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Unread 09-27-2002, 07:16 PM   #1
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Headlights yellowing and sandblasted?

I was about to pony up some cash for replacement headlights for my yellowed & sandblasted units, but I tried a little self-help -- saved a lot of cash and they look like new! Note that you may need to do this every few months to keep them looking good. Hope this helps someone else....

Step 1: You'll need "Barkeeper's Friend", a great cleaner intended for all kinds of surfaces -- sinks, glass, plastic, tile, etc. Apply Barkeeper's Friend according to the instructions: Use a wet rag to dampen the headlight, then apply some of the Barkeeper's Friend" to the wet rag and scrub the headlight. Wipe all the residue off two or three times with a fresh wet rag. Repeat if desired.

Step 2: You'll need a good scratch remover like Kit Scratch Out (sold in a bottle). Apply Kit Scratch Out or equivalent to headlight surface, allow to dry to a haze, wipe off with a dry clean hand towel.

Step 3: Apply your favorite paste car wax to the headlight, let dry to a haze, remove with clean hand towel. Repeat if desired.

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Unread 10-03-2002, 07:42 PM   #2
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i was thinking about replaceing the lights to. when you did all this did you go to the inside of the light or just on the out side
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Unread 10-03-2002, 10:00 PM   #3
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Outside of the lights -- that's where the yellowing occurs.
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Unread 10-04-2002, 03:13 PM   #4
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Ingredient substitutions?

Ajax for Barkeeper's Friend?
Any other scratch remover (like GS27, for instance) for Kit Scratch Out?

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Unread 10-04-2002, 03:55 PM   #5
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I think Ajax would probably be too harsh, but there still may be other substitutions. Read the label and see if the product(s) you might consider substituting are suitable for plastics.

The Barkeeper's Friend won't go to waste if you get it -- it's great for tons of different things.

As for scratch-out products, I'm sure there are plenty of others that would work fine.
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Unread 10-04-2002, 04:13 PM   #6
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Blue Magic brand Liquid Metal Polish.

Try it, it works great.
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Unread 10-04-2002, 09:20 PM   #7
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I found a bottle of Kit Scratch Out at the local Stop and Shop. Just two more ingredients and I'll try out the solution outlined here.
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Unread 10-05-2002, 05:29 PM   #8
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Found some Barkeeper's Friend at a local hardware store. Marcus, did you remove the units from the Jeep and then clean them or did you leave them on? I wasn't able to get some haze off from the outer sections of the lamps.
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Unread 10-05-2002, 07:15 PM   #9
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I left them in place and just treated the face of the lens -- that's all I noticed being yellowed. But we do have different headlights. I imagine they're easy to remove, though.
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