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brokenknee 01-31-2010 09:53 PM

How to remove the haze from your headlight.
 
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I saw this on another forum that I am a member and was so impressed with the before and after photos I just had to try it. Here is the link to the thread where I got this information. http://garagejournal.com/forum/showt...ht+restoration

Anyone that has an older car or truck knows how hazy/oxidized the plastic housing on the headlight can become. It can get so bad as to effect the light output making it dangerous to drive at night.

To clean that haze off all you need is about a half hour of your time, a buffer and some aluminum paste. I purchased Mothers brand, the person that made the other thread used Mequire's. His headlights seemed to turn out better than mine; but that could be because he used buffer, while I used a buffing disc in my drill. It also could be because when I was doing it today the temp was only 9 ͦso the paste may have been freezing while I was trying to buff it out.


I wished my pictures would have turned out better, they really do not do justice to how hazy they were and how well they turned out. Click on the link to the other guys thread, his pictures turned out much better than mine.

Here is what I used.

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This is what it looked like before.

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This is what it looked like after.

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jerryh3 02-01-2010 05:27 AM

Good tip. I do the same thing but use Meguiar's Plastx Polish.

CoconutPete 02-03-2010 09:29 AM

If you have none of the supplies on hand they are usually available in a "kit" as well which will include a small buffing wheel.

Millie.T.Cook 02-04-2010 04:24 PM

Great concept!
 
I never thought of that. I am going to do that right now. This is exactly what I needed for the drive home after work.


Thanks for sharing

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Garage Detailer 02-05-2010 09:29 AM

If they are heavily oxidized, you can use 1000 then 2000 grit sandpaper before buffing. Mine turned out well with this method and they were really bad before.

Willie T 02-06-2010 09:25 AM

I did the same thing on my truck lights, my motorcycle, and my wife's car. I used 3-M polishing compound. I did it by hand and it took about ten minutes per lens. Try it on your taillights. They also get duller than you might suspect.

It even makes the vehicles look years newer. Works well on the 'chrome' plastic trim too.

FLORIDADIYDAD 09-02-2010 02:52 PM

Honda cars are darn near impossible
 
Aside from taking apart the front end of the engine compartment I have yet to find a way to polish my headlamp covers.

I drive a 2002 Accord and at night it's like my car has a squint on the left side. Getting dimmer by the day. Some local kids have come up with a mobile service that does nothing but buff these but they want $75 a pair and I'm too stingy to pay that much.:laughing:

comp 09-02-2010 04:11 PM

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Originally Posted by FLORIDADIYDAD (Post 494952)
Aside from taking apart the front end of the engine compartment I have yet to find a way to polish my headlamp covers.

I drive a 2002 Accord and at night it's like my car has a squint on the left side. Getting dimmer by the day. Some local kids have come up with a mobile service that does nothing but buff these but they want $75 a pair and I'm too stingy to pay that much.:laughing:

been thinking about doing a service like that ,,how do they advertise ???

PaliBob 09-02-2010 08:52 PM

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Originally Posted by FLORIDADIYDAD (Post 494952)
Aside from taking apart the front end of the engine compartment I have yet to find a way to polish my headlamp covers........

In post #1, brokenknee included before & after pics. I would try his technique before I made a judgement call.
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PaliBob 09-02-2010 08:58 PM

HF, sells a kit
I have NOT tried this

http://www.harborfreight.com/12-minu...kit-65938.html
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ehoez 09-03-2010 12:25 AM

http://www.amazon.com/Professional-H.../dp/B001P97RHY

Thurman 09-05-2010 11:31 AM

I have not seen a mobile set-up around here, but it is a good idea, but there are two car washes that advertise this procedure. They only charge $39.99 for the set. How do these people come up with these $39.99 prices? Why not just charge $40.00 bucks and be done with it? I've done some of these for family and I use a combination of polishing compounds from 1600--2400 grit. I get these at an auto paint supply store and do use an orbital buffer. I only charge dinner. David

nap 09-05-2010 05:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Thurman (Post 496200)
I have not seen a mobile set-up around here, but it is a good idea, but there are two car washes that advertise this procedure. They only charge $39.99 for the set. How do these people come up with these $39.99 prices? Why not just charge $40.00 bucks and be done with it? I've done some of these for family and I use a combination of polishing compounds from 1600--2400 grit. I get these at an auto paint supply store and do use an orbital buffer. I only charge dinner. David

the same reason the .99 was originally used; it is a psychological function. You aren't paying $40 for something, you are paying $30 some odd dollars. Even though is is only a penny, your mental recognition is that you are not breaching that next level.

I bought a kit (I think it was a 3M kit) that had a variety of sanding paper and then the polish and applicator. All used in a low speed drill. Worked great. Without the sandpaper, it would never have worked.

Red Squirrel 09-05-2010 08:12 PM

Good tip, I'll have to try this. just had a headlight replaced due to some guy running into me, and it looks so much nicer then the other one.

SnoBird 09-12-2010 07:32 PM

Thirty years ago, we took scratches and haze off of snowmobile windshields using toothpaste and a soft cloth. Give it a try.:yes:


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