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Old June 21st, 2012, 07:49 PM   #1
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Cloudy headlights help so ugly !!!!

I'm looking to fix my headlights there all cloudy an foggy an suggestions ????
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Old June 21st, 2012, 08:35 PM   #2
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$8 turtle wax headlight restoration kit.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 08:40 PM   #3
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Old June 21st, 2012, 09:42 PM   #4
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Or go with the 3M kit. A bit more pricy, but I've heard many good stories about it.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 10:07 PM   #5
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I used the Sylvania restoration kit with great results. It's not the cheapest or most expensive and can be done with no power tools. The kit also all inclusive.
I've also used the Turtle wax kit which is about $6 cheaper but then the results weren't as good either.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 10:38 PM   #6
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my friend had the rain-x kit in his garage and i used that on mine, it made a HUGE difference. not sure how much it is but i would suggest that one.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 10:38 PM   #7
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3M kit just left scratches on my headlights.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 10:56 PM   #8
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3M kit just left scratches on my headlights.
Sorry to say but its probably your fault for not taking your time.

Wetsanding is a bit of an art, you can't just rush it, you need to develop a consistent technique and make sure you completely get rid of all the underlying scratches before you move onto the next sanding grade.

3M kit review and tips

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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:02 PM   #9
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i guess so. don't have all the time in the world to play around.
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 01:29 AM   #10
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All of those are short-term solutions; once you remove the original two part sealing layer, the surface will haze again from UV exposure.
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 04:56 AM   #11
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All of those are short-term solutions; once you remove the original two part sealing layer, the surface will haze again from UV exposure.
So what is the long term fix
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 05:02 AM   #12
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Thanks everyone I think I'm going with the 3 m
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 07:11 AM   #13
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Long term fix.. is after it had been restored you need to apply a clear film over the lenses..
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 08:21 AM   #14
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Long term fix.. is after it had been restored you need to apply a clear film over the lenses..
Clear film what do you mean like a vinyl or something ????
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 08:28 AM   #15
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All of those are short-term solutions; once you remove the original two part sealing layer, the surface will haze again from UV exposure.
It annoys the crap out of me that someone always brings this up whenever headlight restoration is brought up

If you wax your headlights (nxt Or any other wax that protects against uv rays) your headlights will not haze

After several years my neighbors headlights still look great, and all the other headlights I've restored equally look great. I completely sanded down my TYC lenses and they are 100% clear
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 09:27 AM   #16
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^^ Curious on whether we would need to apply wax regularly? Or "one deal seal" adequate/acceptable?
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 01:33 PM   #17
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I'll elaborate a little more...

Yes, you can apply wax, but even that is not as durable as the original coating. If you apply it regularly (every 1-3mos depending on season and level of sun exposure), it will be a moderate-term solution. I would recommend a synthetic wax over carnauba.

I've used headlight film (Lamin-x) in the past; the thicker films reduce light ouput. I would only use them if I had HIDs. If running halogen bulbs, I would stick to the thinner (<10mil) films. These are a good solution, but you must apply wax to these to keep them pliable.

I'm currently working on a lens rehab project. My goal is to seal the freshly sanded lenses with 2K aerosol clear, which is a pretty new type of product. I hope that it will be just as durable as the OEM lenses.

Like mentioned above, TYC lights seem to make solid replacements if your lenses are irreparably pitted/scratched. I've never used them personally, but I have had fitment issues using DEPO headlights in the past.

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Old June 25th, 2012, 07:25 AM   #18
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Instead of waxing regularly, purchase some Opti-Coat 2.0 and put that on them. It lasts for years.

The 3m kit works pretty well. Here is a link to my DIY for the 3m kit.

http://www.v6performance.net/forums/...iy-review.html
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Opti-Coat sounds interesting...
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I'll elaborate a little more...

Yes, you can apply wax, but even that is not as durable as the original coating. If you apply it regularly (every 1-3mos depending on season and level of sun exposure), it will be a moderate-term solution. I would recommend a synthetic wax over carnauba.

I've used headlight film (Lamin-x) in the past; the thicker films reduce light ouput. I would only use them if I had HIDs. If running halogen bulbs, I would stick to the thinner (<10mil) films. These are a good solution, but you must apply wax to these to keep them pliable.

I'm currently working on a lens rehab project. My goal is to seal the freshly sanded lenses with 2K aerosol clear, which is a pretty new type of product. I hope that it will be just as durable as the OEM lenses.

Like mentioned above, TYC lights seem to make solid replacements if your lenses are irreparably pitted/scratched. I've never used them personally, but I have had fitment issues using DEPO headlights in the past.
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Instead of waxing regularly, purchase some Opti-Coat 2.0 and put that on them. It lasts for years.

The 3m kit works pretty well. Here is a link to my DIY for the 3m kit.

http://www.v6performance.net/forums/...iy-review.html
I've researched this to no end. There was a great thread on Autopia.org about this. If you opticoat your car (or put vinyl on it etc) yes it will stay clean longer, get less dirty and even scratch less. But you can't compare it to the gloss/shine/swirl free finish of a freshly detailed car. It's a tradeoff: perfect looking car that needs more maintenance or a car that looks good but not perfect.


Here's a good thread on opticoat and headlights


Headlight sealant: spar urethane vs. opti coat 2.0 - Page 6 - Auto Geek Online Auto Detailing Forum


Let me sum this up for you: THERE IS NO LONG TERM FIX

You can respray your headlights with factory clear coat, or even buy brand new headlights, etc they will all eventually haze

The only long term solution is PROPER MAINTENANCE

If I can wax my headlights every 3 months and keep them looking 100% brand new looking, then to me that is the best solution.
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