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bmx045 07-18-2011 03:42 PM

Headlights, I got a praaablem.
 
So I baked and split my headlights the other day, painted the chrome blah blah, baked for a little over a minute, siliconed the SH1T outta the seam, resealed them, all cips are back together, placed a bead of silicone along the outer seams. I'm seeing moisture/fog/beads inside the headlights, these thing are so sealed, I can't fathom why or how water could get in there.

Is it possible that they are too sealed? It's somewhat foggy at times in there. Could there not be enough ventilation causing a greenhouse effect? The other day it started and I took the high beam bulbs out over night and the fog was gone by morning. any ideas? :mad: The weather has been quite humid here too....

Catalyst 07-18-2011 06:21 PM

I've opened mine up 3 times now and never used silicone to reseal them. All the problems I have heard from this come from people using silicone, so probably, although I have no idea why. Sorry.

bmx045 07-18-2011 06:25 PM

Then I'd have to venture to the oversealed, no ventilation idea.

iNVAR 07-18-2011 07:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bmx045 (Post 3471717)
Then I'd have to venture to the oversealed, no ventilation idea.

I agree.

bmx045 07-18-2011 07:19 PM

Indeed sir....


Indeed.

iNVAR 07-18-2011 07:21 PM

Yes, quite...

bmx045 07-18-2011 07:27 PM

I thought there was a vent hole already somewhere on the housing

Flat4 07-18-2011 08:15 PM

Maybe if you leave your dust covers off your low beams it'll provide some ventilation and won't fog up.

bignickgt 07-18-2011 08:23 PM

Great! I just did this mod yesterday......................................... .................................................. ...................................

bmx045 07-18-2011 08:37 PM

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Originally Posted by bignickgt (Post 3471932)
Great! I just did this mod yesterday......................................... .................................................. ...................................


Just pull the high beam bulbs out to see if it resolves the fogging, if so, you need a vent hole...somewhere. You may not even have a problem.

I dont want to take my dust covers off because i dont want to expose my ballast connection to the harness, seems rather delicate. I will find a solution good sir.

Flat4 07-18-2011 11:47 PM

I've been running HIDs in the low beams without dust covers for over a year now without a single problem... Just sayin'.

bmx045 07-19-2011 05:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flat4 (Post 3472145)
I've been running HIDs in the low beams without dust covers for over a year now without a single problem... Just sayin'.

Are there vent holes that the dust covers block?

brownmutthid 07-19-2011 07:41 AM

They sound like they are sealed well...but also silicone is one of the worst things to use to reseal headlights. Outgassing could result in a foggy lens. So word of caution to anyone opening up headlights...do not use silicone...for anything. But if you feel the need to add extra sealant, which I highly recommend, use butyl rubber.

bmx045 07-19-2011 07:45 AM

It's definitely moisture though, I guess, a better word of caution would be- "if you're going to use silicone, provide ample ventilation for the lense". Thanks for the tip

Code 07-19-2011 08:08 AM

I had moisture issues in a set that I did. I ended up pulling them and rebaking them to get the moisture out, 3 years and the problem has not returned. I did not use silicone on them.


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