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Old 03-09-2006, 10:04 PM   #1
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Healight lenses

OK this is a general question. I notice that some older cars have glass headlight lenses, and the newer ones are plastic. With time plastic gets fogged and chalky (oxidized if you may), so my question is, why dont more cars now have glass lenses...is it because the industry wants to make more money on you buying replacement housings, and its cheaper for them to make plastic ones in the first place, or simply because plastic is somehow better than glass. Was there a problem with glass lenses that they decided to change to plastic? I am kinda lost
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Old 03-09-2006, 10:05 PM   #2
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Pedestrian safety and price.
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Old 03-09-2006, 10:12 PM   #3
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It's the industry cheaping out to maximize profit and using "safety" as an excuse.

Or am I???
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Old 03-09-2006, 10:13 PM   #4
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How is it a pedestrian safety issue?
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How is it a pedestrian safety issue?
Oh I don't know, clip a pedestrian, headlight shatters, you run... *cough*hit and run*cough*...pedestrian doesn't have to pull shards of glass from eyes...see where I'm going with this.

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Old 03-09-2006, 11:12 PM   #6
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How is it a pedestrian safety issue?


plastic isint quite so sharp as glass
maybe it has to do with weight lol
glass is heavy stuff
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(oxidized if you may)
I may not .....

and plastic is the way of the future!
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There's ways to remove that shit looking color and make them look good again....
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Old 03-10-2006, 12:24 AM   #9
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Well if you hit someone and they hit the window, they will still pull glass....plus they can make it from tampered glass...doesnt shatter but cracks
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There's ways to remove that shit looking color and make them look good again....

how do you do it, because my lights are foggy and old
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Well if you hit someone and they hit the window, they will still pull glass....plus they can make it from tampered glass...doesnt shatter but cracks

Windshields dont shatter so easily.
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Windshields dont shatter so easily.
And neither would headlights if they made them of the same meterial
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how do you do it, because my lights are foggy and old
Brake FLuid...careful not to get it on the paint tho better to remove the housing
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And neither would headlights if they made them of the same meterial


but then they would cost 10x as much as they do now, and also would require replacement if they cracked because of safety regulations.
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Old 03-10-2006, 02:21 AM   #15
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how do you do it, because my lights are foggy and old


Supplies:
1000-grit Sandpaper
2000-grit Sandpaper
McGuires ScratchX Scratch Remover
Spray Bottle filled with water
Shop Towels

1. Pick a headlight to start on and spray it down with water. Dig out the 1000-Grit sandpaper and start sanding the headlight, keep it wet and wipe the plastic dust off frequently. Keep at it until the dust isn't yellow anymore and you can't feel any pits or corrosion on the lens.

2. At this point your headlight looks worse than when you started...it may have been foggy before but now you're wishing you had left them alone because they are clouded worse than ever before. Never fear. Dig out the 2000-Grit sandpaper and spray the headlight down, like before keep it wet, keep sanding and wiping and spraying until any minor imperfections come out, and all the scratches from the 1000-grit paper are smoothed out.

3. Yes I know they are still foggy. Wash them off completely and dry them thoroughly. Now grab that expensive tube of ScratchX and follow the directions, rub it on using tight circles and lots of elbow grease. Let it dry and then buff it off and look at your headlight. Has it ever looked better? No I didn't think so.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 above on the second headlight.



ORRRRRR

Get a power polisher, and some 3M extra cut compound and go to town
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