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Discoloring/fogging headlights....

 
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Wombat Campbell
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:13 pm    Post subject: Discoloring/fogging headlights.... Reply with quote

.... what do you PT perverts use? Replacing the headlights is kinda out of the question, that's rather expensive.

Wax? Polish?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried several things that did not work, and then bought a set off Amazon for ~$80...waiting for non-freezing weather to install them.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used this kit from Harbor Freight a few times: http://www.harborfreight.com/headlamp-lens-restoration-kit-62373.html
There are plenty of different kits out there but most are much more expensive than this one and they all do basically the same thing, sand the lenses...
It works OK to remove the haziness/yellowing from the lenses, but it also removes the protective coating on the lenses, but that is probably already damaged anyway...
It lasts for a while then they haze up/yellow again. But the next time it's much easier to clean them up with just a plastic polish. I also wax the headlights when waxing the car.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sand with 1000 grit, then 2000 grit, both wet. Then I polish with a 3" buffer I have with a foam pad, using Autosol. Autosol is pretty kickass for all sorts of polishing purposes, check it out at Eastwood. It's not the cure all end all but clears them up for awhile.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sanding and polishing remove the UV protectant layer.
So, spray a couple of coats of UV protectant clearcoat when done.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blue Magic Headlight lens restorer and
Blue Magic Headlight lens sealer.

Advantages:
Cheap, easy, good results. Just follow directions.

Disadvantage:
Doesn't last more than a few months.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meguiar's makes a bunch of stuff for headlights. I have used the Heavy Duty kit on my old PT's lights.. They looked great for a long while..

Don't forget the painters tape for protecting the paint around your headlights.

Links so you can do some reading.

http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotive/products/g3000-heavy-duty-headlight-restoration-kit/

http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotive/products/g3700-headlight-lens-restoration/

http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotive/products/g2000-perfect-clarity-headlight-restoration-kit/

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the links (and tips). I'm going to use my buddy's body shop tools (aka buffer) and whatever 3M stuff they have. He seems to think I should take the headlamp assemblies off the car but that would be a major pain in the arse. Lots of masking tape it is!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wombat Campbell wrote:
Thanks for the links (and tips). I'm going to use my buddy's body shop tools (aka buffer) and whatever 3M stuff they have. He seems to think I should take the headlamp assemblies off the car but that would be a major pain in the arse. Lots of masking tape it is!


Leave them in place, that way you can lay into them with the buffer without them moving around!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

03electricbluegt wrote:


Leave them in place, that way you can lay into them with the buffer without them moving around!


I will make sure I mask off the paint on the fender Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought complete replacements that have glass lens.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NitroPT wrote:
I bought complete replacements that have glass lens.


?? Really? Where did you find glass headlights?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

03electricbluegt wrote:
NitroPT wrote:
I bought complete replacements that have glass lens.


?? Really? Where did you find glass headlights?

sorry... Fog lights.

It would nice if glass replacement headlights were available.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:17 am    Post subject: headlights hazing and yellowing Reply with quote

This may sound strange but I tried Repel insect repelent on the advice of a friend. It cleaned off the yellow haze instantly and they have remained clear so far for the past several months. I used the squirt bottle rather than the aerosol type.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:33 am    Post subject: Re: headlights hazing and yellowing Reply with quote

vabeachsteve wrote:
This may sound strange but I tried Repel insect repelent on the advice of a friend. It cleaned off the yellow haze instantly and they have remained clear so far for the past several months. I used the squirt bottle rather than the aerosol type.


And does it keep bugs off the headlights? Razz

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