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Question Foggy headlights?

My Trep headlight covers have been very foggy for the past few years. My local VIP Auto has a service to clean them, but its $100.

Can anyone recommend a cleaner that might work well? I'm not sure if the foggyness is on the inside or the outside of the cover. I think somebody told me it was on the outside.

I'm afraid I'll fail inspection next month if it is not improved.
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you could sand it down, moving up grains to 2000, then polish it with some plastic polish. there is a guide on here somewhere
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I followed another approach... also from here and found the clearest packing tape i could and put that on my headlights!

Now they appear clear again as apperently the tape acts like a contact lens, I left tabs to remove it if it

didn't work ...but it did..... cost $1.00 plus tax!
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I followed another approach... also from here and found the clearest packing tape i could and put that on my headlights!

Now they appear clear again as apperently the tape acts like a contact lens, I left tabs to remove it if it

didn't work ...but it did..... cost $1.00 plus tax!
thats not gonna last

1. sand them down as above
2. buy 3m protective photo film and follow the directions to put it on. It wont come off unless you pull it off and it does exactly what you mentioned. Unlike your take, its uv resistant to prevent the sun fading from occurring again.
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Or, as yet another alternative, you could pick up a bottle of Blue Magic headlight cleaner. I did the wetsanding, but after a few months they started to fog over again. I did not have my materials to do it again, so I got the BM...works like a charm! You have to reapply every 4 months or so, but other than that it is good...I found that using one of the Mother's powerballs with a cordless drill works wonders when using the BM.
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Wet sanding is not needed IF the surface is still decently smooth. One thing you can do that will take not much time at all is go to walmart to buy a Turtle wax heavy duty rubbing compound. It comes in this little round container and is solid and is brown colored. This stuff is pretty strong so it will take the oxidation right off. Take some buffing rag and scope a chunk of the compound and buff away. It should not take a long time at all. After you are done, you can clean it and then put a layer of wax on so that it will no longer oxidize.

If you want to do the job thoroughly, then wetsand with 1000 grit then 1500 then 2000. Then use a power buffer and some liquid rubbing compound and buff the thing to a shine.

I used to have one foggy headlight and one good one. Now I have one really good headlight and one good one. If I had the energy I'll do the same with the good one.

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Quick question. My headlights still look great, but I'm wondering if there is something I should do to help them stay that way. I don't want to fix something that isn't broken, but should I be waxing them to prevent the oxidation? I just didn't want to put something on them that would cause them to haze by attacking the plastic or something. Thanks.
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Mine were so bad on my 2000 Intrepid they were almost brown thats how dark they were, anyway start with 800 grit if they are real bad, if not then 1000, 1500, 2000 then polish with a buffer, electric or air..... it works.... I tried with 1000 but mine were excessively bad..... so 800 worked better.
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