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Headlight Corrosion - can it be reduced or prevented?

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Old Aug 25th, 2017, 20:32   #1
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Default Headlight Corrosion - can it be reduced or prevented?

What causes headlight reflector corrosion and decline? I'm guessing the obvious likely cause. Moisture ingress through the joint between the lens and the reflector?

Has anyone tried applying a sealing tape around the circumference of that joint? To delay or stop the decay of reflectors. Would anyone encourage or discourage that idea and any particular sealing tape?

And are there any recommendations for good reflectors at a sensible/good price please?
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What causes headlight reflector corrosion and decline? I'm guessing the obvious likely cause. Moisture ingress through the joint between the lens and the reflector?

Has anyone tried applying a sealing tape around the circumference of that joint? To delay or stop the decay of reflectors. Would anyone encourage or discourage that idea and any particular sealing tape?

And are there any recommendations for good reflectors at a sensible/good price please?
there is a 100% bond between glass and reflector , there are vent holes on the back which allow air in and out every time the lights heat up and cool down which carries dirt particles in .
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Thanks Clan.

Now, rhetorical, how do I stop the lights heating and cooling....

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Now, rhetorical, how do I stop the lights heating and cooling....

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The rear covers on later models from 1999 have a gortex material over the vent in the cap which allows water out but not in .
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I don't know how well the new aftermarket headlight reflectors hold up. When looking for used reflectors, the earlier ones seem to be less prone to corrosion than the later ones. The reflectors on my 1990 were very corroded, and I replaced them with reflectors off a 1981 model, which were still fine despite over 30 years in tropical Cairns. They were just a little dusty, suggesting the seal wasn't perfect.

I don't know what year the rectangular headlights were introduced -- 1981 must be near the beginning?
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I don't know how well the new aftermarket headlight reflectors hold up. When looking for used reflectors, the earlier ones seem to be less prone to corrosion than the later ones. The reflectors on my 1990 were very corroded, and I replaced them with reflectors off a 1981 model, which were still fine despite over 30 years in tropical Cairns. They were just a little dusty, suggesting the seal wasn't perfect.

I don't know what year the rectangular headlights were introduced -- 1981 must be near the beginning?
Yes 1981 model year was the first of the late style headlights , Parts and material quality then was far higher than even today's recent models
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