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Old 03-05-2013, 11:21 PM   #1
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Cloudy Headlights

Hey guys,

First post concerning my new car (I'll post up some pics when I get a chance).

Anyway, my headlights are a little cloudy. The haze is only slight, so maybe I could pull out the lens and clean it from the inside? Is that where the haze is, or is it from the outside? I can't tell by looking at it.

I'm also considering replacing the lenses completely. Are there any quality alternatives to the OEM units (which I believe are supplied by Bosch)?. The OEM units are pricey, and I'd obvsiously like to avoid this expense if there are quality alternatives that you all use. If not, I'll just go OEM in the near future.


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Old 03-05-2013, 11:29 PM   #2
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Hey guys,

First post concerning my new car (I'll post up some pics when I get a chance).

Anyway, my headlights are a little cloudy. The haze is only slight, so maybe I could pull out the lens and clean it from the inside? Is that where the haze is, or is it from the outside? I can't tell by looking at it.

I'm also considering replacing the lenses completely. Are there any quality alternatives to the OEM units (which I believe are supplied by Bosch)?. The OEM units are pricey, and I'd obvsiously like to avoid this expense if there are quality alternatives that you all use. If not, I'll just go OEM in the near future.


Thanks in advance,
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Over time headlights can get a hazy look just from sand and other debris in the air. You can buy a kit to restore the exterior for $20-$35, or you can (as you said) replace the lenses. I would opt more for replacing the lenses than just using a buffing kit, nearly half the cost and for the most part is a temporary fix.

A lot of people eon this forums seem to have success with this product:
http://www.khoalty.com/headlight-lens-replacement.html

The bonus is that they are OEM units and are really well priced! However, make sure before you order that those lenses will fit you car.

Besides that, congratulations on your new car! Hope to see some pics of it soon!
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:31 PM   #3
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tutlewax headlights restoration. Under $10 at your advance auto. Follow directions :/
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:01 AM   #4
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Over time headlights can get a hazy look just from sand and other debris in the air. You can buy a kit to restore the exterior for $20-$35, or you can (as you said) replace the lenses. I would opt more for replacing the lenses than just using a buffing kit, nearly half the cost and for the most part is a temporary fix.

A lot of people eon this forums seem to have success with this product:
http://www.khoalty.com/headlight-lens-replacement.html

The bonus is that they are OEM units and are really well priced! However, make sure before you order that those lenses will fit you car.

Besides that, congratulations on your new car! Hope to see some pics of it soon!
Do this! Excellent product!! Here is my video before and after the lenses were installed.

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Even though the facelift 2-door doesn't have lenses that are easy to disassemble, it'd be nice of someone offered them. I'd buy them.
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Even though the facelift 2-door doesn't have lenses that are easy to disassemble, it'd be nice of someone offered them. I'd buy them.
>_< There are no OEM suppliers of the Face-lift lenses? Damn... Might have to get a protective film put over my headlights when I buy mine...
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Had LaminX on mine for the last eight years. Look close to new.
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wet sand and buff, anyone telling you to spend $72+shipping on new lenses either works for the company or is sers lazy.

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wet sand and buff, anyone telling you to spend $72+shipping on new lenses either works for the company or is sers lazy.

http://www.lamin-x.com/3M-Headlight-...it-p/tl117.htm
Not necessarily, just think it is worth permanently solving the issue than buying a temporary solution. Besides, $72 is not a lot for what this can do to improve the appearance of your vehicle.
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Thanks for all the info guys. I will look into each suggestion.

Is the cloudiness actually on the inside of the lens, or the outside?
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>_< There are no OEM suppliers of the Face-lift lenses? Damn... Might have to get a protective film put over my headlights when I buy mine...
I've been trying to find the manufacturer of them. There is a logo on the bottom-left of the headlight, I can't remember what it says. It's like JTL or JKL or something like that. Maybe someone can figure it out and contact the manufacturer?
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Thanks for all the info guys. I will look into each suggestion.

Is the cloudiness actually on the inside of the lens, or the outside?
Cloudiness is on the outside.
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I would just buy the new lenses from khoalty.

Btw, you're NOT supposed to clean the inside of the lenses. The material is more fragile on the inside and prone to scratches.
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Don't waste your time with buffing new headlights. It will come back eventually so just buy new lenses.

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Don't waste your time with buffing new headlights. It will come back eventually so just buy new lenses.
It will happen to new lenses eventually, also.


OP, check if you have Bosch or ZKW headlights - the lenses are different, and ZKW replacements are significantly more expensive.

My headlights were really badly frosted. I used the Meguiars kit that includes LaminX. The kit worked great, and the headlights are still clear and look new after 6 months. Reapplying the LaminX is recommended periodically.
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It will happen to new lenses eventually, also.


OP, check if you have Bosch or ZKW headlights - the lenses are different, and ZKW replacements are significantly more expensive.

My headlights were really badly frosted. I used the Meguiars kit that includes LaminX. The kit worked great, and the headlights are still clear and look new after 6 months. Reapplying the LaminX is recommended periodically.
Sure will, years from now when i've bought another car.
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Also use headlight sealant every few months. One small spray bottle of it will last you forever and keep the cloudiness away.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:27 AM   #18
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I successfully buff headlights back to clear with a decent cleaner wax and a buffer all the time. I work in the used auto industry and this almost standard practice for us! If they are really bad, wet sand them first with 2000 grit sandpaper then follow with a buffer. But this method will only last a few months. A better long term solution might be to follow some of the recommendations mentioned above.
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$2 polishing disk on your cordless drill, and some toothpaste. You can even do it by hand. Dont waste your money on those "dedicated" products.
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You can try the cheap way first but you likely won't be happy with the results. if you have pitting, you need to get aggressive with the sandpaper. all comes down to removing material. sometimes it's not worth the effort/time. my vote is buy new
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