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Old 11-22-2010, 05:26 PM   #1
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headlight fogged.. Replace it?? If so, need advice..

Hello all!

First things first, I own a jet black 2006 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner V6 (4.0L , Manual Transmission). Upon entering my garage yesterday, I noticed that the driver side headlight of my truck appeared opaque (I believe this is referred to as a foggy headlight). I'd like to restore the assembly to its original beauty. Is there a way I can do that myself or do I have to purchase a new one? I'm assuming I have to buy a new one but still, I'm not jumping to conclusions. In case I have to simply purchase a new one, I've already done some browsing around online for vendors, and I have narrowed it down to two possible vendors.. Before I make the purchase I just want to know which would be a better deal.. I've heard of both but have never dealt with either..

http://www.autolightcenter.com/toyot...s.html#MTQ1Njk
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http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/rafr...0657800-333542
Forgive my long post. Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:36 PM   #2
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Honestly, I'd stay away from either of those headlights and go to the dealer for a new one. Aftermarket headlights have been known to have a lot of fogging issues. There is a "Buy/Sell/Trade" section on this forum, you might find someone selling just what you need. You also can take your light apart to let it dry out and re-seal it. Welcome to TW, and good luck with the headlight.
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:36 PM   #3
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preheat your oven, turn the oven off, stick the headlight in there for 8-10min, take out, pry apart, clean the inside/outside, then re-seal with quality sealant
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:38 PM   #4
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cant help you with out a picture. you honestly might just have to buff it out and itll come right out but if i cant see, then i wont be able to help you
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:39 PM   #5
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Not a Taco, but same idea....and an electric buffer with the polish works way faster.
http://www.preludepower.com/forums/s...sand+headlight
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:38 PM   #6
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preheat your oven, turn the oven off, stick the headlight in there for 8-10min, take out, pry apart, clean the inside/outside, then re-seal with quality sealant
^^^ What he said, that is the best way to do it, like others said try to stay away from aftermarket headlights they tend to leak and fog up..

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Old 11-22-2010, 07:41 PM   #7
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Depends on if you want perfection. http://www.allpar.com/fix/headlights.html The results aren't perfect, but very good. I don't know about the oven method. First time I've heard of it.

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Depends on if you want perfection. http://www.allpar.com/fix/headlights.html The results aren't perfect, but very good. I don't know about the oven method. First time I've heard of it.

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Here you go. for blacking out yr headlights on 2nd gen tacomas..
check #7
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/tec...free-mods.html
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Wait, what is the problem here? Is there moisture in the headlight or is it fogging due to the sun/dirt?
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Wait, what is the problem here? Is there moisture in the headlight or is it fogging due to the sun/dirt?
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Recently both my headlights started fogging up. I removed the headlight assemblys took the bulbs and let 'em sit in the sun for a few hours. At the same time I took a heavy grade silicone and covered the seams.

Solved the issue for me.

Would be a great time to pick up a 3M headlight restoration kit if the plastic is in rough shape.
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I'm not 100 percents sure, but I believe the fogging is due to moisture..

Thanks everyone for the replies! I'll follow your advice and take a gander at the buy/sell/trade section
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I'm not 100 percents sure, but I believe the fogging is due to moisture..
I bet it is. Mine would fog up for days after I washed the truck. The seams had a few coats of clear silicone from where the assembly was pulled apart to do the black headlight mod. A new coat of silicone and 3 washes later no more fogging up.

Tho I will prolly hit up eBay for a new set in the near future since the peeling clear coat they sprayed on the lenses is not looking so hot.
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