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      07-21-2020, 10:59 AM   #1
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F30 Headlights Micro Scratches?

Hello, wondering if anybody has had a similar experience to this on F30 headlights..

It appears to be tons of micro scratches or something along the lines of that? I've tried researching online and have found that this may be a fault with the plastic BMW uses for the lens. However when my car was still under warranty I took it in and they refused to replace the lens under warranty because my coilovers may have stiffened the chassis to much causing damage to the headlight. (Lmao I know, I know yes I actually got told that by BMW)

Anyways, any help on how I can fix this or advice is greatly appreciated.. really is bothering me looking at it
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      07-21-2020, 01:15 PM   #2
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The lenses are plastic, plastic scratches easily. Living in Ontario the cause is probably winter sand and salt on the roads. Use a 3M headlight restoration kit, that's probably about the best you can do.
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The lenses are plastic, plastic scratches easily. Living in Ontario the cause is probably winter sand and salt on the roads. Use a 3M headlight restoration kit, that's probably about the best you can do.
That does make sense actually.. I'll have to look into the 3M kit and see how good I can get it. Thanks a lot for your help!
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The lenses are plastic, plastic scratches easily. Living in Ontario the cause is probably winter sand and salt on the roads. Use a 3M headlight restoration kit, that's probably about the best you can do.
That does make sense actually.. I'll have to look into the 3M kit and see how good I can get it. Thanks a lot for your help!
I will second what Billfitz said. I have been lucky with my several BMWs over the years and have not noticed those issues on my BMW, but our old Chrysler van had both headlights look just like your headlights. I just used a headlight restoration product from the auto parts store and it looked really good afterwards. It took maybe a 2 hours to fix both head lights and for the next year they looked good. I sold the van so I have no idea what it looks like now. It was an easy process. Good luck.
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That does make sense actually.. I'll have to look into the 3M kit and see how good I can get it. Thanks a lot for your help!
Knowing what winter sand and salt do to a car is why I had a set of mudflaps and WeatherTech floor liners waiting at home before I even took delivery of my bimmer.
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That does make sense actually.. I'll have to look into the 3M kit and see how good I can get it. Thanks a lot for your help!
Knowing what winter sand and salt do to a car is why I had a set of mudflaps and WeatherTech floor liners waiting at home before I even took delivery of my bimmer.
Yeah I've got the floor liners and what not.. never really thought about how it could damage headlights though lol..

Will any headlight restoration kit do or does it have to be 3M? Just having trouble finding the 3M locally
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I am not sure if it is the best, as I did not compare, but I believe I used a product from Mcguiars. As I said, I think I got both headlights to the best they could look for a 7 year old van with nearly 100k miles.
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I prefer 3M because their Trizact sandpaper is the best in the business. I use 3000g Trizact for the final sanding step before rubbing out new paint. It does such a good job that it cuts the initial compounding time in half.
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How many miles do you have? Can't believe they already look like that on a 5 year old car
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How many miles do you have? Can't believe they already look like that on a 5 year old car
90,000km so not many at all really...

Disappointing for sure, tried the headlight restoration today and didn't seem to work.
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