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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-20-2008, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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mine are all foggy and crap..i saw once there was some kind of cloth or somthingg to clear it up..does anyone know what im talking about?
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the process is actually called "wet sanding" you are using very fine grade automotive wet/dry sand paper. You wet it and the light housing and start rubbing. There are a few threads here on the forum that talk about this. You can either buy the "kit" at various stores that basically is sandpaper and some polish for $20.00 or you can buy the 2000 and 1500 grain sandpaper and some polish for under $10 and DIY. That's what I am doing.
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I did that about every 2-3 months b/c it got back cloudy........ So I saved up some cash and got a set of the black diamonds headlights off ebay for $165 shipped.........
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it'll last more than 2-3 months, IF, after the polishing, you seal the surface with something like Mother's carnuba wax..as the wax will deter dirt and uv rays...and you SHOULD be able to get more than 2 years out of the polishing. If they do become dull again, just an orbital buffer will "reshine" the lenses again.
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You can also just put some clear tape on top and rub it in ,it's more or less effective.
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depending on how bad it is, you can use Plast-X. its made by meguiars. not sure on the spelling there. ha ha. just put the plast x on and scrub it off. however, if the lights feel rough to the touch, then you will have to wetsand it.
i did my own with sandpaper like flyweed said. i started with 1000 grit, then went to 1500, then finally to 2000. i finished with plast-x, and finally a coat of meguiars cleaner wax to seal the deal.
just make sure to take your time sanding and use plenty of water. listen as you sand. if you hear any squeaks, add more water. that sound is made by dirt or grit being ground into the lens. that will negate any positive results.

about the clear tape-i dont think that will be a good solution at all. the tape will turn yellow and dry out, eventually flaking off and leaving a bunch of tape goo all over your lights. it may look great for a couple weeks, but i think it will cause more problems in the long run...

here is a great how to article from popular mechanics:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/auto...o/4252611.html

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I just did this last weekend, but only to one headlight because the other was stuck with a rounded-off bolt.

Anyway, I followed what this guy did, and it turned out GREAT! Only thing is I didn't have any Klasse so I used Mother's Carnauba wax to finish with. --> http://www.autopia.org/forum/car-det...-guide-to.html
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Plastx works great if they aren't too bad. I picked up a bottle today and discovered it's many uses...works well on reviving unreadable cds and dvds too!
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lol i've never seen anyone clean the headlights and it last longer than 4 months......... but either way, save up for some black diamonds!!!


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lol i've never seen anyone clean the headlights and it last longer than 4 months......... but either way, save up for some black diamonds!!!
ill be saving up for awhile dude haha
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ill be saving up for awhile dude haha
don't feel bad, took me almost a 2 years after they came out before i got mine...
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prices are falling on the blackdiamonds.


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The lenses will stay clear longer if you paint them with clear coat

What is cloudy is the OEM clear, all you are doing is removing that layer with the sanding/polishing
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Mine are just starting to fog up too, Im gonna go with black diamonds myself as well.
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The lenses will stay clear longer if you paint them with clear coat

What is cloudy is the OEM clear, all you are doing is removing that layer with the sanding/polishing
THAT IS BY FAR THE WORST ADVICE YOU CAN EVER GIVE ANYONE !!!!

1. What is peeling is NOT the oem clear coat. It is the headlight lens plastic. THe protective coating the have applied has been eaten away and thus the plastic is open to sun damage and scratches.

2. PAINTING IT will kill the plastic, it will cause very fine cracks and scratches that you will never be able to remove, trust me i know this because it has been done. U can sand all the way through the housing with 60 grit and you will never remove the damage of clearcoating that you have just made by painting it.

3. Clear coat will wash away as well as its not meant for direct sun exposure. We had a set of headlights clear coated at the body shop, 6 months later they were as yellow if not worse than before.

4. The only way to recondition a housing is to wet sand it through the procedure, and then apply 3M photo finishing film (protective film) which is often used to protect the hood from stone chips. The film is UV protected, will not yellow and protect the housings as long as it is on there. My dads work van has had the film on for over 2 years and it faces the sun in Florida every summer for 3 weeks+/year and this car lives outside. The lights still look as they did when i placed the film on. It also helps against little stones and such.



So please dont tell people how to ruin their lights indefinitely.

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