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Old 12-20-2008, 01:15 AM   #1
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Ok, so if this was regular window film on glass windows I would never even waste your guys' time. But no, this is film on the headlights. My 01 headlights finally came in, and previous owner tinted them from the outside. the tint is scratched and looks like **** and I want to remove it.

they are plastic obviously, so razor or anything like that wont work. the tint is really on there strong, and when attempting to pull it off just breaks off tiny piece by tiny piece.

Anyone have any good tips/ideas on how to remove it fast/safe before I break them?

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Sand it off with the finest grit that will remove it effectively. Then proceed to use progressively finer grits until you can use polishing compound to bring the covers back to a mirror shine. If using a mechanical sander/polisher keep the speed down since its plastic. To fast and it will begin to melt from friction heat.
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thanx man. I had that idea as well but wanted to leave it as a plan b, as I really dont want to make the lenses thinner than they already are. oh well, looks like I have no choice.
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Well you dont want to remove much, you want to let the paper do the work. Don't press hard.

Get some 1000grit and see how well it takes it off.
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Go to an auto parts store and buy the tint removing solution they sell. Follow the directions on the bottle. Win.
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to remove regular tint - take some ammonia, spray it on the tint, then take a garbage bag and tape it to the inside of the window to prevent the ammonia from evaporating. Freshen it up a couple of hours and let the sun/ammonia do the work.

Don't know how well it would work on the housing/plastic - but thats how you do it for your windows.
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see thats what I'm worried about, the lenses are plastic. I read about the ammonia method, as well as the steamer method, just not sure if they're going to be ok on the plastic
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I say do the spray on tint remover. Surely it wouldnt hurt the plastic. then once the tint is off, use fine sand paper anyway, and polish them up to a perfect crystal clear shine.
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when you sand you will be takeing so little of the plastic off that you wouldent be able to notice. the method i used when i was doing it for a living was to wet sand with 1000 grit till all the stuff is gone the go to 1500 till it is uniform then 2000 till uniform then 3m makes a compound called perfect III extra cut compound thats what i used to do and it worked miricles. good luck.
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