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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 03-05-2007, 04:36 AM Thread Starter
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Fogged Headlights?

My father's 2001 Intrepid has fogged headlights...it looks like salt or car washes have etched in the plastic. He's tried some

Is this a common problem with the Intrepid lights?
And is there any "proven" way to fix them other than replacements? :P

Luckily my 02 still has clear lights...*knock on wood*
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there are several way to go about fixing this, so your best bet would be to do a search here i know you will find what you need. sorry i cant give you a answer at this time.
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Adavance auto parts sells a kit for this which i used and worked great on my 2000 concorde and 94 trep. AND its cheap.

It has everything you need, different kinds of sanding paper, solutions and clear coat finisher to give it a great gloss.

Don't even waste money on waxes, or plastic-X or any of those products. I unfortunately have wasted lots of $$$ on just about every product on the shelves today.

One catch, i dont remember what it was called, but ask the people that work there and they'll know. It's in a silver plastic bag type package.

Just remember to read the instructions and be patient, take your time.
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I've used Plast-X many times, and it's always worked fine. Even on my tails.
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in both my cases nothing else worked...
the housings were basically almost brown
and even more so on the Concorde with the 8000K HIDs i got nothing but glare from them
I will admit that plastic X and scratch-X did help with my dad's van, but his weren't as bad
They'll probably help maintain them now that they're clear.

I really don't know if its where I live with all the salt or from staying at the shore so often but all the cars(94 trep, 00 corde, 01 civic, 98caravan) at my house except for the 04 Vue have had this problem at one point or another and only this kit worked for me 100%.
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i used meguiar's plastic-x on my headlights on my '99 cirrus, and it worked magic. it beats dishing out the cash for new headlights. i couldnt be happier with my light out put right now. youve just gotta give it a try, its like 5 bucks at any car parts place (i dont think they have it at napa). it worked wonders for mine, but didnt do as much on badasstreps headlights. my advice, like i said, is to just give it a shot. 5 bucks doesnt hurt the pocket much.
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If the fogging isn't too bad, products like plastic-x will work fine.

If you want them looking REAL good, you should wet sand them. What I did was start with 1000 grit, sanding in one direction (left to right), and then with the 1500 I sanded in the opposite direction (up and down), and then in the opposite direction again with 2000, and finished in the opposite direction one last time with 2500 grit. Once I was done with that I polished them with a few coats of plastic polish, and then did meguiars three step system to them. They came out looking pretty close to new.
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Here is a before and after of a 5 step solution I used on my mom headlights.

1. Sand with 600 Grit Paper (spent like 15 min, tryna get them perfectly sanded)
2. Sand with 1500 Grit Paper (spent like 15 min, tryna get them perfectly sanded)
3. Polish with No. 7 Brand Polishing Compound and Mothers Powerball Mini (spent like 15 min on each light, tryna get them perfectly clear before the Plastix)
4. Polish with Plastix and Mothers Powerball Mini (about 5 min per light)
5. Wax






They still look as good as when I did them, and I haven't touched them up.

Sanding is the way to go, remember sand it evenly working up the chain of higher number grits. You might have to start with a lower grit then 600 (maybe a 220-300 range). Always wet sand, it makes it much easier, and it keeps the dust way down. Get a good high speed drill to polish it with too, the powerball works best on high speed plug in drills rather then cordless. Work the polishing compound (under 3 bucks) till the lens is almost 100% clear, then wash the lens with dish soap. Then move over to the plastix, I find the plastix is a better finisher to provide just a little more gloss. Then use a good protective wax on it(I put about 3 light coats on).
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The other day on a local news program, a self-help guy recommended... (I know this is going to sound crazy...it did to me too)... but he recommended ... toothpaste (yes, toothpaste..not gel) and a polishing cloth. That's what he said.
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Adavance auto parts sells a kit for this which i used and worked great on my 2000 concorde and 94 trep. AND its cheap.

It has everything you need, different kinds of sanding paper, solutions and clear coat finisher to give it a great gloss.

Don't even waste money on waxes, or plastic-X or any of those products. I unfortunately have wasted lots of $$$ on just about every product on the shelves today.

One catch, i dont remember what it was called, but ask the people that work there and they'll know. It's in a silver plastic bag type package.

Just remember to read the instructions and be patient, take your time.
Good luck
i used the same silver package, with excellent results, but cant remember the name either. i found it at walmart. it has everything already in it, both types of sandpaper, buff, and a finish/protectant i think is awesome because it has acrylic in it, which should last longer than just polishing it with wax. i think the package was like 18 bucks.
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Tooth past is very slow going, Ive tried it.
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Here is a before and after of a 5 step solution I used on my mom headlights.

1. Sand with 600 Grit Paper (spent like 15 min, tryna get them perfectly sanded)
2. Sand with 1500 Grit Paper (spent like 15 min, tryna get them perfectly sanded)
Did you use an electric sander? Or do it by hand? Because mine are realy bad and I will probably be doing this Monday.

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by hand. it doesnt take much. your basically sanding it until it gets really really foggy. its taking off the first few layers and smoothing out the scratches and imperfections.
when you polish it the fogginess will come out, leaving you with a new or almost new look.
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Awesome, I will post some before and afters on Monday.
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The Advanced Auto product is CV Headlight Restorer/Defogger. Worked great. Found it hanging near the headlights.

(I'd post before/after pictures but apparently I'm not allowed to post attachments!)
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