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Adhesive Removal From Headlight?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MolonLabeTaco, Mar 7, 2020.

  1. Mar 7, 2020 at 7:14 PM
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    I ordered some used headlights off here to use just the lenses. I was unaware they had some sort of clear film on the, I guess to protect from fading from UV rays. I have to bake them to remove the lenses and didn’t want to do it with the film on, afraid it might melt. I peeled off the film and it left a ton of adhesive on the lens. What can I use to remove the adhesive that won’t melt/haze the plastic lens? (Pic of adhesive resident)
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  2. Mar 7, 2020 at 8:22 PM
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    Answered my own question using a 3M eraser wheel. Works great!
     
  3. Mar 7, 2020 at 9:22 PM
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    This is after about 10 minutes of work. Not done but close. I’m going to see if this wheel will get rid of the haze on my currents headlights. Probably not but worth a try!D6F42E9D-0AB0-409B-A242-4C26144C3335.jpg
     
  4. Mar 8, 2020 at 3:25 AM
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    They look good :thumbsup:

    I was going to recommend buffing it off anyhow.
     
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    Got done using the eraser wheel and finished cleaning up with denatured alcohol. Besides the cracks and other non-removable issues, they came out great!6918C823-2FEF-4CDD-A5DB-2B506B663B7E.jpg
     
  7. Mar 8, 2020 at 6:03 PM
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    Now Scratch it up with some 1000 grit sand paper and spray it with 2K Clear Coat otherwise you will look worse than you did before in a few months. You can wet sand and polish the clear coat if you get any orange peel. Basically you took off the clear coat and it will yellow quicker now.
     
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  8. Mar 9, 2020 at 10:47 AM
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    I said F it and did the BHLM while I was messing with them. I’ll put some protection over them in the next few days.FAB15EBC-5806-4AB4-B905-09D0ED9F1EB0.jpg
     

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