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Old 07-01-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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Default inside headlight haze. 04/05

Alright, I've done the clear headlight mod on a handful of 04/05s, this last time I got a small bit of the sealant on the lens, and when I scrubbed it off it scratched the UV coating on the inside of the lens. I know "never touch the inside of the lens", but it already happened. What are my options?

I figure since "headlight restore" kits are a series of fine grit sandpapers, and a polish, when you get hazing on the outside of a light, you are essentially sanding off the damaged uv coating and polishing the plastic... any reason I can't do this on the inside? it's either that or find a new headlight lens, which you can't buy separately afaik.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:14 PM   #2
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well I went ahead and did the process of "restoration" on the inside of the light. it was a pita, but it does in fact work the same as the outside of the lens. for any of you that have accidently touched the inside of the lens, or had some condensation that has fogged the inside, this does work.

I wetsanded with 1000, 1500, 2000, and 2500, about 10 minutes per, and about 20 minutes with 2500. then I polished with plastX. I tried clearing and it didn't look as good as just polished, so I re-did it again. followed with the outside of the lenses. still a little foggy, but I had pretty much ruined the inside of the lens by touching it, and Its a lot better.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:35 PM   #3
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If you get the Mother's kit, it has a applicator ball to attach to a power drill which polishes much better. You can also use the plastx with the ball applicator. I've had the same problem as you before, and wiped the inside causing it to look all hazy. My solution was just buying a cheap impreza headlight and swapping the lense.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:00 PM   #4
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yes i'm looking for a new/used lens. you cant buy just the outer lens from a dealer. unfortunately a lot of the used ones have been cleared out, so its hard to find one that guaranteed the inside is clean.
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:43 AM   #5
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I have the same issue. I bought a set of WRX headlights for cheap (currently have STi headlights) with decent lenses that I'm going to experiment with to see if I can get perfectly clear lenses again. It's no fun having haziness
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:30 AM   #6
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all you have to do is wipe the inside down with alcohol and a microfiber and the coating comes right off leaving a crystal clear lense.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:35 PM   #7
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all you have to do is wipe the inside down with alcohol and a microfiber and the coating comes right off leaving a crystal clear lense.
I tried this and the Meguiars kit for the inside of my headlight.
Spent 3 days. No luck. I have a terrible haze in the inside still.
I'm afraid that it's too late for my lenses. The salty Seattle air really took a toll on my headlights.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:04 AM   #8
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czarrr- I tried it as well on the coating on the inside after it was cloudy. wet sand them, use progressively finer sand paper from like 1000 up to 2500 and then finish with plast-x or a polish. I will have to get a new light at some point. but I saved it from getting messed up on the inside to very usable.
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:20 PM   #9
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Do not touch the inside of the plastic housing on the headlight. I have made this mistake before and it will ruin the lights. There is a special coating that is applied on the interior and doing the restoration kit will remove it and make the lights worse....
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:38 PM   #10
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^ if you read the rest of the thread, we had already determined that. this was the solution if you did on accident.
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:29 PM   #11
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czarrr- I tried it as well on the coating on the inside after it was cloudy. wet sand them, use progressively finer sand paper from like 1000 up to 2500 and then finish with plast-x or a polish. I will have to get a new light at some point. but I saved it from getting messed up on the inside to very usable.
I'll try the Plast-X in the near future.
Maybe even the toothpaste trick.

I wet sanded the hell out of the lights already. Surprisingly, I got all of the mildew/mold that was growing in the inside lenses.

When I have time to bake my headlights again, I'll try to take before and after pics of the plast-x. Wish me luck!

In the time being, i'm searching the classifieds and CL for a cheap pair of Impreza lights.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:14 PM   #12
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you have any insight as to how to do this and not burn my car to the ground?
the issue is the car uses the high beam and the daytime running light (at a lower)!
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