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Dull or tarnished headlights fix

If you have dull or tarnished headlights that are plastic a good easy cheap fix it a wet sand and buff.

first take some 1000 grit or smoother sand paper and water and lightly sand the headlight lens evenly over the whole lens. while going a little heavier on the duller spots.

after wet sanding is done wash the lens with soap and water. now take a little compound with buffing wheel to the lens again evenly over the whole lens.

wash again making sure you have got all the compound off.

next you will need to glaze the lens with the buffing wheel. again evenly and you will see you headlight lens will look better than brand new.

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I want to change the plastic headlight assembly, not the bulb. It has yellowed over the years.


You can buff out the old plasitc lenses. Harbor Freight sells a kit. Or you can do it yourself. Buy a sheet of 1000 and 2000 grit wet dry sandpaper. mask off the paint around the light. Wet sand with the 1000. When the results look good continue with the 2000. Finish with some car polish. Results should last for about 2 years. You can buy a polish just for head lights to touch and seal,use as needed, available at car parts stores.

Dec 02, 2010 | 1996 Ford F250 Crew Cab

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Crazed headlights. Want to replace with new Headlights. How do take out old assembly?


you can buff out the head lights instead of replacing them. Get a sheet of 1000 grit sandpaper, 2000 grit sandpaper and some deadlight polish. masking tape off the paint in the area around the light. wet sand the headlight with the 1000 grit, follow up with 2000 grit, and finally buff with headlight polish. You should be good for 2 years.

Nov 01, 2010 | 1997 Buick Park Avenue

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1992 has poor headlights how do I fix that


its an easy fix. get some 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper and some 800 grit wet/dry sandpaper some 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper and a can of clear spray enamel.
in a circular motion. use the 600 grit paper with water and rub the plastic lens until its no longer yellowish.(takes a little while) then after switch to the 800 grit, same thing-wet and in circles...repeat with 1000 grit. Clean and dry
lights should be milky but clearish milky(no more yellow)
Now tape and cover all areas of the light or take the lens OFF the car which-ever is easier for you. then lightly spray the clear enamel on the lens. I'll bet you'll say "Wow, looks new !" What happens is that they use a clear protective enamel on the plastic. However the plastic tends to yellow with age....you are removing that aged layer and applying a new one. I hope this helps. and i hope you no longer need to replace the bulb since it will be MUCH more bright. If the lights are still too weak, look into a possible battery or alternator issue.(not enough voltage to make the headlights shine the way they should.)
8-)

Jun 09, 2009 | 1992 Daihatsu Charade

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headlights dulled


no to both questions. we have had good luck with wet sanding the plastic faces with 1500 sand paper than with polishing compound buff them back to new.

Mar 29, 2009 | 2001 Lexus RX 300

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