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Old 10-11-2015, 08:26 PM   #1
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Yellowed and clouded headlights?

Radio's been shopping again...

And found a solution for fogged and yellowed headlight covers that actually works and only costs $8.00.

3M Headlight Renewal. It seems to be a polishing or buffing compound for the plastic material headlight covers are made off. Looks just like certain kinds of metal polish. In addition to the compound you will need an old towel. Squeeze about a half dollar size spot onto the towel and apply it all over the headlight cover. Then get the clean end of the towel and buff like crazy for a few minutes. I recommend using latex gloves.

Done. Just about like waxing any other part of the vehicle. Will not hurt paint.

Other headlight solutions cost $40 and you need a drill to spin the buffing wheel that comes with it. Nope. All you need is $8 and an old towel. One bottle will do a bunch of cars. Also found it will brighten up any other plastic lens and some of the emblems and badges on the vehicle.

Got mine at Autozone.
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Old 10-11-2015, 09:07 PM   #2
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The problem is if you stop there in a few months or less they will be clouded over again. The key is to coat them with a clear coat after your done polishing. I haven't found yet what or if there is a specific clear coat to use.
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Old 10-11-2015, 09:15 PM   #3
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There's also a product sold on Amazon called Wipe New, $10.00. Comes with a piece of 4000 grit sand paper to wet sand the lens, than a apply cloth and a solution you just wipe on. The key is the wet sanding. Some this stuff at HD the other day for $20.00!
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Regular clear coat will not last long either. The key is to wet sand the headlights and then coat them with a uv protectant clear coat. We use this stuff at work and it lasts if prepared and applied correctly. They say to use a uv light to cure it but we also put them in the sun for a couple hours to cure as well. You can get it at glassweld.com Click image for larger version

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Old 10-11-2015, 09:43 PM   #5
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I use Colgate toothpaste, on a damp rag. Lasts about 6 months.
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We use bug spray tried off just a couple weeks ago on friends car and it worked not sure how long it will last
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We use bug spray tried off just a couple weeks ago on friends car and it worked not sure how long it will last
I have a friend who treats his with Deep Woods Off. About once a month, he says!

So I don't know how long the shine will last. I do know this stuff is cheap and easy. And there's enough stuff in the bottle to last for years.

Before I found this stuff I gave some thought to using DuPont #7 Buffing Compound. I once used that restoring a MGB roadster, made all the colored plastic lenses look new.

We did my wife's Freestar van and my daughters Honda. My '07 F-150 with 136,000 miles, has never needed it. Go figure.
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Yep, we used Deep Woods Off, which we had on hand and it worked fabulously.
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I just went on ebay and bought new headlight assemblies. Want worry with the dingy stuuf ever again.
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