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headlight cleaner

Discussion in 'Body / Exterior / Interior / Cosmetics' started by B-SERIES_BOY, Dec 29, 2003.

  1. B-SERIES_BOY

    B-SERIES_BOY Junior Member

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    This is probably a stupid question but does anyone know how to remove the film and haze from the outside of a headlight lense? I read about nail polish remover with acetone but it did nothing. If anything it made it worse. I have heard about plastic polishes but can't find them anywhere locally. Any ideas? Thanks
     
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    WELL IF YOU USED NAIL POLISH REMOVER ON IT YOU HAVE PROBALY F'ED IT UP BUT YOU SHOULD USE PLASTIC POLISH.

    PS sorry for the caps
     
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    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    This is a how to someone wrote for us Escort owners...

    but if your lenses are yellow and plastic like those...it'll work.

     
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    go to your local automotive paint store. Get some wet or dry sandpaper, just rough enough to take out any scratches. Polish the hazy plastic back out.
    ^^^The ten step program up there is perfect. Too perfect. All that paper, equipment, and polish would cost you more than new lights. One good bottle of cleaner/polish would cost ten bucks.

    Rough guess, I'd start with 1000 grit. Then maybe once over with 1500, 2000.

    After that, polish by hand with a decent cloth. The wet sanding can also be done by hand, in a back and forth motion(perpendicular to scratches.

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    What??? You'd START with 1000 grit? have you ever used sand paper? with 1000 grit you'd sand one headlight down to where you need it in...oh...about 4 days.

    Sand paper is like 3.99 for 10 sheets. The cleaning compound can be gotten at a hardware store for like 10 bucks.

    Now if we're talking about Escort replacement lamps, mine were 300 bucks for the set, had I known about this How-to before hand...Oh yeah...I would have saved 250 bucks PLUS...
     
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