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    My headlights have been fogging up with chips, scratches and general wear due to the miles I've been racking up.

    Got a headlight restoration kit and what a difference.

    I did take some before and after pictures but the befores didn't come out too well, but this is "after"



    I'm really pleased with the result and when only one light was done, the difference between the two was really noticeable. In total it took about 45 minutes, it's not yet perfect and I may give it another go soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksilver View Post
    My headlights have been fogging up with chips, scratches and general wear due to the miles I've been racking up.

    Got a headlight restoration kit and what a difference.

    I did take some before and after pictures but the befores didn't come out too well, but this is "after"



    I'm really pleased with the result and when only one light was done, the difference between the two was really noticeable. In total it took about 45 minutes, it's not yet perfect and I may give it another go soon.
    Thanks for that, may have to give mine a go soon as well.,
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    The lights on her 180 ZT-T (now sold to my daughter, Amelia) were really bad after 160,000kms in the Aussie sun. They were becoming quite opaque and discoloured. Her partner Ross bought a similar kit and spent a similar number of hours to bring them back to clarity (see photos). Not sure how long they will last though - that sun is pretty intense! It would be nice if the covers could be bought separately from the whole light fitting. I assume they just clip off, but most threads on this issue indicate that you have to buy the complete lights to get new covers. This might need to be a future product for the shop.
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    I spoke to Hella about new covers and they said they couldn't help because although they made the original units all of the original moulds had ended up with MGR. Anyone know where they are likely to be now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nich View Post
    I spoke to Hella about new covers and they said they couldn't help because although they made the original units all of the original moulds had ended up with MGR. Anyone know where they are likely to be now?

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    Looks good, but how did it deal with stone chips on the headlamps?

    I have wondered as this kind of damage isnt just surface deep quite often...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coasting View Post
    Looks good, but how did it deal with stone chips on the headlamps?

    I have wondered as this kind of damage isnt just surface deep quite often...
    I didn't have any nasty chips, but the surface was quite rough and dirt was caught clouding the lenses.

    The process is a bit like T-cutting, polishing out the roughness. I would hope that with the surface smoothed out it will help keep the lenses clear long term, but a bit like claying and polishing paintwork, it will probably be best to do it on a regular basis.

    I would say that a day later after the polish has dried out, there is still more work to be done, but it is without a doubt better than it was.

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    Looks good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksilver View Post
    My headlights have been fogging up with chips, scratches and general wear due to the miles I've been racking up.

    Got a headlight restoration kit and what a difference.

    I did take some before and after pictures but the befores didn't come out too well, but this is "after"



    I'm really pleased with the result and when only one light was done, the difference between the two was really noticeable. In total it took about 45 minutes, it's not yet perfect and I may give it another go soon.
    I bought the Turtle Wax equivalent for my ZT-T today. I'd used the Macguires cream with some limited success, so decided the full kit was necessary. Have also had he machine buffed to get swirl marks out of the royal blue paint, and she looks stunning!
    Still in love SIX years on! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nich View Post
    I spoke to Hella about new covers and they said they couldn't help because although they made the original units all of the original moulds had ended up with MGR. Anyone know where they are likely to be now?

    Nich.
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