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    Thread: Final Solution For Headlight Lenses!!

    1. Member bvgoosedd's Avatar
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      10-09-2011 12:58 PM #26
      as soon as i get my car back i am gonna take my headlights out and do this i really think mine are in the inside i have done the 3m thing and the out side looked good but when i turn the lights on its horrible. its weird too because its as if the inside is getting burned by the hid.

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      10-09-2011 06:51 PM #27
      Final outcome looks amazing dude. Glad I got to help out, at least a little, with it.

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      10-10-2011 12:59 AM #28
      Do yourself a favor and find a clearbra guy/company. clear bra the headlights!! my car is a '02, there's no crystallization and of course no chipping i had to redo them after about 85k, but i threw the guy $20!!!

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      10-10-2011 01:14 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by 1.8tizzle View Post
      Final outcome looks amazing dude. Glad I got to help out, at least a little, with it.
      Thanks for your help brother

      Quote Originally Posted by M this 1! View Post
      Do yourself a favor and find a clearbra guy/company. clear bra the headlights!! my car is a '02, there's no crystallization and of course no chipping i had to redo them after about 85k, but i threw the guy $20!!!
      Yeah I have ordered Lamin-X its the same as the clear Bra.....Your right man its gonna be well worth it

    5. 10-10-2011 01:39 PM #30
      You are a wizard 1.8 skeet skeet! total cool awesome man!

      This will be on my list to do, as soon i grow some courage
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      10-10-2011 09:45 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by benocehcap View Post
      You are a wizard 1.8 skeet skeet! total cool awesome man!

      This will be on my list to do, as soon i grow some courage
      Thanks bro! Just remember the more time you put into the sanding the better they will turn out..... Don't be nervous man! They will turn out great

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      10-11-2011 10:08 AM #32
      i need to do this on the inside of my lenses.....water got in there somehow, and when it evaporated left all sorts of minieral deposits on the lense so there is fogging all over. looks like ass......ugh...how i do not look forward to baking my headlight.

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      10-11-2011 10:39 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by speed51133! View Post
      i need to do this on the inside of my lenses.....water got in there somehow, and when it evaporated left all sorts of minieral deposits on the lense so there is fogging all over. looks like ass......ugh...how i do not look forward to baking my headlight.
      Baking the light is no big deal. Keep the temp low (170F), keep the time in oven low (5-10 minutes) and work the lens of in steps. bake, pull, bake, pull, etc.

      when I did mine, i baked for 10 mins, pulled and began working the lens off. But the adhesive hardens as it cools so after a couple of min pulling, i stopped and put it back in the oven for 5 mins. Pulled it from the oven and worked it, then back in the oven. Total of maybe 3-4 iterations and 30 minutes. Do the same for install and you'll get a very nice tight seal for closure.

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      I had difficulty getting one light to fully close. so I used a heat gun and GENTLY warmed the adhesive so I could close it up. If using a heat gun, be very gentle with the heat. The gun concentrates the heat on the plastic and some have had disasterous results: MELTING.

      See pics below for closed versus not closed.

      not fully closed:


      closed:

      Last edited by TTC2k5; 10-11-2011 at 10:48 AM.
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      10-11-2011 12:01 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by 1.8 skeet skeet View Post
      Wow, was about to look for clear lenses, then there was your display. Will give a it a try!!
      Thanks in advance.

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      10-11-2011 08:31 PM #35
      If you guys have any questions at all.... I will be glad to help you with whatever you would need

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      10-11-2011 08:41 PM #36
      link to a headlight remove diy....
      http://audittrs.wordpress.com/2011/0...n-audi-tt-mk1/

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      02-29-2012 11:45 PM #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 12:09 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 12:46 AM #39
      Damn! Im on this! My lights look like sh#t!!!

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      03-01-2012 09:15 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 10:11 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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      06-03-2013 11:29 PM #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 09:34 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 03:35 AM #44
      Have my sandpaper, going in. Wish me luck

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      06-06-2013 05:03 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 07:30 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

    22. 04-20-2014 01:40 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 02:31 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 04:56 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 05:16 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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