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Old 11-02-2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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Basic questions on fixing a few things on E46

I have a few questions on the best cleaning supplies for an E46. (Wax, soap, towels, etc.)

Also does anyone know the best way to clear the fog off of my head lights? And in the picture attached is there any way to make the black plastic sidings on car and mirrors less faded? best way to restore it?

Lastly does any one know the best Angel eyes, for the best price, I could get for my e46.

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Old 11-02-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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For the headlights it might be on the inside that is causing the foggy looks. Unfortunately you can't do anything to the inside unless you bake the headlights open. For angel eyes get them from www.umnitza.com DIY is in the lighting section.

For the cleaning products, check the car care and detail section.

Use Back to Black for the mirror trim.
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:34 PM   #3
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for the black plastic on the mirrors, i used some meguiars protectant (can't remember the specific name, but its their gold class i think and it comes in a black bottle), it restores it to original shape and it isn't shiny and it doesn't look greasy.

now, this may be strange, and will probably be bashed by other members, but my side markers got very foggy and i used toothpaste (it was recommended to me) and oddly enough it helped a little bit!
however as solidjake said, if its on the inside, not a whole lot you can do without opening the headlight
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:49 PM   #4
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I used 303 Aerospace on the black exterior trims, worked well. I'm sure any of the products designed for that will work similarly, however 303 can be used for a lot of other things besides exterior plastics. As previously mentioned, ascertain whether the fog is inside the lens or outside. If inside, just disassemble and polish with some plastic polish and a drill motor. Or replace, but the coupe lights are difficult to disassemble, or so I've read. Why they didn't just spec the coupes out with the same front ends as the sedans & wagons is what I don't understand. I'm stupid but not that stupid, the specific logic just eludes me.
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I used 303 Aerospace on the black exterior trims, worked well. I'm sure any of the products designed for that will work similarly, however 303 can be used for a lot of other things besides exterior plastics. As previously mentioned, ascertain whether the fog is inside the lens or outside. If inside, just disassemble and polish with some plastic polish and a drill motor. Or replace, but the coupe lights are difficult to disassemble, or so I've read. Why they didn't just spec the coupes out with the same front ends as the sedans & wagons is what I don't understand. I'm stupid but not that stupid, the specific logic just eludes me.
+1 on the 303 aerospace. great stuff
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:24 PM   #6
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I used 303 Aerospace on the black exterior trims, worked well. I'm sure any of the products designed for that will work similarly, however 303 can be used for a lot of other things besides exterior plastics. As previously mentioned, ascertain whether the fog is inside the lens or outside. If inside, just disassemble and polish with some plastic polish and a drill motor. Or replace, but the coupe lights are difficult to disassemble, or so I've read. Why they didn't just spec the coupes out with the same front ends as the sedans & wagons is what I don't understand. I'm stupid but not that stupid, the specific logic just eludes me.
not really hard to disassemble the coupe headlights. the only thing that took a while and hard was the baking part. the inside is pretty much the same as sedans and wagson
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^ the baking? You have to bake them in order to get them apart?

That's just ludicrous. My headlights snap open. Again, I guess I just don't get it.
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Yeah it doesnt make since to me why you would have to bake the headlights...does anyone know another way to open? Maybe a youtube video that can be linked ?
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Yeah it doesnt make since to me why you would have to bake the headlights...does anyone know another way to open? Maybe a youtube video that can be linked ?
you can use a heatgun and go around the boarder of the headlight and use a Flat tool or a knife pry it apart...but that's gonna take forever, rather just bake it. there's isn't really any youtube video about showing how to bake the headlight but there's this DYI for Angel Eyes install

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=595976
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^ the baking? You have to bake them in order to get them apart?

That's just ludicrous. My headlights snap open. Again, I guess I just don't get it.
because you have a sedan, facelight coupe lights are sealed with glue.
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If all of that sounds intimidating, gather up several of those oxygen absorbing packages used in beef jerky and slip them in from the back. They won't be there permanently, just until moisture disappears for the time being. Since your headlights are difficult to take apart, just attach strings to those packages for easy removal.


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Are you talking about doing that to get fog out?
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No to make beef jerky. Yes I am talking about the condensation


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because you have a sedan, facelight coupe lights are sealed with glue.
Yeah I'm clear on that part.


What I don't get is what is the reason for the glued vs snap-on designs. Where's the logic. That is what I'm confused about. A snap-on design could have been implemented with the coupe as well, then nobody would have to bake theirs apart when they wanted to polish the fog off the inside of the lens LOL
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Yeah I'm clear on that part.


What I don't get is what is the reason for the glued vs snap-on designs. Where's the logic. That is what I'm confused about. A snap-on design could have been implemented with the coupe as well, then nobody would have to bake theirs apart when they wanted to polish the fog off the inside of the lens LOL
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Yeah I'm clear on that part.


What I don't get is what is the reason for the glued vs snap-on designs. Where's the logic. That is what I'm confused about. A snap-on design could have been implemented with the coupe as well, then nobody would have to bake theirs apart when they wanted to polish the fog off the inside of the lens LOL
might just be they way it was designed most likely to keep moisture out, the facelift coupes were also available with active xenons though I don't know if that would affect it. AFAIK a lot of cars come with sealed headlights and in the headlight retrofit forums baking headlights is not something that is uncommon. The headlights on all our Hondas are sealed and so are the headlights on our Mercedes.
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