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witeshark 03-18-2006 12:35 AM

O/T I like this new forum! Welcome! :)

Rooz 03-19-2006 02:39 PM

Ouri, he doesn't have ZKW's or Depo's, he has the one piece style headlights with the corner lights built into them

JayDee 03-11-2010 07:43 PM


I had the same problem with moisture in the Headlights.
Got two small bags of Silica Gel, the stuff that comes in the box when you buy something New.
Place one in each of the snap on covers that cover the Bulbs, snapped the covers back on.
NO more moisture !!!!.

IF it comes back, I will take the Silica bags out and dry them, then pop them back in !!.
Worked a treat, dead easy to do too.


joshtimber81 04-02-2010 03:45 AM

Thanks for the instructions. I was also looking for the same thing.

JayDee 04-05-2010 08:01 AM


One Headlight has misted up slighty again, so the Silica filled bag was removed and dried, then placed back into the rear of the light.
The mist has now almost gone !.

There seems to be enough airways through the sides of the lenses to allow the moisture to escape into the Silica.
Will keep you all posted how it all goes !.

JayDee. :tup

kevzep 04-08-2010 08:36 PM


JayDee 04-09-2010 03:52 AM


NO, not Genius, "Desperate" would be nearer the Truth !!.


JayDee 05-13-2010 02:22 PM


BOTH Headlight lenses are still clear, no misting at all !!.

John. :)

JayDee 06-16-2010 05:20 PM


Found a source for the Silica Gel to use in the rear of the Headlights, to stop them misting up.
The people who make Double Glazing Units, use it to stop their windows misting up !!.

It is placed into the window surrounds before the units are sealed up.
I asked if I could have a small quantity - - yes !.

The Gel is small brown round pellets, look like Seeds.
Got some in my Headlight now on TEST !!.



JayDee 09-17-2010 07:52 AM


Sorry to report that the misting Headlights have returned !!.
Water in the headlight almost sloshing around.

No way that amount of water could be condensation, there has to be a leak !.
Headlight out of the car - - again.
Took it apart, the large Gasket at the rear of the case was wet through !.

The Gasket looks like Rubber, BUT, it is porous, and soaks up water like a sponge.
The water gets in where the two halves of the case fit together and are clamped into the Gasket by the Clips.
IF, the Gasket was NOT porous this would OK, but the water passes through the gasket into the rear of the case.
When the lights are switched on, the heat from them causes condensation on the inside of the Lenses.

Warm and wet inside, colder outside = misted up Headlights.

With the wet gasket out of the case, I laid it on some paper tissues, and rolled a small bottle along it to remove the water.
Hung it out to dry for a few hours.
While it was drying, cleaned all the water out of the light case, making sure that ALL of it was out.

Fitted the dry gasket back into the case, built the case back together, checked everything was correct

On the outside of the Case where the two halves meet, I sealed the small gaps with Black Silicon Sealer, ALL ROUND, dont miss any small gaps.
This was to prevent any water getting in and onto the Gasket, which would allow the water into the case again !.

Now that I know where the water is coming from, and how it gets in, maybe the Silica Gel will not be needed any more !!.


JayDee 10-03-2010 04:48 PM


Since sealing my headlights with Silicon Sealant, I have driven in torrential rain quite a few times, had the car through a Car Wash, so its been very WET !!!.
Happy to report that there has been NO more misting of the Headlights at all.
Seems to have solved the problem.

John. :lol3 :lol3 :lol3

arnoldreg 11-17-2011 02:06 PM

I think you can remove it with a hot blower also.

Zuchi Knox 07-27-2012 11:02 AM

I have a 2004 bimmer and the headlight lens is turning yellow and had moisture inside, I want to clean up the lens but I have a hard time locating the screws. Please help me and give me instruction how to take it out so I can clean the lens. Does it needs a special tools to take them out?

DEATH2000 07-29-2012 03:48 AM


Originally Posted by Zuchi Knox (Post 209450)
I have a 2004 bimmer and the headlight lens is turning yellow and had moisture inside, I want to clean up the lens but I have a hard time locating the screws. Please help me and give me instruction how to take it out so I can clean the lens. Does it needs a special tools to take them out?

What model of BMW? Are the headlights OEM?

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