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I recently bought some used JDM bugeye headlights that had eyelid type covers on them. I have removed them and have been cleaning them up. The lens still shows signs of being exposed to different amounts of light. It doesn’t seem like I’ll be able to remedy this because it seems like more than just the surface of the lens.

Am I wasting my time trying to fix this issue?


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One is before hitting it with a cutting compound, which helped, but you can still see the difference in color. The color change is right below the high beam.

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+61404532026, 08:34 PM   #4

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try doing a wetsand treatment. 2k wet then 3k wet then go nuts buffing it or sand it really fine, cut it then have a body shop clear coat the lense if your happy with the clarity

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try doing a wetsand treatment. 2k wet then 3k wet then go nuts buffing it or sand it really fine, cut it then have a body shop clear coat the lense if your happy with the clarity

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I would try this before getting into sanding/buffing/sealing.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000AY3SR/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I used it and had good results.

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I did the work today. I got some 1000 and 2000. Sanded with that, then used Maguiar’s 105 then 205. The wetsanding definitely helped remove any fine scratches I caused while removing the covers. However, the discoloration remains.

I don’t feel like they turned out as well as I would have hoped. I still feel like there are some sanding marks left over causing the clarity to be less than perfect. Not sure which step to repeat. Supposedly, the 105 can remove 1000 sanding marks.

Thanks for all the advice though!

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they look much better than the day prior! it could be a haze on the inside, only way to fix that is a gentle polish and wax

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How long do the lenses stay clear before they turn opaque again I wonder? Some detailing shop told me they would be bad again in a few months…

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I found that to be the case on my OEM lights. I could get them looking decent, but a few months later they would be hazing again. That’s why folks on here recommend getting them clear coated. I waxed mine and will see how it goes before paying for that.

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They look a lot better, sometimes marks are just too deep to worry about it. You might see them from a foot away but 99.9% of people will never notice. You might want to consider something like opti lens or cquartz dlux it might be cheaper than having them sprayed with clear. I know with dlux you can use it on plastics, wheels etc so you get get multi uses out of it.

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Ive cleaned my headlights several times…..and they are–well one in particular….are pretty ‘crazed’ and I want a new set.

but I don’t wanna pay $600ish for new ones…..where to get the best deal for 06 wrx headlights?

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Ive cleaned my headlights several times…..and they are–well one in particular….are pretty ‘crazed’ and I want a new set.

but I don’t wanna pay $600ish for new ones…..where to get the best deal for 06 wrx headlights?

Honestly I think ebay is. Find a OEM set from a salt free area (no harsh winters)

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Originally Posted by BlackJavaPearl04

Honestly I think ebay is. Find a OEM set from a salt free area (no harsh winters)

yeah…been looking…..there are some auto recyclers too

looks like a nice set is still gonna run $300-$400

oh well….

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Scotty, once you get a replacement set I’d recommend having Xpel Ultimate film applied to them. Look for an installer in your area with the “DAP” software and they can make the exact cutouts on the spot for any car with their plotter.

IME, after messing around with quite a few headlight restoration products, I’ve come to the conclusion that nothing beats a good clear protection film, especially on new headlights where the Xpel will eliminate ever having to restore them in the future.

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Scotty, once you get a replacement set I’d recommend having Xpel Ultimate film applied to them. Look for an installer in your area with the “DAP” software and they can make the exact cutouts on the spot for any car with their plotter.

IME, after messing around with quite a few headlight restoration products, I’ve come to the conclusion that nothing beats a good clear protection film, especially on new headlights where the Xpel will eliminate ever having to restore them in the future.

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yeah….been thinking about that, too…..im pretty sure the crazing on the bad one I have is due to impact…the one side is just a bit bad but I want to replace both

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How long do the lenses stay clear before they turn opaque again I wonder? Some detailing shop told me they would be bad again in a few months…

They do, its because you’re opening the pores in the plastic. To Avoid this you need to sand at the highest grit you can…..you can usually get away with 1k…..but (if you can find it) I recommend 3-6k. the higher the better. Then WAX it like crazy, get a few good layers and it will help (no spray wax…..REAL wax).

The kits you can buy usually only last a month or so here in MO.

I may be wrong about the grits……..its been a while since I’ve done it. I know the 3-6k is correct though….I used 6k. But I just bought an 06 TR that needs it so ill post a video of the process I use when I can.


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Get a headlight restoration kit Meg’s etc. Do a good job***8230;***8230;***8230;***8230;***8230;***8230;***8230;***8230;***8230;..THEN bring it to a collision shop and have em TROW a layer of clear-coat on em(only bring the headlight housing there). BAM!! Fresh. New. Headlights.

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I have this problem on my stock sti lights. will the meguirs kit remove slight top yellow hazing? I waxed them and they look a lot better but i want to try and get them clear again.

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3M professional kit…FTW

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The problem is you need to dry-sand first at 1500 grit going straight lines side to side. Then dampen a 2000 grit paper and sand front to back remembering to rinse off the paper, straight lines again. Lastly dampen a 3000 grit paper and sand side to side again. This crosshatch pattern knocks down high spots from the grit before. Then clean off the headlight and use regular compound and a wool pad to buff out the 3000 grit sand marks. Lastly you MUST finish with a plastic sealer like Mcguires PlastiX (wax will not work).

Follow those steps to correctly clear your headlights.

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The problem is you need to dry-sand first at 1500 grit going straight lines side to side. Then dampen a 2000 grit paper and sand front to back remembering to rinse off the paper, straight lines again. Lastly dampen a 3000 grit paper and sand side to side again. This crosshatch pattern knocks down high spots from the grit before. Then clean off the headlight and use regular compound and a wool pad to buff out the 3000 grit sand marks. Lastly you MUST finish with a plastic sealer like Mcguires PlastiX (wax will not work).

Follow those steps to correctly clear your headlights.

I had never had the reason for sanding side to side explained. Good post!

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