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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 390 days ago 454 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Barker

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390 days ago

It’s $30 to have a detail shop do it….just wondering if the DIY is the way to go.

Thanks for your help.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"


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joein10asee

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#1 posted 390 days ago

If you’re talking about cleaning up the plastic lenses (that a lot of cars have) and how cloudy they get, save your money.

Believe it or not… THOOTHPASTE will polish them out. Wrap a rag around two fingers and use a swirling motion to apply the toothpaste. Just keep adding small amounts of the paste and rubbing it in. Polish it off with a soft cloth (like a t-shirt) every so often and you’ll be amazed how well it does.

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 390 days ago

I use plastic cleaner and polish that I got aw Wally Mart and it works just as good as the overpriced lens cleaning kits. It was cheap…only a few dollars…but it doesn’t prevent cavaties….

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troyercar00

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#3 posted 390 days ago

If they are really faded, they can be sanded with 600 grit sandpaper until you get below the first layer (you will see it as you sand) and then polished with a buffer and polishing compound. If they are not real bad you can just buff with polishing compound by hand. I do this all the time as it is a fail (if bad enough) for PA vehicle inspections.

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Howie

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#4 posted 390 days ago

Lee, I tried the HF kit and it did work. However I don’t see why any of the above directives wouldn’t work. Think I’ll try one of those next as they are a lot cheaper. I like the toothpaste idea.

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Lee Barker

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#5 posted 390 days ago

Thank you for your wonderfully helpfull replies. I’ll go with the 2thpaste 1st. The lenses aren’t bad, just not right.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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DaleM

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#6 posted 390 days ago

I used Brasso metal polish that I already had and a cheap electric car buffer that I got at a yard sale. It worked great and went really quick. I imagine jewelers rouge or any of the other buffing/polishing compounds would work just as well as the Brasso.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 390 days ago

Don’t be surprised when they fade again no matter what you try. I have the kit at work, we do it for customers and it comes with 3 month warranty. Sucks I know but the issue is with the headlamps used on most newer cars and how the plastic degrades from the heat inside and out. And yes, I use it on my truck, usually holds for 6 months then hit it again.

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