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Old 11-06-2009, 01:00 PM   #1
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How to clean fogged up headlight covers?

I just bought a 1998 tacoma and the headlight covers seem to be really dirty/foggy and the lights don't seem to be very bright (maybe because of the foggy covers?). What is the best way to go about cleaning those?
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:14 PM   #2
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toothpaste and brush. good luck
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:36 PM   #3
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for real? is there some kind of kit i can buy to clean them off? Would the fogged up light covers cause the lights to not be very bright/not shine very far?
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:39 PM   #4
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Yes you can get a headlight lens restoration kit at Wal-Mart (Don't know the $). Yes, a really fogged lens could cause dimmed lights for sure.
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:41 PM   #5
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BTW-- Welcome to TW Corey!
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:44 PM   #6
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thank you sir! i'm gonna go run to wal mart and see if i can pick one up
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:45 PM   #7
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Most auto parts stores carry a kit for cleaning glass and head light lenses. The kit includes pads that are impregnated with jewelers paste that you attach to a drill motor and spray water on to activate. I got the kit from Napa Auto Parts for $12.00.
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:23 PM   #8
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Those kits work ok. The best way is to wet sand with 1500, then 2000 grit, then use a buffing pad (on a buffer or high speed drill) then use a polish, then protect and keep them protected with a good wax or sealant
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mcguires makes a kit as well.
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Old 11-06-2009, 04:04 PM   #10
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What are headlight covers? Are you referring to the headlights themselves?
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the headlight lens
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Seeing fogged covers is sort of a pet-peave of mine. I use Maguires mag wheel cleaner and a terrycloth rag and have not found anything that works better (even tried 3M Microfinish). That is probably all the kits consist of anyway. A couple runs over the lights and follow up with some wax if you like.
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Seeing fogged covers is sort of a pet-peave of mine. I use Maguires mag wheel cleaner and a terrycloth rag and have not found anything that works better (even tried 3M Microfinish). That is probably all the kits consist of anyway. A couple runs over the lights and follow up with some wax if you like.
I have used them mag wheel cleaner as well it seems to work pretty good but you still need something to polish them up afterwards to give them a shine.
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