Source: http://www.customtacos.com/tech/index.php?article=222 By: 00yota4x4 Many custom vehicle enthusiasts in recent years have begun painting their headlight housings black. After all, what looks good on a BMW or Mazda looks good on other vehicles, right? Below is a quick write-up on painting your 2005+ Tacoma headlights black for that "euro" look. This article applies to all 05+ Tacomas including 4x4s and X-Runners. Tools needed: - A conventional oven, cookie sheet, cardboard - Black spray paint (I used Krylon Fusion) - Socket set First, you must take the headlights out. You will need to remove the grill and the small body-colored piece below the lights. This should be very easy. There are 4 bolts for the headlights. 2 are up top, 1 is at the bottom inside corner. The bumper hides it a little but you can get it out. The 4th must be accessed from under. As you see in the pic is where the 4th bolt is (heres a little tip written by Coupe to make reoving the 4th bolt a little easier http://www.xr-underground.com/forum/showpost.php?p=225562&postcount=91) Once the lights are out, remove everything off of them. All of the plastic pieces, all of the lights and rubber things and 3 hex screws must be removed. Make sure not to mess with the adjustment knobs. I took off the top weather strip, but others say you can leave it on. Once you have stripped the headlight housings, it's time to bake them in the oven so that the lens can be easily removed. They must be done one at a time. Place each headlight on a cookie sheet with foil or a peice of cardboard to prevent the headlight from melting against the cookie sheet. As far as temperature, I found that 305 degrees for about 9 minutes works well. Remember, preheat the oven and then once you put the light in there, turn the oven off. While baking try to avoid opening the oven to check on the light. This will prolong the heating process. At this time and temperature, the lens should pry apart from the housing on the first try. Just take your time and don't rush anything. This is not something that just peels apart super easy. I didn't use any tools. I just used my hands and started in a corner where its easy to grab both parts. I also had a buddy helping me pry it apart slowly. Once apart, remove the 2 hex screws (size T-15) in the plastic piece in the lens. Pull out the bezel. Pop out the orange marker and the turn signal lens. I used Krylon Fusion paint. No primer is needed and its designed to bond to plastic and is pretty strong from what I've read. To prep the area to paint, I used a scotch brite pad to scuff it up a little bit just to take a little extra measure. Then, I cleaned it off with glass cleaner. I wore gloves so I would not get any oils back on the surface. Paint away and take your time and don't put on thick coats. It took me about 25 minutes per headlight to paint it using light coats. This will help prevent runs and drips. After painting, let each one dry for about 20 minutes. I still didn't touch the painted surface and I carried them from behind while moving them. Also, be VERY CAREFUL putting the marker lights back in, if you choose to do so. The paint is not fully chip-resistant for 7 days. Next, put the 2 pieces back in the oven at 300 degrees for 5 minutes to get the caulk soft. I also used silicone window/door to put in the seam of the housing. Then, I pressed it back together tightly. put the hex screws in and popped the tabs in place. After that I put another bead of silicone all the way around the seams again. Now, install the headlight assembly back into the truck. Also, that 4th bolt that is underneath: SCREW IT. I still haven't put it back in and the light does not budge with 3 bolts. I hope everyone that tries it has a good outcome. Just take your time. It took me about 4 hours.