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    Thread: Final Solution For Headlight Lenses!!

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      10-11-2011 09:41 PM #36
      link to a headlight remove diy....
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      03-01-2012 12:45 AM #37
      Can't belive it worked out so well. I thought I would need new lens. Did everything that is on here exp for 600 grid.
      Before only pic I have from before.

      SANDING

      Polishing


      Polished

      Final I need to get them buffed out still but waxed them like 6 times and polished like 3 times.

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      03-01-2012 01:09 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by bvgoosedd View Post
      Can't belive it worked out so well. I thought I would need new lens. Did everything that is on here exp for 600 grid.
      Im glad it worked out for you man...Looks great

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      03-01-2012 01:46 AM #39
      Damn! Im on this! My lights look like sh#t!!!

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      03-01-2012 10:15 AM #40
      It's hard to see in that pic but mine were worse then that. I really didn't think they would come out that good. The only thing is theres like dirt in the inside of mine and a spyder is stuck inside mine too.

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      03-01-2012 11:11 AM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by Mantvis View Post
      Damn! Im on this! My lights look like sh#t!!!

      Montey mine were worse than that! it will come out

      Quote Originally Posted by bvgoosedd View Post
      It's hard to see in that pic but mine were worse then that. I really didn't think they would come out that good. The only thing is theres like dirt in the inside of mine and a spyder is stuck inside mine too.
      Just take out the headlight and bake them at 250 for about 10 minutes and then pry them apart and take that spyder out

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      06-04-2013 12:29 AM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by 1.8 skeet skeet View Post
      Montey mine were worse than that! it will come out



      Just take out the headlight and bake them at 250 for about 10 minutes and then pry them apart and take that spyder out

      So is this evil looking spidering inside the lens or not? I have some of this on one I had to replace

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      06-04-2013 10:34 PM #43
      Did you guys use a random orbital buffer or can I just use a polishing ball on the end of my power drill? I'm so confused!

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      06-05-2013 04:35 AM #44
      Have my sandpaper, going in. Wish me luck

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      06-06-2013 06:03 PM #45
      This is great, can't wait to do it to my headlights! Where have you guys found local stores that carry such fine Grits of sandpaper? I made multipile stops and only found up to 1000.

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      06-06-2013 08:30 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by ConnorMc View Post
      This is great, can't wait to do it to my headlights! Where have you guys found local stores that carry such fine Grits of sandpaper? I made multipile stops and only found up to 1000.
      Auto stores usually have up to at least 2000 and most have up to 3000
      Or you can get it from amazon.com. I have amazon prime so I get free 2 day shipping (usually turns out to be next day because I live a town away from a distribution center) which has already paid for itself a long time ago

    12. 04-20-2014 02:40 PM #47
      Just wanted to chime in with my first post here. Awesome job there on the lights 1.8 skeet. This method and the over the counter kits can be a huge improvement to really fogged or yellowed etc lights. A word of caution of you're considering this as a touch-up job for lights on any vehicle that aren't that bad. As another poster mentioned, sanding removes the factory clear coat that is baked onto the light lense using techniques that are unique to oem lights. This clear coat does wear out over time, but is what keeps the plastic lenses from sunfading etc. If you do do this, it'll look great for a few months or a year, but eventually you'll have to rebuff the light and possibly do some light wet-sanding with high grit paper. No big deal, I've done it on other cars every time I wax. But the sun WILL fade your light again, and far far more quickly than a new light. Up here in Maine, it takes less than 6 months, in warmer/sunnier climates probably way sooner. You can buy a lense sealer, and it often comes with the kits. I haven't noticed that it helps much. If anyone knows a way to duplicate the factory clear coat on the lenses I'd love to hear about it. Hope this helps. Cheers

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      04-20-2014 03:31 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by Dufussman View Post
      ... But the sun WILL fade your light again, and far far more quickly than a new light. Up here in Maine, it takes less than 6 months, in warmer/sunnier climates probably way sooner. You can buy a lense sealer, and it often comes with the kits. I haven't noticed that it helps much. If anyone knows a way to duplicate the factory clear coat on the lenses I'd love to hear about it. Hope this helps. Cheers

      I think the real key is to limit sun exposure.

      Mine after I did then in NOV 2010 with a 3M kit:




      June 2013:



      a few weeks ago:



      Yes...garage queen.

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      04-20-2014 05:56 PM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by TTC2k5 View Post
      I think the real key is to limit sun exposure.
      I agree, moving to FL has opened my eyes to the fact that hardly anybody here uses their garages therefore their headlights are all horribly ruined by the sun.

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      04-20-2014 06:16 PM #50
      Excuse my ignorance, but did the plastic headlight lens come in both a clear, as well as tinted version? Was one HID and the other standard?
      Mine look like they've been sandblasted, but they definitely look tinted, Too.
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    16. 04-21-2014 05:47 PM #51
      My windscreen, headlamp lenses, and all leading edges look as if they were SANDBLASTED. Driving into the Sunlight, I can hardly see; the windscreen is all tiny dot sparkles. I may try your fix bux I think they may be too far gone?

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      04-22-2014 12:28 PM #52
      If your windshield glass is bad, I would just have it replaced. You can get a brand new windshield installed in your driveway for about $300. I'm curious as to why your windshield would suffer, though. The glass should stay crystal clear, regardless of headlight lens haze.

