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I buffed the headlights using sandpaper grit from 200 grit to 3000 and I still wasn’t happy with the “polish” after clear coat. At least It’s better than before.I had to replace my grille years ago after a deer strike. I can't remember the brand. I think I could still get a Toyota chrome one then, but it was not worth the cost. I had the same fitment issues, it was good, but not perfect. Surprising I have had no cracking or failure of it, and that has been like 7-8 years.
My original lights I buffed out really nice and put some extra thick clear 3M film on them, like the clear bra stuff. Did my hood and fender leading edges too at that time. They were holding up really well till the deer strike. I replaced them with aftermarket then, Eagle brand as I recall, same reason, I could get both for the cost of one Toyota. They have stayed clear, but the light pattern is not as nice on them.