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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-06-2012, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Stuck in a haze. !!!

Hey just wondering if anyone has cleaned their headlight. Mine seems to have a haze to it. I just got it working and could do with a few tips on how to fix this issue thanks.
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Try one of those headlight resto kits from your L.A.P. store. They actually do work.
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^X2 I got my kit from Wal-Mart with great skepticism... but wow...it worked great, went back and got two more kits to keep in my tool box for next time.
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I've been watching videos on you tube on how to clean your headlights. Many are of the restoration kits (about $30 I think). However, there were some showing to use toothpaste (since it does have a mild abrasive in it) on your headlights. Just rub it on like wax and wipe off before it dries. Seems from the video that it does a pretty good job. I'll be trying it sometime let me know how it works.


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Pretty sure my headlight has a heavy glass lens, but will check this afternoon when I get home.
I think the only headlight restoration kits I have seen were for plastic lenses.

Just a heads up for you here slim. The manager at the NAPA dealer (where my brother worked for 25 years) told me that the chemicals in those plastic headlight lens resto kits deteriorate with time, and after 6 months to a year in storage may not work very well.

I`m with NBOR on trying to use toothpaste on the lens first as a cheap cleaner, whether glass or plastic.

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Is it hazey on the outside or the inside? Or is it the reflector?

The headlight is glass, and not sealed.....so it seems possible if the inside is a problem just to pull the light and pour somekind of cleaner in there..

I'm unclear on where this haze is.....


Is it purple???

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Yes Gordon, I am aware that the UV protectant chemical will break down over time... But the rubbing compound will not. also on another note.. the plastic headlight restore kits will work on glass as well... just no need for the UV spray, instead of using the spray provided in the kit, use Rain-X anti fog.

Rain-X headlight wash

Rain-X Anti-Fog (use on both the inside of your headlight... and inside your helmet visor.)

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Is it hazey on the outside or the inside? Or is it the reflector?

The headlight is glass, and not sealed.....so it seems possible if the inside is a problem just to pull the light and pour somekind of cleaner in there..

I'm unclear on where this haze is.....


Is it purple???
Yes, the haze is purple and it is on the water. Any more questions? lol

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I always seem to never put in much info sorry. It's glass and the haze is in the inside of it.
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OK, Purple Haze on the water. I`m sure there is a joke here somewhere.

I have a question here. How or why does a haze form on the inside of the headlight? (Purple or otherwise )
It is not the same black or gray burned element residue sometimes left inside a small sealed bulb when it burns out.
So is the haze from small amounts of dirty water getting past the seal between the base of the bulb and the headlight reflector/lens unit itself?

Just asking because I have not noticed any haze in my headlight, and it is over 20 years old.

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