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Old 06-13-2010, 10:20 PM
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W210 Headlamp Revival

Hey all,

Following the encouragement from the guys at the Nor Cal drive, I've gone ahead and refinished the headlamps on my E300. If the lacquer on your headlamps is fading or worn off, take note: oven cleaner DOES NOT work, and the Meguiar's headlamp cleaning kit DOES NOT work.

The $10 solution to a $260 problem:
1. Sand off yellowing / fading lacquer using an orbital sander and fine sandpaper
2. Wet sand bare polycarbonate lenses w/ 1000 - 1500 - 2000 grit sandpaper
3. Spray a few coats of Rustoleum clear lacquer. Let dry 24 hours.

Pictures show bare polycarbonate and lacquer-finished lenses. The results are night and day.
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:25 PM
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Get back to us after a year or so. I want to see how the lacquer holds up.
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Our all-biodiesel family
1995 E300D (W124) . .239,000 miles My car
1996 E300D (W210) . .313,000 miles Wife's car
Santa Rosa population 170,685 (2012)
Total. . . . . . . . . . . . 722,685
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:58 AM
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Hey all,

Following the encouragement from the guys at the Nor Cal drive, I've gone ahead and refinished the headlamps on my E300. If the lacquer on your headlamps is fading or worn off, take note: oven cleaner DOES NOT work, and the Meguiar's headlamp cleaning kit DOES NOT work.

The $10 solution to a $260 problem:
1. Sand off yellowing / fading lacquer using an orbital sander and fine sandpaper
2. Wet sand bare polycarbonate lenses w/ 1000 - 1500 - 2000 grit sandpaper
3. Spray a few coats of Rustoleum clear lacquer. Let dry 24 hours.

Pictures show bare polycarbonate and lacquer-finished lenses. The results are night and day.

I used a kit put out by 3M, and it worked like a charm. Contains everything you need, and takes very little time to get the lenses back in shape. It sells anywhere from $14-$20 depending on where you make your purchase. I got mine from Amazon.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/3M-Headlight-Restoration-Kit/13023890?sourceid=1500000000000003260410&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=13023890
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Old 06-14-2010, 01:50 PM
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Me too

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I used a kit put out by 3M, and it worked like a charm. Contains everything you need, and takes very little time to get the lenses back in shape. It sells anywhere from $14-$20 depending on where you make your purchase. I got mine from Amazon.
I used the same kit on my '96 E300D, worked great.
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Our all-biodiesel family
1995 E300D (W124) . .239,000 miles My car
1996 E300D (W210) . .313,000 miles Wife's car
Santa Rosa population 170,685 (2012)
Total. . . . . . . . . . . . 722,685
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