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Old 10-21-2010, 07:47 PM
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Anyone ever tried to remove the cloudiness from headlight lenses?

Family member has a 6 year old Lexus ES. The headlights don't light up the road as well as they should or probably used to. I took a look at the lenses and they are all cloudy.

I'm finding there are a bunch of different options to "renew" them...toothpaste, baking soda, Flitz, hiring someone. Anyone had any luck?
Old 10-21-2010, 08:10 PM
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Advance Auto has a 3M product which includes a buffing/sanding wheel made specifically for removing the haze from the lens....under $20. It works better then flitz and some of the other products i tried. By the way a car detailer told me to wax the lenses every time the car gets waxed to prevent this from happening. He said it is the ultraviolet that hazes them over....worth a try.
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Sure. You can buy a kit and wet sand/seal them. Bodyshops just buff them with a buffer. If the are not Xenons, aftermarkets HLs can be pretty cheap option too.
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There is a great thread on this subject already with plenty of good info.
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Originally Posted by oceanluvr30 View Post
Advance Auto has a 3M product which includes a buffing/sanding wheel made specifically for removing the haze from the lens....under $20. It works better then flitz and some of the other products i tried. By the way a car detailer told me to wax the lenses every time the car gets waxed to prevent this from happening. He said it is the ultraviolet that hazes them over....worth a try.



My brother in law is the service manager at a Honda dealership, this sounds like what they use. He brought the kit home to do a friends car a few years ago, turned out looking like new.
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I just buff mine with my makita. If they are really bad then tape off the area around them and use some finesse-it or a similar product. Clear as a bell, just be careful to not burn the plastic.
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Walmart carries a plastic restorer specifically for this purpose in the auto section. Works great on my Super Duty plastic headlight covers.
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Iused magic eraser and rejex at the same time and mine are crystal clear.I always rejex them,and they are 13 years old!NEVER ARGUE WITH SUCCESS
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Originally Posted by doughnut View Post
There is a great thread on this subject already with plenty of good info.










http://www.thehulltruth.com/trucks-t...ight-lens.html

http://www.thehulltruth.com/dockside...eadlights.html

http://www.thehulltruth.com/trucks-t...headlamps.html
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There's a car-wash down the road from me that advertises this service so it is possibe, and I have seen kits for it. If the "fog" is on the outside you can rub it with oil as a temp fix.
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3M kit did wonders for my son's car.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/trucks-t...ht-lens-2.html
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can't you just change the headlight juice?
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I looked at the lenses over the weekend...and cleaned them with a magic eraser, but the lenses are not cloudy. The bulbs just aren't very bright. May need to look at replacing them....
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My 1998 Ford F150 is notorious for this.
I usedmy hi-speed Dewalt drill and small buffer w/3M gelcoat restorer. Worked great.
Followed up w/NuFinish wax...........
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Just replace the whole light .... Not too expensive , I did my daughters jeep... Don't even look like
The same car

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