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Hazy Headlights after Headlight Cleaning

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Vincent, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. Mar 20, 2009 at 10:53 AM
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    Vincent

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    hey guys, i ran into a problem...i did some headlight cleaning due to some punk super gluing some stickers on my headlights. i followed the headlight cleaning steps and i wasn't happy w/ the results. The end result didn't turn out clear at all, but was left hazy looking. i was able to remove the hardened glue though. any tips? do they sell just the lens part of the headlight?? i've done the BHLM already and don't have the time to do them again.

    you can see that they are not factory clear at all in this pic, and this after the truck was washed.
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  2. Mar 20, 2009 at 10:59 AM
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    How did you clean them (headlight cleaning steps)?

    You might be able to get a very fine buffing compound with the finest of grit and buff it out -similar to buffing paint. Using an electric buffer of some sort will make it quicker and easier. Or - even a hand scrub might work.
    I'd test a small area first, just in case.
     
  3. Mar 20, 2009 at 11:02 AM
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    also, my HID output is a bit scattered because of this haziness
     
  4. Mar 20, 2009 at 11:06 AM
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    the headlight steps i used.. is the wet sanding method.. using lower grit then a finer grit for the finer scratches spraying water as i sand. then use some headlight solution, i used blue magic and some wax. then buffed it out.
    then i sprayed it with a shot of clear coat..and it came out clear, but hazy...i just want the light to get back to it's factory look and clearness
     
  5. Mar 23, 2009 at 7:03 AM
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    It may be time to replace the headlight, I see it on ebay, they are not that expensive.
     
  6. Mar 25, 2009 at 9:27 PM
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    look for headlight buffing on youtube theres a mexican dude doing it the paisa way...toothpast...try it
     
  7. Mar 25, 2009 at 10:05 PM
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    alright thanks...toothpaste..will it make it OEM clear again?????????....i'll see.
     
  8. Mar 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM
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    What happened in your case was a chemical reaction between the clear coat spray and the plastic. Same thing happens with superglue and plastic and other "solvent" type liquids and plastics.

    I'm sorry but I think you are kinda hosed and should find some replacement lenses on ebay or the junkyard. :(
     
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