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Old 01-13-2012, 02:12 PM
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Headlight restoration

My headlight covers are very scratched up and pitted from a lot of driving.

I'm thinking of doing the headlight restoration and I'm considering several option:
1) Get it done at my local dealership for $100+; not sure what they use.
2) PepBoys does it for $50 including the 3M kit.
3) Do not bother with this.

I don't mind paying more if it's done well, but I do not want to do it if it will harm the durability of my headlight lens covers in the long run.

I do not have a garage and I do not have time to do this myself, hence my 3 options.

What are people's thoughts on this?

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Old 01-13-2012, 03:16 PM
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I've used Novus Plastic Polish. It works great and easy to use, kinda like wax. I'm using it on everything around the house now. I bought a set of #1,2&3 together from amazon. My covers were just slightly cloudy and I just used #2, then #1 which is just a protectant. Never had to use #3 which is for scratches and heavy clouding. You may need something more, depending on the extent of the damage. My brother tells me the turtle wax kit worked very well for him. I wouldn't pay anyone to do it, and it didn't take long (approximately 5 mins. per side). Cheers.
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Old 01-13-2012, 04:09 PM
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I've tackled this on my 528 and it's an easy DIY. I found the kits weren't up to the task because the 'sandpaper' in them is too small to do the job.

So, here's a fourth option:

Go to Pep Boys, Autozone or wherever. Buy some 200, 400, 800, 1,000 and 2,000 grit (if they have 4,000 get it too). You'll also want to get some polishing compound.

By removing a few screws, you can take the headlight assembly out (disconnecting the wiring, of course) and then sit inside with a game on TV and buff them out.

I would recommend using water or something like Mother's Speed Shine to lubricate the lens surface as you sand it. Start with the 200 going in a horizontal direction, then switch to 400 going vertically. Don't go in a circular motion with any of the grits. Finish with the finest grit you can get. They'll look worse before they look better...about midway through you think you've ruined them...this is a good time to show them to your wife, then you can look like a hero when you bring them back to life.

When you're done sanding you then do a final buff with the polishing compound. I used a buff pad on my cordless drill to do this part. Some folks recommend placing 3M clear guard over the lens afterwards so you don't have to refinish them again.

If you search in the E39 forum under 'headlight refinishing' you'll find several pictures to guide you through the process.

Good luck.

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Old 01-13-2012, 05:38 PM
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the lenses on my '08 was getting kind of hazy so i just used some cleaner / stripper type wax and it worked wonders.
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:18 PM
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