Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > DIY Repair > How To Guides

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-31-2010, 08:53 PM   #1
Safe, Most of the Time!!
 
brokenknee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: MN
Posts: 652
Share |
Default

How to remove the haze from your headlight.


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.

How to remove the haze from your headlight.-headlight-haze-001.jpg

This is what it looked like before.

How to remove the haze from your headlight.-headlight-haze-004.jpg

This is what it looked like after.

How to remove the haze from your headlight.-headlight-haze-008.jpg

__________________
"Clarity to Agreement" Dennis Prager

Picture/Photo Pitcher/Carafe ------- Where/Someplace Were/Be
brokenknee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2010, 04:27 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 1,802
Default

How to remove the haze from your headlight.


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

jerryh3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2010, 08:29 AM   #3
Coconut Pete's paella!
 
CoconutPete's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Charlotte, NC / Denmark
Posts: 1,317
Default

How to remove the haze from your headlight.


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.
CoconutPete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2010, 03:24 PM   #4
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: california
Posts: 3
Default

How to remove the haze from your headlight.


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

MC

No advertising thank you
Moderator

Last edited by Scuba_Dave; 02-05-2010 at 09:37 AM. Reason: removed advertising links
Millie.T.Cook is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2010, 08:29 AM   #5
Garage Detailer
 
Garage Detailer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NC
Posts: 3
Default

How to remove the haze from your headlight.


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.
Garage Detailer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2010, 08:25 AM   #6
Old School
 
Willie T's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: St. Petersburg, FL Minds of moderate caliber ordinarily condemn everything which is beyond them.
Posts: 3,634
Default

How to remove the haze from your headlight.


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.
__________________
"True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and only that which is."
François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
Willie T
Willie T is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Willie T For This Useful Post:
cocobolo (01-05-2011)
Old 09-02-2010, 01:52 PM   #7
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 10
Default

How to remove the haze from your headlight.


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.
FLORIDADIYDAD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2010, 03:11 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: So. IN.
Posts: 161
Default

How to remove the haze from your headlight.


Quote:
Originally Posted by FLORIDADIYDAD View Post
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.
been thinking about doing a service like that ,,how do they advertise ???
comp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2010, 07:52 PM   #9
Tool Geek
 
PaliBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Pacific Palisades CA
Posts: 2,488
Default

How to remove the haze from your headlight.


Quote:
Originally Posted by FLORIDADIYDAD View Post
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.
.
__________________
Disclaimer
& Stay Safe
.....Bob Lavery
PaliBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2010, 07:58 PM   #10
Tool Geek
 
PaliBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Pacific Palisades CA
Posts: 2,488
Default

How to remove the haze from your headlight.


HF, sells a kit
I have NOT tried this

http://www.harborfreight.com/12-minu...kit-65938.html
.
__________________
Disclaimer
& Stay Safe
.....Bob Lavery
PaliBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2010, 11:25 PM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 116
Default

How to remove the haze from your headlight.


http://www.amazon.com/Professional-H.../dp/B001P97RHY
ehoez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2010, 10:31 AM   #12
Household Handyman
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Albany, Ga.
Posts: 2,240
Default

How to remove the haze from your headlight.


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
Thurman is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2010, 04:31 PM   #13
nap
You talking to me?
 
nap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: sw mi
Posts: 5,407
Default

How to remove the haze from your headlight.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Thurman View Post
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.
nap is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to nap For This Useful Post:
Handy Vinny (01-05-2011)
Old 09-05-2010, 07:12 PM   #14
Wire Chewer
 
Red Squirrel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,200
Default

How to remove the haze from your headlight.


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.
Red Squirrel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2010, 06:32 PM   #15
SnoBird
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: COLOMA, MICH
Posts: 12
Default

How to remove the haze from your headlight.


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

SnoBird is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
To remove or not to remove tar paper, that is the question Jeremy Hillary Boob, PhD Building & Construction 4 02-27-2011 08:34 PM
Cannot remove haze from tile grout Woody36 Flooring 1 10-12-2009 08:54 PM
How to gently remove (aluminum) soffit? superfly Roofing/Siding 1 09-06-2009 09:15 PM
haze on grout... remove? fabian Flooring 4 02-27-2009 07:59 AM
Remove Joist Bridge?? busy1 Building & Construction 9 09-01-2008 09:56 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.