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Old 07-27-2020, 09:56 AM
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Headlight lenses

I developed a small crack on my right headlight lens, I contemplated getting one of the non original lenses to replace them and perhaps put in the LED rings. Has anyone had any experience with the non oem lenses that are available, I have seen them for various prices. Are OEM lenses available anywhere? My only other option was to buy a used halogen unit and take the lens from that but I am not sure if the lens is the same as the xenon unit. Any advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

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Old 07-27-2020, 09:59 AM
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How bad is the crack? Do you want to fix for cosmetic reason or water ingress ? If the second I'm betting the material is acetone soluble and one toothpick drop of acetone in the center of the crack will wick right through tge entire crack and weld it shut. I would do that either way just to keep rain out into you replace.

Wife wants to upgrade her headlighs which will make some OE assemblies available but her car is too old to help you out.
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Old 07-27-2020, 10:17 AM
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Its not terrible but it bothers me. I did not know about using acetone to seal a crack but I am sure it would not be any less obvious. I was going to put paint protection on the headlights after I refinished them.
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Old 07-27-2020, 12:15 PM
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Acetone would likely make more obvious. The point would be for structural integrity. In the past when I needed to fix a situation like yours I would add a detail like a stripe that would camouflage the original offence. (such as score a line across the whole bottom 1/8" wide). Off course the normal MO with a radical operation like that is buy the replacement lens from a return friendly place before you start in case that plan goes to hell.
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