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Cleaning Headlights

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by stucksucksnayota, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. Mar 28, 2008 at 11:49 PM
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    stucksucksnayota

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    Couldnt find a thread about this but my right side headlight is what I would call fogged up on the inside of the lens.

    How do I clean it out

    Is the headlight sealed or can you take the it apart and clean the lens?
     
  2. Mar 28, 2008 at 11:54 PM
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    If it's on the inside then I would say you are SOL.
     
  3. Mar 29, 2008 at 4:10 AM
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    You could possibly try the infamous "black headlight mod" option (where you bake the headlight for an exact amount of time at a certain temp). This will enable you to get the housing apart so you can clean it, and reseal it..
    http://www.customtacos.com/tech/index.php?article=222
     
  4. Mar 29, 2008 at 7:09 AM
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    i think that mod is for the 2nd gen trucks only
    it only on the inside is it cracked or did it get full of mud maybee take it out and spray some cleaner and water in where the bulb goes
     
  5. Mar 29, 2008 at 7:21 AM
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    yea i agree with taking it out and washing it from the inside and letting it dry well or use something on a rod to wipe it out mine are starting that nice fogging on the outside i been puting rainx on it and it helps to make them look normal
     
  6. Mar 29, 2008 at 2:08 PM
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    If its fogging up, there is a leak some where. It needs to be resealed regardless. may as well try to get it apart so you can clean it before sealing it back up. Check the lense and see if maybe you got hit by a stone, could be a small crack..
     
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    Rain-x is not for plastic...it's not good for your headlights
     
  8. Mar 29, 2008 at 2:28 PM
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    As printed on the Rain X bottle:

    Precautionary Statement

    "Rain-X should not be used on plastic windshields or Plexiglas windows. It can cause permanent clouding and damage. First and foremost use common sense when applying this product,"

    Most headlamp lens have a UV coating on them, once removed and or damaged the lens will turn yellow, hazy, and become very brittle.
     
  9. Mar 30, 2008 at 8:03 PM
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    i agree but then what do we use to keep them looking clear and in good condition before i put anything on mine i have a little haze on the top part of the lens on the outside and thats when i started experimenting if i dont use rainx i tried waxing them also i just want them to stay clear i always clean them with a microfiber sponge very soft and always get bugs off of car after road trips
     
  10. Mar 31, 2008 at 1:44 AM
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    never heard of that i shall look into it though thank you
     
  12. Mar 31, 2008 at 7:58 AM
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    I agree with glassdoc that what i use on my head lights but if they are pretty bad i would wet sand them then apply the meguiar's
     
  13. Mar 31, 2008 at 10:10 AM
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    no mine arent that bad just starting to look bad on the top of the lense i juat want them to stay clear
     
  14. Mar 31, 2008 at 11:00 AM
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    Most of the plastic lenses today are coated with a UV inhibitor. If you wet sand (even lightly) you will remove the coating therefore allowing the sun to cook the lens and make it brittle and yellow.. There are professional kits out there on the market for lens refinishing, it includes everything you would need including the UV clear coat protectant.
     
  15. Mar 31, 2008 at 5:53 PM
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    I think im going to try one of those kits that glassdoc is talking about.

    My buddy did it to his dodge today and it look alot better

    Thanks for all the help
     
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