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 Post subject: Headlight lenses
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:02 pm 
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Does anyone know if the halogen headlight lenses will fit the HID headlights? I need to replace both of my lenses and thought this might be a cheaper option.


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 Post subject: Re: Headlight lenses
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:06 pm 
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Are you referring to the clear lens.
Is it because they have gone cloudy ?
If so you can buy a restoration kit from accessory shops. However I have mixed opinions on these.
If this is the case I would suggest having them professionally restored.

If you are referring to the whole headlight assembly, my local subi mechanic says he has changed over a few from the HID to halogen, I cant remember if he mentioned something about removing or bypassing the ballast and modifies the wiring to fit the halogen.
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 Post subject: Headlight lenses
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:12 pm 
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If cloudy, a cutting compound with an orbital polisher can turn them from bad to acceptable.

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 Post subject: Re: Headlight lenses
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:18 pm 
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I tried that on my sons XT. I found that within a couple of months it was cloudy again.
May depend on how bad they are initially.


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 Post subject: Re: Headlight lenses
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:45 pm 
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Daggy wrote:
I tried that on my sons XT. I found that within a couple of months it was cloudy again.
May depend on how bad they are initially.


Yep it's easy to polish them, the hard part is stopping them from going cloudy again.

I had a headlight restoration kit and would polish and treat the lenses on my car regularly to remove the cloudyness.
I had to repeat the process regularly as they would soon go cloudy again.

I would like to know of a UV protectant that would actually work.

The answer for me was to purchase and fit new STi lenses.

I would imagine that the HID and halogen lenses would be the same but can't confirm. :dontknow:

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 Post subject: Re: Headlight lenses
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:53 pm 
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I think Welby ended up purchasing a new lense from Impex.

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 Post subject: Re: Headlight lenses
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:33 pm 
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I was looking at getting a headlight assembly from the USA for my sons vehicle because it was a lot cheaper.
I never got around to looking into it (as his car was stolen, recovered and written off), but I wondered if the lenses had a different prism.

Meaning, would there be a difference with the lens from a left or right hand drive.

I had a pro restoration done on a 4x4 I owned some years back, and it lasted till I sold the vehicle, I have no idea if they used a sealer, but it looked like new and a far better than the kits I had used in the past.


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 Post subject: Re: Headlight lenses
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:15 pm 
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Wet sand 800-1200grit then clear with a good quality clear eg. Upol #1. Will give a better longer lasting finish than most resto kits.

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 Post subject: Re: Headlight lenses
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:07 am 
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Wet sand 800-1200grit then clear with a good quality clear eg. Upol #1. Will give a better longer lasting finish than most resto kits.


Do you know how well the clear coat holds up long term?
Will it last for years and years?
What happens if it yellows again, do you just repeat the process?

I have a spare set of headlights here that I was thinking of blackening (STi style) and then polishing and treating the lenses.

The headlight restoration kits seem ok short term but I would like something that lasted long term.

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 Post subject: Re: Headlight lenses
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:32 am 
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99STi wrote:
brennners wrote:
Wet sand 800-1200grit then clear with a good quality clear eg. Upol #1. Will give a better longer lasting finish than most resto kits.


Do you know how well the clear coat holds up long term?
Will it last for years and years?
What happens if it yellows again, do you just repeat the process?

I have a spare set of headlights here that I was thinking of blackening (STi style) and then polishing and treating the lenses.

The headlight restoration kits seem ok short term but I would like something that lasted long term.



If using a good quality UV resistant plastic-adhering clear then it should be years. I've heard of people claiming it's lasted 4-5 years for them. You could use more readily available clears but would need clear plastic adhesion promoter. I tried using regular septone clear the first time I tried it and it didn't want to stick flat to the lens.

Here is the technique in action:


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