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    headlight lens degradation

    anyone notice any coating degradation of their headlight lens yet?IMG_2721.JPGIMG_2720.JPGIMG_2719.JPG
    Last edited by madar; 03-10-2016 at 07:41 PM.

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    My headlights are still clear like crystals.

    Your photos make it apparent that it is a coating that is failing. The only question is, do the OEM headlight lenses come with a coating?

    If there is no OEM coating then I would guess someone has applied a synthetic wax and you are seeing the transition zone. It's especially apparent in this photo:

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    All lenses come with a UV coating to protect against elements. It's supposed to last up to 3 years, or so is my understanding. My car is outside all the time and is never under shade so I guess the sun is taking it's toll. I'm in my 3rd of ownership so it's on par with other vehicles I've owned with these lenses. Only one thing to do, trade it in for a 2016....

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    Or you could polish the headlights up and apply a uv coating protectant to them.
    Just Giver!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ride92 View Post
    Or you could polish the headlights up and apply a uv coating protectant to them.
    I know, been there, done that, and have plenty of restorer in my basement. i like my idea better, was thinking the deep red or the dark blue...really love those colors.

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    I like your logic. Out of windshield fluid? Time to get the 2016.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berner View Post
    I like your logic. Out of windshield fluid? Time to get the 2016.
    There used to be an older gentleman living across the street from me watching me always fiddling with my cars. Used to tell me that it was time to raise the radiator cap and replace the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ride92 View Post
    Or you could polish the headlights up and apply a uv coating protectant to them.
    After restoring the lights on my wife's '06 Miata a couple of years ago (and therein removing any semblance of UV coating) I started using this once a month http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Magic-730.../dp/B0051PJWQW on both her car and my CX-5. Seems to help, but there's nothing like keeping a car garaged to ward off this kind of damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paris1 View Post
    After restoring the lights on my wife's '06 Miata a couple of years ago (and therein removing any semblance of UV coating) I started using this once a month http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Magic-730.../dp/B0051PJWQW on both her car and my CX-5. Seems to help, but there's nothing like keeping a car garaged to ward off this kind of damage.
    Thanks for the tip. I was at Walmart looking for this but only saw the restorer. Will have to order this online I guess.

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    Maybe a long shot, but isn't the standard warranty on these cars 3yr-36k miles? Idk about your mileage but maybe it's worth looking into. I wouldn't really call headlight housings a "wear and tear" item so warranty should apply IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan4130 View Post
    Maybe a long shot, but isn't the standard warranty on these cars 3yr-36k miles? Idk about your mileage but maybe it's worth looking into. I wouldn't really call headlight housings a "wear and tear" item so warranty should apply IMO
    I'm at 41k, the honeymoon is over.

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    ;( worth a shot. Id recommended some headlight restoration kit once it gets worse but for now just wax it. It isn't horrible

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    Not sure what is happening but if it is the uv coating wearing off check out url below.

    Did similar to this youtube six months ago on yellowed headlights of my 97 truck
    I did take headlights off to sand and paint. Paint was shooting heavy for me so only used 2 coats and I did not wax them.
    Outside all the time in the midwest and still looking good
    FWIW Found the can of spray paint at Home Depo for $4.29.
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEJbKLZ7RmM

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    Preventative maintenance works best. Apply UV waxes to the headlights every few months, takes 5 minutes but will protect and prevent UV damage. Once damaged it requires sanding & polishing the lens with a high speed wheel to repair it.

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