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Old 02-05-2008, 04:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Any product that will prevent headlight from fogging with age?

I had a car that had the clear plastic headlights that in the 8th year of ownership started to become opaque then it clouded up more and more.

Eventually had to use Mothers plastic polish to make it clearer.


Is there any product out there that will prevent or prolong this from happening that I can apply to the headlights.

Kind of like the wax on the paint protects it from the sun and elements.

So to would I like a plastic protector that will extend the life of the headlights by preventing the clouding.

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Old 02-05-2008, 05:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had a car that had the clear plastic headlights that in the 8th year of ownership started to become opaque then it clouded up more and more.

Eventually had to use Mothers plastic polish to make it clearer.


Is there any product out there that will prevent or prolong this from happening that I can apply to the headlights.

Kind of like the wax on the paint protects it from the sun and elements.

So to would I like a plastic protector that will extend the life of the headlights by preventing the clouding.
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Just regular carnuba? I'm using Klasse AIO and finishing with sealer. This OK?
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Just regular carnuba? I'm using Klasse AIO and finishing with sealer. This OK?
Something with UV protectant would be better.
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But straight carnuba doen't have UV protection does it?
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3m makes an adhesive backed clear plastic product designed for this. I am sure it will get damaged, but you can just replace it when it starts looking bad.
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I use just the AIO on mine. I have used Meguiar's PlastX as well. My headlights still look clear so I guess they are doing the trick so far.

On my 1993 BMW I had before the Tacoma, the headlights had become very yellow and hazy. I didn't get the car until it was about 10 years old. I had some Zymol stuff that worked wonders on them. Had to apply it every 3 months or so but it made them almost crystal clear again. Not sure what it was or how much it costs but it was good for after the fact.

I would keep using the AIO.
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Just regular carnuba? I'm using Klasse AIO and finishing with sealer. This OK?

^ This is fine. You might want to put a synthetic wax or the Klasse Glaze Sealant over it.

I use-

Klasse AIO then some Plexus to protect them. I use it on all the cars and they look great.
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^ This is fine. You might want to put a synthetic wax or the Klasse Glaze Sealant over it.

I use-

Klasse AIO then some Plexus to protect them. I use it on all the cars and they look great.
Plexus is good shit. I forgot about that stuff.
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you need to buff them with a buffer and compound.
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my friend uses some type of plastic wax on his car everytime he washes and swears that it works.
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I'll second the PlastX from Meguire's. I use it nearly everytime I wash my truck.
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I have never used anything on my plastic headlamp lenses, and never had any hazing or yellowing. My Grand Cherokee is 13 years old and the lenses are still near perfect.

Dunno if washing *might* have anything to do with it... I always use car wash soap, which is milder than dish detergent, and won't strip wax like detergent. And I use lots of water so there's never any hard scrubbing.
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plan old basic toothpaste. A friend of mine who is a automotive nerd once told me to put plain old toothpaste on the headlight covers wait till it drys and wipe off with a terry cloth or microfiber towel.
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Been in body shop for 12 yrs have restored a few........best thing for discolored or discoloring lamps is to pull them out wet sand with 800 gritt and high solid clear coat.......uv protectant. wroks like a charm
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