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Old 09-27-2020, 09:47 AM   #1
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Clear coat head lamps or no?

My headlights are so fogged that I am replacing them with new assemblies. I have already done the sanding and buffing already, but that has not lasted very long. Has anyone sprayed new headlamps with rattle can clear coat before install? Thots on the necessity please..
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Most all clear paints are lacquer based. Lacquer will attack and destroy the acrylic. Not a smart idea.
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My headlights were foggy as well , used Headlight cleaning system that includes wet sanding, polished to new , then wrapped them with clear film 3m product..... just like new , no more yellowing etc
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In the long term clear seems to yellow and delaminate. I've seen a few done that way. I don't know exactly how long it takes them to start darkening and peeling but it looks a LOT worse than just age fogging.
I like tvp's idea of a 3M film you could just replace as needed.
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It took like 20 min to apply 3M film wrap on both lights
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I wouldn't put anything on new headlights!
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If itís good on a $300,000 Ferrari itís good for a RV ...
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Not only does the 3M film stops yellowing, but it helps with stone chips or may even deflect a stone from breaking the headlight. You have nothing to loose to try it
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OK, I'm open to learning new things. Can you provide a link to what you're using? Thanks!
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Clear coat head lamps or no?

My recommendation is go to a local company that does Paint Protection and car detailing , my headlights are the 2016 Canyon Star type.... these companies throw out scraps that would do both your headlight .....

Pickup a few scraps but donít tell them what itís for as they would want to charge you to do the job

Tell them itís for your wife,s frig near door handles to stop scratches.

After you clean headlights, watch some UTube videos on how to apply.

Basically you spray water on the headlights, peel the back off wrap ....spray water on back half
Apply to headlights, use a credit card to squeeze water out from under wrap.......use sharp utility knife to trim

Thatís it ......but check videos
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Clear coat head lamps or no?

I like the protector wrap, but clear coat will also work. The clear coat needs to however not be the $4 cheap stuff for it to last ... you need the 2 part $25+ a can mix shake apply
Professional stuff. The kind that needs a respirator to apply. Spraymax 3680061 2K Clear https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0043B7UQY..._annCFb16Z57G9
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A product like 3M paint production film is the easiest solution to fix the problem.....just my opinion, it does not have to be 3M could use any clear paint protection film
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I use the 3M 'paint protection film' on the headlights on my new car. If you know what headlights your rig uses, you should be able to buy the film on ebay precut. If not, you can buy it in bulk and install it. It doesn't install without some difficulity. I'd suggest looking on Youtube for installation information. It does work really well to protect against rock chips, and claims UV protection
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To answer the original question, all modern headlamp assy's come coated with a protective UV coating from the factory. As the coating ages, it becomes foggy. Once you remove that coating with the headlight restore kits, or sandpaper, you are left with uncoated plastic. You need to recoat it to protect it.
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