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Old 06-16-2002, 02:56 PM   #1
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Default Headlight mod disaster - HELP!

I finally got round to doing the headlight mod and was really pleased with the result. Unfortunately some of the black sealant goop got on to the lens and was proving to be a bugger to clean off, so I got out the "goof off" and gave it a wipe.

I tested the goof off on another part of the lens without troubles, but it seems that the sealant has reacted with the goop and spoiled my finish.

I would be grateful for any advice on how to fix this mess!

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Old 06-16-2002, 03:20 PM   #2
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is it just the excess chemicals left over on the lense? if so, try buffing it out with some wax..

if not.. sorry to hear that this happened..
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Old 06-16-2002, 04:05 PM   #3
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From the pictures alone, I can't tell if they are scratches on the glass or left-over chemicals.

I hope that they are simply chemicals that can be buffed out.

Sorry to hear.
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Old 06-16-2002, 06:43 PM   #4
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ouch
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Old 06-16-2002, 06:52 PM   #5
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I would try a touch of wd-40 or similar product on a soft paper towel. Btw, that's what i would have used in the first place. It's great for removing "goo" from glass and painted surfaces (i.e. old inspection/registration stickers). Just remember to use sparingly!
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Old 06-16-2002, 07:08 PM   #6
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Default That's on the outside, right?

I'd try buffing it with wax as well. If there is damage to the plastic lense, don't worry thought. There are ways use different plastic polishes to get it like new again (if nothing else works)
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Old 06-16-2002, 08:26 PM   #7
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Rubbing alcohol might also work.

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Old 06-16-2002, 09:36 PM   #8
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Is the area still soft?

If not I would hit the closes Pepboys and get an assortment of super fine sand paper. Go all the way up to 2500 if you can. Then go find some lense buffing compound (polycarbonate buffing compound) and get buffing.

I tried this on my badge after it took a huge shot from a rock leaving a crater in it. I sanded it down, went all the way to 2500 and then used a generic polish (like a metal polish) to buff it to a shine. It looked better than new when done.

I'd avoid adding more chemicals to the mix. If the surface of the lense is already galled then you're gonna have to sand. If its just stuff on the surface that won't come off... sanding my make it worse, so be warned.

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Old 06-16-2002, 11:18 PM   #9
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Try plastic polisher.
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Old 06-17-2002, 03:51 AM   #10
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try using some paint thinner, that might work
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Old 06-17-2002, 10:34 AM   #11
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i did the same thing to one of mine... the finish on the plastic is eaten away.. it's not stuff stuck to it. Plastic polisher might work, but I dunno, I never came up w/ anything to fix mine either.
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Old 06-17-2002, 11:05 AM   #12
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If you don't want to go out to buy plastic polish, tooth paste will also work. I used it on a friends scratched watch lens.
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Old 06-17-2002, 12:58 PM   #13
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GOO-GONE, works great! (clear bottle, amber liquid)
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Old 06-17-2002, 03:27 PM   #14
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had the same proublem
wd-40 worked great
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Old 06-17-2002, 03:48 PM   #15
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Use liquid car wax with water. The same way you would spit shine you boots. Start a little at a
time it will come out.

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Old 06-17-2002, 06:05 PM   #16
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Does this happen a lot???? I was thinking of baking mine but now I'm feeling a little less enthused.


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Old 06-17-2002, 06:46 PM   #17
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Default MAGUIRES!

Get the plastic cleaner & polish (I think #10 & #17)
They are a small blue and white plastic bottle each.

The stuff is used for the plastic convertible windows and should polish it up. It's used to clean Cd's too!

I would do this before adding any more solvents to the mix!
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Old 06-17-2002, 11:19 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the advice (and sympathies!). I probably won't get chance to mess with it until the weekend.

I will try waxing it first, followed by plastic polish. Where can I get plastic polish? I have never heard of it before !

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BillMiya - don't worry. This shouldn't have happened at all. I was just a little careless with the sealant while it was warm and got it stuck on the lens. Oh, and don't use "goof off" to remove it...
If you learn from my mistake, you will be fine. Apart from my scratched lens, this mod looks awesome.
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