubbing alcohol as well. After that, it was just a matter of peeling off the back of the tape, aligning the eyelid to the headlight assembly and pressing it into place. I’d recommend that you dry fit the eyelids before you pull the back of the tape off and use something to mark reference points before you finish. It’ll make installing them much easier. Keep in mind, once this tape touches a surface, it sticks! So here’s the finished product. Finished Product Overall, I’m pleased with the results. A more aggressive looking headlight assembly. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the hardest, I’ll give this project a 7. Only because the prep, paint and polish requires a lot of patience, which I don’t have. I had to muster a lot of patience for an acceptable outcome. Would I do it again? Probably, but only after the price of the eyelids drop! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! Finished

 

 

Some additional photos:

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sweet!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get these eyelids?

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