Has anyone tried those headlight lens restoration kits?

Bobobie

Registered User
#26
Pass inspection? What is this inspection he keeps talking about? This where the All-in-One Headlamps were great. They burn out and the entire thing goes in the trash, lens included. You don't have to worry about this nonsense.
This guy does pretty good auto detailing and comparison videos, here is how to do a full headlight restore with clear coat.




edit, looks like he has more than one restore video:



 

Shootr

OOHHH, GNARLY!!!
Donator
#27
20 minutes of my life every 6 months, $15 for 4-6 uses - I'll take that economy over the hassle/cost of replacing a lens on $1000 car...
 
#29
Pass inspection? What is this inspection he keeps talking about? This where the All-in-One Headlamps were great. They burn out and the entire thing goes in the trash, lens included. You don't have to worry about this nonsense.
Assuming safety inspection, not sure what all states would flag for cloudy headlights. I think that guy is in PA, not sure if they do.

Modern headlight assemblies beyond the exotic shapes and designs a lot of them contain projector lenses in them. We're way past the point of swapping the whole assembly out even for an aftermarket designed replacement part.
 

THE FEZ MAN

as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
#30
Assuming safety inspection, not sure what all states would flag for cloudy headlights. I think that guy is in PA, not sure if they do.

Modern headlight assemblies beyond the exotic shapes and designs a lot of them contain projector lenses in them. We're way past the point of swapping the whole assembly out even for an aftermarket designed replacement part.
Yea, drive a 1965 falcon at night in the rain, and then drive a 2018 Kia, tell me what’s the better design....
Oh and those old sealed beam headlights were a pain in the ass all on their own, I changed enough of them
 
#31
Yea, drive a 1965 falcon at night in the rain, and then drive a 2018 Kia, tell me what’s the better design....
Oh and those old sealed beam headlights were a pain in the ass all on their own, I changed enough of them
Such a treat when the screws would rust and fuse together with the retainer frame thing... think the last car I had that had those was an 84 Escort... I actually used that McGuire's kit to fix mine and installed two LED headlights and holy shit do they light up the countryside.
 

maz

TRueWDTer
#32
Bright lights are great , when they're on your car
Not so much fun for the oncoming driver though
 
#35
Yeah , Fuck 'em
But a lot of times it's me coming the other way
Don't remember ever being blinded by a '65 Falcon
How fuckin' bright is enough ?
Almost worse when they're behind you.
 

THE FEZ MAN

as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
#36
Yeah , Fuck 'em
But a lot of times it's me coming the other way
Don't remember ever being blinded by a '65 Falcon
How fuckin' bright is enough ?
Bright enough so I can see
 

THE FEZ MAN

as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
#38
When I smash in to you and Pepe
I'll laugh and maybe call an ambulance
Meh, Pepe’s Headlights suck, now my truck on the other hand, I’ve been looking into installing those insanely bright HID lamps, ironically because I need to sand and polish the lenses and I hate doing it, so I would rather replace and upgrade them, I might also upgrade the fog lamps also
 

ysr50

Well-Known Member
Donator
#39
When I smash in to you and Pepe
I'll laugh and maybe call an ambulance
Meh, Pepe’s Headlights suck, now my truck on the other hand, I’ve been looking into installing those insanely bright HID lamps, ironically because I need to sand and polish the lenses and I hate doing it, so I would rather replace and upgrade them, I might also upgrade the fog lamps also
HEADLIGHT WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
#40
The reason the glare is so bad is when people are putting HIDs or super bright LEDs in reflective headlight housings designed for halogens. HIDs really only should be put the in the projector housings designed for them. Not only do the projectors spread the light correctly they also include a cutoff that chops the light off at a certain height to keep the glare out of oncoming traffic. Even to the point where your drivers side is even lower than the passenger.



My Tacoma came with projectors meant for halogen lamps. I was able to use a less intense HID and it works really well in that housing.
 

Bobobie

Registered User
#41
Assuming safety inspection, not sure what all states would flag for cloudy headlights. I think that guy is in PA, not sure if they do.

Modern headlight assemblies beyond the exotic shapes and designs a lot of them contain projector lenses in them. We're way past the point of swapping the whole assembly out even for an aftermarket designed replacement part.
It seemed a lot more convenient to me. I've had nothing but annoyances getting those stupid halogen bulbs in and out of the headlamps.
 
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