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Making eyelashes and polishing headlights
Make eyelashes without the help of others forced me to the fact that the main meeting with them took a thought: what is still difficult in the manufacture? And then researching various articles that most forum members mold eyelashes and awnings from fiberglass, it was decided to try to do something myself, especially since it was necessary to polish the headlights, clouding from the slow and dirty. Also, it was necessary to turn the lamps so as not to dazzle oncoming traffic.
Number 1: Making lashes
For eyelash production we will need:
1. Glass cloth (I bought a piece of 2 * 1 mtr, really, one meter for the eyes is enough) 2. Epoxy (in the joint difficulty I had left four hundred ml) 3. Scotch extensive painting (glue where we will glue the glass cloth) 4. Gloves rubber honey (I bought three pairs, left all) 5. Available flat brush (to move the epoxy from the cups to the headlights) 6. Resin cups (elementary plastic ones will do) 7. Food-grade membrane (to wrap the headlights so as not to smudge) 8. Highlighter or marker (for what to draw the outline) 9. Putty (I took a jar of Body 250 grams, even left) 10. Primer for painting 11. Hands, desired sincere, the number of 2 pieces 12. And a great thirst to do everything :).
Putty and primer can not take, if you are not going to prepare the eyelashes for painting without the help of others.
Initially, the natural headlights from the car were knocked down, and brought home.
After that, were scrupulously washed out, and dried. Then, once the lights are a hundred percent dry, I wrapped them in cellophane (so as not to smear resin body and glass), and the top edge of the headlight (where appropriate to have cilia) sealed with masking tape, so there was a place to glue. Then drew a marker outline water lashes. I decided not to turn them on the turn signals, and make a slight wavy curve at the edges of the headlight.
It is also in advance to cut the fiberglass into pieces, cut with a margin, you can cut all the time, but so offensive may be, sometimes not enough some mm. In the joint, all specialized, and laid out on the balcony.
First you need to wear a means of protecting the skin of the hands (gloves), and in general all activities with the use of epoxy to spend time with gloves, hands will be safer. Dilute epoxy in a prepared cup, I have a pack of a hundred grams, an excellent immediately dilute 1.5 bottles, it is enough for 2 lights, the basic cover. Scrupulously stir resin and hardener.
Then, as scrupulously stirred everything, smear the resin on the headlamp, the cover is about 1-2 mm wide.
Then put the main scrap of pre-cut glass cloth, and smooth it out, originally with his hands (there should be no folds on the cloth), and then the empty bubble of resin roll out.
Do the same with the second headlamp, and both headlamps keep for a day until the resin cured to a hundred percent. On the proper day, repeat the operation, put the second layer of resin + glass cloth. Arrange everything neatly as well.
On the next day, once everything is completely dry (2 cover, dry), separate our unit from the headlamp, and work on the line, imprinted on the resin, ordinary household scissors. Something comes out:
Do the same with the 2nd headlight: separate, cut off. So, the alpha version of the lashes came out:
But the aggregate turned out to be flimsy, and I decided to put the 3rd cover, to strengthen the aggregate. Then after everything was made, I secured the glass fabric with duct tape, and left it to dry on the cabinet: 3rd cover. As it turns out, craving aroma from the resin is not, but chew some vapors, then sleep in this room, in the morning I snatched great glitches and migraine ;)))) Then, once all the resin polymerized, cut off the excess fiberglass, and start processing what came out a big sandpaper. Then processing get eyelashes, one or the other is left to putty, take out all the bulges, and primer. Virtually done.
Number 2: Turning light bulbs
For bulb rotation we will need:
1. A stationery cutter, with interchangeable blades 2. A small file 3. And obviously the headlights themselves with the lamps
On the network widespread maximum methods of turning lamps, but in the main they are included in that need to remake the lamp itself. This method I did not like, because if the lamp burns out, you have to remake the newest lamp, which is hardly want to make somewhere outside the city, on a deserted roadside in the dark, but also will not be like always the law of meanness. Also, I didn’t want to modify the headlight to a certain beam of light, I longed to make a modifiable lamp position. As can be seen, before turning the lamp was in the subsequent way:
Therefore, it was decided not to touch the conclusion of the lamp, and directly rework the headlight. This process is not so much difficult as cunning. Need only accurately perform firing and measure the required distance. Since the lamp is rotated conditionally vertical axis at 15 °, to put it conditionally true, you need to turn by 30 degrees (15 to reach the vertical, and another 15 to tilt in a different country). We need to take the formula from the 9th grade geometry course, to determine the arc length C=(πR/180)*α , where R is the radius of the bulb hole, α is the degree measure of the arc. Having made a slight dismissal, we get that it is necessary to turn the lamp by 1.04 centimeters. So accurately unlikely to work, so measure 1 centimeter from the edge (segment AB equals 1 cm).
