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Old 03-30-2009, 05:41 PM   #1
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Cleaning the haze from my headlight lens

I read something somewhere about using fine grit sandpaper or something to remove the haze from my headlight lens. Just wondering if any one else had seen this or done something to clean them.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts,

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Old 03-30-2009, 05:51 PM   #2
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Careful. If really really really really bad gently use 600/1000/2000 grit wet paper and then follow up with a plastic buffing compound from many makers (Meguires, 3M, etc) at your local auto parts store or even WalMart. Otherwise just use the compound as directed on the bottle w/o the sand paper. Click for a video how to.
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:01 PM   #3
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I understand that walmart offers this service now, or, you may buy the kit and DIY. I'd refrain from using sandpaper, it's way too easy to ruin a >$100 lens.
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Old 03-31-2009, 07:47 AM   #4
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I recently picked up a do it yourself kit, and to my surprize it worked very well. It stated that it would only take about 20 minutes, however it took the best part of an hour for both lenses. You use two fine grit sandpapers with water , then finish up with a polishing compound, then a final seal.
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Old 03-31-2009, 07:49 AM   #5
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The first thing you should try is toothpaste and a damp soft cloth and use it like rubbing compound.
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Old 03-31-2009, 08:30 AM   #6
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You can buff out fogged headlights with toothpaste.

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Old 03-31-2009, 10:16 PM   #7
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I'd forgotten about toothpaste, a guy in the toolroom would use it to remove scratches on watch crystals. Cheapest worked best.
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Old 04-05-2009, 08:18 AM   #8
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Toothpaste?? I'll have to chew on that for awhile....
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I was somewhat skeptical until I tried the Meguiar's "PlastiX" clear plastic cleaner and polish -- made my 2001 truck headlight lens clear as new.
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Consider Novus, "For cleaning and restoring plastics."
http://www.novuspolish.com
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I got a kit at WalMart for $8.00 worked great in their auto parts section. Four grits of emory paper, tray, polish and polishing cloth supplied. Go from rough to progressivly finer papers, alternating directions with each paper then finish with supplied polish and cloth. Took about an hour. Clear as glass and smooth as a baby's bottom.
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Brasso works really well, also. Just rub it on with a damp cloth then buff it clean.
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