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Old 10-04-2012, 08:04 PM   #51
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Denatured alcohol you say... that's awesome, thanks for the heads up. Do I need to re-coat it with anything?
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:39 PM   #52
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Denatured alcohol you say... that's awesome, thanks for the heads up. Do I need to re-coat it with anything?
No unless the outside is hazy
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:57 PM   #53
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No unless the outside is hazy
Last question: does baking ruin anything? I obviously never baked with the lens against the oven metal but my friend is convinced that's what the inside haze is from. I think he's wrong.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:07 PM   #54
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Last question: does baking ruin anything? I obviously never baked with the lens against the oven metal but my friend is convinced that's what the inside haze is from. I think he's wrong.
So you have opened the headlights before? Or did I read that wrong?
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:16 PM   #55
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Yeah the light has been opened before.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:19 PM   #56
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Yeah the light has been opened before.
Open them up, clean them, then use new sealant from lightwerks ect and bake them close =)
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:54 PM   #57
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Here's what I recently started doing to restore headlights. I got this from a detailing forum, the results last a long time.
http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...lant-idea.html

Wetsand 400-2000 grit
Polish w/ Meguiars M105
Polish w/ Meguiars M205
IPA wipe
Coat with a 50/50 mix of Helmsman Spar Urethane and mineral spirits

Let it dry and you're done.
I've been using the same method just using the 3m kit comes out perfect!
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:20 PM   #58
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I tried using alcohol to clean the INSIDE of the lenses.... NEVER DO THIS! It melted the coating on the inside of the lens and I had do split the housing, sand the lens down and clear coat . Hugh PITA for a tiny bit of haze on the inside.

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Old 10-16-2012, 08:19 PM   #59
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I tried using alcohol to clean the INSIDE of the lenses.... NEVER DO THIS! It melted the coating on the inside of the lens and I had do slip the housing, sand them down and clear coat them. Hugh PITA for a tiny bit of haze on the inside.
Melt? Dafaq? I've used it plenty of times (denatured alcohol)
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:10 PM   #60
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this is an guess... retrobright?
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:40 PM   #61
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Jdub - Yup, the alcohol literally melted the inside coating. I should have taken a photo before I sanded it down.

burke - retrobright?
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:59 PM   #62
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Jdub - Yup, the alcohol literally melted the inside coating. I should have taken a photo before I sanded it down.

burke - retrobright?
Strange never seen that happen. What headlights where they? Aftermarket?
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:38 PM   #63
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Nope, Stock 2004 wrx headlights
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:00 PM   #64
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Just for your benefit. I will post this as some can't use the search button. The oxidation comes from the uv coating. The only way to remove it effectivly is to sand it off and then polish the plastic. Then you have to consider how to deal with the uv coating now being gone.

Here is what I did and suggest. I used the 3m headlight restore kit. For $20. Then I used headlight film to prevent further oxidation, $50. Haven't touched the headlights since I did this. As well they look great.
what headlight film did you use?
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:33 PM   #65
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what headlight film did you use?
ReNuLite
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:39 PM   #66
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1000 grit......wash with soap.....dry




Apply minwax clear polyurathane ( sold at lowes for wood products) with paintbrush.


As it dries all the little runs just dissapear. Ive been haze free for over a year now vs i was applying a bs headlight resto sealant every other week!!!
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:03 PM   #67
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Another for the 3M kit. Got mine looking new again with just the kit and a cordless drill.
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:43 PM   #68
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Really fine sandpaper for buffing works great on the older headlights!
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Old 04-21-2014, 03:10 AM   #69
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1000 grit......wash with soap.....dry




Apply minwax clear polyurathane ( sold at lowes for wood products) with paintbrush.


As it dries all the little runs just dissapear. Ive been haze free for over a year now vs i was applying a bs headlight resto sealant every other week!!!
Got pics? Did you use
Clear SatinClear Satin
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:44 PM   #70
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Got pics? Did you use Clear Satin or Semi Clear Gloss?
I would like to see those too! Also where do you live?
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:48 PM   #71
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Bump.
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Old 04-26-2014, 03:14 AM   #72
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I'm in for the pixs too xD
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Old 04-26-2014, 04:48 AM   #73
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Anyone try this? http://www.autogeek.net/dia-plastic-liquid-armor.html
Looks like it would be a good preventative measure to stop headlights from hazing in the first place
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Old 04-26-2014, 07:04 AM   #74
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Tooth paste is the secret.

Fluoride gets rid of the oxidation. Ore wipe new.

But then your car won't be minty fresh!
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:17 PM   #75
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+1 on this kit, it rocks..
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