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Old 08-09-2006, 10:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How to remove headlight lens

Can anyone tell me how to remove the clear headlight cover on a '95 Avalon? My headlights have some hazing, and I was wanting to clean them up, but can't seem to get the covers off. At first glance, I thought it was just the three clips at the top, but the cover wouldn't budge after removing them. Any tips/ideas? Thanks.
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Old 08-12-2006, 09:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes I'd also like to know because my '95 lenses looking pretty hazy too. I saw those clips but just knew there had to more to it that!

BTW does anyone know if that haze comes off or is it permanent?

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The lens itself will not come off. You will have to remove the whole headlight housing itself. To remove the lens, usually you need to heat up the area around the lens to loosen the glue/sealent and then pry it open. It's a lot of work to open up a pair of headlights. To clear up the hazing (which is going to be on the outside only most likely) use a plastic polish like 3M Platic Polish or Meguiar's PlastX and apply and buff it off. If you're doing it by hand, it will take several applications and a good amount of elbow grease. With an electric buffer, results will be like new.
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Start on the underside. use a heatgun to soften the the seals and wedge a screwdriver into a corner carefully. Next, work the heatgun back and forth on the underside until the seal is softened, be careful not to melt the plastic though. while doing this, use the screwdriver to pry the housing apart.
do this on all sides and you'll get it apart.
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Polish in place, I doubt the inside is cloudy. You will make a much bigger mess trying to take them apart.
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Awesome, thanks for the replies.
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found this link in the detailing forum...has good info i think...

http://www.contour.org/ubbthreads/sh...&Number=571871
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There is a great post on this at www.mkiv.com in the FAQ section. You will have to search for a bit to find it. I got new lights and covered them with paint protection film, this however willn't keep the polycarbonate from yellowing thou as that is UV breakdown. Good Luck!
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