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Old 03-23-2011, 04:11 PM
nocauserebelx nocauserebelx is offline
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Default restoring headlights?

mine have been dipped in mud repeatedly however work still. i cant tell, does the whole light component come apart so i can get inside near the bulb and clean it out?
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:12 PM
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off topic but your truck is sexy. Bump for ya.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:26 PM
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I would get the crystal clear headlights instead of spending time to clean these. But if you would rather clean them ten they should bake apart just like the newer headlights
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:56 PM
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yup ill just clean them until i get like an 06' front clip, thanks diablo!
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:58 PM
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wax and by hand will work fine
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:12 PM
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Call me crazy, but it works


Items needed:
Toothpaste, soft rag, windex, tooth brush, car wax (optional)

1: Smear toothpaste on the lens and rub it in with the toothbrush
2: Wipe off with soft rag
3: Spray lens with qindex
4: Repeat step 1
5: Wipe off with soft rag
6: Use normal car wax on the lens (step is optional)

There have been a couple lenses that this won't work on, but most cars this works for (including my truck)
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:53 PM
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http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...g_a_Headlight/

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http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...g_a_Headlight/

And for the inside either take them apart and polish the inside with the same kit or pop them out and rinse the inside with spray9 / water.
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:55 PM
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Ive used restoring pads on faded lights before (cant remember the brand) but they did clear them up a little bit. But they didnt look like new, they were still faded and a i did it a couple of times and they never got any better. Thats my experience atleast
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:08 PM
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i wetsanded the headlights on my 89 f150
went 800>1200>2000, then used meguiars plastix. looked like brand new.
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Old 03-25-2011, 02:20 PM
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wow wet sand huh ill keep that in mind i might have to. you can see from my avatar my headlights are severe. im gonna try that toothpaste idea here if it stops raining, ill take before and after pix
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:23 PM
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ok here are the results from the little headlight cleaning. Went pretty smooth just someone had already taken them apart once and it made it a pain in the neck to try and cut through all the gasket maker they put on there. other then that you be the judge.
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:26 PM
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yeah, mine were terrrrible. they felt like chalk to the touch.
wow those look way better!
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:29 PM
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yes it did improve a lot, then again there was a lot of room to improve upon, so the sanding method worked for your, lets say sunbeat, headlights?
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:34 PM
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wow! that turned out great.. im still deciding between restoring or buying new ones
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:22 PM
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yes it did improve a lot, then again there was a lot of room to improve upon, so the sanding method worked for your, lets say sunbeat, headlights?
yes it worked very very well. i did'nt take mine apart, i didn't even take them off the truck lol
just soaked the sandpaper in water for like 20-30 mins, and went at it.
if your insides are messed up, well, im not sure what to do about that.
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