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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-28-2010, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Question How to clean the headlight reflector?

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What is the best way to clean the headlight reflector?
I can't open up the headlight so I thought I might could rinse it with soap water or something like that and then let it dry on a radiator at my home.

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I dont believe they can be cleaned, the silver will come off. U can try distilled water, just pour in, swish it around n let dry. dont know if you should use any kind of soap.
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I don't know about first gens, but even distilled water removes the chrome in the lights on 2nd gens.
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And chrome spray paint just dont have the same reflective surface..so it's probably best not to touch them.. I wonder if a clear coat would be a good idea on a new vehicle's reflectors..or even reflectors in good condition.
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Thanks for the answers,

Look like I have to leave them as they are, don't want the silver fall off.

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Buy new ones off of ebay. They wont be OEM but.
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Buy new ones off of ebay. They wont be OEM but.

Can't find "new" one at ebay
I've the one that have separate hi and low beam bulbs (2 bulbs).

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On my 2000 Trep I took out the bulbs.And then I taped a piece of lint free cloth to a coathanger too make a swab.Reach inside the housing thru the lite hole and gently wipe surface of chrome with rubbing alcohol.If you put water inside of housing ,you will have water spots you can never get rid of.Mine looked brand new when I was done.then I took both lamps to work and sanded off degraded clear from factory.And put two coats of PPG urethane clear on them.That was six years ago and they look as good as new today.
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On my 2000 Trep I took out the bulbs.And then I taped a piece of lint free cloth to a coathanger too make a swab.Reach inside the housing thru the lite hole and gently wipe surface of chrome with rubbing alcohol.If you put water inside of housing ,you will have water spots you can never get rid of.Mine looked brand new when I was done.then I took both lamps to work and sanded off degraded clear from factory.And put two coats of PPG urethane clear on them.That was six years ago and they look as good as new today.
What type of alcohol did you use? isopropyl alcohol?

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regular rubbing alcohol from drug store.70% or 91% does not even matter.
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regular rubbing alcohol from drug store.70% or 91% does not even matter.
Sorry but what is rubbing alcohol (I'm from sweden) ?

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I think he means isopropyl.. Isnt rubbing alcohol an oily consistency?
It's always good to have a big bottle of isopropyl around anyways.. that stuff can be used to clean a ton of stuff.. and it's about $1.00 for a huge bottle
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Sorry but what is rubbing alcohol (I'm from sweden) ?

Ignore the rubbing alcohol comment as that would not be the right product. Go to any drugstore, Wal-Mart, grocery store, etc. and get Isopropyl alcohol. You will find it with other first-aid supplies. Very inexpensive.
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Ignore the rubbing alcohol comment as that would not be the right product. Go to any drugstore, Wal-Mart, grocery store, etc. and get Isopropyl alcohol. You will find it with other first-aid supplies. Very inexpensive.

Thanks, I'll try with isopropyl alcohol on a cutton-top and see if the chrome will stay good or go bad.

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