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HeadLight Restore

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by baldy54, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM
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    baldy54

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    I know this has been answered. I have look but could not find anything. I have a 06 dbl cab. And the headlightss are starting to get a haze on them. How do I make them like new again?? And what things do I need to use to make them look new again.
     
  2. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:30 AM
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    Pugga

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    Look for 3M's Headlight Restoration kit.
     
  3. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:32 AM
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    That stuff did almost nothing for my GF's old Civic. Some folks swear by it though...good luck.
     
  4. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:33 AM
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    ^ this. 3M's 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System works great.
     
  5. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:35 AM
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    sfoxwoody

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  6. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:36 AM
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    jdtemple

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    Lurkin

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    Saw an eval in Consumer Reports that listed the Syvania and 3M kits as the best. Most interesting part though was that even the best kits above showed degradation of the outer treatment after only 3 months.
     
  8. Feb 14, 2012 at 9:18 AM
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    fixer5000

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    ill suggest that after you polish them nice and clear to use a product called penetrol. its a paint additive you can get from home depot for about 9 bucks. if you do it right it will last about a year in most cases.
    to do it right start with clean clear lenses. using a foam paintbrush that isnt soaked to heavily apply to headlights. you have to do this when its warm enough outside so it has at least one solid warm day to dry. if you drip it on your paint wipe it off right away. this stuff also brings back faded plastic trim that has weathered. sometimes 2 coats are needed for trim. same deal let it dry. ymmv cheaper than new lights or trim. this stuff was widely used on the jeep boards with good success
     
  9. Feb 14, 2012 at 9:20 AM
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    tacomaman06

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    I like the new mothers kit specifically for headlights.....works great. And lasts a good while as well.
     
  10. Feb 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM
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    Same problem here. Got headlights cleaned up ,but as stated above only seems to last 3 months. Am going to try the above suggestion of a product called Penetrol from home Depot. Will wait until summer to give it a try. Thanks for the info.
     
  11. Feb 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM
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    No matter which product you use just keep repeating till lense is clear and u have to use a sealant after or it will fog quickly
     
  12. Feb 26, 2012 at 8:04 PM
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    Looking at a kit to fix the lights on my Sequoia.
    I tried the 3M kit. It did not work very well. I will say the lights are no longer faded, now they are all cloudy. I am going to try another kit and then might consider replacing the lights.
     
  13. Feb 26, 2012 at 8:12 PM
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    I've heard about lots of restoration kits, but everyone says that they help a little at first but the haze comes back fast.
     
  14. Feb 27, 2012 at 6:01 AM
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    what is the name of the sealant you are using and where did you get it? i've done several lights and they come back quickly in fla. maybe the sealant is the missing ingredient.
     
  15. Feb 27, 2012 at 6:09 AM
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    Autogeeks.net had a discussion about headlight restoration and using sealant ( I can't find the post now.....:mad: )....but they were doing a long term evaluation on different post cleanup sealants.....and the one that seemed to be doing the best ( longest lasting ) was a home brew mix using Minwax spar poly.

    If anyone finds that post please share ! :D
     
  16. Feb 27, 2012 at 6:25 AM
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    Sealant mequirs m20. One of my buddies used couple coats of clear coat it looks good. I'm not much of a painter
     
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