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Old 07-31-2012, 10:22 PM   #1
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Default Sick of headlights hazing up!

Has anyone ever applied clear coat over 04/05 wrx headlights?
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:54 PM   #2
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Has anyone ever applied clear coat over 04/05 wrx headlights?
Use a restore kit then apply clear bra material over them and your done. I had my headlamps covered with clear bra material 6 years ago and they still look great.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:20 AM   #3
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Use a restore kit then apply clear bra material over them and your done. I had my headlamps covered with clear bra material 6 years ago and they still look great.
I used the Meguiar's "Heavy Duty Restoration Kit" and it worked great. I think it comes with plastic protectant too...
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:01 PM   #4
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I just replazed mine about 5 months ago and their hazy already....high temp makes em look like ****.
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:32 PM   #5
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Try some Meguiars headlight protectant. I got a small bottle with my headlight restoration kit and it worked great, but I ran out and you can't buy that product alone in Canada.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:55 AM   #6
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Try some Meguiars headlight protectant. I got a small bottle with my headlight restoration kit and it worked great, but I ran out and you can't buy that product alone in Canada.
Ebay FTW, just picked up a bottle for about $14 shipped.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:00 PM   #7
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You probably dont need headlight protectant, just wax ur headlight when you wax the rest of your car.
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:27 PM   #8
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You probably dont need headlight protectant, just wax ur headlight when you wax the rest of your car.
My headlights still haze up after being out in the direct sunlight for a few days, the Meguiars headlight protectant prevented this until the next time I buffed my lenses about 8 months later, but I ran out of protectant.

All the other UV protectant I can find locally says specifically not to use it on clear plastic lenses. I will try eBay like NH8991 suggested. I don't want to buy another restoration kit for $30 if I can buy the protectant individually.
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:51 PM   #9
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You probably dont need headlight protectant, just wax ur headlight when you wax the rest of your car.
Actually, you do. Polish + wax won't cut it many times. Lots of lights have uv protectant on the outer surface from the factory, that wears off/gets removed by wet sanding. Also, when you polish n wax, it's still filling some if the myriad of little scratches, that will reappear once the compound you used wears off. Several things contribut to what people see when they take the typical polish/wax approach, and end up fighting the haze/fading issue constantly.

Easy solutions are what's already been mentioned: using a kit that includes a new "sealant"/ coating, or sanding n cleaning them well and then clearbra'ing them after (my preferred approach, since it offers additional protection to the lenses).
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:01 AM   #10
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:40 AM   #11
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wow that looks great
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:17 PM   #12
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+1 on this kit, it rocks..
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Old 08-01-2012, 03:11 AM   #13
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Here's what I recently started doing to restore headlights. I got this from a detailing forum, the results last a long time.
http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...lant-idea.html

Wetsand 400-2000 grit
Polish w/ Meguiars M105
Polish w/ Meguiars M205
IPA wipe
Coat with a 50/50 mix of Helmsman Spar Urethane and mineral spirits

Let it dry and you're done.
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:42 PM   #14
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Here's what I recently started doing to restore headlights. I got this from a detailing forum, the results last a long time.
http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...lant-idea.html

Wetsand 400-2000 grit
Polish w/ Meguiars M105
Polish w/ Meguiars M205
IPA wipe
Coat with a 50/50 mix of Helmsman Spar Urethane and mineral spirits

Let it dry and you're done.
i think a lot of people missed this post. while i do not prefer the megs twins vs. the spray twins from OPT, this post basically sums up what is accepted by most to be the best way to get lights done right and to last several years once corrected.

i personally use optimum opti-coat and coat three times within the cure period to get a thicker film build but the spar method works fine for a lot of people.

the key is getting something with lots of UV absorbers on the lens once it's as clear as you want it. and...clearing with clear coat is unnecessary. the potential downside and mess is not worth it when you have much easier and more effective methods available.

the lamin-x (UV protecting headlight film) idea is interesting because it would also help against the number one enemy of any headlight treatment - debris and road wash. i just haven't tried it to know for sure.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:38 PM   #15
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Here's what I recently started doing to restore headlights. I got this from a detailing forum, the results last a long time.
http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...lant-idea.html

Wetsand 400-2000 grit
Polish w/ Meguiars M105
Polish w/ Meguiars M205
IPA wipe
Coat with a 50/50 mix of Helmsman Spar Urethane and mineral spirits

Let it dry and you're done.
This guy has the right idea, only thing I would change would be to use a cutting pad with the M105 and a polishing pad with the M205. Seal them up when your done with a good sealant and your done.
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:09 PM   #16
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a cheap way is to use some toothpaste. it works okay and will take away the yellow haze.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:54 PM   #17
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Here's what I recently started doing to restore headlights. I got this from a detailing forum, the results last a long time.
http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...lant-idea.html

Wetsand 400-2000 grit
Polish w/ Meguiars M105
Polish w/ Meguiars M205
IPA wipe
Coat with a 50/50 mix of Helmsman Spar Urethane and mineral spirits

Let it dry and you're done.
I've been using the same method just using the 3m kit comes out perfect!
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Old 08-01-2012, 03:17 AM   #18
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Has anyone ever applied clear coat over 04/05 wrx headlights?
Yes.

I did.

I used a standard automotive spray can clear after wet sanding and polishing the lenses. They've stayed clear since I've done it. (about 6 months ago.)
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:55 PM   #19
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Clearcoat them with automotive grade clear with UV protection and you will never have another problem with hazing. Nothing available at Autozone, etc will give you the same results.

I highly suggest removing the headlights prior to clearing. The risk of overspray is too great otherwise.
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:12 PM   #20
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sand down the lights with 1000 gritt till the coating is off them then clear them with automotive clear coat
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:48 AM   #21
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sand down the lights with 1000 gritt till the coating is off them then clear them with automotive clear coat
Dead on!
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:31 PM   #22
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Clear coat is the only solution that will last a decent amount of time. The sealants need to be reapplied
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:57 PM   #23
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Nothing is permanent, it will just be a prolonged protection depending on the method you use. The factory coating is supposed to be "permanent" but if so, we wouldn't have these threads.
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:14 PM   #24
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I use Blue Magic Headlight Sealer after each time I wash my car (about weekly)... I put it on my fiance's Elantra after using the BLue Magic headlight restorer and its kept them clear for 4 months so far.
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:25 PM   #25
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I hear a lot of people providing feedback immediately after the headlights are done, but how many of you have restored headlights 1+ years ago and can vouch for the results of the restoration?
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