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Old 08-04-2010, 11:22 PM   #1
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Did anybody ever figure out a way to restore lenses that were damaged by paint fumes when clearing/painting? My passenger side lense developed considerable haze soon after I put them back together... I just ordered every headlight restoring product on Amazon and am going to give them hell with the sanding and the polishing from the inside. What are my chances here?
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:13 AM   #2
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It will work just fine.
There is an anti reflective coating on the inside of the lens, and if you put the lenses back on the headlight housing before the paint has had time to fully cure, the anti reflective coating will fracture and or fog up.
Mine actually looked like a very fine spider web on the inside after a few days.

I used a 3M headlight polishing kit and started in on it and thats how I found out about the coating inside the lens.

It will take some time and you will have to do the hard to reach parts by hand but I made mine crystal clear again and saved myself a few hundred on new headlight housings and lenses.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:27 AM   #3
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I've been worrying about this for months, thanks for the news


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Old 08-17-2010, 08:11 AM   #4
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Did you fix your headlights, STAT1?

I'm going to have to try the same this weekend, the silicone gasket sealant I used to plug the hole in my outer cap clouded the inside of my lenses too
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