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Old 09-25-2012, 03:40 PM   #1
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Headlight restoration for e46

My headlights are slightly fogged and I've used a couple of different kits, does anyone have any tips or tricks to restoring my headlights? I'm looking for something more effective

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Old 09-25-2012, 03:53 PM   #2
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My headlights are slightly fogged and I've used a couple of different kits, does anyone have any tips or tricks to restoring my headlights? I'm looking for something more effective

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If the 3M kit doesn't work to restore them you might as well replace the entire lens.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:19 AM   #3
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Because the damage on the lenses is usually purely superficial, they can be restored to an as-new clarity with minimum time and effort with the headlights still on the vehicle. If the lights are pitted, they will have to be sanded. But if they are just dull, hazy and yellow, surface polishing will restore clarity.

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Be cognizant that some 'headlight restoration kits' use fillers (Kaolin clay) to 'mask' as opposed to an abrasive that will remove lens surface problems


"Headlight Restoration" - http://www.autopia.org/forum/autopia...ml#post1506615

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Old 09-26-2012, 08:57 AM   #4
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What do you mean by pitted?

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Old 09-26-2012, 09:19 AM   #5
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Why not just get replacement headlight lenses?? They're like $60 a pair, shipped! Brand spankin' new Bosch lenses.
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:38 AM   #6
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What do you mean by pitted?

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Road grit damage (i.e. small chips in the surface (pitting)
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:33 AM   #7
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Occasionally there can be some moisture trapped inside the lens but usually the cloudy appearance comes from exterior. We have several headlight restoration articles with pictures on our Ask A Pro Blog. Each one highlights a slightly different process but all of them are pretty cost effective and simple ways to fix the lights or make a huge improvement. Take a few minutes to look over some of those articles and I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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i just use the 2 step menzerna with buffer method

works on paint, works on lights
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