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    How to prevent headlights from peeling?

    Hi guys. Most of us with aftermarket 5th gen headlights with the twin halos will probably know what I'm talking about...

    The CCFL halo projector headlights I got off eBay were good to me for about a year and a half and then the clear coat on the top started peeling off. I tried restoring it and right up fked them. Then the halos on the passenger side stopped working even though all wiring was fine, so I bought some brand new ones with a 6000K HID kit to install hopefully in two weeks. I think the halos stopped working cause of the static build up after I sanded the headlights.

    My question is, and I think I recall Dimi saying something about this, is that if I polish them every time I wash my car, will it be enough to endure the Australian sun? What sort of polish should I use? Specifics would be awesome.

    Thanks all!

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    I've been using the RainX polishing kit on the CRV. Approx every 6 months. Seems to keep them pretty reasonable. Got glass on the WRX and 3rd gen ;-)
    As for the halo's etc it sounds more a factor of the cheap build quality.

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    glassylite makes a good kit and provides a nanosealant that's supposed to last a year.

    but as for the cheap build of those headlights.. theres' not much you can do there.

    I wax mine regularly but it's not really enough.
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    Thanks Bob.

    Quote Originally Posted by curtis265 View Post
    I wax mine regularly but it's not really enough.
    How often is regular? Why is it not enough?

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    Because it's only wax and doesn't stop the yellowing after ~1wk.

    I don't have the time to do that every week, especially now that I only get access to my car one week per month
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    It yellows due to a break down of the top layer of clear and grime/dirt getting embedded in that as well as damage via UV. Keeping the new ones as cleans as possible is the best thing, and a good polish when you do your car with plastic polish (I use a Meguiaurs one supposedly for motorcycles) and seal over with wax.

    I will be using a Turtle headlight resto kit soon on the Skyline.

    Basically its light wet sand working down from about 3000 grit if their abrasive paste (you can use toothpaste to do it) doesnt bring the headlight back up to scratch.


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    ^turtle wax is crap

    try this: http://www.glassylite.com.au/

    Recommended by a pro detailer ( i know that means stuff all to people though.. lol)
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    So with my new ones if I keep them clean, polish and wax regularly (is once a week while I wash my car too often, or is there no such thing?), then I should be pretty sweet am I right?

    Love these headlights and they aren't cheap so...

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    They're relatively cheap - seen how much OEM ones are?

    Just keep a bit of wax on it

    maybe even some SPF 30+ sunscreen lol
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    Bottom line is that the polycarbonate deteriorates. All you can do is maintain them to keep them clear. Or buy a 3rd gen.

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    I always wanted a 3rd Gen, I was going to buy a clean one before my 5th Gen but it got sold before I could get the money ready.

    Originally what I wanted to know was how to keep them as good as possible for as long as possible.

    Keep them clean
    Polish them
    Wax them

    That's what I got out of this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtis265 View Post
    ^turtle wax is crap

    try this: http://www.glassylite.com.au/

    Recommended by a pro detailer ( i know that means stuff all to people though.. lol)
    Needed this advice before I bought it - Maybe i could sell it on eBay?


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