Headlight film

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    bfmgoalie Veteran Member

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    What do you use to clear up that headlight film on your car? I've heard pros and cons. The car is 10 years old and spent 7 years in Florida.
     
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    last time i used the 3m restoration kit
     
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    TBH, the restoration lasts about 6 months. I just broke down and bought New ones from autoanything that were under $40 a piece.
     
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    One of my shops started using a 3m kit, $12. Claims it works fantastic.
     
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    I just sand the lens with 320 grit until it turns white, get some uv resistance
    clear at autozone and spray it on. its lasted a couple years so far. jim
     
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    Yep, the yellowing is the factory clear coat that is simply deteriorating. I sand with 600, 800, then 1500 paper....then shoot it with UV resistant clear. No "polishing" needed. Will last a lot longer than a few months. I had done my wife's Mazda several years ago....and did it again when we put it up for sale.
    Here's a before and after of the driver's side.
    20181229_134228.jpg 20181229_160340.jpg
     
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    I honestly put paint protection film on my car headlights, my Scion tC is now 8 years old, and still looks crystal clear. had it done day 1, did same with my mustang. but on cars before those, my Subarus etc that was all rusted to heck, they all had hazy headlights. I used the Sylvania lens restoration kit, its like 20 bucks on amazon, has sandpaper, polish, a liquid clear coat at the end, worked really well. Would last about 2 years, then need done again.
     
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    What clear do you use
     
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    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    Whatever happened to quality lights made from glass?
     
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    I agree, glass never faded. Probably hard to make the glass in the goofy shapes they have been making the lights for the last couple decades though.
     
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