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Old 12-18-2018, 01:07 AM
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Head lights (plastic Cataract Syndrome)

Yeah,

So these freakin headlights these days!

They start going Opaque..... can't see with them........ yo know......

The Fit's headlights are not super bad yet.... but, they are getting slightly white........ instead of crystal clear.....

It seems like it is on the inside of the lens..... Be good if I could take it apart.....

SOOO anyone know what to do in the case of Cataract Head lights?????

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Old 12-18-2018, 08:16 AM
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I'd try to use one of the several lens (outside surface) polishing kits on the market first. That's a whole different breed of cat if the fogging / degradation is really on the inside. I've read about guys baking the headlight capsule in the oven and then prying it apart, so they could paint the non-bulb reflector surfaces black (style change to that of the '13 units that don't fit the earlier Gen 2 units).
 
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Old 12-18-2018, 11:46 PM
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Yeah, It really looks like it is on the inside.

I more or less cleaned up the outside..

I have to buff the car paint out... Give it a nice shine.......

It probably wouldn't hurt to hit the lenses with the buffer. What do you think?

I never was much a very good Baker. Don't know if I would have the Knack to Cook headlight capsules...

How was the look? with the non-bulb reflector area being black?
 
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Old 12-19-2018, 07:32 AM
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I have no special knowledge on the differences and effects of using paint polish and a buffing machine on poly-carbonate headlights versus a headlight specific set of compounds / process.

I didn't bake any headlights. I read about the process on the forum. You can search for it to read how it was done and see the pics of the end results. The later model yrs of the Gen 2 FITs had the blacked out areas inside the headlights. Due to front bumper changes in those later years, the blacked out headlight capsules from 2013 are not interchangeable with a 2008, for example, although all are considered Gen 2 models.
 
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Old 12-22-2018, 02:37 PM
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As you can see, the blackout headlight has a certain appeal.

Please note how the corner of the headlight capsules intersect with the grill / fascia in different versions of these USA Gen 2 FITs.
 
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Old 12-25-2018, 11:30 AM
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Thanks!

If you didn't say that! I wouldn't have noticed the difference.... ANd even stilll took a couple of seconds.....

AND they are both GEN-2's (Dark blue being the new version?)

BTW:::::: Very nice and clear headlights..... Yeah, I am pretty sure mine are foggy some on the inside......
 
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Old 12-25-2018, 05:41 PM
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Blue one is the later model in the Gen 2 series.

When new, I put Headlight Armor film on my lenses (silver car). They seem to be staying clear. Car sits outside since early 2011.
 
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Old 12-25-2018, 09:11 PM
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Headlight Armor Film?

If you could fill me in on that stuff......

Basic info
and how it is applied.....
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Old 12-25-2018, 09:20 PM
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You can Goggle it. It's pre-cut for the particular vehicle. Comes as clear, yellow, or smoke. They may also have material for tail lights and fog lights. There are other options out there.
 
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Ok, Thanks for the Headzup........
 
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Old 12-29-2018, 06:44 AM
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I tried polishing my headlights too and found out the problem is inside. It's not that bad anyways and i just bought a film to at least hide the ugly fogged up plastic lens.
Headlight set is too expensive for an old car, i'll drive this til I cant see anymore and just buy a new car!
 
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Old 12-29-2018, 08:36 PM
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NIce!...........

Yeah, I was driving a car with over 300k on it today..... I saw something that will more than likely contribute to it's demise.....

And said, to myself....... "I guess this is the last set of tires I will put on this car..."

Yeah, Mine is definetly on the inside as well.... Buffing them helped some.... but, it is definetly on the inside.... (weird)
 
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