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cwms

RO# 7357

Posted - Mar 04 2013 :  14:40:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK, this is for my car, not the boat, but a lense is a lense.
I've got a 10 year old Accord and the headlight lenses are Very cloudy. All you detailing gurus...what's the best way to clean them up?

Homeport: VA

carver 2557

RO# 11591

Posted - Mar 04 2013 :  14:54:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rubbing compound. Same as you would so your boat. I did mine and they came out almost as good as new...


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cwms

RO# 7357

Posted - Mar 04 2013 :  15:09:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's what I was thinking. I tried some heavy duty cleaner/wax that didn't do much. I guess it just wasn't aggressive enough.


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carver 2557

RO# 11591

Posted - Mar 04 2013 :  16:29:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If there not to bad, try some toothpaste first..It will work if they arnt totaly fogged....


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williamabernathy

RO# 32322

Posted - Mar 04 2013 :  17:04:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've had good luck with a Turtle Wax lens cleaner (I think it was TW, may have been Rain-X). It came with some rubbing compound, different grit sponges, etc.

Bill A.
'68 Bertram 38AC

Homeport: hampton, va Go to Top of Page

yamadon7

RO# 23522

Posted - Mar 04 2013 :  17:19:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Headlamp lenses are clearcoated just like paint.
If the clear has yellowed severly it has to be removed. Wet sand with 600 grit followed by 1000. Then finish sand with 2000, then wheel with a fine grit compound,then follow with 3M Finesse It. It should look like new. Unfortunately it has to be polished once or twice a year to stay that way.

Don


Don
"Debra May"
85 Chris Craft 425

Homeport: Harrison Twp, MI Go to Top of Page

DeeVee

RO# 645

Posted - Mar 04 2013 :  17:19:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You can use any rubbing compound then hit them with a final wax, they'll looks like new, toothpaste works too but it'll takes little longer, if you want them to last, wet sand them then polish/wax them.


Homeport: PA Go to Top of Page

Capt. Bill1

RO# 2017

Posted - Mar 04 2013 :  22:01:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t1RBw0IGXA





Homeport: Sarasota/Ft. Lauderdale Go to Top of Page

KiDa

RO# 16492



Posted - Mar 04 2013 :  22:07:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Glitz or Wenol and a harbor freight buffer.

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David
Saint Max
'99 330 Sundancer

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Capitalism is to this administration what Judaism was to the Third Reich.

-- Me

Homeport: Hopewell, VA Go to Top of Page

j-d

RO# 15782

Posted - Mar 04 2013 :  22:23:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Our 2006 Corolla has sat in the FL sun since new. I was polishing it last month and decided to try the dulled headlights. I was using a one-step liquid polish/wax called Blue Poly. Don't know if it's even still available since I'd had it a long time. The lights turned out like new with only hand rubbing.

God Bless, jd
1996 Sea Ray 215EC
357CID/4V/275HP RWC 1G408541 Alpha1G2 1.62 14-1/2*23*3 Aluminum


Homeport: Sunny Florida Go to Top of Page

cwms

RO# 7357

Posted - Mar 05 2013 :  04:44:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys for all the suggestions.


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Carvervirgin

RO# 32836

Posted - Mar 05 2013 :  21:18:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Flitz has a plastic restorer kit as well.

Bucket List, 2001Carver 356
Lake Champlain, Vermont



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Bliss

RO# 2743

Posted - Apr 04 2013 :  12:37:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My 2001 Lexus' lens weren't real bad. I used my huge Milwaukee buffer and some rubbing compound. I made sure not to gouge or heat up the lens. I finished with Fineset(?) Looked great 'til the wife totaled the car!


Homeport: Reef Point Racine, WI Go to Top of Page

getakey

RO# 32379



Posted - Apr 04 2013 :  12:50:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I bought a Restore Kit made by Sylvania. It was a 4 or 5 step process. The final step is a UV Blocker application which if you do not apply, the lenses will just fog up again.
My lenses were pretty bad and I had serious doubts about the Restore kit. I was amazed at the results. Looks new



Homeport: CA Go to Top of Page

rawidman

RO# 25110

Posted - Jan 27 2014 :  09:02:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Back in the "good old days", headlights were made of glass and didn't need to be polished. One of these days I'll have to tackle the headlights on my wife's 2007 car. Or trade it in!

Ron
2000 Camano Troll

Edited by - rawidman on Jan 27 2014 09:02:41

Homeport: Charleston, SC Go to Top of Page

wezie

RO# 32638

Posted - Aug 19 2015 :  13:54:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They forgot that lexan or polycarbonate, while tuff, is not UV stable.
So we polish and wax.



Homeport: TX Go to Top of Page

Mike McManus

RO# 958

Posted - Aug 19 2015 :  23:49:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


I got this at Walmart worked pretty well




Homeport: Port charlotte , Florida Go to Top of Page

jtybt15

RO# 3300



Posted - Aug 20 2015 :  04:27:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a '95 integra with those small round plastic lenses. I also have a buffing wheel on my grinder. Get white buffing compound on a clean buffing wheel. Comes out 100% new as long as you don't buff too long on a single spot(gets hot)




Charlie

There is much to be said, in a world like ours, for taking the world as you find it and fishing with a worm.-Bliss Perry, 1904



Homeport: Ca Go to Top of Page

Robyns Nest

RO# 4846

Posted - Aug 20 2015 :  12:05:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you have a can of spar varnish you can also restore using that.

1000 grit sandpaper first, then a coat of varnish.

Presto.

Clear and like new.


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2003 56 Post Convertible 2x1300HP V12 MAN
2018 30' Sea Hunt Gamefish 2x300HP Yamahas
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"The future ain't what is used to be."
- Yogi Berra

Homeport: Monmouth Beach NJ Go to Top of Page

KiDa

RO# 16492



Posted - Aug 20 2015 :  12:40:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bliss

My 2001 Lexus' lens weren't real bad. I used my huge Milwaukee buffer and some rubbing compound. I made sure not to gouge or heat up the lens. I finished with Fineset(?) Looked great 'til the wife totaled the car!



She blamed you for the lights being too bright didn't she?


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Best Regards,

David
Saint Max
'99 330 Sundancer

==========

Capitalism is to this administration what Judaism was to the Third Reich.

-- Me

Homeport: Hopewell, VA Go to Top of Page

Stolat

RO# 13929

Posted - Aug 27 2015 :  21:02:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Finesse it II Polish with a buffer at low speed.

Just my .02

--Steve


Morgan Rose
1993 330 Sea Ray Sundancer
Patchogue, N.Y.

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Sandy

RO# 1159

Posted - Sep 07 2018 :  21:29:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Isn't the dulling of headlight lenses sometimes partially due to evaporated moisture residue on the inside surface? Or does the exterior compound and polish procedure always seem to work as it sounds so far, above.

Sandy

Homeport: The Vineyard Go to Top of Page

Sandy

RO# 1159

Posted - Sep 07 2018 :  21:29:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Isn't the dulling of headlight lenses sometimes partially due to evaporated moisture residue on the inside surface? Or does the exterior compound and polish procedure always seem to work as it sounds so far, above.

Sandy

Homeport: The Vineyard Go to Top of Page

PJ

RO# 396

Posted - Sep 08 2018 :  15:09:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just replaced the entire headlamp assembly it was very simple. Then I aligned the head lamps by shining on the garage door. And OH they look like new.

Paul aboard Ocean Maid



Edited by - PJ on Sep 08 2018 15:10:39

Homeport: Charleston, SC Go to Top of Page
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