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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 03-19-2013, 08:45 PM
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Restoring headlights (Final mission) Help.

Okay, a year ago i did a review on the sylvannia headlight refinishing system.

For lack of better word... This kit also failed, but theres more.
The failing point was the clearcoat, while the clear was good, there was not nearly enough, given it was wiped on.

The clearcoat looked good for 6 months on the X5 (which saw rain, snow, & all the other bad stuff) and I reapplied the clear, but now it's just peeling off.
The 540i's have fared much better, the 03' is in good condition, but had some fade, while the 97 is a bit better since it's hardly moved.

Okay onto the main topic...

I want to adress the main problem with the kit, the clearcoat. To make something like this work, I need a GOOD UV clear. I've googled some ideas and have come across Krylon Fusion UV clear coat for plastic, which i've read a headlight redo on. So for that redo, it looked quite good after a decent wet sand.

My question to the forum is, do y'all think it's worth it? Any input on a better clear coat?
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2003 BMW 540i [Sterling Gray / Gray]
[Msport] [DSP] [AUX] [ICE V6] [BSWs] [DINAN Trans & Strut Bar] [M Audio Subs] [E38 lighted int. door handles] [E46 Paddleshifters] [Cubic Trim] [EURO Dash] [KONI's] [Two-tone Interior]


For Sale:
1 Set of E39 OEM Technical graphite trim (No TPMS):
1 Set of E39 OEM Matt-Chrome trim (TPMS):

For Sale SOON: [PM for info!]
2 Sets of E39 OEM Maple wood "Muschelahorn" trim (No TPMS)
1 E39 OEM Maple wood " Muschelahorn" Steering wheel (w/o airbag)


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Old 03-20-2013, 05:25 AM
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I used a clear plastic covering called Lamin-X. It is a fairly thick, flexible clear plastic coating. I got them because my issue is the salt and sand that gets kicked up on the highways here in New England. They chip my paint and pit the headlamps. The Lamin-X has been on for 17 mos and two New England winters. My headlamps look pretty much exactly like they did after I refinished 'em. Lamin-X is pricey ($50) but seems to work well. I have Xenons and there is no noticeable reduction in beam quality or distance.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:20 AM
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I had it once, but i screwed up applying it
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2003 BMW 540i [Sterling Gray / Gray]
[Msport] [DSP] [AUX] [ICE V6] [BSWs] [DINAN Trans & Strut Bar] [M Audio Subs] [E38 lighted int. door handles] [E46 Paddleshifters] [Cubic Trim] [EURO Dash] [KONI's] [Two-tone Interior]


For Sale:
1 Set of E39 OEM Technical graphite trim (No TPMS):
1 Set of E39 OEM Matt-Chrome trim (TPMS):

For Sale SOON: [PM for info!]
2 Sets of E39 OEM Maple wood "Muschelahorn" trim (No TPMS)
1 E39 OEM Maple wood " Muschelahorn" Steering wheel (w/o airbag)

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