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Old 05-26-2012, 12:33 AM   #1
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Question Wax ok on plastic head/tail lamps?

Is it ok to use paint wax/sealant on head and tail lamps? I know they make specific plastic polishes and sealants for lamps, but I figured that regular wax wouldn't hurt anything. Just curious if I should pony up the extra dough for a plastic sealer. I've heard that plastic is porous in nature and am wondering if wax may eventually build up and cause discoloring or affect the clarity of the lamp.
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:39 AM   #2
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It's okay to use it, newbie.
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Old 05-26-2012, 02:23 AM   #3
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No, it is fine to use.
It is actually good to put a couple coats on everytime you wash/wax the car. It will prevent hazing and discoloring further down the road.
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:32 AM   #4
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Wax is actual wax. We even eat the stuff, well not Carnauba specifically.

I will suggest an oxidization remover for rubber parts and may also help plastics. Mothers makes a pre-wax cleaner that's used as a pre treatment mostly for cars without a clear coat, extremely good at removing old paint, old rubber, and even dirt without requiring clay bar.

I don't think there's any real magic to this. Clean and remove any oxidation you can. If it is insufficient, remove some of the surface with a fine polish like a swirl remover (same thing you see on TV for making yellowed headlights new again). If that is insufficient, your next step is really only replacing the housing with a new or at least newer one that is not yellowed. If you can't fix it, replace it.
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:48 PM   #5
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I will suggest an oxidization remover for rubber parts and may also help plastics. Mothers makes a pre-wax cleaner that's used as a pre treatment mostly for cars without a clear coat, extremely good at removing old paint, old rubber, and even dirt without requiring clay bar.
Applying a paint cleaner before claybarring any surface would just be working backwards. Also I dont think mothers formulated the product just for cars w/o clear coats. The method should vary if you are working on a single stage or two stage paint job. But since this isnt about paint, and about polycarbonate headlight lens. I would go with a sealant because of the extra durability.
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