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    replacement headlight lens or repair?

    My headlight lenses are pitted and cloudy. Has anyone successfully cleaned theirs? Or does anyone know where I can find replacements (preferably glass). I bought plastic cleaner that made them look a bit better but not great.
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    headlight lens ?

    no glass - only plastic - cover lens

    $90 to $120 list price depending on which headlights
    your car has from any BMW dealer

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    they can be polished clear again with enuff effort

    I recommend taping off the painted areas around the cover to keep the polish from needlessly cutting the clear coat. I do mine every time I have the polisher on the car...they always look new!

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    I put the 'clear bra' type protector on my

    headlights five years and 65,000 miles ago, and I have no hazing. Lenses close to new. Probably would improve clarity after polishing, and arrest further hazing.

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    3M has a headlamp restoration kit for < $20

    They are available at most any auto parts store. Just follow the directions and it will work wonders on yellowed, pitted plastic. Allow about 1 hour per side although the 2nd lens will probably take less time since you'll be up on the learning curve by that time.


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    This worked very well for me

    Crystal View Headlight Restorer worked great for me. Finished lens looked almost new. Cost about $18. Comes in a shiny foil package, about 1 foot square. Sometimes avail in Walmart. Follow instructions exactly. I took my lenses out and worked them over the laundry sink with water running slowly as I sanded. Like I said, almost like new.
    Google for more info.

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    Very Cool, If it ever stops raining I will do this


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    Replace them

    It's an easy job that'll make your car look great again. Sounds like yours are too far gone. Mine were too.

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    Kinda freaky! Are they reading our minds?

    As I was reading your post here, the Google ad banner that was plastered up was for Cataract

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    A brand of headlight cleaner I had never heard of before.

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    Re: replacement headlight lens or repair?

    For what it's worth, I had pretty good success with polishing compound on the lense covers on my wife's Acura. I tried McGuire's plastic polish first - leftover from my motorcycling days. No effect after 5 minutes, so I stepped up to polishing compound. A couple of minutes, and the lenses are much clearer.

    The lenses on my 2002 year BMW were actually in pretty good shape, despite the fact that they're probably subject to much more road debris. They've been wearing so well that I've been wondering if BMW switched to a harder, more durable material.


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