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TR6BILL
10-01-2012, 05:34 PM
....polishing those pesky plastic headlight covers on today's cars? My wife's Accord lenses look like milk! I recently replaced the headlights on my Tacoma (under warrantee) to the tune of $900.00! So buying new headlights is not an option.

14dna
10-01-2012, 05:58 PM
There are a few products out there now that do clean the lenses very well. Ask at any auto parts store. Maguir's is the best (hope I spelled it right)

Dave :savewave:

P.S. usually requires use of a buffer

JodyFKerr
10-01-2012, 06:30 PM
Plastic polish on a buffer.

It'll help but if the lenses are yellow or milky all the way through it'll only help so much.

For modern cars I either go to fleabay or to www.car-part.com. (https://www.car-part.com) The latter site is the one that all the repair shops use when they do insurance repair work.

DNK
10-01-2012, 06:34 PM
Dave's idea works great
After you do your wife's car Bill. You can clean our 2 Hondas

TR6BILL
10-01-2012, 06:41 PM
I figured plastic polish was the way to go. I will use my dental rag wheel buffer with "Sure Shine", denture acrylic polish, to do the job. I hope. Will keep y'all posted.

Gliderman8
10-01-2012, 07:29 PM
I figured plastic polish was the way to go. I will use my dental rag wheel buffer with "Sure Shine", denture acrylic polish, to do the job. I hope. Will keep y'all posted.

It won't last long Bill... every time I go get my teeth cleaned, I need to go back in 6 months.... better use the stuff at the auto store :smile:

JPSmit
10-01-2012, 09:43 PM
you can buy kits that include a buffer that fits in a drill - cost about $20 usually

Opa
10-01-2012, 10:09 PM
I just replaced the headlights in the wife's 98 Grand Prix for the same reason. got both left and right from Rock auto for under a $100 shipped.Manufactured by TYC and fit as oem.Polishing 'em didn't do much for any length of time.
Also did my 02 Mustang. They where a little more money,also manufactured by TYC and fit as oem.

DrEntropy
10-02-2012, 05:57 AM
Fitted many of the aftermarket units to various cars, usually MUCH less money than the OEM ones.

I really dislike the plastic things. UV degrades 'em and makes for a real revenue generator for the parts departments. Stoopid design.
Some "engineer" needs a counseling session. :madder:

Mickey Richaud
10-02-2012, 07:16 AM
Fitted many of the aftermarket units to various cars, usually MUCH less money than the OEM ones.

I really dislike the plastic things. UV degrades 'em and makes for a real revenue generator for the parts departments. Stoopid design.
Some "engineer" needs a counseling session. :madder:



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aerog
10-02-2012, 08:30 AM
I started a thread about it (https://www.britishcarforum.com/bcforum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/656060/Searchpage/1/Main/66255/Words/headlights/Search/true/Restoring_headlights#Post656060) some time ago. They weren't opaque but they were getting ugly (a lot worse than the pictures look).

This spring I did another quick polish then put laminating film on them. So far they look almost new.

weewillie
10-02-2012, 09:07 AM
Did my daughters grand prix lights with PlastX. didn't use a buffer just a cloth and they came up great. I also use it on the acrylic pens I make to make them pop.

Opa
10-02-2012, 09:12 AM
Around these parts it's not so much UV damage, more winter road damage from all the sand and salt used on the roads.The sand pitting reduces the light beam drastically after a few winters.
just looked up the cost on the Mustang units $47.00 each purchased May of this year.

JodyFKerr
10-02-2012, 09:29 AM
I have heard of, but not tried myself, that some folks clean up the lenses as best as possible, then shoot a couple coats of clear coat over them. To supposed good results.