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Old 08-25-2004, 12:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i got a 1993 318is, but the the lens(cover) of the headlight shows very old and white, i cant see the highlight bulbs inside. is there any way to clean it make it better or like new(i want the lens like a glass) or where i can get the new one, so i can replace it?
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Old 08-25-2004, 12:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i don't think u can just change the plastic/glass... i think your gunna have to get all new headlights.... check out bavauto.... they might have what your looking for
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Short of buying new lights, try this first:

Wet sand them with 200+ grit paper, then apply a liberal coat of scratch-X. Makes the outsides look brand new.
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Wet sand them with 1500 to 2000 grit paper to get the worst of it off, then follow up with Meguirs Plastix.

After you do the wet sanding (don't do it dry!) the lenses will look worse than when you started, but the Meguirs Plastix takes care of the haze that is created by the sanding process.

Cheap and easy. Might not restore to 100% depending on what you started with but I did mine and the plastic was restored to almost new.

Picked up the tip from someone else in one of the BMW forums.
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if the discoloring and roughness is on the inside you MIGHT be able to take the front off, like on my '98 318ti M I can take it off but on my my old '92 525i M50 you couldn't


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I have the same plastic lens problem with my '93 325i. I found a possible solution HERE but I haven't tried it yet.
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