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headlight restoration

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by beefcake, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. Jun 16, 2010 at 9:11 AM
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    hey guys my truck had the typical oxidation on the headlight lenses and i want to get them cleaned up. Whats the best way of doing this? taking the whole housing off? whats the best brand of headlight restoration kits? i also found a set of four housings (marker lamps and headlights) on ebay for $93 im weighing options here, but would like some opinions! thanks
     
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  2. Jun 16, 2010 at 9:37 AM
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    polishing compound and wax.

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  5. Jun 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM
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    A lift, some wheels, some tires, some performance, some cosmetic and then audio.
    After you do that, I would seal it cause it will go right back to fogging or yellowing.
     
  6. Jun 16, 2010 at 10:26 AM
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    do you just do the outside of them? or inside and out?
     
  7. Jun 16, 2010 at 10:37 AM
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  8. Jun 16, 2010 at 11:19 AM
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    Depending on the severity, I'd even go to a wetsand with 800, 1200, 1500, THEN compound, polish, seal.

    Or you could buy a 95.5-97 and just buy new sealed beam replacements!
     
  9. Jun 16, 2010 at 2:52 PM
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    Did you do your bug deflector too?
     
  10. Jun 16, 2010 at 2:53 PM
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  11. Jun 16, 2010 at 2:55 PM
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    Mine deflector is looking very cloudy. I wonder if polishing compound would take the oxidization off of it too?
     
  12. Jun 16, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    Probably. Or you could try a cleaner wax.
     
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    I think I'm gonna do something. Right now I can't look at the front without noticing how dull its looking. :(
     
  14. Jun 16, 2010 at 3:44 PM
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    The 3M kit is the best kit. It has different grit sanding pads to use with a drill for wet sanding and finishes with rubbing compound.
     
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    i use the meguires headlight polish,works great just put some elbow grease into er. the boys on the show "Trucks" cleaned a set of headlights using just toothpaste.
     
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    You should be able to get it at Walmart or your local auto parts store.
     
  18. Jun 17, 2010 at 8:59 AM
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    Thanks for the info guys, my headlights look pretty yellow.
     
  19. Jun 17, 2010 at 9:02 AM
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    What did you guys use to seal it?
     
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