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Stripped my foam lance down today to swap out the gauze for a clean one. Think it's safe to say that it needed it! :lol:

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In other news, there will be the final results on the durability of the headlight protection coming very soon.

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Oooooo..... totally forgot you had the headlight test ongoing.

I polished mine few months back and was seeing if weekly application of Optimum Optiseal would fair better than my Gtechniq C4 I applied last year.

Alas no :(

So I'm looking forward to your side by side test results :thumbs:

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16 hours ago, HEADPHONES said:

'm looking forward to your side by side test results :thumbs::(

:thumbs: I'm looking forward to this one too, using Car Polish with a reputed "UV" protection at the moment. 

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Apologies chaps, I got distracted refurbishing my window motor after it packed up a couple of days ago. I will have the results written up with pictures tomorrow. :thumbs:

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33 minutes ago, ilogikal1 said:

Apologies chaps, I got distracted refurbishing my window motor after it packed up a couple of days ago. I will have the results written up with pictures tomorrow. :thumbs:

Apology not necessary, understand entirely. Anytime you're ready

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34 minutes ago, Ekona said:

No excuses, we demand RESULTS NOW BITCH!!!11

Or another way to say it  :teeth:

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1 hour ago, Ekona said:

No excuses, we demand RESULTS NOW BITCH!!!11

Just for that I’m now going to post the results after my dinner tomorrow. :p

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10 hours ago, Ekona said:

:( :( :( 

Fine. I mean if you're going to sulk like a little bitch... :p

 

I'll start with the C5/Mohs side. Which, for those of you who know me well enough by now, means that either the wipes were exceptionally good or exceptionally bad. If you're thinking that, you would be correct. If you're not, you probably should.

 

The car has for the most part been parked on a south facing driveway since application, meaning that given the summer we've had they've seen a lot of direct sunlight in the last 4 months. That said, it's "only" been four months since application.

 

As a reminder, C5 is on the left & Mohs on the right as you look at it.

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Excusing the raindrops, up close there doesn't appear to be a huge difference between the two. In person, there also isn't a huge difference but there is evidence that one is stronger than the other - one side is noticeably clearer than the other which is starting to look a little (a very little!) bit "soft focussy" (rather than hazy). As can be seen here; Mohs in the top picture, C5 in the bottom.

 

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Okay so here it looks like C5 is the one struggling around the projector housing whilst Mohs looks fine. In person this is actually the other way around. C5, in person, looks stronger whilst Mohs is the one in soft focus. It's noticeable but only side-by-side and very difficult to pick up on camera. As you can clearly (not) see here;

 

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Meanwhile, over on the other side...

Just to remind you, there was a section at the top that was polished, a portion of which was coated with Mohs and a section that was left unprotected entirely.

 

This is the edge where the wipe met the completely unprotected section, demonstrating that the wipe coating is still present;

 

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Due to lighting issues, I couldn't get a reasonable shot of the Mohs section, but in person it's evidently present and similar to the other headlight. I've also failed to get a (good) picture of the comparison between the wiped headlight and the unprotected section other than the above. However, given the following shots I'm sure you don't need that direct comparison...

 

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For reference, no discernible difference between the unprotected, unpolished section and the wiped areas. Also very little difference between the polished, unprotected section and a the wiped areas.

So... er, yeah. Four months.

 

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Just to remind you, C5 is "designed" for wheels (i.e. paint), Mohs is designed for bodywork (i.e. paint) and the wipes are designed specifically for headlights.

 

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My summary - the wipes do nothing more than apply a self-levelling coating that evens out the existing hazing giving the appearance that it's "fixed" it temporarily. Very temporarily! Essentially, it's the headlight coating equivalent to a glaze; quick, easy, short-term non-solution that simply masks the problem rather than fixes anything.

So if you want to tidy up your headlights, polish them and protect them with a wheel coating! :lol:

 

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Well bang goes my theory of just using the wipes then :lol: time to break out the big guns after all. 

 

As always, sterling stuff and thanks dude :) 

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There is one quick, easy fix....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy a new car. They come with new headlights. :teeth:

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Not my car, so if she wants to buy a new one then she can go right ahead :D 

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Great test results.

Won't be wasting my money on wipes then.

I found my Gtechniq C4 tends to fail in patches after about a year.

I may try 2 coats next time.

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I'm not sure multiple coats of coatings will help with durability to be honest, they're not really designed to be layered so I think about a year is he best you'll get without going for either a specialist product (I want to try this, I'm just not willing to pay that much for two headlights given the shelf-life once opened is one sixth the life of the product! :lol: 30ml is at least 28ml more than I'd use!), even then it's only going to last 18months-to-2years, or reapplying the OEM coating which is usually a much more involved process.

 

 

 

...Or option 3; a little parasol over each headlight. That'd work, right? :D

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I tried similar wipes near the start of summer, after about 4 days they were back to how they were originally  :lol:

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