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Old 12-11-2008, 12:12 PM   #1
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Default How to clear my headlight lenses

hey guys, ive been noticing for sometime now that my headlite lenses got yellow shades. its not dirty or anything, it has to be something else. i just got it handwashed few days ago from this private shop and its still there. i mean super white HIDs and when its really dark and im looking at my lights, i see this yellow shade sort of mixed in with the xenons.

can anyone tell me what i can do to make the lenses crystal clear.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:48 PM   #2
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Old 12-11-2008, 01:27 PM   #3
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Old 12-11-2008, 04:19 PM   #4
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:07 PM   #5
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depending on how bad the lense is it wont work, had to buy new ones on my civic
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:10 PM   #6
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advanced auto has this cleaning kit, comes with sandpaper and a bunch of other crap
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:11 PM   #7
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i just did this today, i took 800 grit automotive sand paper and scuffed it up, then wet sanded with the same 800 grit. then i took plastic polishing compound and my dremel with the plastic buffer ad don on it and buffed that compound in at increasing speed. Then wet sanded again and buffed with the polish compound again, then wiped all the compound off and buffed with a fresh buff pad. then fixed any imperfections by wet sanded that area and buffing it lightly again. then wiped the whole lens down and cleaned it, and sprayed it with 3 coats of DuPont spray clear. comes in a can and is like 4 dollars at auto zone. now after you have done all the buffing you may think it doesn't look all that much better, but when you spray on this clear it make them look great. it also protects them from turning on you again. they look great, my only complain is i can still see swirl marks in the lens if my headlights are on and i look at them on an angle. this was my first time doing it and it came out a lot better than i expected. now i just gotta get the fog lights done....

oh yeah, and i found its alot easier to just pull the whole headlight assembly off the car and take it in the basement or something.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:25 PM   #8
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did the same thing. i just did 800 the 1000 and then 1600 grit paper and less buffing. turned out great, gets rid of a the pits and make them look brand new
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:00 AM   #9
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I probably sound like a broken record, but Simix surface restorer worked for me on this, too.
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:10 AM   #10
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I imagine that any type of clear finish sprayed onto headlights (or especially foglights as they're so near the road) is going to start flaking off pretty quickly. A method I've used on a good number of vehicles is to start with patience (and keep it through the remainder of the steps!) and lightly wetsand with 800 grit, then spend twice as much time with 1200 grit, then twice as much time as that with 2000 grit, then spend a whole BUNCH of time with 2500 grit. It'll still look pretty cloudy at this point, so polish it out with a good polishing compound. Have fun -- you'll get like-new results if you spend enough time at it!
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:31 PM   #11
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Try CCP 5-Minute Headlamp Lens Restorer kit. You can buy it on Summit Racing website. Comes with everything you need. You just need to have a regular household drill. I used it on my headlights and it worked very well. I also used it on my neighbor's Chrysler. His headlights were very hazy/yellow and CCP stuff made them look like new. Polishing compound I picked up at the local auto store did not work very well at all.

However, if you have some deep scratches or pitting (from rocks or other road debris), CCP will not help by itself. You'll probably have to wetsand the headlights first and then use a polishing compound of some sort.
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