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Looking to replace the sun damaged plastic headlight lenses. Don't know if it is possible to just buy headlight lenses or if I need to buy the whole headlight assembly.
 

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Clear Headlight Lenses

Looking to replace the sun damaged plastic headlight lenses. Don't know if it is possible to just buy headlight lenses or if I need to buy the whole headlight assembly.
Anyone make GLASS Solstice lenses?

Anyone selling NEW clear lenses? I see Crappy ones Everywhere!

I'd like to buy Now!
 

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Having been through this with my second set (HID retrofits), I can tell you they'll polish up almost like new (I recommend the 3M kit). BUT!

If they are bad now, you may find visible micro cracks in the lenses that are impossible to remove. Also, the polishing will not last very long. Once the factory protective coat has gone, there's nothing left to keep them protected and stop them yellowing again. Some folks suggest painting them with automotive clear-coat (once polished clean) to protect them again. I have no experience, so cannot comment.

Still, cheaper to try all that than replace the lenses, and if nothing else it will buy you time to find good used ones :)

3M kit is available at Wallymart cheap (or: [ame]http://www.amazon.com/3M-39008-Headlight-Restoration-System/dp/B001AIZ5HY[/ame])

While I was looking for the above link, I also found that 3M now have a new kit with protectant: Amazon.com: 3M 39045 Headlight Renewal Kit with Protectant: Automotive
 

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Having been through this with my second set (HID retrofits), I can tell you they'll polish up almost like new (I recommend the 3M kit). BUT!

If they are bad now, you may find visible micro cracks in the lenses that are impossible to remove. Also, the polishing will not last very long. Once the factory protective coat has gone, there's nothing left to keep them protected and stop them yellowing again. Some folks suggest painting them with automotive clear-coat (once polished clean) to protect them again. I have no experience, so cannot comment.

Still, cheaper to try all that than replace the lenses, and if nothing else it will buy you time to find good used ones :)

3M kit is available at Wallymart cheap (or: 3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System : Amazon.com : Automotive)

While I was looking for the above link, I also found that 3M now have a new kit with protectant: Amazon.com: 3M 39045 Headlight Renewal Kit with Protectant: Automotive
Good info.

I had mine cleared just because . . . but after the fact it seems obvious that once you polish them they are less well protected.

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Wonder if this would be effective after repolishing, it's advertisng the film is UV protected.

Headlight Covers, Headlight Film, Headlight Film Cover | Lamin-x

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Are you ready to upgrade your headlights to create a look of distinction unlike any other? Lamin-x headlight covers are setting a new customizing trend on the aftermarket scene. Not only do these headlight covers look good, but they offer improved protection against the unforgiving road.

At Lamin-x, our high quality transparent lens film is a flexible vinyl material with adhesive backing. It adds a unique look to your headlights while retaining the stock shape. In addition to the added protection you will receive from rocks and other road debris, our headlight covers prevent the hazy, yellow appearance caused by UV radiation and inferior headlight materials. Lamin-x is low maintenance and car wash safe.

• Clear: Invisible and strong; Stops yellowing and hazing; 12 mils thick
 

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I just tried some headlight lens restorer on my 2009 Solstice.

Some of the discoloration came out, but could there also be discoloration on the INSIDE of the plastic lens?

If so, can I (or someone who actually knows what they are doing) remove the plastic lens from the headlight assembly to get to the inside of the lens?
 

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^^^ YES

In the past year, I've seen NUMEROUS Solstice lights come to me with Internal discoloration and 'fogging' issues.
I believe this is due to a number of things, but all relate back to cheaply made products or inexpensive materials used by the manufacturer....and we're just now seeing them pop up since they've been on the road for up to 8 years now.

I've done a full resto on one where I did front and back of the lens and it was MUUUUUCH better than when I got it.
 

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I just tried some headlight lens restorer on my 2009 Solstice.

Some of the discoloration came out, but could there also be discoloration on the INSIDE of the plastic lens?

If so, can I (or someone who actually knows what they are doing) remove the plastic lens from the headlight assembly to get to the inside of the lens?
There are a lot of posts on this I just did this today : Remove the headlight assembly from the car 4 screws /unplug the light/ remove the rubber gasket on the light plug you can pry it off with a small screwdriver be gentle /heat oven to 200 degrees /pop in the assembly for 10 minutes /start at one end I started with the front and gently pry up the lens / as you go along carefully take a razor knife and score the sealant and make sure that you dislodge the lens from the tabs on the base / when you are ready to put it back together just guide the lens onto the base lining up the tabs I used a very thin bead of Permatex black silicone sealent in the light base channel just to be sure I did not have any moisture issues /squeeze everything together and pop it back into the oven for 10 minutes / remove it and squeeze it back together again making sure that the lens sits properly in the base .The reason to reheat it is it softens up the sealant and the lens sits in the channel properly . Done
 
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