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Old 05-19-2005, 09:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering if the shield for the headlight can be rplaced or do you have to buy the entire $300 unit to get a better, unscratched, smoother looking headlight. I have alot of highway miles and it takes a toll on your paint and plastic.
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yep you can replace only lenses, my mechanic wants 140 for each, so I started looking around if I can get cheaper than that!


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I was wondering if the shield for the headlight can be rplaced or do you have to buy the entire $300 unit to get a better, unscratched, smoother looking headlight. I have alot of highway miles and it takes a toll on your paint and plastic.
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Another option is using a plastic polish. I havent tried it myself but several people have posted online about it and have had good luck. Maybe someone here can recommend a certain brand of polish over another?

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I wax the plastic on my car with Klasse' car wax. Its not only a great wax for the paint and windows, but it was made to wax plastics and rubbers without that white residue left over behind. Best wax I have ever used next to zaino.
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yeah i think you should try and wax the lences first before taking things apart. for on the wax will prolly be cheaper than the new lences. plus when you take the old pieces off it can be difficult to get the new ones to seal all the way and keep ceondesation out of the headlights.
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I tried the polish at lunchtime, we had some lying around the shop, and it worked well. It was just a quick test with a small amount, so I'm thinking 2 applications with a more generous amount should do the trick. You want the kind of plastic polish with the mild abrasives to remove the hazing and scratches. The kind I used was Novus Plastic Polish. Red and white bottle. Don't remember where we got it.
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