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verbals 01-09-2013 10:14 PM

Foggy Headlights (Inside) Looking Like A Thing Of The Past ...
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All props to blackedout5 for the DIY write up that inspired me. I'm halfway done with the project (driver side headlight near completion) & I'm already happy with my decision to remove the lens from the housing to restore luster to the headlamps.

The 2nd picture is after a light wash & buff. The lens is reattached or sealed yet. The orange reflector is still out awaiting black paint. And I cut the lens out that was in front of the turn signal bulbs. Reason being ... the bulbs began flaking orange paint all over that mirror in there & I wanted to clean it out. Thinking of leaving it off. Tomorrow I will use a rubbing compound to get rid of the swirls, then use PlastX to bring them to a nice shine. I'll seal them back with the same material & method used by blackedout5. I'll post more pictures and then, finally, some more of them reinstalled. Peace, 'Fest!!

allaboutdaz 01-10-2013 12:45 AM

Wow looks great man I need to get mine done also

verbals 01-10-2013 12:59 AM

@allaboutdaz ... I swear that you could do this yourself. I was very intimidated @ first but the DIY really gave me confidence. I knew that I couldn't afford to foul this up becuz I plan to use my extra money for a DVD Nav & facelift MMI upgrade. I'm not a very handy person. In fact, I paid an auto body shop to take the bumper off. I figured, one less thing to mess up.

javier1605 01-10-2013 01:33 AM

Congratulations...... Nice work.

It's something I've been planning for ages.... and has to be done.

Just one question, did you have to cut the lenses in front of the turn signal indicators or just dismantle them without damage at all...

Mine's are quite foggy too, thinking of discarding them..

Could you please post some more pictures??????

Thanks a lot!

verbals 01-10-2013 09:52 PM

@javier1605 ... I'm not sure if I had to cut it or not (the tabs were buried under that rubbery seal) but I did ... And I don't regret it. It's such a clean look without it. They put a plastic turn signal cover inside a plastic lens. Of course that would look blurry. I'll post some more pics in the evening. Busy day today.

verbals 01-10-2013 10:02 PM

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Oh, I already had these pics of the semi-final stages of the process. Still unsealed without the painted sidemarker but you can still get a feel of where they're headed from where they came ....

javier1605 01-11-2013 01:02 AM


Originally Posted by verbals (Post 7305081)
Oh, I already had these pics of the semi-final stages of the process. Still unsealed without the painted sidemarker but you can still get a feel of where they're headed from where they came ....

Nice! Quite impressive the way it has changed.....Thanks for the pictures. Now I'm truly convinced of the need to do so. Please feel free to add more tips on the matter and the problems you have encountered while performing it....

thanks again for your job!!

P.D.: I have seen someone in this forum that has painted the interior to match the colour of the car.... Looked good. I'm thinking of painting it in satin black or wrap it with carbon fiber.....

E92-Lighting 01-11-2013 10:12 AM

big difference and looks nice

verbals 01-16-2013 03:04 PM

I purchased a $50 Dremel from Home Depot & bought a smaller bit with saw-like teeth. The fact that it was smaller was better for me becuz it reduced the chance for error. I took apomerans advice on the cutting technique. He posted it on blackedout5's post about his headlight job. I cut behind the lip everywhere except where it was impossible due to the design of the housing. On those points, I cut on top of the lip. Once the cut was complete, I began to break the lip away with a flathead screwdriver. Easy to break but won't just come off due to the rubbery BMW seal. Just peel it.

After the edge of the plastic lens is mostly visible, I go @ the seal with a box cutter. Couple inches @ a time, just running the blade through until its relatively snag free. @ some points, your gonna have to insert a flat tool and gently pry up on the lens to stick a blade in there to cut the seal. After a while, parts of the lens will show signs of detaching. Focus on those parts & cut from there. Before you know it, the lens will be off. That's the most difficult part. How you clean & what you clean the lens with is your preference. Compounds, headlights restoration kits and the like. I sealed them back with a generous amount of black gasket seal on the point of detachment. Taped them up, let them cure, then put them back in.

One thing to look out for is ... you'll probably have to unscrew the ballast or whatever that is on the bottom of the housing to make a proper cut. Be careful of how you put it back in and make sure that the connections are free of debris from the job. Also, be careful of the reflector on the inside of the headlamps. I thought it would be wise to make sure that the interior was flawless before reattaching the lens. Went to hit it with Windex ... Yikes. Luckily, before doing any real damage, I noticed the mirror like paint was rubbing off. Please don't make that same mistake. Other than that, it's pretty straightforward. Good luck guys!!

Wpalladino 05-26-2014 11:30 AM

Could I use toothpaste to clean my head lights or is that not recommended ?

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