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nocauserebelx 03-23-2011 04:11 PM

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?
http://i1225.photobucket.com/albums/...ger2011026.jpg

DiabloBlanco 03-23-2011 04:12 PM

Re: restoring headlights?
 
off topic but your truck is sexy. Bump for ya.

btm757 03-23-2011 04:26 PM

Re: restoring headlights?
 
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

nocauserebelx 03-23-2011 04:56 PM

Re: restoring headlights?
 
yup ill just clean them until i get like an 06' front clip, thanks diablo!

terryduanemiller 03-23-2011 04:58 PM

Re: restoring headlights?
 
wax and by hand will work fine

GGlighting 03-23-2011 05:12 PM

Re: restoring headlights?
 
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)

zx6rrdan 03-23-2011 10:53 PM

Re: restoring headlights?
 
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.

DHEM 03-24-2011 05:55 PM

Re: restoring headlights?
 
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

S13minus1 03-24-2011 06:08 PM

Re: restoring headlights?
 
i wetsanded the headlights on my 89 f150
went 800>1200>2000, then used meguiars plastix. looked like brand new.

nocauserebelx 03-25-2011 02:20 PM

Re: restoring headlights?
 
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

nocauserebelx 03-25-2011 05:23 PM

Re: restoring headlights?
 
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.
BEFORE
http://i1225.photobucket.com/albums/...dlights009.jpg

AFTER
http://i1225.photobucket.com/albums/...dlights010.jpg

S13minus1 03-25-2011 05:26 PM

Re: restoring headlights?
 
yeah, mine were terrrrible. they felt like chalk to the touch.
wow those look way better!

nocauserebelx 03-25-2011 05:29 PM

Re: restoring headlights?
 
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?

99Rangerxlt 03-25-2011 05:34 PM

Re: restoring headlights?
 
wow! that turned out great.. im still deciding between restoring or buying new ones

S13minus1 03-25-2011 06:22 PM

Re: restoring headlights?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nocauserebelx (Post 368767)
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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