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    Headlights

    My XK Dynamic R is at the dealers (Stratstone Houghton-leSpring) for service. I asked them to look at the headlight lens' as they appeared to be peeling. I got a message from them saying they needed replacing and that will be £3,067.54 please. After I had sat down rang them and told them it was still under extended warranty. They rang warranty who said it was cosmetic not mechanical so its not covered. Not happy!!!!
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    Can you elaborate on "peeling"? They may have some sort of protective film applied which needs replacing but I can't think how else a headlamp lens would be displaying some signs of "peeling". The dealer will, of course, simply replace a part rather than attempt any sort of fix.
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    It seems as though the top layer, if there is such a thing is delaminating. A suggested fix was to clear wrap them. They also tell me that my headlight washers need replacing, I know they weren't working, warranty wont pay because I haven't been using Jaguar washer additive, however they will pay for a new O/S windscreen wiper as the washer wasn't working because of a kink in the pipe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Askew View Post
    It seems as though the top layer, if there is such a thing is delaminating.
    The polycarbonate used in headlight lenses requires some form of UV-resistant coating to stop them discolouring. It is probably this coating (may be a lacquer ) that is damaged. Eventually, the lens will be too bad to provide good lighting and not be cosmetic only

    It might be possible to repair it locally with some clear lacquer as used for protecting metallic paints?
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    Perhaps someone has stuck Armourfend or similar 'ppf' on them?

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    [QUOTE= They also tell me that my headlight washers need replacing, I know they weren't working, warranty wont pay because I haven't been using Jaguar washer additive[/QUOTE]

    Am I the only one that saw that?

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    There are headlight restoration kits you can buy. You sand them down, polish and put a new laquere on them.
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    Clearly if it reduces the headlamps ability to light up the road as per designed, it's not cosmetic! If lamps light up the road perfectly and will continue to do so, it's cosmetic. £3k???
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    Yeah the lamp clusters are very expensive, if you find yourself having to purchase replacements from a main Jaguar dealer. A good, knowledgeable car detailer should be able to restore the headlights and apply a suitable protectant in this case I would think, and for a far smaller sum than £3,067.54.
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    My local body shop. Refurbishes headlights for £40 each. I did my own using the 3 M kit from Amazon around £20.

    worked a treat. They are not as good as new but aren’t far off.
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