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Old 01-05-2011, 09:59 AM   #1
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I have a 04 Monaco Monarch and recently noticed headlights cover are not clear. funny how you do not notice them during daylight!!Has anyone tried to "clear up" headlights, I have seen products on market but afraid I might screw things up. Help!
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There are several brands of products for headlights. You should have no problem if you follow directions and keep in mind that you want to use slow rpm's if you use one with a buffer to prevent heat buildup. The more dull and/or yellow a lens is the more work it will take. What might be a good product for one vehicle may not do as well for a vehicle with a more severe problem. Good luck and keep us posted.
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I have a 2007 Monaco Monarch SVE. From the day I purchased it new the headlights on both sides were starting to cloud up.

I have been using Mequiar's Motorcycle Plastic Cleaner/Polish for clear plastics (comes in 6 ounce bottle). It removes the cloudiness. I have even used it on a 55 year old watch crystal to remove scratches.

I use a dry microfiber towel to lightly clean and rub sideways until it drys and rubs off. I Redo if needed to clear up completely.

Headlights are original 2005 Nissan Pathfinder and are expensive to buy new.
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We had same problem - did the polishing thing - better. Doesn't last long! Presently trying to find real glass ones- called Monaco & they said ours are 92-95 Ford truck. Trying to now get those in glass.
Also fancy "European" look ones in glass - $$$$ but look like nice upgrade
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:42 PM   #6
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ccook129... it doesn't say they are GLASS... no point putting the same plastic in.... trying to find a glass replacement for them..... thanks though!
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WalMart sells a product of "MOTHERS" for renewing headlamps. It comes with a buffing ball, the correct polish, and instructions for using in your small hand drill, either cordless or electric. If you can drill a hole, you can do it. Good luck,
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WalMart sells a product of "MOTHERS" for renewing headlamps. It comes with a buffing ball, the correct polish, and instructions for using in your small hand drill, either cordless or electric. If you can drill a hole, you can do it. Good luck,
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Another method is to use VERY fine WET OR DRY sandpaper and sand the plastic cover to remove the yellowing. Then, use a polishing compound to buff the lens out clear. Just be sure to first put blue painters tape around the outside of the lens so you don't accidently scratch the paint.
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Try these guys. I used this kit over a year ago and there is no more yellowing...at all!

When I was sanding each lense using a spray bottle to keep the lens wet...I could see the yellow coming off the lense. The results were well worth the time and money spent.

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WalMart sells a product of "MOTHERS" for renewing headlamps. It comes with a buffing ball, the correct polish, and instructions for using in your small hand drill, either cordless or electric. If you can drill a hole, you can do it. Good luck,
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As RV Wizard stated, use low speed with a buffing ball,etc & drill. I used the same as Justimagination suggested and guess what ? I burned a small area in the lens.
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All the major manufactures out there know there is a market for something to make your headlights better. So they are all jumping on board with a quick fix to a major problem when it comes to your headlights at night. We professional have been doing headlights for a few years now. As your Dad use to say there is only one way to do something and that is to do it right. The fixes at wal mart or other auto stores will only be short lived because you don't have the final treatment for your lights. That is where the professionals come in. For the general public to have their hands on some items is like giving a small child something they shouldn't be playing with. Don't get me wrong they are mostly all good remedies, but you have to keep on top of it. You are actually removing a layer of so called skin off your headlights. So if you don't put the same layer back on You will be rebuffing again and again.
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Screw all that, take them to a body shop and have them clear coated!
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I use Meguires Plastx and a random orbital polisher. My head lights are on a '03 motorhome. They look great. You will not burn the lens with a orbital polisher, thats the key. I do mine about every 6 months. Good luck with which ever way you go.
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