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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old 09-11-2007, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight Cleaner

I'm certain this has been posted somewhere on here before, but I thought this might help some of the new(-er) members (and old people like me who tend to forget):

I used Crystal View Chemicals' headlight cleaner tonight on my step-son's 1998 Stratus ES. I generally expect the products that I get to do their job (that's what I pay my hard earned money for, right?), but this stuff truly exceeded any and all of my expectations: ease of application, instructions, time requirements, end results were way more than I expected. This stuff is FANTASTIC..

For people who don't know it (yet): it is a 20 dollar product that you can get (among others) at Walmart in the Car Care section (you might have to look around a bit though). Comes in a pouch like this:



When you first get the pouch in your hand, you think there is nothing in it. Well, there is, it is just small, but trust me: in this case, size does not matter.

I don't have pictures of the Stratus' lights BEFORE the cleaning, but believe me if I tell you that the lights were only marginally lighter than the platinum silver that the car body is.. They were VERY foggy, very dingy... Cleaned them up as per instructions (go to their website crystalviewchemicals.com for more detailed and updated instructions.. use them, not the ones in the pouch) and they now look like NEW:




Since the Stratus lights are not very big, I figured I had enough to clean up a set of LHS headlights I got from the yard for a member on here (who hasn't been seen though ever since I told him the price for the lights....). For these, I do have before and after shots. They were pretty decent, much better than the Stratus, to begin with though. But you can still see the difference:

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So, if your lights are dingy, get this stuff.... I know I might sound like a sales rep or a stock holder in this company. I am neither. I just don't think there is anything better and easier out there.... Took me all but 30 to 45 minutes for the lights on the Stratus and for both LHS lights....

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post #2 of 60 (permalink) Old 09-12-2007, 12:12 AM
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Nice! I know the 98 Stratus the wife had was pretty bad. I used some stuff I got off ebay with decent results, but your product looks much better. Hopefully I won't need it for a long long time though, since my lights are new, and the car is in the garage most days.
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I wonder how long it lasts for though? I heard some of these products only last for a little while?
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If you guys have pretty rough headlights I suggest doing a wet sanding process, the rubbing compound, followed by mothers plastic polish. My headlights on my Acura came out amazing!
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If you guys have pretty rough headlights I suggest doing a wet sanding process, the rubbing compound, followed by mothers plastic polish. My headlights on my Acura came out amazing!
Details!! Details!!! Write us a how to!!!
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Alright heres the link to the process; the first post has pictures, the second post has the details. The rest contain comments and what not.

Enjoy

Poilishing Headlights

Hope this helps you guys; understand it'll be a little more difficult since intrepid headlights are rounder versus the Acura's flat, squared of headlights!
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Well, now it looks as if I have another project. Very nice end result. Off to Walmart tomorrow.
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Glad to help you guys out, I figured I contribute a little since I'm new on here!
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What does a pouch of this stuff cost and where did you get it?
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^^well...
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For people who don't know it (yet): it is a 20 dollar product that you can get (among others) at Walmart in the Car Care section (you might have to look around a bit though). Comes in a pouch like this:
This is cool I think I might go to walmart tonight and get some to make my car even nicer for the sale.
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What if I can't get my hands on a buffer?
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What if I can't get my hands on a buffer?
Then do the Walmart pouch... All you need is some elbow grease...
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Wink Everything you need is at Wal-Mart Price $ under $10

I don't have pictures of what my head lights look prior they were yellow and awful because of the hood bra and using armor all to keep it looking black. That stuff ran onto the head lights well then they got ugly.

1. get a bucket and fill it up with hot water with lemon joy
2. get 1500 grit & 2000 grit wet/dry sand paper made by 3M to start off..
3. take out one sheet of 1500 grit and put in into the bucket
4. then start rubbing it on the headlight but keep it wet
5. keep on doing this until you can see the clear plastic again
6. Use the 2000 grit to smooth it out but make sure it get wet too.

Repeat steps 1 thru 6 the right side lens

7. Now you'll have one heck of mess with that white stuff left over...
8. Now take your hose and spray that stuff off..
9. Dry

10. They say to use green wax but the only one there is Turtle Wax paste
11. apply that on then buff it off..
12. Repeat steps 9-11 do this a couple of times until you get what you want

Once you have it the way you want then to keep it looking that way.. Everytime you wash your car you should check to see the condition of the lens. You might need to use
a lens Plastic cleaner made by 3M it's more of polish. I use one in a white bottle from Advance Auto cost $5. That's okay but you'll need to get 1500 grit out again to get the glaze off once in while.

That's it.. If you have someone in the family who has a body shop you could use the same glaze wax they use at the dealer to fool people into thinking that the new cars on the lot had the best paint job in the world. That product also 3M cost $20 bucks. Easy to apply on your paint. Makes my Intrepid look like factory showroom finish. But that same product can go on the lens instead of turlewax green paste. Then use a high speed buffer and you're set of a couple of weeks or month. Depends on how you drive or who you drive behind. Like trucks in the rain who leak oil onto your lens can make a mess. The sun and the weather can play a part too..
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I did the same as above but I used metal polish instead of wax, I forget where I learned that, but it works too
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just a reminder guys... it doesn't work on all kind of foggy lights.

i tried it 2 weeks ago on my car but it didn't work.

i even went to red carpet and they tried to clean my headlights and they couldn't.

maybe my case is just 1% of all foggy headlights lool.

if anyone knows how much doeas a new headlight cost for a 2000 LHS?
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