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Clearing the weathering on the headlights

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by bboynowee, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. Jun 24, 2009 at 4:29 PM
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    bboynowee

    bboynowee [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So one of my head lights (the left one) looks like the sun has been beating on it and looks faded (hazy) rather than clear....what is the best way to clean that up?

    :mad:

    -Nowee
     
  2. Jun 24, 2009 at 5:55 PM
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    45longcolt

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    I used one of those headlight polish kits and a Mothers Mini-ball polisher. It can be done by hand but the mini-power ball adapter for the drill makes it go so much faster. I used one such kit to remove 18K miles of road specks from a headlight assy. After the first few grit changes the lens looked almost opaque. But after the polishing with the mini-power ball, the lens came out crystal clear and new looking. Good luck.:)
     
  3. Jun 24, 2009 at 8:01 PM
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    bboynowee

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    Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!....ok...well thanks for the great tip!!! :D
     
  4. Jun 24, 2009 at 8:03 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    the mothers mini ball and some meguiars plast-x works great.
     
  5. Jun 30, 2009 at 2:40 AM
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  6. Jun 30, 2009 at 6:01 AM
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    Dont use Blue Magic!!!! It hazes soo bad
     
  7. Jun 30, 2009 at 7:07 AM
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    If you don't want to take on this task, I see lots of folks on Craigslist advertising for this. The going price is uaually around $50 for both headlights.
     
  8. Jun 30, 2009 at 8:16 AM
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    I bought a kit at Autozone.... for my mother-in-laws Grand Cherokee. Her lights are HORRIBLE. I was thinking about using some of the stuff we have (polishing compounds, etc) but was afraid it might have a negative affect the plastic.

    So -that's why I bought a special kit specifically for the pastic. It also has sealer stuff in it.

    Dunno when I'll get a chance to work on it...but I'll try to remember to post picts/feedback. I hope it works. I bought it on a 'whim'.
     
  9. Jun 30, 2009 at 8:37 AM
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    +1 on that mini power ball. It can be done by hand but it will take hours to do it as well as the ball can in just few minutes. :)
     
  10. Jun 30, 2009 at 2:56 PM
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    The Power Ball is awesome.

    I used mine to finish the polishing steps on my smoked tail lights. OMG...... are they shiney or what? Even without wax they shined liked a new penny. :D
     
  11. Mar 22, 2011 at 9:45 AM
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    I just used wax and my buffer. On the stubborn parts I added a little bit of polishing compound. Good as new!:D
     
  12. Mar 23, 2011 at 6:06 PM
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    about a year after i did the powerball + wax job it faded again.

    i wet sanded with 2000 grit paper then buffed out with powerball. came out clean as a whistle.

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    be sure to mask off before you scratch up your paint.
     
  13. Mar 23, 2011 at 8:44 PM
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  14. Mar 23, 2011 at 8:52 PM
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    both lights are original, I've always wondered why I have to keep polishing my headlights but the corners remain crystal clear.
     
  15. Mar 23, 2011 at 9:04 PM
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    the heat the headlights create? That combined with debris hitting them at night( plastic softened?) could do that.
     
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