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Old 08-03-2019, 10:03 PM   #1
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Refinishing Headlamps

Both my headlamp assemblies are stone damaged badly factory HIDs. Body shop says they sand them, then polish and spray a finish on them. Has anyone seen the results of doing it this way? New lamp assemblies are 1k a piece and mine are toast.
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Old 08-03-2019, 10:47 PM   #2
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I sanded, polished and waxed a couple different sets myself that where oxidized. Turned out great. Never badly chipped however. Some say keeping them waxed doesn't help, but one of the sets I did we still have on a DD vehicle after several years and they never oxidized again. Haven't done a Camaro though.
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Old 08-04-2019, 07:58 AM   #3
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I've used the 3M headlight cleaning kit and it works great . all you need is a spray bottle with water and a cordless drill.
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Old 08-04-2019, 01:12 PM   #4
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Mine are chipped and pitted badly from stones and need to be sanded to remove the damage. I was seriously thinking about trading it for a 2016 Camaro but so far I can't find anything I like at a decent price. I got a great deal on the one I have, the dealer really wanted it gone.
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Old 08-04-2019, 05:37 PM   #5
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I've used the 3M headlight cleaning kit and it works great . all you need is a spray bottle with water and a cordless drill.
I just did this on mine last month. The kit is not that expensive
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Old 08-04-2019, 07:48 PM   #6
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If they are pitted and chipped, no kit will repair that. Find replacement ones at a salvage yard, ebay, online, or the dealer.
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That's what I told the body place but they insist they fix them all the time???
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Old 08-14-2019, 05:24 AM   #8
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Could anybody suggest me a good service in Denver? I`ve recently found one and was going to deliver m car there but luckily I found some some reviews just on time. So, would be glad to hear any good recommendations, Thx in advance
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:52 AM   #9
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Ya got nothing to loose by trying to save them by sanding and polishing. When I installed my Halo's, I sanded with 800/1000/2000 Wet or Dry automotive sandpaper, and polished with Meguiars Heavy Cut, then Fine Cut, then show polish and they look like new. You can even use a small powered polisher as long as you don't build up too much heat (use lots of polish). It will not eliminate heavy chips, but they will be a lot less noticeable if not invisible. Lots of elbow grease, but cheaper than a replacement.
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Old 08-16-2019, 09:38 AM   #10
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Refinishing does work. Long term results vary as applying a coating on polycarbonate is harder that it seems. Witness the failed factory coatings from a variety of vehicle manufacturers.

On the DIY end, if your headlights have light pitting applying one of our Headlight Protection Film kits can improve the lights as the adhesive tends to fill in minor pitting netting a clearer lens.

More on the here.
https://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=82946

If going the DIY refinish route look for a kit / solution that includes a UV clear coat as the final step. Like the Sylvania one: (no affiliation)
https://www.sylvania-automotive.com/...ries/index.jsp

No matter the solution you choose following up with a Headlight Armor Headlight Protection Film application will increase the longevity of the repair as the film will protect the lights from impact pitting and serve as an environmental protection layer.

More in our Vendor thread here:
https://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42597
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Old 08-17-2019, 10:05 AM   #11
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On other vehicles, I've had good to great results with my above average sanding & polishing skills, But in the florida sun they reoxidize without protective coating.
On my daily driver sprinter van with lights that should have went in the trash can & got a light rebuffing about 20 times, I cleared with SPI automotive clearcoat a few years ago. As long as you remove all the factory protective coating , 2k automotive clear will melt into the plastic , add back a little clarity over polishing, & hold out same life as you clear paint. 600 to 100 grit final sand. If automotive clearing, you also have the option to tint.
I have access to real painting, so I went this route.
These little spraymax 1 use 2k clear rattlecans could be a diy consideration, but I haven't tested one yet.
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