Lenses on my 96 merc Sable are so cloudy headlight power is severely diminished. Can these be cleaned?
You'll need the following. Painter's tape or Masking tape, 2000, 2500, 3000 grit
sandpaper, bucket of water, headlight polish (PlastX, etc) and microfiber cloths
Mask off around the light so you don't have to worry about sanding your paint if your hand slips.
Soak the sand papers for at least 15 minutes. The more water the better
Using the lowest grit, start sanding in ONE DIRECTION ONLY,(side to
side). Keep the sandpaper wet and dip it in your bucket of water
frequently. Now dry the headlight and it should look all hazy
Switch to the next finer grit, and repeat the step above, but this time
go in the OPPOSITE DIRECTION (up and down). Keep using water
Dry it again, and it will look better than the first time.
the process again with your finest grit. Again, OPPOSITE
DIRECTION with plenty of water. Dry it off. It should look relatively
new at this point. Remove the tape as it will contain bits of grit from
Generously apply the headlight polish in a circular motion to the headlight
Using your microfiber cloth, rub off .. repeat several times with FRESH
rags until the polish is dry and gone.
Now the headlight will look like new
Nov 09, 2009 |
1998 Mercury Sable