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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 12-31-2013, 10:38 AM
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Headlight Restoration DIY video (amazing results)

restored my headlights this fall and they came out awesome.

Here is the video..

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Old 12-31-2013, 11:03 AM
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Looks like excellent results. How much was the kit? Just curious as you can get a replacement lens set for about $80 these days. That's the route I was thinking of taking but your lenses came out nicely. Since you have a sedan like me you can take the lenses off fairly easily, less chance of hurting the paint.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:09 AM
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I believe the kit was about $25-$30 at wal-mart. I would try the kit first. Take your time and inspect the headlights after sanding.. make sure all pitting and discoloration is gone before moving on to the finer grit sandpaper.

My headlights were really bad and they came out looking brand new. Good luck!
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:29 AM
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i heard that xenon headlights don't get hazy as the amount of heat is much much lower
it's what i have and my headlight lens are always clear
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Re: Headlight Restoration DIY video (amazing results)

Unfortunately the results won't last long because you have taken the protective coating off with the sandpaper. Much better to just use plastic polish every few months from the beginning. Have seen the initial joy turn to sorrow many times. You can make it last by polishing with plastic polish every couple of weeks. Only takes a few min. Per side. Looks nice though!

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I bought new lenses for my headlights.
40 each.
Not too cheap, but perfect at once.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:39 PM
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Unfortunately the results won't last long because you have taken the protective coating off with the sandpaper. Much better to just use plastic polish every few months from the beginning.
I put on Lamin-X adhesive protective vinyl on nine years ago and the appearance remains like new.
Good for me because I can't replace the facelift lens.
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I put on Lamin-X adhesive protective vinyl on nine years ago and the appearance remains like new.
Good for me because I can't replace the facelift lens.
Yeah, that stuff is great! I'm sure it has some sort of UV inhibitor in it to keep it from turning yellow. Keeps them from getting rock pits too
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