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Old 08-20-2010
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Default lexan headlight cover m380

I need to replace both headlight covers, has anyone any for sale? or can anyone let me know type and supplier.
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George,

Parliament coach carries them. I had new ones put on late last year. They're not cheap though. About $200 apiece as I recall. I learned (the hard way) not to put any high water pressure on them, especially at truck/rv washes. That protective film will come off very easy under high pressure. In fact, I don't let anyone put high pressure on the front of the coach, just hand wash and rinse.
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George, check with Stephen Birtles at www.dupreeproducts.com
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I don't want to cut Stephen out of too many future sales, but I feel I have to throw in my 2 cents worth on this subject. I bought my 2004 last year and immediately began doing a number of minor repairs. One of those repairs was replacing the rusted machine screws that retain the lexan covers on the headlight assemblies. While doing that work I found out that the clearcoat that had been applied to the covers was starting to peel off. It took a little time but I completely peeled off the remaining clearcoat leaving a lexan cover that had been lightly sanded during the paint prep process. I was able to polish out the haze and scratches using some scratch removal compound I had around the house leaving the covers transparent and new looking. Now you can buy a headlight cover polishing kit at most auto supply stores.
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I don't want to cut Stephen out of too many future sales, but I feel I have to throw in my 2 cents worth on this subject. I bought my 2004 last year and immediately began doing a number of minor repairs. One of those repairs was replacing the rusted machine screws that retain the lexan covers on the headlight assemblies. While doing that work I found out that the clearcoat that had been applied to the covers was starting to peel off. It took a little time but I completely peeled off the remaining clearcoat leaving a lexan cover that had been lightly sanded during the paint prep process. I was able to polish out the haze and scratches using some scratch removal compound I had around the house leaving the covers transparent and new looking. Now you can buy a headlight cover polishing kit at most auto supply stores.

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The kits work great in restoration of hazed plastic lenses however all protective coating has also been removed. I put a UV protection salve on mine that is supposed to prevent UV degradation (Boat product for plastics). Figured it's better than nothing.
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Default Lexan headlight covers

Thanks for all the info. It looks like the polishing kit is a good way to go before investing $200 a cover nothing to lose except time away from the golf course
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I don't want to cut Stephen out of too many future sales, but I feel I have to throw in my 2 cents worth on this subject. I bought my 2004 last year and immediately began doing a number of minor repairs. One of those repairs was replacing the rusted machine screws that retain the lexan covers on the headlight assemblies. While doing that work I found out that the clearcoat that had been applied to the covers was starting to peel off. It took a little time but I completely peeled off the remaining clearcoat leaving a lexan cover that had been lightly sanded during the paint prep process. I was able to polish out the haze and scratches using some scratch removal compound I had around the house leaving the covers transparent and new looking. Now you can buy a headlight cover polishing kit at most auto supply stores.
Did the same with mine, turned out just like new. As mentioned, getting the clear coat off is time consuming and tedious, but the end results are worth it. Just don’t get into a hurry as you don’t want to damage the lexan cover.
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Took the clear off mine with tape with good adhesive on back. Just laid the tape on the surface, smoothed it and lifted it off.

Mine was peeling.
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Took the clear off mine with tape with good adhesive on back. Just laid the tape on the surface, smoothed it and lifted it off.

Mine was peeling.
Great idea!! I will try that. Thanks
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