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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 07-31-2012, 11:01 PM   #3
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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   #4
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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, 12:01 AM   #5
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:20 AM   #6
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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 08-01-2012, 03:11 AM   #7
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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 08-01-2012, 03:17 AM   #8
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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, 11:55 AM   #9
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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   #10
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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   #11
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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   #12
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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, 01:55 PM   #13
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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   #14
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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 08-01-2012, 02:31 PM   #15
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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   #16
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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   #17
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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   #18
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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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Old 08-01-2012, 05:28 PM   #19
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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?
I just looked at my build thread. Mine are going on 8 months after wet sanding/polishing/spray clearing and look just as good as day one.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:19 PM   #20
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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?
I wet sanded the headlights when I bought the car about a year ago and they still look good. I do apply the "protectant" every couple of months though. I haven't used a bra or clear coat but I'd imagine that doing a better job at protecting than the meguiars stuff.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:49 PM   #21
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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.)
I did the same with hight temp clear coat. Spray it , let it dry for 2 or 3 days, then wet sand it and polish it and yuo are done. After that, wax them every month so u keep oxidation away from them.
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:48 AM   #22
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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 08-03-2012, 05:41 PM   #23
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Hey another thread on this. How many does that make now?
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:53 AM   #24
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:28 PM   #25
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I used a Maguier's kit. The cheaper one for like $25. It came with a buffing wheel, polish, and a cloth. It got rid of the haze but didnt smooth out the light like a sanding kit would have.
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