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Thread: headlight lens degradation

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    Quote Originally Posted by shrimpsiumai View Post
    Do you have any suggestions on where to get paint protection film for the headlight?
    http://www.clearmask.com/aerogard.php

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    Had a service specialist from Mazda HQ look at my headlights today.

    He said the white cloudy marks were on the outside or under the UV coating, so he tried to remove the UV coating to clean them up - then redo the UV coating - a 10 minute job, apparently.

    An hour later, that 10 minute job wasnt successful. He says the marks are on the outside of the lenses, but I still reckon they are on the inside surface.

    Anyway it doesnt matter, he has approved replacement headlights, and the dealer has put an order into Mazda and will contact me to organise a time to have them replaced when they come in. Saw the warranty invoice - $1995 each. Bit of a markup on parts prices hre in Aus, it seems.....

    By the way, if you really want to see how bad those headlights are, turn them on! Wow, does that show up the marks!! They look 20 times worse than when the headlights are off!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yrwei52 View Post
    I agree, Honda and Toyota built up their reputation to their peak in the 90s with super durable and reliable cars ⋯
    meh, our Acura Integra and previous Corolla from the 90's had pretty nasty looking headlights after about 10 years or so. And my wife's old Corolla was pretty much a massive pile of junk despite me doing whatever possible to keep it running. My Integra is still going strong, though!
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    Arrow headlight lens degradation

    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    meh, our Acura Integra and previous Corolla from the 90's had pretty nasty looking headlights after about 10 years or so. And my wife's old Corolla was pretty much a massive pile of junk despite me doing whatever possible to keep it running. My Integra is still going strong, though!
    Are these nasty looking headlight lenses from Japan?

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    Not sure, the Corolla is gone. All Integras were built in Japan so I'm sure they have headlight housings from Japan (Koito).

    I had headlight protection film on the Integra for about 11 years, and they slowly degraded over time. I finally pulled the nasty stuff off last year, leaving a mess of very old adhesive residue. I was able to get it all off, and wetsand and polish the lenses, but now the lenses look hazy on the inside for some reason. I probably won't do anything else to it unless I were to upgrade my HID projector retrofit conversion, but I drive the car so little these days that it hardly seems worth the time, effort and money to do such a thing.
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    We had the 3M package installed on our CX5 at 0 miles, which included the headlights. We are almost at 3 years and they still look like new. About 1/month, I wipe the 3M with a spray wax stuff the installer gave me and the film has stayed in perfect condition.
    After all the vehicles I have owned, this by far has been the best way to keep the headlights clear.

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