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#4598923 - 12/09/17 11:32 AM "Repairing" headlight lens oxidation?
aquariuscsm Offline


Registered: 12/30/06
Posts: 18143
Loc: Dallas,Tx USA
This is the only thing cosmetically wrong with my Accord,that typical plastic headlight issue. Is there a way I can either "get rid of",polish out,or blend in this,to make the whole headlight look better? I saw a youtube video where a guy uses Turtle Wax polishing compound. Here's the video. He uses a little comedy saying he used shaving cream at first haha.


Here's what my headlights look like. The "problem" area is at the very top of the headlights. I remember my 3000GT headlights did this very same thing. I always just coated them with Armor All and it'd make it temporarily disappear,but I want a more permanent repair without replacing the lenses. I REALLY wish car manufacturers would go back glass!!


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#4598935 - 12/09/17 11:45 AM Re: "Repairing" headlight lens oxidation? [Re: aquariuscsm]
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Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 4018
Loc: North Carolina
I used the Meguiar's kit.

Took 15 minutes per side and the results speak for themselves.

I don't have a before photo but they were worse than yours.
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#4598937 - 12/09/17 11:47 AM Re: "Repairing" headlight lens oxidation? [Re: aquariuscsm]
cronk Offline


Registered: 01/06/09
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Loc: Watertown, New York
Give it a try.
I used some Meguiares "plastx" polish on a set and it did wonders.
http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotive/products/g12310-plastx-clear-plastic-cleaner-polish/

If the oxidation is real bad, sometimes you have to wet sand first then polish.
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#4598938 - 12/09/17 11:48 AM Re: "Repairing" headlight lens oxidation? [Re: aquariuscsm]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 12638
Loc: NE,Ohio
Personally, I'd tape them off..
wipe down with an old sock and deet spray.
or your preferred method.

Clean really good afterwards

get some spraypaint clearcoat.. and spray them a couple times lightly.

if you want the best stuff out there..
https://www.amazon.com/Spray-High-Gloss-Clearcoat-Aerosol/dp/B0043B7UQY

is very highly rated..

cheaper product
https://www.amazon.com/Krylon-K01305-Coa...EDGPGE2Z9F52Y2M
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#4598940 - 12/09/17 11:52 AM Re: "Repairing" headlight lens oxidation? [Re: aquariuscsm]
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Registered: 06/28/03
Posts: 5742
Loc: Illinois
Once you clean them then you have to retreat them. I used a 3M kit this summer on my baddy oxidized 2008 headlights. It was a two grit then liquid polish with a sanding pad. A lot of work but it did the job.

I then used some clear coat special for UV protection. It left a slight yellow cast to the lens.
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#4598944 - 12/09/17 11:58 AM Re: "Repairing" headlight lens oxidation? [Re: aquariuscsm]
Rob_Pol Offline


Registered: 02/11/16
Posts: 3
Loc: VT
I have had perfect results using directions from member
Trav. Post # 3913466

https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/3913466/Removing_Haze_From_Headlights_

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#4598958 - 12/09/17 12:21 PM Re: "Repairing" headlight lens oxidation? [Re: aquariuscsm]
PimTac Offline


Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4209
Loc: Soviet State of Washington
You can get headlight protection like 3M film etc but that should be done when they are brand new.
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#4598978 - 12/09/17 12:43 PM Re: "Repairing" headlight lens oxidation? [Re: aquariuscsm]
ron17571 Offline


Registered: 11/25/14
Posts: 166
Loc: AZ
I was told it is the wax at the drive-through car wash that wipes out headlight covers. I tried several methods to clean mine.None really worked.Buying new covers on ebay was my easy fix.
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#4598985 - 12/09/17 12:48 PM Re: "Repairing" headlight lens oxidation? [Re: ron17571]
Malo83 Offline


Registered: 08/08/08
Posts: 1999
Loc: Cali
I wax mine monthly and never have this problem, but is to be expected when people neglect their cars and don.t maintain them. LOL

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#4599013 - 12/09/17 01:25 PM Re: "Repairing" headlight lens oxidation? [Re: Malo83]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 12638
Loc: NE,Ohio
Originally Posted By: Malo83
I wax mine monthly and never have this problem, but is to be expected when people neglect their cars and don.t maintain them. LOL


How do you wax when its 30f out? grin2

oh wait you dont have to worry about that or the millions of tons of rock salt spread on roads yearly.

If I lived in california I might wax monthly too.... oh wait I own a JEEP smile
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#4599020 - 12/09/17 01:35 PM Re: "Repairing" headlight lens oxidation? [Re: aquariuscsm]
NormanBuntz Offline


Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 2120
Loc: Outer Banks, NC
I've used the 3M kit with good success. But you have to be careful using the sanding/polishing discs that you don't nick your paint finish. All in all I think the Meguiar's product is as good and cheaper. And a good coat of wax on the lenses as a last step supposedly makes it last longer.
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#4599032 - 12/09/17 01:55 PM Re: "Repairing" headlight lens oxidation? [Re: aquariuscsm]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10097
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
I talked to a body shop about my grandparents headlights, they said they can sand the haze down and spray them with clear coat for $50 a light. Might do that one day.

Just an option for when the headlight cleanup kits don’t last. They’ll help but the haze comes back.
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#4599038 - 12/09/17 02:03 PM Re: "Repairing" headlight lens oxidation? [Re: Nick1994]
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Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10128
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
I talked to a body shop about my grandparents headlights, they said they can sand the haze down and spray them with clear coat for $50 a light. Might do that one day.

Just an option for when the headlight cleanup kits don’t last. They’ll help but the haze comes back.


Here is $12.50 per headlight:

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/aos/d/mobile-headlight-restoration/6391773093.html

Then you can spray them with clear afterwards.

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#4599066 - 12/09/17 02:34 PM Re: "Repairing" headlight lens oxidation? [Re: Nick1994]
aquariuscsm Offline


Registered: 12/30/06
Posts: 18143
Loc: Dallas,Tx USA
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
I talked to a body shop about my grandparents headlights, they said they can sand the haze down and spray them with clear coat for $50 a light. Might do that one day.

Just an option for when the headlight cleanup kits don’t last. They’ll help but the haze comes back.


That sounds like more of a permanant solution. If the bumper cover didn't have to be removed,I'd replaced the lenses.
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#4599072 - 12/09/17 02:37 PM Re: "Repairing" headlight lens oxidation? [Re: Malo83]
aquariuscsm Offline


Registered: 12/30/06
Posts: 18143
Loc: Dallas,Tx USA
Originally Posted By: Malo83
I wax mine monthly and never have this problem, but is to be expected when people neglect their cars and don.t maintain them. LOL


Trust me,if I'd bought this car new,they'd still be in mint condition,I'd never let my headlights oxidize. My first 3000GT I bought when it was "almost" new,so I was able to keep them mint. The 2nd one I had was a little older and it's headlights were already beginning to oxidize.
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