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Old 12-06-2010, 07:42 AM   #1
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Headlights. Lens Restoration & Replacement Bulbs

With going over everything on our class A one of the items on the list is Headlights. The plastic lenses have become cloudy over the years.
Have any of you tried the Headlight Restoration Systems that are on the market? If so what one did you use?
My Nephue used the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System on his Subaru and had great results.

After that is complete the next item is to replace the lamps (bulbs).
What have you replaced yours with?

Thanks for your comments.
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:52 AM   #2
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I tried the kit from Harbor Freight and it was a waste of time... Then I tried the 3M kit and WOW! Like new again. Between half hour and fourty-five minutes per lens.
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Old 12-06-2010, 09:04 AM   #3
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OK this is what i did on my old motor home and my toad..... I am a auto painter by trade and what i figured out is this i sanded my lenses with 400 grit paper and then 600 grit paper with a dual action sander to get the yellowing gone then i applied 2 coat of catalyzed urethane automotive clear and that makes then look like new...... in the past i used to buff the lens but it will dull out and yellow again in time depending on how much exposure it has to the elements.... I also do this to customer cars at my work and it works great and like i said they look like new so you could go to a local body shop and see if they could do this and you wont have to worry about the lights for a long time .........

So just a little info for some hope this helps

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Thanks for the replies. Looking at the 3M video that what it looks like, sandpaper. Do you think it is important to start with the first step? Meaning my headlights are not as bad as some. So do you think I can just buff them?
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Buffing will make a slight improvement, sanding then buffing will make a big improvement. Use the sand paper to remove the haze and/or yellow buildup on the lens, it's better then doing the job twice.
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you can try buffing them and see how they hold up if they do great if not you can go with the second option
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My toad is an 02 Jeep GJ. The headlights were fogged over. I tried one of those cleaning kits and they worked fairly well. But, I then learned that the fogged over part is on the inside of the lights. Swapped them out for another set of lights and found that they were a little better cause they weren't "as foggy" inside. Can't win!!

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I fought trying to fix my 2000 Accord toad foggy headlights for a couple of years before i bit the bullet and replace them both with new ones, problem solved.
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I start with 220 grit wet/dry, then 400 grit, finally 800 grit and then buff. Here is a link to the How To.

Although I have done this more than once on my toad, mostly to remove scratches and stone chips, here is the Before



and After.

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That looks nice.. I wish you were located in the NJ area..

Do you think I should remove the headlights and bring them inside? Or wait until the outside air temperature is warmer come spring?
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I tried having it done at Wal-Mart. The first time nothing and I refused the motorhome until they did it again. It didn't last and they are cloudy again (although not as bad as the first time). Dale, when can the motorhome and I come by to visit you???
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One thin you need to watch out for is some headlights are coated with clear and that has to sanded off. Also, I find that you should only sand in one direction and I use a few drops of soap in the water that I use while I sand them.

Gene,

Take the headlights out and take them inside... Good winter project.

Barb,

Maybe on the next Boomers camp out, if it warm enough, I can see if I can do any better than Wal Mart.
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