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Headlight Lens Restoration #15995978 04/15/21
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Anyone found a kit that works? I have tried two and neither worked very well.
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Re: Headlight Lens Restoration [Re: yeselk] #15995990 04/15/21
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Rubbing compound. Turtle Wax, or whatever your flavor is.


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Re: Headlight Lens Restoration [Re: yeselk] #15996001 04/15/21
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It depends on how bad the haze is. On my wife’s van, I just ordered new headlight assemblies.


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Depending on how bad the lenses are there ways to restore and maintain clarity to some degree. I buff the lenses with rubbing compound initially. May require additional times to get desired results. Then I buff with polishing compound. This may be an annual project to keep lenses manageable. One must understand that yellowing on the inside of the lenses and dirt within also contribute poor visibility.
There are kits to utilize but this has worked well for me. Good luck. MTG


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Re: Headlight Lens Restoration [Re: yeselk] #15996022 04/15/21
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Re: Headlight Lens Restoration [Re: yeselk] #15996037 04/15/21
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Mcguire's polish and wax and use your buffer.
Simple .


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Just buy a set of replacement assemblies. Couple hundred dollars and I would think way less time.


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Re: Headlight Lens Restoration [Re: ironbender] #15996046 04/15/21
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Originally Posted by ironbender
It depends on how bad the haze is. On my wife’s van, I just ordered new headlight assemblies.


Yep

About 3.5 years ago I bought a 98 Toyota Camry for my daughter to run. The lights were pretty hazed up. I looked into compounds to buff them with then checked Fleabay for prices on new headlights. The new headlights weren't all that much so I just replaced them both.

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Buffing just prolongs the purchase on new!

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I use the Meguiars kit on cat eye Silverados. It seems to work acceptably. I refinished a set last fall, and they are still looking pretty good.

Re: Headlight Lens Restoration [Re: Skankhunt42] #15996070 04/15/21
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Originally Posted by Skankhunt42
Originally Posted by ironbender
It depends on how bad the haze is. On my wife’s van, I just ordered new headlight assemblies.


Yep

About 3.5 years ago I bought a 98 Toyota Camry for my daughter to run. The lights were pretty hazed up. I looked into compounds to buff them with then checked Fleabay for prices on new headlights. The new headlights weren't all that much so I just replaced them both.

Yup. This is an ‘01 Sienna. Lenses were hazed full thickness. Got new ones on either eBay or the cursed Amazon. IIRC, it was ~ seventy bucks for the pair of OEM units.


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Re: Headlight Lens Restoration [Re: yeselk] #15996090 04/15/21
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I wet sanded mine with very fine, and progressively finer sandpaper, then sprayed with clearcoat.

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If they're badly yellowed, use 1000 then 3000 grit wet/dry sandpaper to clean them up. Then finish with buffing compound. It made a big difference on my pickup. Then I switched to LED lights and really got some light out of them compared to the stock lights.


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Re: Headlight Lens Restoration [Re: yeselk] #15996162 04/15/21
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Just lightly sand the lense with 400 and than 600 sandpaper, Than clean thoroughly with alcohol, Next apply a nice light even coat of uv protecting clear coat urethane from a rattle can. Dry and done.

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Originally Posted by gregintenn
I wet sanded mine with very fine, and progressively finer sandpaper, then sprayed with clearcoat.

I'm to tight to buy new ones. I try to buff the haze off with Meguiar's PlastX $5 at Wal-Mart. I use a buffing wheel in a cordless drill. It will sling on paint so cover nearby areas with a rag. As stated above wet sand if buffing will not initially work. Cheap spray bottle full of water & some 2000 grit sandpaper. I have had good results with my tightwad method.


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I've done it a couple times over the years. The last time I believe I used the Mother's kit and it worked well.

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Originally Posted by HTDUCK
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Howard nailed it; deet will dissolve the cloudy stuff fast and leave you with like-new lenses.

Don’t know if it’s necessary, but I scrubbed mine down w/ dawn dish detergent polishing to stop the dissolving action.


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