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Old 10-26-2005, 10:24 AM   #1
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Restore foggy old headlights

Here is a great method that my friend wrote up about how to restore older hazy or foggy headlights. It works great and saves you the money of buying new ones. Check it out:
http://franksperformance.com/Forums/...st=0&#entry530
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cool, thanks for the info. that is something that i definately need to do on my '98. this method looks much easier and faster than the how-to forum on this site.
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Yea, my friend from college threw that method together. He says he is working on an even quicker way of doing it. When he does, I will post it.
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Re: Restore foggy old headlights

i find its better to buy new ones.

you can keep unfogging them with rubbing compounds, removers and wetsanding, but each time you do it, the fog comes back in a shorter time period.
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or you could clean them and keep them clean, and not have to worry about it.
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i find its better to buy new ones.

you can keep unfogging them with rubbing compounds, removers and wetsanding, but each time you do it, the fog comes back in a shorter time period.



That is exactly what I was afraid someone would say!

I have seen several articles about cleaning up foggy headlights, and even bought a "restoration kit" which did NOT work: (www.mdwholesale.com). These people will lowball you, then add on outrageous shipping and "sales tax" at the checkout. So be warned, everyone.

Anyway, this leads me to question the reason WHY these headlights "fog up" or "chalk" in the first place . . .

My '98 also has a bad case of "white headlights", but my turn signals (corner lights) are still nice and clear. It seems to me that the type of plastic used in the headlights and in the corner lights must be different.

The best bet is probably to replace the headlights with new ones, unless you enjoy hours of wet sanding!


I am now looking around for new ones.


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or you could clean them and keep them clean, and not have to worry about it.

I've certainly been keeping my headlights (as well as the rest of my car) clean! My headlights have "fogged up" anyway, so cleanliness is not the issue.

But if you did spent the time and effort to wetsand and polish the headlights, then what would you recommend to keep them from oxidizing again?

Which products have you been using?


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Do you wax your headlights? You should.
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I am not sure but I think the foggyness comes from the acidity of the rain hitting it over time.
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