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The dreaded cloudy headlight problem....

Discussion in 'Other Car/Van Related Technical Information Required / Provided' started by saintnick, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. saintnick

    saintnick VxON Club Member VxON Club Member

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    Hi guys and gals. Please forgive me if this has already been suggested but ive found a solution to the awful cloudy headlight issue that plagues plastic headlamps everywhere.......using Autosol....thats right the metal polish. Apply liberaly and literally polish in circles till the paste disolves....the tarnish is gone. A good freind of mine suggested it and it works so well. Pics to follow
     
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    pete.i Well-Known Member

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    I think you will find that all of the, successful, ways of clearing cloudy headlight lenses use a mild abrasive even the toothpaste one because toothpaste contains a very fine abrasive compound. the problem is not what to use but how to conjure up the patience to sit there stinking of Brasso, T cut or some other metal polish whilst polishing out the minute scratches that cause plastic to go cloudy. I eventually had limited success using T Cut and a polishing mop machine. The most success I had was when I sold the car with cloudy headlight lenses and bought another. It was a Vauxhall but, in the highly unlikely event that I keep my Zafira long enough for the lenses to go cloudy, I think the next time it happens I will just replace the lights or thecar again.
     
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  3. saintnick

    saintnick VxON Club Member VxON Club Member

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    I was dubious at first but it really takes very little effort with autosol. That stuff is amazing. I thought my lights were beyond repair
     
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    M32Guy M32 Specialist

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    I'll bear that in mind. Thanks
     
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    I think there's a uv resistant layer that is removed when you do this and I have got some clear film from EBay that is supposed to protect paintwork and lights from uv. I haven't used it yet
     
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    Wet sanding them down with 800grit down to 2000grit sandpaper in stages to get off the cloudiness followed by a uv-resistant clear coat brings them up like new.

    Method shown here:

     
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  7. Steve68003

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    Try this item on eBay. 142046231241

    Its called jewellers rouge.
    It's a powder that you mix with water to a paste. It's used to Polish jewellery and glass.
    It worked perfect for me.
    You only need a small amount as well.
     

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