Our headlights – glass or plastic?

what are headlight lens made out of audi



  1. +61404532026 01:27 pm #1

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    ok so i’m guessing they are plastic but just to be sure, are our headlights plastic or glass? i’m expecting glass because these are premium headlights i’d imagine, while i know like stock vws come with plastic headlights, but have glass versions available. or are glass headlights just an aftermarket thing?

    just wondering because i have some light rock chips and crap on my headlights and wanted to clear them, its not enough to need the whole restoration kit and need sanding and all that, i was going to just use some light compound/polish or probably some meguiars plastx, but of course these wouldn’t really do much if it’s actually glass.


  2. +61404532026 01:34 pm #2

    our headlights - glass or plastic?

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    obviously some sort of polycarbonate… glass would of shattered from a stone pebble

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  3. +61404532026 01:40 pm #3

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    yea it doesnt have the feel of glass, but i know there are glass headlights though, more fragile but they do make them and they dont fade and all that, so im sure they arent as prone to shattering so easily. since i see a lot of vws upgrading to glass headlights, i thought maybe the glass was standard on audis or something.

    but yeah just wanted to make sure so i know what to polish them with, thanks.


  4. +61404532026 02:34 pm #4

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    plastic. i don’t think any cars have glass headlights any more. the only ones that did were the ones where the bulb itself was the headlight (old halogen cars from late 90s and earlier).
    if you are seeing glass headlights for audis, then they are aftermarket.

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  5. +61404532026 02:48 pm #5

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    got it, yeah i see a lot of vw guys ‘upgrading’ to the glass lens, but its all aftermarket i guess. i’ll have to get the restoration kit and then seal these babies up with some laminx.


  6. +61404532026 03:21 pm #6

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    the projector itself is glass. the clear housing is plastic

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  7. +61404532026 03:31 pm #7

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    actually i was just looking this up last night to be sure lol, i have light chips on my headlight and it really annoys me.

    op, what was your plan to remove them? because i don’t think wet sanding is really needed for this type correction

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  8. +61404532026 06:37 pm #8

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    our headlights - glass or plastic? originally posted by sleepercar

    actually i was just looking this up last night to be sure lol, i have light chips on my headlight and it really annoys me.

    op, what was your plan to remove them? because i don’t think wet sanding is really needed for this type correction

    i think im just gonna get like the mother’s headlight restoration kit, its like a compound polish type thing and not as aggressive as sanding, just skip those steps. but yeah i’ll see if that smooths it out at all, at least will prob get rid of the smaller marks. and then im just gonna put some protector film over them to keep them fresh.


  9. +61404532026 04:33 am #9

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    the clear housing is 100% plastic


  10. +61404532026 04:47 am #10

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    i wouldn’t recommend a drill with an attachment or high speed buffer for the headlight. i would leave that to the professionals. i put clear bra on my headlights early on in my ownership. the clear bra is still in great shape and no light distortion

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  11. +61404532026 10:06 am #11

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    i just didn’t my own version of a headlight restoration. the 3m kits i’ve bought in the past never did a good enough job for me. i’ve got about 150k on my car, which ends up with a lot of rock dings…i used 320, 800, 1000, 2000 grit sandpaper, compound, and plastic polish. the trick is to take the lens down with the 320 grit to the point where your happy with where the big dings are, and work your way up from there. i used the foam pad from the 3m kit on the drill with the compound and plastic polish. it took me close to 4 hours per headlight with a lot of elbow grease. if your not removing the headlight then be sure to mask off your hood/bumper so you don’t end up taking your paint off. best of luck and be prepared for an arm workout.

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  12. +61404532026 10:10 pm #12

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    4 hrs per headlight!!! wow

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  13. +61404532026 09:43 am #13

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    yeah, they came out pretty good, but gonna have another go round with polish before i have to clean all the sanded residue and spatter away with a good detailing.

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  14. +61404532026 11:47 am #14

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    our headlights - glass or plastic? originally posted by stubek

    plastic. i don’t think any cars have glass headlights any more. the only ones that did were the ones where the bulb itself was the headlight (old halogen cars from late 90s and earlier).

    if you are seeing glass headlights for audis, then they are aftermarket.

    yup. i don’t remember the last time i saw a new car with glass headlights, but in my opinion, they look better than plastic. you don’t have to deal with hazing or anything of that sorts.


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