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    Hey guys, do any of the spray-on products intended to remove plastic head light clouding actually work? I always thought the clouding was on the inside of the bezels.

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    I have tried a variety of options from a kit with a buffer and various grits of sand paper and rubbing compound to using deet based insect spray. They all help for a while and then they cloud over again.

    Whip

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    I haven’t used a spray-on, but in the past I have used a paste-type applicator that you buff on and then wipe off. It seems to help, but you have to apply it quite a few times to really notice a significant effect. I believe the yellowing/cloudiness in the cover is due primarily to sun (i.e., UV) exposure and/or aging of the plastic covering. The UV exposure may be relatively skin deep and can be removed somewhat using the buffing/sanding technique. After a while continued UV exposure would cause the cloudiness to return and you will have to buff it off again. This is just from my own observations and scientific intuition and isn’t based on any actual studies.

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    Park in the garage from the day you drive it off the lot.

    AvatarCRIA1576
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    Thank you fellas and that is about what I assumed.

    Roger that on the garage Asgrow. Unfortunately farm came with a sad excuse for a garage that is only fit for storing wood and morton shed is 150 feet away and only has a huge slider. Yes, I could use it, but it has a couple boats and a tractor in it all the time and is just inconvenient.

    I need to build a quality garage next to the house but don’t have the scratch at the moment. 😉

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    i have had some success with deep woods off. it doesnt last forever but seems to work for awhile.

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    I tried a bunch of this stuff on my old chevy tahoe and ended up just buying some after market new lenses off e-bay and put them on.

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    You might want to check out Flitz gun polish. Works great on stainless steel and, from a quick look at the FAQ on their website it looks like they say it can be used to clean up dull headlights. Don’t blame me if it doesn’t work or makes things worse, so use it at your own risk, of course! Scroll down to the question on how to clear dull headlights: http://www.flitz.com/faqs/

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    I have used bug spray and wiped with an old tube sock and it works ok. You have to do it a few times a summer but it’s cheap and easy to do.

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    Thank you for the ideas guys, much appreciated!

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    My experience is that nothing works, except replacing the lens. But if you have a 20 yr. old car like me you can’t find them anymore.
    Guessing it differs from vehicle to vehicle, weather conditions, age of the vehicle and so on.
    Mine has been in the garage every hour except when we’re at work with it.

    Good Luck

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    I’ve used deet also and it works OK, but was told not to get it on the paint as it would damage it.

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    Buff them with auto paint buffer and compound. Then clear coat them with clear paint.

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    I had great luck w/ rubbing compound on soft cloth and then a heavy coat of paste wax. Also had great luck w/ never dull cloth and paste wax. They look and function a lot better.

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    What’s your time worth? Ten minutes of rubbing compound a month and you’re good. New headlights could be a few hundred dollars and last years. One ten dollar bottle will last me about a year and cleans the tractor lenses too. Have not tried a wax or paste after polishing.

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    I bought one of thoseTurtle Wax kits a few years ago and it worked very well on the head lights. Now I use the kit once a year or twice a year. No complaints.

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    Did a couple of real bad lights with 600 grit and wet sanded by hand. Didnt turn out too bad…..

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    Quote by: Stizos

    I’ve used deet also and it works OK, but was told not to get it on the paint as it would damage it.

    DEET is definitely some nasty stuff when I used to coon hunt I would occasionally use the 100% and you didn’t want to get it on any plastic like you light or helmet, it would get really sticky /gooy.

    The other day a friend was telling me he just cleaned his up with something. I’ll have to see what it was, but it was also the first time so I don’t know how long it will last. He said it worked good though

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    I have cleared headlights and plexiglass boat wind screens with Rain-X. Clean, let dry , rub in coat and let dry. After couple hours to dry well, buffalo out and apply second coat.

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    Quote by: kenhump

    I have cleared headlights and plexiglass boat wind screens with Rain-X. Clean, let dry , rub in coat and let dry. After couple hours to dry well, buffalo out and apply second coat.

    Where do you keep that Buffalo at Ken.

    Mayor of Hickory Grove

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