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scratched headlamps

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by BigSteve, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. Feb 14, 2010 at 3:51 PM
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    BigSteve

    BigSteve [OP] So-Cal Member

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    Alright so I made the dumb mistake of using the rough side of a sponge to try and get some grime off my headlight covers. Now my clear lenses are not crystal clear, they have tiny swirls or scratches in them and it bugs the crap out of me. Does anyone know of any solutions to get rid of these imperfections?
     
  2. Feb 14, 2010 at 4:10 PM
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    wax?
     
  3. Feb 14, 2010 at 5:32 PM
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    i tried some mother's car wax and it didn't work...
     
  4. Feb 14, 2010 at 5:39 PM
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    Rocketball If The World Didn't Suck, We'd All Fall Off

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    Get yourself a headlight restoration kit from your local auto parts store. The kind of kit you would use to remove the "haze" from older headlight lenses. As long as the scratches are not too severe, that should do the trick. Just take your time and follow the instructions.
     
  5. Feb 14, 2010 at 5:59 PM
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    Does anyone have any experiences with using
    - Mother's Plastic Polish
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    - Meguiars Plastix
     
  6. Feb 14, 2010 at 6:12 PM
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    I've used meguiars plastx to get the scratches out of my cell phone, it has a hard plastic cover over the outer display screen.

    my headlights are really hazy, I'll try it on them Wednesday and let you know if you don't get it figured out before then.
     
  7. Feb 15, 2010 at 5:09 PM
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    awesome looking forward to seeing how it works out for you. I have been reading around and it seems like the best results come from when you combine Plastx with a powerball.
     
  8. Feb 16, 2010 at 6:55 AM
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    Lurkin

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    Might also try some Novus Plastic polish. I've used it to clean/polish motorcycle windshields.
     
  9. Feb 16, 2010 at 7:04 AM
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    u can polish the plastic just like u polish the paint did this several times on customer cars
     
  10. Feb 17, 2010 at 2:38 PM
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    here's what meguires plastx did with a sponge applicator and a microfiber rag. I just rubbed on it about 15 seconds and wiped it off, I did that three times.

    before (it looked a little yellow in person)
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    after
    [​IMG]
    it's not perfect but it looks a lot better I'll rub on it some more one day when l do the other headlight.
     
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