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post #1 of 24 Old 08-10-2012, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight haze

Has anyone ever tried the products you can buy at auto stores that clear the headlight lenses (as they get hazey with age)?


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post #2 of 24 Old 08-19-2012, 11:04 AM
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Yes, I have the mothers powerball headlight restoration kit. I used it on a 2003 grand am headlights that were extremely cloudy and scratched. It comes with 2 sanding pads with 4 grits. If the lenses are real bad you have to use the pads...I did. While not 100% clear and perfect, they are alot better, the headlights appear alot brighter. Definitly worth the money.

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post #3 of 24 Old 08-23-2012, 08:20 AM
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Toothpaste works very well too (seriously). And cheaper
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post #4 of 24 Old 08-29-2012, 08:35 PM
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Yep, tooth paste (not the gel type, just plain old tooth paste) use an old sock and a little water.

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post #5 of 24 Old 09-03-2012, 02:25 PM
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i use toothpaste on mine. and after its all cleaned off i throw a few coats of carnuba wax on it and they stay good for a while i normally do mine once a month. mine are pretty rough so they take some loving. till i can pass through inspection and get my projectors, hids, and clears

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post #6 of 24 Old 09-05-2012, 12:08 AM
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I have the same problem. Will definitely try using toothpaste.
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post #7 of 24 Old 09-07-2012, 12:19 PM
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Toothpaste works like a charm, and mothers power ball/minball.

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post #8 of 24 Old 09-07-2012, 12:58 PM
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i had some really hazed headlights on my wj, my visabilaty was greatly reduced and i tried everything to clean those mothers, and nothing worked. but finally i got it! it was a little more expensive...i hit a pheasant and broke my light, thus resulting in brand new headlights!!
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post #9 of 24 Old 12-29-2012, 06:34 PM
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"you'll wonder where the yellow went, when you polish your lights with PEPSODENT"... HA

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post #10 of 24 Old 12-29-2012, 10:49 PM
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At your local auto parts store you can find sandpaper from 80 to 2000 grit .Start with 800 grit wet sand with a block.Once all the yellow is gone work up from 1300 to 1500 to 2000 working about 3 mins eack grit with plenty of water.
Finnaly use polishing compound.[turtle wax] and buff to a shine.
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post #11 of 24 Old 12-30-2012, 07:22 AM
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the mothers powerball is amazing my lights were pretty much black and it cleaned them up in no time i never realized the guy i bought it from put white bulbs in haha

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post #12 of 24 Old 12-30-2012, 08:42 AM
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I use plastic rouge.. comes in a large tube, and you tear the end off, apply it to your high speed buffer, and wa la.. you have instant mirror finish.. you can get rouge for Stainless, gold,silver, plastic, glass, and so on.. and one tube will do every friends lights that you know, and they know.. leaving you enough to do it for the next 10 years...

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Wet sand them with 800 grit, then 1000 grit. After you remove all of the yellowing/haze, polish with Mequairs PlastX polish. Works like a charm. If you want to go all out, clean them with Stoners Invisible Glass (or similar glass cleaner) after polishing, then clear coat them. I just did this with a set of BADLY hazed Laredo black housing headlights and they turned out like new. After the clear coat cures, you can polish for a crystal clear finish. It takes some work, but the end result is worth all the work.

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post #14 of 24 Old 01-14-2013, 06:02 AM
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I used the headlight cleaner kit from Harbor Freight on 3 different cars all with excellent results. Easy to use and much cheaper than the kits from 3m. The 99 GC came out looking almost new (has some water discoloration on inside of lens) and my 2000 sunfire look like they are new.
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post #15 of 24 Old 01-15-2013, 05:40 AM
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I used the 3M kit, including the sanding pieces, and it worked great on my older cars.

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