And we make a slot #1, so the bulb eyelet can easily pass through this space. Then, grind the corner number 2, and as a result of the lamp in the headlamp is this position: then turn.
After checking, the need for change is evident: 1. Before turning, the exact light and shade boundary, the tick from the left country is visible: the usual headlamp
2. Then the turn, the light and shade boundary is the least accurate, but you can see that the headlight illuminates very differently, the tick took the right side: modified headlight
I speculate that the change in the light and shade borders in the smallest country came out because our headlights are not designed to turn light bulbs, it is, so to speak, a small side effect.
Number 3: Polishing headlights
For headlight polishing we will need:
1. Medium abrasive polish (I took 3M, number 2, a hundred grams is enough for the eyes) 2. Polishing machine (if you want, you can also use your hands) 3. Distilled water, 1.5 liters 4. Small amount of hair spray.
Then modifications of headlamps, described in the previous share, was a small kosha, namely: sawdust and shavings from the reflector poured into the inside of the headlight, which is unacceptable. Therefore, before polishing the headlights, I decided to wash them inside. The process of washing itself is easy: 1. Pour inside the headlamp (lamp naturally removed) of water, twisting, as necessary, in order to shake all the mud in the form of sawdust, and quickly splash it all out. 2. Water and Fae, Fae a little, just to eat away all the dirt inside the headlight, also shake it all well. 3. Wash the headlight until all traces of foam disappear. 4. Repeat the process #2 and #3. 5. Now most importantly, so that there is no trace of our “clean” tap water inside the headlight, pour distilled water, about 300 ml, and shake the headlight to wash away traces of tap water. 6. Pour the water out, and rinse again, just like with the 2nd headlight. 7. After that, shake all the water out of the headlight, and put them upside down on the battery, about overnight. Then, once the water is one hundred percent dry, begin polishing. To do this, we apply polish on the headlamp itself (polishing 1),
and machine begin to polish (polishing 2).
After that, the headlight deserves a proper look:
After the operations done with the lights, the light came out easily excellent: the result.
It is alphabetical halogen, Philips Vision Plus bulbs.
Decision: I’m satisfied with it, it turned out very remarkable because it was supposed to be so. Recommended to repeat for those who are dissatisfied with the light headlights, and do not want to take xenon or new headlights.
[Article] Eyelash Production & Headlight Polishing
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Produce myself lashes forced me to the fact that the first meeting with them occurred to me: what’s the hard part of manufacturing? And after studying various articles that most forum members mold eyelashes and fairings from fiberglass, it was decided to try to make something myself, especially since it was necessary to polish the headlights, clouding from time and dirt. Also, it was necessary to turn the lamps so as not to dazzle oncoming traffic.
To make the lashes we will need:
1. Glass cloth (I bought a piece of 2 * 1 m, really, one meter is enough for the eyes) 2. Epoxy resin (I had a total of 400 ml) 3. Scotch broad bumper tape (glue where we will glue the glass cloth) 4. Medical rubber gloves (I bought three pairs, all gone) 5. Cheap flat brush (to move the epoxy from the cups to the headlights) 6. Resin cups (plain plastic ones will do) 7. Food wrap (wrap the headlights so they don’t get dirty) 8. Crayon or marker (to draw the outline) 9. Putty (I took a can of Body 250 grams, even left) 10. Primer for painting 11. Hands, preferably straight, in an amount of 2 pieces 12. And a great desire to do everything
Putty and primer can not buy if you are not going to prepare the lashes for painting yourself.
First, of course, the headlights were removed from the car and brought home.
After which were carefully washed from the outside, and dried. After the headlights were completely dry, I wrapped them in cellophane (so as not to smear the resin body and glass), and on the top edge of the headlight (where the eyelashes should be) taped with masking tape, so it was visible where to glue. After that, drew a marker outline of the future eyelashes. I decided to make a slight wavy bend at the edges of the headlamp instead of winding them on the turn signals.
It is also necessary to cut the fiberglass in advance into pieces, cut with a reserve, you can always cut, but it can be so frustrating when there is not enough some millimeters. In general, everything is prepared, and laid out on the balcony.
