Protective film for headlights

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Protective film for headlights

Postby chris.t » Tue 08.09.2020, 09:58

Headlights on the Volvo have got UV damage and I've got a kit (Visbella) that supposedly will get them looking like new. Once done, I would like to put some protective film on them so i'm not doing the job again in 2 years time. Does anyone have any recommendations. It's got to be suitable for headlights (correct refractive index I understand). The Ebay stuff, albeit cheap from China, doesn't convince me that it's right.

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Re: Protective film for headlights

Postby Rambo » Tue 08.09.2020, 14:51

Funnily enough Chris, Karen's VW has the same problem and whilst I was polishing my black M100 this morning I had an idea. I simply used my orbital polisher with a medium pad and some fine Menzerna cutting/finishing paste. The OSF came up a treat and looked like new. I couldn't believe how good it was so I left the other to show SWMBO. She was impressed too and gave me a pass out to the pub tonight as long as I do the NSF. Double result :cheers:

Sorry, can't help with the protective film though but I don't think we'll need it. Only a 10 min job per headlamp cover. It's hard to get a really good image but.....
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Re: Protective film for headlights

Postby chris.t » Tue 08.09.2020, 16:53

Trouble is Mark it's got no UV protection and will cloud up fairly quickly. You can get this liquid which you can apply which will give it a couple of years though.
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Re: Protective film for headlights

Postby Fredjohn » Tue 08.09.2020, 17:36

Try looking on the Lotus Evora Owners Group page on Facebook. Lots of people there have had same issue and have used a coating after rubbing down with extremely fine emery. Mostly in USA though so may not help!
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Re: Protective film for headlights

Postby Dave Eds » Tue 08.09.2020, 20:37

Did exactly that on my Evora due to the coating starting to flake.
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Re: Protective film for headlights

Postby Kipperozzy » Tue 08.09.2020, 21:01

I had a Passat and headlights were yellowing, very quick one stroke at a time wipe with LIDL thinner cleaned them up, as it melts off the decayed layer....but you need to be careful.
Incidentally my golf headlights are crystal clear , as using bulbs that are UV filtered
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Re: Protective film for headlights

Postby muley » Tue 08.09.2020, 21:44

Here in Godzone the Integra light covers need cleaning every 2-3 months. It only takes 3-4 minutes to clean with the Meguiars product.

I haven't bothered trying to protect them otherwise.
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