      Thanks for mentioning the sun factor, TTC2k5! My car spent five years in Florida with no garage, which is why it got so bad before I got her. I can't wait to finish my clutch job so I can do some cosmetic stuff like this.

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      04-22-2014 12:51 PM #53
      Wow, you guys are anal about the headlight lens! I thought I was OCD....

      They do look nice, but its just plastic. which probably needs annual, or more, maintenance. Is it really worth this effort to maintain a piece of plastic on a car?

      Whatever happened to glass lenses or even new plastic ones that can be "popped in"? What was an approximate cost to make them? Wasn't this being looked into? I would rather pay a grand than spend 4 hours a year....

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      04-22-2014 03:02 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by speed51133! View Post
      Wow, you guys are anal about the headlight lens! I thought I was OCD....

      They do look nice, but its just plastic. which probably needs annual, or more, maintenance. Is it really worth this effort to maintain a piece of plastic on a car?

      Whatever happened to glass lenses or even new plastic ones that can be "popped in"? What was an approximate cost to make them? Wasn't this being looked into? I would rather pay a grand than spend 4 hours a year....
      Hell, I do yours for only $750/year. Plus, you can serve yourself at the Q-pub while you wait.



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      04-22-2014 03:05 PM #55
      I weld and own a side bisness. Restoring headlight and painting. Only way to restore them is to fully sand them down. If you don't have the right equipment it takes for ever. Then you need to apply a special coating. It's lime clear but 10 times harder

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      04-22-2014 06:01 PM #56
      So where do you get your clear coat from? I've tried the home remedy of 1/2 clear outdoor lacquer and 1/2 paint thinner applied w/ a folded shop towel, which is supposed to last a few years. Although it looked better than OEM and really great when freshly done (kind of like a wet glossy look), it too became cloudy in about 6mths and I had to sand them down again. Now I'm looking for a real, real good coating to offset having to do the sanding gig twice a year.

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      04-22-2014 06:55 PM #57
      I just sanded mine down and polished them a couple months ago. I have been applying the Meguiars headlight protectant every time I wash the car (about once a week). So far they are holding up great but its only been two months. Kind of a pain to have to apply often, but cheaper than Laminx.

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      04-22-2014 11:21 PM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by max13b2 View Post
      So where do you get your clear coat from? I've tried the home remedy of 1/2 clear outdoor lacquer and 1/2 paint thinner applied w/ a folded shop towel, which is supposed to last a few years. Although it looked better than OEM and really great when freshly done (kind of like a wet glossy look), it too became cloudy in about 6mths and I had to sand them down again. Now I'm looking for a real, real good coating to offset having to do the sanding gig twice a year.
      We use a product from a company that sells stuff just for this. We were using lacquer thinner at 30% thinner and 70 lacquer. It's ok but for us it was to runny looking. The other stuff is very good and expensive to the tune of 90 for 14 oz and that's just the coating it uses a special thinner at 44 for the same size

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      04-23-2014 02:37 PM #59
      Opti Lens is what I used on mine, specifically designed for the task.
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      04-23-2014 02:42 PM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by TTC2k5 View Post
      Hell, I do yours for only $750/year. Plus, you can serve yourself at the Q-pub while you wait.



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      04-23-2014 08:24 PM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by Jayizdaman View Post
      That's yours? Can I be your friend?
      Yup, built it a couple of years ago with TT parts. Move to dallas. GTGs/garage days 2-3 times per year.

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      04-24-2014 11:44 AM #62
      Hey, that was a grand ONE TIME, not annual....

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      04-24-2014 12:05 PM #63
      Quote Originally Posted by speed51133! View Post
      Hey, that was a grand ONE TIME, not annual....
      I call shenanigans...your post clearly implied "annual" light maintenance. :-)
      You don't own a TT, you support it: 2001 LZ7W coupe; REVO chip; Forge hoses and DV relo; MadMax DV; Modshack VTDA; BlueFlame Catback, OSIR corners, Forge bling, H&R, Bilsteins, DEFCON2, 986 seats, 18in OZ Vela II; OEM TTQS alcantara steering wheel, knob, ebrake; OEM: BBS RS IIs; roof rack; trunk rack; phone bracket; trunk mat; all weather floor mats; 4-piece Votex kit. My Mods and Primer Porn here: http://public.fotki.com/TTQ2K2/.

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      05-02-2014 03:24 PM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by speed51133! View Post
      Wow, you guys are anal about the headlight lens! I thought I was OCD....

      They do look nice, but its just plastic. which probably needs annual, or more, maintenance. Is it really worth this effort to maintain a piece of plastic on a car?

      Whatever happened to glass lenses or even new plastic ones that can be "popped in"? What was an approximate cost to make them? Wasn't this being looked into? I would rather pay a grand than spend 4 hours a year....
      I would rather pay a grand than spend 4 hours a year...

      1 grand vs 4hrs per year

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      05-03-2014 04:13 PM #65
      not to crap on the parade but Harbor Frieght sells a $10 head light restoration kit with two sanding discs and a polish enough for 2 lights that made my lights look BRAND NEW. Just requires an electric dril for the sanding pads. Use lots of water and follow the time instructions I think its 5 minutes per light. Its some no name brand at Harbor Frieght works like magic.

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      05-03-2014 11:08 PM #66
      Yup and if you don't seal them they'll get worse and worse and worse.

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