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Old 03-28-2011, 09:47 AM
markobb markobb is offline
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Changing front plastic glass from, head light?

Is it possible to replace only a plastic transparent front of the headlight couse its scratched?
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:53 AM
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I guess you could, but it would be a real pain because the headlight is a unit and I don't think anyone sells just the cover. You could also try one of the headlight polishing kits on the market now, or just replace the entire unit.

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Old 03-28-2011, 11:06 AM
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Do you have any cool polish kit, for low price and with good effect, to buj it on ebay?
My drive BMW Z3Q, 2.8L, 1999/2
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:57 AM
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Depends on how bad the scratch is on your headlight, you can alway try to use some scratch X. I used that before on the Lexus headlights, I had good results from it. Or the Freight Harbor sells a headlight cleaning kit..pretty cheap.
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Old 03-28-2011, 01:03 PM
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:14 PM
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I don't think you can simply replace the lens. Replacing the whole headlight assembly will cost more money than you think ($300-$600 each). If you use a lens cleaner/restorer be very careful. Use a brand name and follow the instructions. If you buff or polish too hard you will end up having to buy a very expensive new headlamp.
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:56 PM
tequila mike tequila mike is offline
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You can sand it out no matter how deep it is.
A very deep scratch will leave a depression after final polishing.
I shallow scratch not so much.
You could take it to a place like tap plastics for polishing out the scratch.
They would likely charge $50 or so for a scratch repair and full polishing.
The kits are $20 dollars or so and are great i used one with great sucess.
You could also ignore the scratch.
Once you polish the thing you might not notice the scratch as much.
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