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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Appearance Mods Discussion, Front Lip and Headlight Scratches. in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; My front lip seems to be falling off, I pushed the rubber back in place but whatever clips or screws ...
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    Front Lip and Headlight Scratches.

    My front lip seems to be falling off, I pushed the rubber back in place but whatever clips or screws were holding it in are gone now. What kind of clips.screws are used to hold in the lip?

    Also, on the top of my headlights where the headlight is flush with the hood, I have scratches from what appear to be rock chips? I don't know if this is common or what but the V's I looked at has similar damage on the headlights. Any idea how to get the scratches out?

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    Re: Front Lip and Headlight Scratches.

    Mine and the others I have seen also have the damage on top of the headlights, but I think it is sun damage that gives them that "worn leather" look.

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    Re: Front Lip and Headlight Scratches.

    I am taking about scratches on the top lens area.

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    Re: Front Lip and Headlight Scratches.

    yeah that is also what I meant. Every V1 I have seen has looked the same, always real beat up and spider web looking on the very top where it really catches the sunlight, looks like the top layer of plastic starts to have micro cracks and splinters all over.

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    Re: Front Lip and Headlight Scratches.

    they have a wet sand kit for the headlights. mine were really faded on the top, almost a foggy look. I had a friend do it for me, I can get the info if you like. Don't have a before pic but can post the after if that would help

    you can post a pic of your headlights take make sure we are talking about the same thing

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    Re: Front Lip and Headlight Scratches.

    Quote Originally Posted by Teamsorad View Post
    they have a wet sand kit for the headlights. mine were really faded on the top, almost a foggy look. I had a friend do it for me, I can get the info if you like. Don't have a before pic but can post the after if that would help

    you can post a pic of your headlights take make sure we are talking about the same thing
    Mine looks more like what carlson was talking about, like if the plastic is splintered on top. The only thing I could think of is that the slightest contact with pebbles and rocks cause it to get scratched.

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    Re: Front Lip and Headlight Scratches.

    Trust me, its ultravoilet sun damage. The plastic along the gray edging on the top and sides starts to "crack" First you will have a couple then it will turn into dozens. I was going to paint my lenses to cover up the cracks but a thread on this site showed the 3M headlight resoration kit. It a sanding pad that fits on your drill and wetsand and polishes the lenses. Works perfect. I did mine and they now look new. BTW the gray is on the inside of the lenses. Also I highly recomend taping the painted fender edges off will mutiple layes of painter tape so as not to sand any painted surface.

    It took me about 2 hours start to finish highly recomend

    The bottom rubber "LIP" on the bottom of the bumper is held on with those plastic push rivets. They are a little bigger than the ones along the inner fender well to fender infront of the wheels

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    Re: Front Lip and Headlight Scratches.

    You can get the bumper rivets at any auto parts store. $3-4 a package for 4-6 rivets. The lip uses longer and more slender pins than the fender trim and bumper pins.

    Like everyone else said, try wet sanding the headlights. I just spent some time with mine and it was worth it. You have to put some time into it, buts its worth it. Spend extra time on the buffing, it helps. I didn't like the polish that came in the headlight kits, was made for plastic, but didn's seem to do a good job on the clear and shine. I used a combination of the plastic wax and deep crystal wax. I was surprised by the outcome. Ended up doing my wives car and my truck too. Can't wait to do the tails on those two.

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    Re: Front Lip and Headlight Scratches.

    for the lights i used mothers headlight restoration kit. They were pretty bad the first time. Now i do a full sand and wax once a year. Ill post pics when i get the picture off my phone.

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    Re: Front Lip and Headlight Scratches.

    Yea just pull a few out and take it with you to Lowes or Home Depot they'll have them there.

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    Re: Front Lip and Headlight Scratches.

    Here are some pics.
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    Re: Front Lip and Headlight Scratches.

    I took it one further and covered the headlights with a 3m "clear bra" designed for the headlights and use a low dollar vinyl black overlay made out of a roll of vinyl striping from Pep Boys for the top of the headlight.

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    Those headlights turned out great. Huge difference

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    Re: Front Lip and Headlight Scratches.

    I used the Mothers kit and couldn't get the headlights to buff out real clear. Seem to show some swirls and I was buffing like a mofo with the drill....kinda sucked.

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    Re: Front Lip and Headlight Scratches.

    Quote Originally Posted by JD03Cobra View Post
    I used the Mothers kit and couldn't get the headlights to buff out real clear. Seem to show some swirls and I was buffing like a mofo with the drill....kinda sucked.
    I broke out the "heavy artillery" and used the full size paint buffer with a hard cut pad and the 3m buffing compound, came out great.

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