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Fixing to take the Sol's headlights to a body shop to have them refinish and clear the lenses and paint the housing. Not sure if we should go black or color match to the car. Looking for ideas so please post pics of yours or ones you have seen!
 

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Fixing to take the Sol's headlights to a body shop to have them refinish and clear the lenses and paint the housing. Not sure if we should go black or color match to the car. Looking for ideas so please post pics of yours or ones you have seen!
I don't have a picture to share (because they aren't on the car yet), but I have a pair of Street Edition headlights on their way to me for my red solstice gxp. The link is below, it might not be a bad idea since the are OEM lights. I didn't bother refinishing my lenses, they were too far oxidized that even the headlight restoring compound couldn't get them past 90%.

Solstice Black Headlamp Kit 25973530-1
 

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Great minds think alike!!!:lol: Mine are on the way from Crate Engine. Will post pics once installed. I will have my original headlights for sale if anyone is interested. Only 30,000 miles on them. They are in great shape!:thumbs:
 

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Any idea what you are going to ask for them?
I just looked on EBay and they are going for $220.00 per new ($440.00 total) plus $80 shipping per ($$160.00 total).Therefore I would go $200.00 for the pair plus shipping. It is costing almost $100 for shipping to get them here ( Crate Engine has good rates compared to eBay). I will ship out in the boxes the black ones arrive in. Shipping from Canada is usually more expensive so I would figure maybe $150 for shipping with tracking. However, if I get shipping for less I will refund difference. Bottom line $200 plus $150 shipping ='$350 total but will refund any difference if shipping is less. PM if interested.

Wow, just went back to look at EBay ad and the light is used! He is asking a lot of money!!! Are these scarcer than I think or is the eBay seller nuts? Anyway, I will have no use for them so if you want them and will commit in the next 24 hours they are yours for the price I said above.
 

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When I converted mine to HIDs, I went body color and was really pleased. ties them in far better with the car IMO - better than just the black SE ones.

... and by the way (mentioned many times before, sorry), if you don't mind opening them up yourself, a couple of sprays of Easy-Off (or similar) oven cleaner will take that chrome right off and leave you with black SE interiors without the cost! (Provided your lenses are OK :))

 

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^ that is great info! Thank you for posting! I'm only casually interested in the lights at this point so don't want to commit to anything right now. That is a great price for them though! I think we are going to attempt the oven cleaner and then take the lenses to be professionally refinished. They are going to have to do some heavy sanding on them though. They are pretty bad. Anyways, I will post up some pics of the final product & some before an after shots. Thanks for the help!
 

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No problem. If anyone wants them PM me. I will keep at this price for a couple of days.:thumbs:
 

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When I converted mine to HIDs, I went body color and was really pleased. ties them in far better with the car IMO - better than just the black SE ones.

... and by the way (mentioned many times before, sorry), if you don't mind opening them up yourself, a couple of sprays of Easy-Off (or similar) oven cleaner will take that chrome right off and leave you with black SE interiors without the cost! (Provided your lenses are OK :))

Are those painted OEM lights or did you order aftermarket lights? I'm not sure what HID means or if it involved changing the housing. It definitely looks really good though.

If it won't damage/discolor the plastic beneath the chrome to use oven cleaner, why doesn't everyone do that instead of ordering these relatively expensive replacements?

Thanks.

^ that is great info! Thank you for posting! I'm only casually interested in the lights at this point so don't want to commit to anything right now. That is a great price for them though! I think we are going to attempt the oven cleaner and then take the lenses to be professionally refinished. They are going to have to do some heavy sanding on them though. They are pretty bad. Anyways, I will post up some pics of the final product & some before an after shots. Thanks for the help!
Whats your reason for refinishing the lenses? Do you think it will really improve the overall look of your car, or are you doing it for improved visibility (or both)?
 

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Are those painted OEM lights or did you order aftermarket lights? I'm not sure what HID means or if it involved changing the housing. It definitely looks really good though.
OEM lights (heavily) converted by me. HID=High Intensity Discharge lights (in my case, projectors). See: http://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/f62/solstice-projector-hid-install-showntell-how-73659/


Whats your reason for refinishing the lenses? Do you think it will really improve the overall look of your car, or are you doing it for improved visibility (or both)?
Prolly 'cos they have UV damage and the lenses are all yellow/green and clouded.
 

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flax - the yellow may not be "fixable". It could be UV degradation on the surface, but being clear polycarbonate it could well be through the whole wall thickness of the lens. (Opaque colors tend to degrade from the surface in. Clear does also, but at a faster rate.)

I like the looks of the black surrounds, but that's mostly on a Mysterious car. Soup's look good also but the problem I have with body color is the different tint or hue you get due to the light off of the clear lenses. Some views it looks spot-on for the match, other angles it looks lighter and just doesn't quite match.

Whichever direction you take, post pics!
 

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Hmm, that's a little discouraging. On one hand I'd love to try and fix them as there is nothing wrong with them otherwise. On the other I'd hate to waste the money taking them to a body shop and have them not come out right.
 

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Don't know how bad your "lenses" are but there is a guy on EBAY who sells a product called Eye Lids which are a fiberglass cover that goes over the back 3/4 of the headlights you paint to match your car they are 75.00 for the pair .Something to consider?
 

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Your local auto parts stores sell a product to buff out the plastic lens cover I have used it with pretty good results on a few cars, the best I have found is Meguiars. If you don't want to spring for the kit just pick up a bottle of their plastic polish I found mine at Advance Auto Parts
 

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They won't polish out. These are going to have to be full scale sanded and then have a clear coat put over the top. The normal headlight restoration kits just aren't going to cut it, we have tried -_-
 

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They won't polish out. These are going to have to be full scale sanded and then have a clear coat put over the top. The normal headlight restoration kits just aren't going to cut it, we have tried -_-
In that case they may well be too far gone. As CW said, bad UV damage goes into the interior of the lenses and causes micro-cracks. Rather than throw money on trying to have someone else sand it out (etc). May well be better to get replacements (new, or good used).
 

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I've seen very very few headlights that couldn't be saved. What you need to do is think of it like polishing aluminum, or anything else like that. The headlights on my son's GTO were so badly damaged by rock hits it looked like the lenses had been sandblasted. (Lots of freeway miles) I literally had to start with 80 grit on a DA. He just about died when he saw me take a DA to his lenses and make them look like frosted glass!

After using a coarse enough sandpaper to get down below the damage, just keep going up in paper until you get to 1000 or 1500. Dry sanding until 360 or so is ok, after that you need to wet sand. Use a block to keep it flat, don't "dig" into the surface. Once you've gotten them smooth with 1500 paper, break out the polishing compound and a buffer. (Not like an orbital waxer, an actually rotary high speed buffer.) Same thing, just keep going lighter on compound and buffing wheels until you've got them looking like glass. You have to buff fast and hard enough to smooth the plastic, but NOT too fast and hard that you burn or melt it. Even if you do burn it, just sand that section back down and start over.

When you're looking at spending a bunch of money on new lenses, a little elbow grease is relatively cheap.
 
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