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tank3e
post Feb 8 2012, 05:08 PM
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Is your headlights in a HAZY/ FROSTED, YELLOWISH or SCRATCH state?
(IMG:http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg64/tank3e/hazy-headlight-1.jpg)(IMG:http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg64/tank3e/3ScratchesonLeftHeadLights-2-1.jpg)

Giving you improper illumination when you drive at night or in bad weather.
Do you feel safe driving with these lights?
Constantly straining your eye to keep a look out on the road, due to the poor lighting conditions?
Why not place your concentration on other stuff while driving/ riding and enjoy it?
Thinking of change to a new headlight unit, but it cost a bomb?

What causes our headlights to degenerate?

Headlight lenses are made of plastic. Vehicle exhaust, ozone, acid rain, sun rays, chemicals and road debris all hit the headlight which will cause pitting and an actual chemical alteration of the plastic lens. The foggy and cloudy appearance of the clear substrate is equivalent to the rusting of steel.

In Singapore, degeneration is due to "Sun Damage". Long-term exposure to sun can permanently cloud and fog up your vehicle's headlights. The sun's ultraviolet rays penetrate deep into the plastic of a car's headlights. Over time, the plastic starts to warp and lose its luster and clarity. A hazy, foggy film then develops and obstructs a large portion of the lighting capabilities of your vehicle's headlights.

Types of degenerations

Crazing
This is the development of cracks deep into the lens which are irreparable, resulting from certain hardcoats used by manufactures or through hydrolysis. The headlights are still usable after resurfacing as long the cracks doesn't bother you.

Minor
(IMG:http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg64/tank3e/Craze1_432.jpg)

Serious
(IMG:http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg64/tank3e/Craze_214.jpg)

Peeling
This is when the hardcoat begins to deteriorate and you will notice spotting in certain areas such as the upper region or the corners. The hardcoat can appear to flake off or peeling off. The headlight should be yellowing by now.
(IMG:http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg64/tank3e/Peeling_74.jpg)

Yellowing
This occurs when all of the hard coat is beginning to thin out and lose adhesion to the polycarbonate lens. The UV wavelength spectrum creates a new repeating unit in the carbonic chain which absorbs blue light, and results in a yellowish appearance.
(IMG:http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg64/tank3e/Haze1_689.jpg)

Hazing
This is when all of the hardcoat has worn off and the soft polycarbonate is exposed, beginning to absorb scratches that creates hazing. The lens will soon be covered in a rough dark yellow crusted surface.
(IMG:http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg64/tank3e/Haze_588.jpg)


Restore your headlight to a clear condition today!

Using mainly a 3 system solution imported from USA, commonly use on aircrafts, boats and most plastic surfaces in all environment!
No. 3 Heavy scratch remover
No. 2 Light scratch remover
No. 1 Plastic Clean & Shine (Giving you a Anti-fog, Anti-static and Dust Repellent surface)


Cost: $50-$80 (Depending on damage area, upon assessment)
Contact me@ 8113 4267, Matthew
Tested on my damage headlights... Let the pictures do the talking!

(IMG:http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg64/tank3e/20120129_021418-1.jpg)

Headlight mask-up
(IMG:http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg64/tank3e/20120129_022401-1.jpg)

After light sanding to even out the damage area
(IMG:http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg64/tank3e/20120129_025012-1.jpg)

After no. 3 heavy scratch remover (area in red box) applied
(IMG:http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg64/tank3e/20120129_025544-2-1.jpg)

No. 2 Light scratch remover applied
(IMG:http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg64/tank3e/20120129_031441-1.jpg)

No. 1 Plastic Clean & Shine applied
(IMG:http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg64/tank3e/20120129_033610-1.jpg)

Done and maskings removed, time check!
(IMG:http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg64/tank3e/20120129_034419-1.jpg)

Common Queries

Q: How much do you charge?
A: Charges are determine by area and extend of damages.

Q: How do you know if the headlights or other plastic parts can be re-stored?
A: First cut, if item is crack through I will advise you not to waste your money. Maybe buy a drink for your journey to my place.
Second, if the thickness of the material is thin, and the damage has surpass 50% or more of the original material thickness.
I will advise you and will not start work, unless you insist.


Q: Can coloured plastics be re-work?
A: Yes! If only these plastics are NOT tinted (eg. Iridium Visors)

Q: How long will this process take?
A: This service will take roughly about 2-3 hours.

Q: Do we buy the solution from you and DIY?
A: No, you bring your vehicle to my place I will assess and advice and I will do the hard work.

Q: Does this service only restricted to bikes?
A: No, this service can be done on all vehicles, price will not be in this range it will be higher.


Q: Can you send you a picture for assessment?
A: Yes, but the qoute will be based on rough gauge only!

If you have any further queries that is not mention above pls free to Whatsapp or sms@ 8113 4267, Matthew。
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