Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

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Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby australi » Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:22 am

My 350Z has faded looking headlights (they really let the rest of what is an immaculate car, down); apparently you can’t buy the lens, as it doesn’t detach (I initially thought they may be covers)

Suggestions from the 350 forum say buff it out. There are ‘lens cleaning kits’ too on the market – mean for hand use – I have some ‘plastic polish’ somewhere, might be more suitable for the buff?

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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby 68ragtop » Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:50 pm

I've always used a rag and either Jif bathroom cleaner or toothpaste to clean up headlight lenses.

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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby Bazzas77 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:04 pm

My 2001 commodore lenses were opaque when I got it , I used royal purple on a sponge foam pad (not to fast! ) and they came up like new . I took the whole light unit out so the buff didnt touch the paintwork, took about 20 mins. A side as they were so bad.

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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby australi » Tue Feb 16, 2016 1:33 pm

mmm ok; so HAND job (so to speak) fellas or careful use of the buff (after I mask off paint)?

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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby Bazzas77 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:28 pm

doing it by hand with the purple especially if there really bad will take forever as its a real fine cut, ,way longer than the time spent to remove the lights and then use your machine and do a better all over job imo.

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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby australi » Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:31 am

:o

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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby silver383 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:15 pm

fine compound and buff, once clean wash and fit 3m venture film to protect them from stones and uv light

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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby australi » Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:20 pm

Old mate gave me this the other day - Unopened; bought it a while back but never got round to using it.

I reckon use it on a buff (lowish speed?) to save time.
Comes with special sealer :o

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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby Bazzas77 » Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:37 pm

Yeah give it a go with the machine but just be mindful of too much speed generating too much heat. :o

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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby australi » Fri Feb 26, 2016 11:01 am

Yep.
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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby RHD454 » Mon May 09, 2016 7:24 pm

How did the lenses turn out??

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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby StephenSLR » Mon May 09, 2016 8:08 pm

If the lenses have gone opaque, they've been replaced with cheapies. The car probably had a front end collision or they were stolen.

Originals are made with glass or better quality plastics that don't fade in the sun.

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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby australi » Tue May 10, 2016 11:49 am

...Headlights STOLEN??? :shock: :shock:

Oh were they? - An AWEFUL lot of 'Z owners post about this problem - I figured they came from factory that way...

NO progress on them YET, as car is at mechanics still waiting for me (today) to decided which way to go re clutch. (See other post) :
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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby StephenSLR » Wed May 11, 2016 9:48 am

australi wrote:...Headlights STOLEN??? :shock: :shock:


Absolutely. As you probably remember; back in the 80's & 90's when car thefts were rife, many owners had their cars returned missing headlights, bumper bar and grille. Low speed front end collisions being the most popular collision, required these parts so car thieves; feeding their drug habits, etc.; would steal cars and sell the headlights, bumper bars & grille to the wreckers. I knew of a wrecker that got done too, exchanging drugs for the parts.

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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby australi » Wed May 11, 2016 1:07 pm

BLOODY HELL! :shock:

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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby DOC » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:26 am

I do know these Headlights are worth a big buck.
But also think the stock ones do fade out with time.
If the car is kept out of the sun they hold up much better.
My Little Jap Sports car is kept covered as much as possible and headlight plastic still looks new.

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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby australi » Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:01 am

I've checked out a fair few cars and a lot do seem to have plastic headlights...

You'd THINK there'd be aftermarket ones around, but I haven't been able to find any...

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Re: Nissan 350Z faded headlight lenes

Postby australi » Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:36 am

...Good old (young) Thomas the wonder mechanic; we were chatting about the Z (‘The Toy’) over coffee last night, should’ve been scotch probably after the dilemmas with that sensor! :-x
About the crappy plastic faded headlights, and I said how I was amazed ebay doesn’t have aftermarket ones..He found some straight away!! – Seems knowing they’re called ‘Angel eyes’ makes a big difference!!

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/322035801732 ... EBIDX%3AIT

$349 a PAIR, delivered! And Aussie seller!

...I’ll do the hard method first with Jacks headlight lens polisher he gave me, but if it doesn’t do well (‘cause you can see also that INSIDE the non-disassembly lights are dulled too); I’ll grab a pair of these :o :-)


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