Billy Jack Posted May 30, 2011 Share Posted May 30, 2011 About a month ago I was fortunate to win a syringe of Opti Coat in Chris's contest, in exchange for a review. I had intended to do one of the family daily drivers, but the weather in PA has been so crappy, I just haven't had time to do the necessary correction. There's been some buzz on the various forums about OC's suitability as a headlight coating, so one of the family DD's will be a guinea pig. Back on May 18, I did the OC treatment on a set of headlights. The subject vehicle is an Olds Intrigue with just over 100K miles. Headlights were slightly dulled due to visible failure of the clearcoat, but no yellowing. Since they are easily removed from the car, I took the opportunity to disassemble and clean the inside of the lenses as well as the reflectors. The lenses were first sanded with 1000-1500-2000 grit by hand, then rotary-buffed with heavy compound with a wool pad, then a machine polish with a Meg's yellow pad. After a cleaning and IPA wipe it was time for OC on the left light, with the right one left untouched as a control. I applied just a few drops to one area of an applicator and started spreading product. I was immediately impressed at how far a small amount spread. Every OC tutorial I have read stressed thin,light application and I can heartily validate. I could have easily done another set of lights with the small amount of product on the pad. Fortunately, I was applying OC to the light on the workbench, so it was easy to move the lens around under the garage lighting to assure my coating was even with no streaks. The first pic shows both lights on the bench, with the left (lower) light in the pic coated with OC. This weekend provided clear, sunny weather, so it was time for some observations and pics after 10 days of daily use. Since I had done the coating on a rainy night, I left the light to cure inside and installed it the next morning. The control light received just a coat of a good sealant, Collinite 845. The depth of the gloss on the OC light was immediately obvious, but it wasn't as slippery as the waxed light. However, after a week of driving, including numerous days of rain and one washing, the OC lens feels noticeably slicker than the morning after coating. Maybe the OC was still curing. Here are a few pics taken earlier today, May 29. Again the untreated right side light is on top, with the OC-treated light as the lower pic in each pair. Overall, based on my impressions so far, Opti-Coat seems like an ideal headlight resto coating. Application couldn't be easier and appearance is great. As far as durability of OC applied to a bare plastic headlight lens, we'll find out. Updates to come. Once again Chris and Dr. G, thanks for the opportunity to try a new Optimum product. Bill Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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