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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 09-22-2006, 08:27 AM
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Refinishing headlight lens

I took what I read on this forum about refinishing the headlight lens on my 1997 528i and tried it this morning. I started with wet 800 grit sandpaper, then wet 1000 grit, and wet 1500 grit. I did each grit 2-3 times based on what it looked like when it was dry. Then I used 2 coats of Meguiars Scratch X, and ended with 2 coats of Meguiars Plastix. The whole process took me a little over 1 hour and the differences are amazing. I hope this helps anyone who is dealing with oxidized and scratched headlights.
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Old 09-22-2006, 09:11 AM
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i dont have oxidation on m 2002, BUT i only used the Mguiars Plastic X and the results are fantastic.

I ve read that Scratch X is for paint mostly.
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Old 09-22-2006, 12:47 PM
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Scratch X is for paint but it will work. I recently polished up a friends BADLY oxidised scort wagons headlights with Mothers aluminum and mag polish. No scratches and looks good(in a few spots). They are so bad that I will have to go over them again possibly with sandpaper.

(damn ford for using cheap plastic headlight lenses)
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Old 09-23-2006, 07:14 AM
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+1 Metal polish works great on headlights!
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Old 09-23-2006, 07:45 AM
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One of the best plastic cleaners that I have used is Novus comes in three level 3 for removing scratches and oxidation, 2 for polishing out light haze and so forth and 1 for cleaning and brighten the plastic

Here is a site that has it for you to read about if you are interested

http://www.delviesplastics.com/Merch...astic_cleaners
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Old 09-24-2006, 04:04 PM
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I actually read about the ScratchX on one of the old posts here. I was also told about it by my BMW mechanic. I'm guessing the outcome would have been the same just using the PlastiX. Oh well, I'm happy again.
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