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Mr.B 01-09-2008 02:06 PM

How To Clean Cloudy Turn-Signal Lenses
 
This will work on all plastic lenses, but I'll pick the turn-signal lenses since they are the hardest to do. All those little bumps are hard to get into. Here is what my lenses looked like when I bought my Jeep back in '05. Sorry for the bad pic, but it's the only one I have of them back then.


http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...loudylight.jpg



All you need is some car polish, an old toothbrush (two would be better), some rags, and water.


http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...P1010021-1.jpg



Removing the lens from the Jeep wil make it easier. Dab some water on it, then put some car polish on the toothbrush, and brush away. You'll need to keep adding polish as you go. When your done, rinse it off, and wipe it with a cloth. After it dries for while, you will notice little spots where the polish is stuck in the bumps, Clean your toothbrush ( or use a second toothbrush) and brush that stuff out of there. This is the hardest part of the job. The second brush being dry will do a better job. Here is what that exact same lens looks like over two years later. It sits in the garage now if it isn't on the road, which helps alot.


http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...P1010020-1.jpg

Richmond88yj 01-09-2008 04:53 PM

Great idea! Mine look almost white.

pat8942 01-09-2008 05:18 PM

It works very well I have done the same thing to cars with the plastic headlights and they come out like new.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Richmond 88 YJ
Great idea! Mine look almost white.


Mr.B 01-09-2008 08:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Richmond 88 YJ
Great idea! Mine look almost white.



Your's may take more elbow grease.

newtjrjrjr 01-09-2008 08:27 PM

thats a good idea to use a tooth brush, I normally use brake fluid to clean my lenses

wildchild 01-09-2008 08:47 PM

Try a compound called Plastex and a buffing wheel. I have used it on headlights and it works great too. But you have to be careful that you don't overheat the plastic.

RockWoRM 01-09-2008 10:01 PM

yeah... couple years ago, I used that same turtle wax pc to buff out the dash gauge's inside... oil, fuel, ect. Worked great. Got out all the scratch's. Now I can read the dumb things, again! :D




WRM :cheers:

Lumpymayo 01-14-2008 09:44 AM

Okay, well after reading this I really wanted to give it a go.

I took pictures so I could have a nice before/after.

BEFORE:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...p/IM000914.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...p/IM000915.jpg

DURING:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...p/IM000916.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...p/IM000917.jpg

Now the hard part about this was getting the yellow cover off. It seems like there was glue or adhesive on it to hold it to the white part. I was hesitant at first to pry it off but I realized that even with out the glue holding it anymore, it wouldn't make any difference because of the screws that would secure it to the grill.

AFTER:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...p/IM000918.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...p/IM000919.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...p/IM000921.jpg

I really recommend doing this, takes about 10 minutes and makes it look so much nicer.

Jeepkiddo 01-14-2008 09:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lumpymayo
Okay, well after reading this I really wanted to give it a go.

I took pictures so I could have a nice before/after.

BEFORE:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...p/IM000914.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...p/IM000915.jpg

DURING:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...p/IM000916.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...p/IM000917.jpg

Now the hard part about this was getting the yellow cover off. It seems like there was glue or adhesive on it to hold it to the white part. I was hesitant at first to pry it off but I realized that even with out the glue holding it anymore, it wouldn't make any difference because of the screws that would secure it to the grill.

AFTER:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...p/IM000918.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...p/IM000919.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...p/IM000921.jpg

I really recommend doing this, takes about 10 minutes and makes it look so much nicer.

click free!

RedMountainYJ 01-14-2008 10:38 AM

a little off topic but any know how to clean up soft top windows? i had a friend that said to buff them like that but im a little sceptical about it.

Jeepkiddo 01-14-2008 12:02 PM

go on eBay and search soft top, there are plenty of things to clean it. If they are selling that good i guess they have to work.

GBogner 01-14-2008 12:25 PM

My daughter has a Subaru with cloudy head lights covers and I was wondering what I could do, short of replacing them! This forum is GREAT; Thanks for the tip!


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