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Old 09-22-2010, 03:35 AM   #1
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Default Headlights MELTED?

It's really a long story, but I'm going to make it real short.
My 06 STI headlight had that headlight protector thingy.(Clear invisigard or whatever) I had a reason to put it back to stock and had to peel it off. So I did. I had to clean off the after-mess which was full of sticky gooey things. I used industrial degreaser....and it did jack! After a short internet research...(Big mistake on my part...should have done a VERY VERY thorough research) some said goof off or goo gone works. So I did. AND IT TURNED WHITE!!
I'm thinking plastic melted and junk.

THank you so much in advance.

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Old 09-22-2010, 11:02 AM   #2
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you can try one of those headlight restorer kits?
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:10 AM   #3
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Yeah... never use harsh chemicals on clear plastics, tough lesson to learn. A headlight restorer kit might work if the frosting is just in the top few layers of plastic. If it goes deeper than that you will probably need to replace the light.
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:12 AM   #4
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I don't think plastic melted.

Why did you have to take the headlight protector off. If it was a clear one, why would it matter to anyone? How did you take it off? Just peal it off or did you heat it properly and then remove it.

Without seeing a pic, my guess is that you didn't get all the adhesive off of the headlight and the goof-off/goo-gone residue got stuck in the adhesive and that's what turned white. Here's what I would suggest if it is indeed adhesive:

Get some plastic razor blades and a heat gun.

Heat up the headlights really good, and using the plastic razor blade scrape the adhesive off (if it is indeed adhesive).

This will be messy and time consuming, be patient.

Once all (or most) of the adhesive is off, spray it down again with the goo-gone/goof off and let that sit for a good 5-10 mins to penetrate and loosen up the adhesive and go to town with the plastic razorblades again.

Once all the adhesive is off, use a headlight restore kit to get any scuffs out and you should be good to go.
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:20 AM   #5
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Wetsand that b***h down with some 1000 grit sandpaper until that garbage is off, proceed to a 2000 grit, and then polish with a porter cable and compound/polish/glaze of your choice.

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Old 09-22-2010, 05:04 PM   #6
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You're going to have to wetsand it. If that doesn't work (I doubt it will, you're probably effed), you'll just need to buy a new lens.
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:14 AM   #7
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Get a 600 grid or something in that area sand paper, sand the headlights off, wipe them off (do not polish or do anything else except use a bit of acetone to get rid off oil particles on the headlight, well who ever will spray them should to that) go to the local auto body shop or who ever know how to paint and spray 2 layers of clear coat on them they will look better than new please don't use spray can.
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Old 09-24-2010, 02:35 AM   #8
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I'm going to try the sanding method first. I hope I don't have to replace the headlights. Maybe find non sti headlight and change the clear plastic part only or something.

Argh. Thanks everyone

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Old 09-24-2010, 03:54 AM   #9
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The best thing I could tell you is try some headlight restorer and see what happens.

This is the stuff I used to restore some headlights and it came out really nice! Its a bit pricey but really worth it. Also Walmart I believe sells it for around $17.

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Old 09-28-2010, 01:37 PM   #10
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How many people are going to make the mistake of equating Goof Off with Goo Gone?

They are not the same!

Goof Off is an organic solvent (mix of acetone and xylene). It even says on the label "Damages many plastics..." http://www.goofoffstainremover.com/s..._w_asphalt.pdf
It is basically a small can of PAINT THINNER.

Goo Gone is a petroleum distillate (Naptha) mixed with citrus oil (a great natural degreaser). It is perfectly safe for plastics and paint and works great for adhesives, bugs and getting rid of old wax on automotive paint.

A headlight restore kit is going to do nothing to that headlight, it has been etched beyond physical repair. Sorry, guy. You can buy just the headlight assembly without the harness, bulbs or ballasts at Subarugenuineparts.com

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