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Anyone else’s headlights “peeling”?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Rujack, Aug 27, 2018.

  1. Aug 27, 2018 at 7:29 PM
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    Rujack

    Rujack [OP] Stop Global Whining

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    was washing my truck this weekend and noticed the protective film is peeling off of one of my headlights.
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  2. Aug 27, 2018 at 7:35 PM
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    Is it the actual UV hardcoat?

    Scary to hear and the 2016s are about the age where the headlights turn yellow if not regularly waxed/coated.

    These headlights have alot of plastic exposed to the sky. I dont see them aging well, Nor do I get why manufacturerd make bulging lenses with so much plastic exposed to the sky.


    I recomend Optilens. Apply 3 coats 2 times a year and you can triple the life of the original UV coat on the lens. I did this on my 2002 lexus and never really had any fading or yellowing. And that car was exposed to the sun alot here in south florida.
     
  3. Aug 27, 2018 at 7:38 PM
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    Good tip. I’m going to take it to the dealer next week to have it documented. Should be covered, I’m thinking.
     
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  4. Aug 27, 2018 at 7:40 PM
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    No headlights don't Pee Silly man
     
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    Nope, I’ve waxed them a few times but not regularly.

    This time I did apply Wolfgang sealant, which is when I discovered the peeling area.
     
  7. Aug 27, 2018 at 8:15 PM
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    Thanks,
    I’ll look into that.
     
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    Optilens is expensive stuff!
     
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    Yup pretty pricey. You can treat the headlights multiple times with it though. A little goes a long way. I had spectacular results on my IS300. Each headlight is about 800 bucks from the dealer...
    :spending: I think the money is well spent if the truck is outside all day. The sun here in south florida is brutal.
     
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    I put 3m on my lights. Wonder if it helps
     
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    I used a clear protective wrap on my headlights, keep them looking new and if they fade I just replace the film and the headlights look good as new
     
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    If it works, it’s definitely money well spent.

    Does it replace the UV coating that has worn away? Or is it more of a preventive measure?
     
  13. Aug 27, 2018 at 8:40 PM
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    How on earth did you get it to fit well?
     
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    I have a second gen:anonymous:
     
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    To me, its a preventative measure to keep the original coating intact. You can also use it on restored uncoated headlights. If you get deeper into headlight restoration, you will find more expensive and probably superior UV cured OEM style coatings normally applied by professionals.
     
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    Or you could spend like $60 to have them covered in PPF and never worry about fading again.
     
  19. Aug 28, 2018 at 12:15 AM
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    Just keep them clear (don’t wait until they are yellow) and take them to a body shop and have them cleared with auto clear when they start to fade. I had to do it on my FRS. It was $80 and the clear will last as long as your paint will if taken care of. Took a pair of slighted hazed lights and they looked brand new again until I sold it
     
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    It’s not good to wax your headlights, actually progresses the aging and yellowness from what I’ve always been told. I used to restore headlights. We used to 5 stage sand them then spray them with a clear and hit them with a Uv light for a while. Could make the yellowest of headlights look almost brand new.
     
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