: Restoring the lense covers on a 2005 CTS-V

02-20-12, 01:20 PM
Hello Fellow Cadaillac Enthusiasts.

I have a 2005 CTS-V with faded HID headlights. They are not cloudy mind you, just faded.
I didn't realize how faded until I had to replace the drivers side headlamp (due to a driveway mishap with an airhead).

So the driver's side is beautiful with a deep gray around the perimeter and the passenger lense is a faded gray.

I imagine those covers can come off to be re-painted on the inside. How difficult is it and is it recommended?
I'd hate to drop $800-$900 on a new passenger light.

Thanks, Paul

OneFast V
02-20-12, 02:20 PM
they are sealed lenses. There are how tos on removing them in this forum.

02-20-12, 07:07 PM
I'd tape it off and paint it black. TBH that's what I'll be doing shortly.

02-21-12, 07:00 AM
Yea I just did mine this past weekend...I used vht to dark out the border like 3 coats then took off the tape and did one more coat over the whole thing.

02-22-12, 10:48 PM
If you're talking about oxidized lenses, you can just sand those out, polish it, and reseal it for UV protection. Mine were in horrible shape when I bought the car, but I sanded them down. I couldn't quite get the result I wanted, so I had a guy I know finish the job I started. The difference was the final polish step. He used a wool cutting pad to return the high gloss and clarity to the lens.

Here's are a couple of the threads I posted in. The first shows my first attempt:

The second shows the results after my buddy finished them off: