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Please help! Toyota messed up my headlights! What now?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Reklaw31, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Reklaw31

    Reklaw31 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, I know there's a ton of headlight threads on here but I need some straight answers. I recently bought a set of used 2010 OEM headlights for a BHLM, the mod turned out great but I noticed a few light scratches that were bugging me. I took my truck into Toyota for service and asked if the could get the scratches out. Of course they Said yes and worked their magic... To my dismay, my perfectly clear lenses with a few scratches turned into lenses with a bunch of super light swirl marks that stand out even more and make the top half of my lights look foggy, especially at night. You can see a clear distinction between the top half where most of the work was done, and the bottom half. I didn't notice this initially because it was mid day. So the question is without going back to Toyota for the same bad results, what is a quick fix to make these things look new again? Polish by hand? A detail shop? I'm not to keen on them getting worse. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. Konaborne

    Konaborne Pineapples on pizza Hawaiian does not it make.

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    try a light polish, see if that works. Otherwise, you might have to buy another set
     
  3. Reklaw31

    Reklaw31 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Any recommendations on type or brand?
     
  4. seksilumpia

    seksilumpia Well-Known Member

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    Performance mods: TRD CAI, AFE throttle body spacer, Doug Thorley headers, TRD exhaust. Cosmetic mods: HID 10k head+3k fog lights, BHLM, T-rex 2 eyelids, billet grill (5 piece), 20% front window tint, 4% back window tint, tinted 3rd brake light, altezza tail lights, LED license plate lights, door skid protectors, slotted drilled rotors,plasti dip rims,painted rotor and drums. Interior mods: TRD seat covers, LED map and dome lights, 2 kicker 10' w/ 500 watt amp, pioneer door speakers,and Pioneer AVIC X930BT.
    when i did my headlights i sanded it down with a 2000 grit sand paper and then i used Meguiars ultimate compound and Meguiars plastx..they look flawless
     
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    Reklaw31 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Ok, do you know where I can get details on the procedures? Is it normal at night for the top half to look hazy when low beams are on? It just looks like someone did a buff job on em, it's pretty obvious.
     
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    seksilumpia Well-Known Member

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    there souldnt be any haze..just redo them..heres a video of them using plastx

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx15F6b0mIg

    and ultimate compound (i used them on my headlights as an additional step)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRokMbzUcoc
     
  7. Warhorseforever

    Warhorseforever Will The Thrill

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    I use Meguires Plastx on my lights when they get foggy/hazy.
     
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    Warhorseforever Will The Thrill

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    Beat me to it.
     
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    pinktaco808 Hot Steppa

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    not bad only last like 3-4 weeks tops
     
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