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Fix peeling film on head lights

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by rondog, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. Nov 15, 2010 at 4:54 PM
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    rondog

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    How can I remove/renew this film that is peeling?

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  2. Nov 15, 2010 at 4:55 PM
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    Is that inside or outside?? Who installed the film?
     
  3. Nov 15, 2010 at 4:58 PM
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    Its on the outside. I got these head lights off ebay a couple years ago, but I have a guy who works for VW and he said OEM headlights will do that too
     
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    I dont even care if I just remove it. I dont need to replace it. I dont even know what the purpose of it is. The area where no film is anymore looks the same.
     
  5. Nov 15, 2010 at 5:00 PM
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    My passenger side headlight is doing the same thing. My buffer took most of it off and blended it with the rest of the headlight.
     
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    It's probably a clear protective coating to prevent damage/fading on the actual plastic of the light.
    Not sure what the best way to get that off is tho. Maybe try a headlight restoring kit??
     
  7. Nov 16, 2010 at 9:09 AM
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    I would guess those have some sort clear on them, and it looks it is flaking off. I would wet sand them with 2000 grit, and then buff them back to pretty. IMO
     
  8. Nov 16, 2010 at 9:11 AM
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    Just buff it off, don't sand it off..
     
  9. Nov 16, 2010 at 9:23 AM
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    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.
    x2 it's a protective coating it happened to my moms car. You can buy a headlight restore kit or just buy sand paper 500 grit 1000,1500 & 2000 wet sand it it starting with the 500 with a sanding block. Once you have sanded with all grits and the surface is smooth buff with a fine grit rubbing compound & polish and your headlights will look like new. After you buff and polish clean the light and shoot it with a clear coat. That's what I did and her lights look brand new!
     
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