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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-21-2005, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Removing Fog From Headlight

Whats the best and cheapest way to remove the fog from the headlight assembly? Don't say, "Just buy a new one", because this is on an ls1 car and they are about $200 from autozone, and around $300 from the dealer!

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-21-2005, 11:40 AM
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Buy some new ones... from experience. My daughter's '98 Z28 has fogged lights, and I have tried everything, including my paint man using his hi-speed with polishing compound. Look on line, and you can find them for about $100 a copy. Sorry...

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Use a cotton buffing wheel, and the rouge (sp?) specificly made for buffing plastics. That worked great on my car. Mothers also has a plastic polish a friend has used with good success.
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rice & vinegar in the inside (got that tip on this board), Start with 12oo grit on the outside,(wet sand )with just a drop or two of dish soap to carry off the junk, then work your way up to 1500, then 2000, all wet sanded. meguiars plastic cleaner & polish on the outside. 3M makes a small buffer wheel to use with a high speed die grinder to use with the polishing compound...works finest kind

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I used 2000 grit and wet sanded on mine, then buffed out with a wool pad on a buffer, 1000 rpm, and polishing compound I use for my business. Looked like new when I finished.
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The "fog" is on the outside . . . it's just oxidation. So Brasso is the easiest way to fix. It'll come back unless you use a UV protectant for plastics. I found some in the boating section of an Outdoors store.

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I run a body shop in Flower Mound, Tx. You can remove most of the "fog" by using a heavy grit buffing compound. But this only works if the build-up is on the outside of the lamp. If it is on the inside, than there is no way to fix it. You have to buy new ones.
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just wetsand, buff with a grinder, and then wipe it several times with rubbing alcohol, and clearcoat it.
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Anybody who knows anything about paint and body work knows that you don't clear coat lamps of any kind and that you don't buff with a grinder.
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None of this has worked on mine . I even bought the new McQuire's product that is specifically for headlight plastics, and I wasted $14.

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I've "heard" soaking them in Simple Green works. Never actually done it. Worth a shot?

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Wetsand it with some 30 grit. .............LOL j/k


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I know paint and body, I worked at a body shop, and the crystal clear lenses on my fox attest otherwise? wtf?
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Headlights ain't paint and body- glad it worked for you, it just didn't for me.

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Fog Removal

This will work, but be very careful. Apply a small amount of Acetone to a soft cloth. Start on the edge and rub in a circular motion. The fog (discoloration) will come off. Too much...and you will melt or burn it. I have done this more than once, but you have to take your time. Slow process...with great results.

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No expierence needed !!! Just $7.00

I have used this method for removing the "fog" off the lens. It is on the outside as previously posted. It only takes 10 minutes a lens and almost makes them look brand new. I PROMISE THIS WORKS!! I have done it on friends cars, relatives cars, and other vehicles. It costs roughly $7 bucks to get it done.

Supplies list:

New razor blade
Small bottle of wax cleaner
Electronic Buffing Machine

First, use a brand new razor blade held at a 90 degree angle to the lens and scrap off the ozidized stuff. Try getting as much as you can.

After completeing the razor blade step, then you need some wax cleaner (avaiable from local auto shops). You put a little on the lens and use a buffing machine to "buff" in the wax cleaner, making it clean again.

Your done..

You save money this way as you don't have to purchase the new lens. If this does not work, I will personally bring my supplies and machine down to your house free of charge and do it myself.
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Well I'll certainly try these tips, and Bob, you don't need to come out here. This ain't my first rodeo, but I have not tried the acetone. Thanks for the tips. The worst that can happen is I'll need to buy new ones.

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I understand Vertnut, wasn't trying to offend anyone or try and prove i know more than anyone. There are plenty of people here who know a lot more about cars than I do. Just trying to help out fellow car junkies with a problem.
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And I truly DO appreciate the info! Without this sight, alot of things would a helluva lot more difficult.

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brake fluid melts the outer layer

I did this to some one time, try it on a small spot and see what you think. Place brake fluid on a rag and wipe over the spot, repeat it over and over till the fog is gone, then use brasso to smooth it up.
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Jyro- I'm also in Midlothian. Whereabouts are you? Maybe we need a GTG out here in the sticks.

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I have used Flitz, it is a fine grit compound that works like magic. We have used it on aircraft windows and on headlights.
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