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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 10-12-2013, 03:56 PM
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Another headlight refinishing success story!

After a few attempts at a DIY refinish I'd gotten a bit discouraged.

I had received a Living Social Deal email one day about refinishing headlights for $30. I figured I didn't have much to lose.

I have to say it was money well spent!!
The technician spent approx an hour and a half sanding.

If you haven't signed up for I'd recommend doing so. Amazon has a similar program as well.

No before pics (duh!) but the drivers side was pretty bad.

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Old 10-12-2013, 04:02 PM
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That's a pretty good deal.

Having done this before, I have to say I'd much rather spend the $30 for someone else to do it.

Not to mention most decent restoration kits are at least $20 to begin with.
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:07 PM
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headlights come form factory with uv protection, by doing a restoration on the headlight, you sand and buff off the UV protection layer. I recommend getting the headlights 3m'd, this will ensure the headlights stay nice and clear and won't fade and turn yellow. I speak from experience, i have restored multiple headlights, and always finish off with 3m'ing. Plus the 3m will hide any little imperfections after the buffing, it will make the headlights even more clear.
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:15 PM
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heres my old x5 after restoring, you should see how bad it was before, took few hours on each headlight. It sure is much cheaper to get restored, i usually use the 3m kits, about $30.


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Old 10-12-2013, 09:30 PM
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Def do some sort of UV coat either by UV clear coat or apply 303 product to the lenses after every car wash.
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Old 10-13-2013, 04:44 AM
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Lamin-X is another solution for UV and chip protection.
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:49 AM
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Another headlight refinishing success story!

He wiped a sealer from a syringe on the headlights when he was all finished. Told me to let it cure about an hour.
I also have a one year warranty in writing!


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Old 10-13-2013, 08:20 AM
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I'd like to clear coat my lenses the next time I polish them.
Have we figured out what to use? That UV sealant crap just washes off after the first rain,
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:34 AM
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See also the threads found by typing /polish F3 in the bestlinks:
- Headlight plastic polishing & refinishing DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & replacing just the headlight lens (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
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