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Old 09-09-2015, 12:24 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Yellowing headlights?? Watch this

My grandaughter stopped by our house on her way to campus. She drives a 2002 PT Cruiser that has seriously yellowed headlights. I told her that the next time she comes, I will take care of those. Even though I have polished headlights before, I thought I would go on U-Tube to see if anyone had anything on there.

I bought two different polishing kits some years ago, but this method is something I never saw before.

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Old 09-09-2015, 01:32 PM   #2
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WOW! That's amazing! Thanks!
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Still worried with using it on a plastic lens...
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I think any of the kits which provide a clear coat will be fine.
I used the Sylvania kit. It comes with a UV-blocker clear coat.
You need something to give it that final clear finish, AND to block the UV so it lasts longer.

All of these kits are pretty much the same as far as sanding...you end up with 200 or 300 grit paper.

Then you have a polishing compound...but it is still hazy after the polish.
The UV_blocker is wiped on with a lint free towel, and the shine is immediate. I think this is better than the spray (no Orange peel).

I have also purchased some .25 micron polishing compound...have nto tried it yet, but will try it soon on my sons Fleetwood coach.

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Result looks good, but ... I question the term "permanently restored".
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Wow...fancy....I just use some polishng coumpound with a buffing pad at low speed on my drill!! Shines em right up....and a good paste wax to finish...lasts a good year or so!
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I did it on my '94 Montara last year, and the lights still look as good as new. I highly recommend doing it.


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I tried it last year when this was circulated back then, didn't do a thing on mine. Must be a different plastic on our Honda's
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I tried it last year when this was circulated back then, didn't do a thing on mine. Must be a different plastic on our Honda's
I have seen some that have yellowed on the inside.
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We used to do it every 3 or 4 months on my son's Mazda...tried 2 different kits..for the cost of the product and labor we could have installed a new set off of e-bag...
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I think any of the kits which provide a clear coat will be fine.
I used the Sylvania kit. It comes with a UV-blocker clear coat.
You need something to give it that final clear finish, AND to block the UV so it lasts longer.

All of these kits are pretty much the same as far as sanding...you end up with 200 or 300 grit paper.

Then you have a polishing compound...but it is still hazy after the polish.
The UV_blocker is wiped on with a lint free towel, and the shine is immediate. I think this is better than the spray (no Orange peel).

I have also purchased some .25 micron polishing compound...have nto tried it yet, but will try it soon on my sons Fleetwood coach.

Regards,

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I used Repel bug spray with 40 percent deet. Spray it on a cloth and wipe the lens. Another thing is Colgate toothpaste. I have used both and had great results.
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What causes the yellowing in the first place? Is it scratching of the surface or just deterioration due to ultra-violet light? What I am wondering is ... is there something that you can put on the lenses on a new vehicle that will prevent this from happening? I would assume you would have to keep applying it a regular intervals like you would when you wax the paint. Anybody know?
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What causes the yellowing in the first place? Is it scratching of the surface or just deterioration due to ultra-violet light? What I am wondering is ... is there something that you can put on the lenses on a new vehicle that will prevent this from happening? I would assume you would have to keep applying it a regular intervals like you would when you wax the paint. Anybody know?
I am using 303, it should help, but i need 4 or 5 years to tell.

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jrwitt - The yellowing is caused by UV. Small chips or scratches are from road debris.

I used an inexpensive polish ($6) that works great. The first time the treatment is done is the hardest, depending how yellowed the lenses are. After that, a mild polish every couple years will keep them looking new. I've been using this same bottle for about 5 years and have done 8-10 cars.

Personally, I would not recommend any clear coat or kits that have you apply a clear coat finish (unless your selling the car, then go for it) They look real good, but over time, the clear coat will peel, and it will be almost impossible to rub out by hand.
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