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Old 06-05-2017, 07:24 AM   #1
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Headlight Assembly Lens Replacement

Has anyone ever bought aftermarket headlights and removed the lens to apply on OE headlights? I can't justify spending a fortune for reproduction stocks. All the tabs are good on mine, just sun damaged lens. I don't like the look of the aftermarket Halo headlights.
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:52 AM   #2
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What have you done with the old ones - any attempts to repair them?

I did my wife's Jeep with the 3M Headlight Restoration kit (mask off the painted sections near the lights and use progressively finer sandpaper on a power drill) and it lasted for about a year.

I took a different approach the next time, and used a buffer and two different kinds of rubbing/polishing compounds. After a day or so, I followed up with the clear coat included in this kit. https://duplicolor.com/product/headl...estoration-kit

It still looks brand new 14 months later.

Moral of the story - an awful lot of elbow grease can be bought for what a set of headlights cost. Unless yours were physically letting water in, replacing would be my first choice.
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Old 06-05-2017, 10:32 AM   #3
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Mine look alright from a distance, I have resurfaced the outside lens last year. But there is a perminant fog on the inside of the lens that can be seen and looks terrible.

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I baked a set of bad headlights here at the shop to see if we can repop just the lens itself. Looks like it's possible but I wonder how exact I can get the fitment to be. It'd be tough
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:06 PM   #5
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I just ordered a set of halo aftermarkets. If I can't get it to work I'll just run them. They're clear and I know that will make my car look more presentable. I'm going to spend some time with my stockers on the bench, if I can bring them back to life again I'll just sell them.
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I removed the lenses on a set of fog lights.
Feels really strange putting a plastic piece in an oven but it does work.
You should be able to remove the original lenses and clean everything up on the inside.
Once you reinstall them and polish up the exterior, some Headlight Armor will keep them from scratching and dulling again.
Once the original coating on the lens is gone, anything and everything scratches them.
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They already redid them a few years ago. I had put clear coat on them. How would I get that off? Sanding?
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They already redid them a few years ago. I had put clear coat on them. How would I get that off? Sanding?

Yes, wet sand.
You have to work your way from coarse to fine.
You might have to start with 220 depending on the thickness of the coating.
Work your way up to 2000 then polish with plastic polish.
You can get them pretty much crystal clear if you're patient enough.
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Old 06-13-2017, 12:42 PM   #9
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You can get them pretty much crystal clear if you're patient enough

Patients is the key to getting them back to looking good again......and headlight armor will protect them better then a clear coat.If you have the headlights out its much easier to put the film on them.I did both my headlights and fogs a few years back and they still look good.

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Old 06-13-2017, 12:46 PM   #10
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I baked a set of bad headlights here at the shop to see if we can repop just the lens itself. Looks like it's possible but I wonder how exact I can get the fitment to be. It'd be tough


That would be GREAT,if that could come about.

Keep up the great work Eric !

You have been a blessing to our community.

Thank You Sir !

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I wonder how feasible it would be to make replacement lenses. Ran across these threads:

http://tech.240sxone.com/404/how-to-...dlight-covers/

https://www.clublexus.com/forums/sc-...ar-lenses.html

Looks like with some work and know-how, it can be done...
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It can be done. I've successfully baked our headlights apart.
We could reproduce just the lens...I am just concerned about people that don't know what they are doing....We sell them a lens, they bake and fry their light and then call us to replace it.
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It can be done. I've successfully baked our headlights apart.
We could reproduce just the lens...I am just concerned about people that don't know what they are doing....We sell them a lens, they bake and fry their light and then call us to replace it.

I'd be down for a set of lenses.

When you sell lenses, just let everyone know in the sales add what temp to bake at, how long and if they destroy their headlights your not responsible, add in that your not giving instructions on how to do it, but just letting my everone know what worked for you personally. Easy. Releases you from liability.
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I'd be down for a set of lenses.

When you sell lenses, just let everyone know in the sales add what temp to bake at, how long and if they destroy their headlights your not responsible, add in that your not giving instructions on how to do it, but just letting my everone know what worked for you personally. Easy. Releases you from liability.

Mine are still perfect thanks to the clear film I have on them, but I'd be down for a set as well. Put disclaimers everywhere and hope you don't have any issues with FPFQ members
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It can be done. I've successfully baked our headlights apart.
We could reproduce just the lens...I am just concerned about people that don't know what they are doing....We sell them a lens, they bake and fry their light and then call us to replace it.

you could do the lamps on an exchange basis. have a cust ship their lamps and you replace the lenses
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you could do the lamps on an exchange basis. have a cust ship their lamps and you replace the lenses

I'm ok with doing the work. I am not ok with dealing with the back and forth and shipping to and from. Just too much hassle and bad stuff could go wrong in my experience.
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I'm ok with doing the work. I am not ok with dealing with the back and forth and shipping to and from. Just too much hassle and bad stuff could go wrong in my experience.

I understand that, I was just thinking about a way to limit liability from the melting issues
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I'm in need of some lenses. Hopefully this comes about.
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I'm going to try it soon. Will report back. Got Halo assemblies as donors.
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I'm going to try it soon. Will report back. Got Halo assemblies as donors.

good luck
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It can be done. I've successfully baked our headlights apart.
We could reproduce just the lens...I am just concerned about people that don't know what they are doing....We sell them a lens, they bake and fry their light and then call us to replace it.

Could you make the lens out of a glass instead of plastic? Like the E36 M3 that people like to get the Euro spec glass lenses.
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The headlight lenses on C6 Corvettes are probably worse than GTOs. When my 2013 Corvette was just about out of warranty, I had them replaced, and when I sold it a few weeks ago, it was starting to cloud up again after a year and a half.

Anyways someone just came out with replacement lenses for those and they are selling like hot cakes. Some people do it themselves and other people send them to one of a few companies that do the swap.
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