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Old 06-20-2011, 01:35 AM
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If you can see how theyre fogged/faded does anybody know how to fix this?
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:31 AM
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

8 bucks at Autozone will get you the Turtle Wax Headlight Lens Restorer Kit. It'll clear your lens right up... for 3 weeks. I'm pretty happy with it for 8 bucks. The only complaint is that I have to rub on a bit of the compound every month or so. Which isn't too too bad since the bottle seems like it'll last me at the very least a year.
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

Or you can invest a bit more and get them back to new. Used this on my 5g and they still looked new when I sold it 3 years later.

Meguiar's Direct Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

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Or you can invest a bit more and get them back to new. Used this on my 5g and they still looked new when I sold it 3 years later.

Meguiar's Direct Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit
This. I got a kit similar to this and boy do the headlights still look very brand new.
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

or you can get 1000 and 2000 grit sand paper, sand it by hand with plenty of water and look for what my boss and I call "mountains" its the line where you can see the oxidation leaving but still leaves a mountain ridge effect on the headlight. Try to get that as much down as possible. Then use some rubbing compound (any will do) then get meguiars plast-x and put that on there. Then if you want, spray a coat of clear coat and they will stay shiny for a while ;)
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

I just did this over the weekend. Used the "3m headlight restoration kit" picked it up from walmart for like $10 bucks. comes with an attachment and pads for your hand drill. very easy and the headlights look brand new.

(takes ~15mins per light)
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

I used the Meguiar's kit and it lasted about 2 months.. there is a point where your headlights wont clear up anymore, mine are there (211k miles). But those kits do work well.
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

wet sending with fine grit paper and then took a buffer to it and they should clear right up
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

You could also save time and money by just using a scratch out compound. Anything that's used to take scratches out of your car (works just like wax). I use it all the time on my accord.
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

What about a buffer compound.... same idea right
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I just did this over the weekend. Used the "3m headlight restoration kit" picked it up from walmart for like $10 bucks. comes with an attachment and pads for your hand drill. very easy and the headlights look brand new.

(takes ~15mins per light)
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

It might sound stupid and/or weird, but a friend of mine said this method works. Apparently just use toothpaste and brush it. I've never tried it since i have a 3rd gen and i dont really get the fogged up headlights. But yea, if u wanna try then let me know if it works lol.
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

brake fluid works just don't get it on you paint or anything last about 6 months then starts to fade, and brake parts cleaner for a temp fix about every two months
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

Just wet-sanded mine today. Started with 400 grit, then 800, 1000, and finished with 2000. Then used Meguire's Plastic-X Cleaner/Polish and they are good to go. Not 100% perfect, but all the yellowing is gone.
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

i just use meguilars headlight restoration kit then I bought 1500 grit and 2000 grit wet sand it first with 1500 grit and 2000 for final then buff it.
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

The 3m kit is wonderful. I have the actual dealer kit with all the sandpapers and air tools. It lasts.
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

first off, please forgive the newbie for bumping an older thread. I narrowed everything down to this one and i'm curious if anybody has tried a mild/aggressive rubbing compound on headlights in the first stage of "lookin like poo"

I really only ask because the whole time i worked parts, we had that 3M kit and i PUSHED that stuff like a boss. Mostly because it's 3M and they don't slap their name on just anything, AND the fact that i never had a customer come back pi$$ed because it didn't work.

my headlights aren't terribad, but i'm wondering if this would at least be worth a shot since they're not to the point where visibility has become an issue, it's mostly aesthetics

thanks in advance for any feedback.
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

Everything above works to a point, and if has affected visibility then is try that 3m before u start sanding away your headlight lenses
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

if all else fails you could swap out your OEM's with DEPO's. The black housing DEPO's look good on SSM ludes IMO... but they'll run you ~$200...
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Re: Faded/Foggy Lights fix?

Mine aren't faded but have what looks like small cracks all over them. Its on the list to replace, not sure if I'll just find some stock ones or replace with something else.
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