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What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? #441996 Apr 13, 4:40pm Apr 13, 4:40pm
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What do you peeps use to clean your headlights?
My headlights are starting to look like crap from the outside.
Is there any cleaner or anything I can use to make my
headlights look new or clean lookin?
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Re: What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? [Re: BigJun] #441997 Apr 13, 6:28pm Apr 13, 6:28pm
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use some wax thumbsup

Re: What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? [Re: sbocaj55] #441998 Apr 13, 7:03pm Apr 13, 7:03pm
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Using wax on my headlights.
Would that take all the residue and marks off?


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Re: What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? [Re: BigJun] #441999 Apr 13, 11:39pm Apr 13, 11:39pm
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This is what you need to get them shiny as brand new cool happywink thumbsup

Re: What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? [Re: morris] #442000 Apr 14, 12:02am Apr 14, 12:02am
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i used a clay bar on it and waxed it afterwards and it looks great!

Re: What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? [Re: Joey] #442001 Apr 14, 12:41am Apr 14, 12:41am
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cool
Thanks for the replies.
I'm gonna try one of those cleaners on the weekend wink


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Re: What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? [Re: BigJun] #442002 Apr 14, 6:21am Apr 14, 6:21am
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Yeah, I used regular car wax, I think it was Mothers a couple weeks ago, looks good even though I bet I could put more time into it and make it look better, but still. Here is a pic.

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Re: What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? [Re: Rhino1869] #442003 Apr 14, 4:23pm Apr 14, 4:23pm
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Thanks for posting a picture.
It looks like I will be using wax on my
headlights. This weekend tongue


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Re: What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? [Re: BigJun] #448747 Apr 15, 8:29am Apr 15, 8:29am
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There is a weird and cheap way to clean you're lights if you have the money buy a kit if not and you don't want to spend alotta money go to Walmart and buy some avacoto...like what you make guacamole out of cut it in half and squeeze some of the juice on it and use the skin and run it in it might souls crazy but next to the kits and wax it works the best lol

Re: What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? [Re: BigJun] #448872 Jun 24, 4:39pm Jun 24, 4:39pm
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I used a turtle wax kit from autozone. It didn't cost very much and got A LOT of yellow off my lights which when I bought the car looked like they had never really been cleaned.

Re: What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? [Re: BigJun] #448878 Jun 25, 9:41am Jun 25, 9:41am
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My headlights were particularly manky, the local autoparts store had nothing, so improvised...


Step 1. Clean surface of headlight with glass cleaner.

Step 2. Mask off bodywork around light.

Step 3. Using a lambswool rotary buffing pad and liberal amounts of cutting paste, (used in bodywork repair, similar to 3000 grit paper), to keep the surface cool, work the surface of the polycarbonate with the drill on a slow speed else paste will go everywhere!.

Step 4. Clean off all the cutting paste, then using T-Cut and a cloth, work the surface until glass smoooooth.

Step 5. Polish with Wax.

The whole process took nearly 3 hours, but the result was worth it


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Re: What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? [Re: BigJun] #448879 Jun 25, 1:23pm Jun 25, 1:23pm
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Using an abrasive on your headlights will work wonders, but i would never recommend it any more than is absolutely necessary. Do it more than a few times though and you may need new headlights all together.

Re: What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? [Re: BigJun] #448880 Jun 25, 9:47pm Jun 25, 9:47pm
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I should add that gentle pressure should only be applied, and let the paste do the work.

In a previous career I learnt how to guild and French polish with shellac etc. so I'm very patient. I would be surprised if a few more than a few microns of polycarbonate were removed. The motor is ten years old now, so would be surprised if the lights would need doing again. Next stop, a GT86 anyway!

Re: What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? [Re: BigJun] #448881 Jun 26, 3:20am Jun 26, 3:20am
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That makes more sense. Have any tips on buffing up some rims? I've been thinking about refinishing them all together but If theres an easier way than grinding, wet sanding, and polishing id be up to hear it.


Re: What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? [Re: BigJun] #448885 Jun 26, 10:34am Jun 26, 10:34am
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I'm looking to get my alloys sorted too, but for the same price as getting a firm to do it, I can get a set of nearly new alloys from eBay and then scrap the old ones - good scrap value for aluminium at the moment

Re: What do you peeps use to clean your headlights? [Re: BigJun] #449016 Sep 22, 9:59am Sep 22, 9:59am
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I use the turtle wax headlight cleaner i believe it is $15 - $20 for the kit you just have to put a little elbow grease into rubbing the different pads on the headlight to clean it. Works wonders though after you are done smile

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