You should first put on hand protectors (gloves), and in general all work with epoxy should be done with gloves, your hands will be safer. Dilute the epoxy in a prepared cup, I had a packaging of 100 grams, it is better to dilute 1.5 bottles, it will be enough for two headlights, the first layer. Thoroughly mix resin and hardener.
After that, put the first piece of pre-cut fiberglass cloth, and smooth it out, first with his hands (folds on the cloth should not be), and then an empty resin bubble roll out.
Do the same with the second headlight, and leave both headlights for 24 hours, until the resin is completely polymerized. The next day, repeat the operation, put a second layer of resin + glass cloth. Do everything exactly the same way.
The next day, when everything is completely dry, remove our design from the headlight, and work on the contour, imprinted in the resin, with ordinary household scissors.
After everything is done, I secured the fiberglass fabric with tape, and left it to dry on the cabinet: the third layer. As it turned out, although there is no smell from the resin, but there are some fumes, after sleeping in this room, in the morning I seized excellent glitches and headaches After all the resin polymerized, we cut off the excess glass fabric, and begin to process what came out with a coarse sandpaper. After processing, we get the lashes, which is left to putty, take out all the irregularities, and primer.
Part 2: Turning the bulbs.
To turn the bulbs we will need:
1. A paper cutter with interchangeable blades. 2. A fine nail file. 3. And of course the headlights themselves with the bulbs
There are many ways to turn the bulbs on the net, but mostly they consist of redoing the bulb itself. This method I did not like, because if the lamp burns out, you have to remake a new bulb, which I hardly want to do somewhere out of town, on the deserted roadside, in the dark, and there will be nothing as always by the law of meanness. Also, I didn’t want to redesign the headlight for a specific beam of light, I wanted to make a variable lamp position. As you can see, before the turn the bulb stood as follows:
So, it was decided not to touch the bulbs, but to redo the headlight specifically. This process is not so much complicated as tricky. It is only necessary to accurately make calculations and measure the required distance. Since the lamp is rotated relative to the vertical axis by 15°, in order to put it relatively correctly, you need to turn 30 degrees (15 to reach the vertical, and another 15 to tilt in the other direction). You need to take the formula from the 9th grade geometry course, to determine the arc length C=(?R/180)*? where R is the radius of the hole under the lamp, ? – degree measure of the arc. Having made simple calculations, we receive, that it is necessary to turn the lamp on 1.04 cm. So precisely will hardly turn out, therefore we measure 1 cm from edge, (the segment AB is equal 1 cm) and we do a slot #1, that in this place freely passed tendon from a bulb.
After checking, the feasibility of remaking visible:
1. Before turning, a clear light and shade border, you can see the tick on the left side:
2. After the turn, the light and shade border is less clear, but you can see that the headlight shines completely differently, the tick appeared on the right:
I think that the change in the light and shade border to the lesser side was due to the fact that all the same, our headlights are not designed to turn the bulbs, it is, so to speak, a small side effect.
To polish and wash the headlights we will need:
1. Medium abrasive polish (I took 3M, number 2, 100 grams is enough for the eyes) 2. Polishing machine (although you can use your hands) 3. Distilled water, 1.5 liters 4. Small amount of fairy After the headlamp modification, described in the previous part, there was a small kosha, namely: sawdust and shavings from the reflector were poured into the headlight, which in itself is unacceptable. Therefore, before polishing the headlights, I decided to wash them from the inside. The process of washing itself is not complicated: 1. We pour water inside (bulbs removed of course), and we puff, as it were, to stir up all the mud in the form of sawdust, and quickly pour it all out. 2. Water+fairy, a little bit of it, just to eat away all the dirt inside the headlight, also give it a good shake. 3. Rinse the headlight until all traces of foam are gone. 4. Repeat process #2 and #3. 5. Now the most important thing, in order to leave no traces of our “clean” tap water inside the headlight, we pour distilled water, about 300 ml, and shake the headlight to wash off traces of tap water. 6. Pour the water out, and rinse again, similarly with the second headlight. 7. After that, shake all the water out of the headlights, and put them upside down on a radiator, about overnight.
After the water is completely dry, start polishing. To do this, apply polish to the headlight itself (1), and with a machine start polishing (2).
This is a simple halogen, Philips Vision Plus bulbs.
Conclusion: I am satisfied, everything turned out just fine, just as planned. Recommended to repeat for those who are not happy with the light of the headlights, and do not want to buy xenon or new headlights.