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Keep those headlight lenses clean! #4629630
01/09/18 06:45 PM
01/09/18 06:45 PM
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mclasser Offline OP
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I noticed my headlights weren't as bright as usual. When I took a look at them, they were covered with road salt/grime. So make sure to wipe off your headlight lenses periodically, especially when in-between car washes. Visibility at night is extra important now with all the added hazards Old Man Winter brings.


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Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: mclasser] #4629635
01/09/18 06:49 PM
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Some excellent, ammonia free glass cleaner like Sprayaway from Home Depot, etc. works excellent. Only about $3 or so and my favorite.

Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: SatinSilver] #4629646
01/09/18 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Some excellent, ammonia free glass cleaner like Sprayaway from Home Depot, etc. works excellent. Only about $3 or so and my favorite.


Sprayaway is legit


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Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: SatinSilver] #4629650
01/09/18 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Some excellent, ammonia free glass cleaner like Sprayaway from Home Depot, etc. works excellent. Only about $3 or so and my favorite.


Tap water "works excellent" and is virtually free.


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Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: mclasser] #4629691
01/09/18 07:27 PM
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It's so salty/muddy around here that I have to clean my lights every day.

Not worth shelling out hundreds of $ to replace notoriously flaky headlight wiper units, but even a washer fluid rinse would go a long way to keeping them cleaner. I'll see if I can rig up a sprayer or something.


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Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: VeryNoisyPoet] #4629805
01/09/18 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted By: VeryNoisyPoet
It's so salty/muddy around here that I have to clean my lights every day.

Not worth shelling out hundreds of $ to replace notoriously flaky headlight wiper units, but even a washer fluid rinse would go a long way to keeping them cleaner. I'll see if I can rig up a sprayer or something.


You have headlight wipers but no headlamp washers?

Mine only has headlamp washers and has a weird system where it only sprays the headlamps when the headlights are on and after 5-10 squirts of windshield wiper fluid. I try to get the ice off the doors to the headlamp washers, I wonder if it'd break if they were frozen over, but don't want to find out.

Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: mclasser] #4629847
01/09/18 09:54 PM
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I miss the days when I could simply polish the glass lens with a rag. Now it's a plastic cover that's yellowed and opaque. I'm too lazy to deal with it.

Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: Kestas] #4629918
01/09/18 11:57 PM
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Originally Posted By: Kestas
I miss the days when I could simply polish the glass lens with a rag. Now it's a plastic cover that's yellowed and opaque. I'm too lazy to deal with it.

Same one of the bigger disappointments of mine with automobiles in the past 20 years. I would honestly pay a premium for glass lenses if it was a option I mean if I can go to the store and buy a glass bottle of soda for $1 I don't get the cost argument to it. Some minor weight added but I think glass lenses would increase a vehicles resale value. Nothing like those nice shiny $60k-$80k Benz 5 years old and headlights that look to have come from a scrap yard.

Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: Kestas] #4629957
01/10/18 02:44 AM
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Originally Posted By: Kestas
I miss the days when I could simply polish the glass lens with a rag.

I miss the days when you could simply replace the headlight (cracked, sandblasted, or failed) by going to the local parts store and grabbing another sealed beam, and have brand new, OEM performance in a few minutes.


Plain, simple Garak.

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Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: Garak] #4629961
01/10/18 03:00 AM
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San Antonio, TX
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Originally Posted By: Garak
Originally Posted By: Kestas
I miss the days when I could simply polish the glass lens with a rag.

I miss the days when you could simply replace the headlight (cracked, sandblasted, or failed) by going to the local parts store and grabbing another sealed beam, and have brand new, OEM performance in a few minutes.

+1!


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Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: Nyogtha] #4629996
01/10/18 06:08 AM
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+2

Now you have got to take off the front nose of a car just to replace a headlight bulb.


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Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: mclasser] #4630043
01/10/18 07:25 AM
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I keep a spray bottle in the garage filled with ordinary windshield washer fluid beside a supply of clean shop rags. Ten seconds on each light and you’re good to go.

SF

Last edited by Snagglefoot; 01/10/18 07:26 AM.

If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: mclasser] #4630054
01/10/18 07:39 AM
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A little off subject but I've found the best (and cheapest) way to recondition faded plastic lights is to wet sand them with 600 grit paper and clearcoat them with aerosol spray paint from the autoparts store.

Last edited by Silverado12; 01/10/18 07:40 AM.

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Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: mclasser] #4630211
01/10/18 09:51 AM
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Not only keeping them clean, but also keeping the lenses CLEAR is just as important. My lenses were cloudy looking, so I restored them using a 3M restoration kit. Now about once every couple of months or so I go over them by hand using Mequiar's 105 polish to keep them clear. Keeping them clean and clear really makes a big difference with night time vision...

Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: mclasser] #4630279
01/10/18 10:45 AM
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Careful what you apply to the headlamp in cleaning them. I'd even be careful the media/material (cloths, windshield scrubber/car wash brush) that you use when cleaning. Some of the cleaning chemicals might adversely affect the UV coating and overall finish over time. Remember these lamps see chemicals from the road environment + harsh UV rays + road debris and other factors. Furthermore cloths, windshield scrubber/car wash brush that isn't perfectly clean can introduce scratches to the coating and lens itself.

The last thing you want to do is compromise the lens' integrity resulting in FASTER clouding. A clouded lens is a useless one. I use only water spray from a car wash for my headlamps (or a water spray bottle in between time) and have never had a clouded lens in any of my cars that I have ever owned. I also park them away from the sun where possible.


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