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No, not my Caliber. My other car. It's a 96 Paseo, and the headlights (plastic) are hazy and yellowish. I've tried a few things, but nothing seems to work for more than a few days. I've noticed a lot of people on here have a lot of knowledge on the detailing issues. So any advice would be helpful. Thanks.
 

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kdogg said:
No, not my Caliber. My other car. It's a 96 Paseo, and the headlights (plastic) are hazy and yellowish. I've tried a few things, but nothing seems to work for more than a few days. I've noticed a lot of people on here have a lot of knowledge on the detailing issues. So any advice would be helpful. Thanks.
Since buying some tools from Eastwood, I occasionally get e-mails from them of specials. This product is one I remember and it's reasonably priced. They also ship to Canada. Check their site for other similar products as well. They also sell glass polishing kits. http://www.eastwoodco.com/jump.jsp?itemID=11167&itemType=PRODUCT

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Try doing a search for plastic lens polish..........i found a few websites that had what you may be looking for.
 

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Meguires makes a good product called PlasticX that works great and doesn't require much effort. used it on my '94 T-bird with great results.
 

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if your willing to do a little more work you can always use fine grit sand paper... start at 600 grit and move up to 1000-1200. Then go at it with some rubbing compound and follow up with a good coat of wax to help preserve it. the lights are typically coated with a sealer that degrades. Once its gone the bare plastic will oxidize very quickly.
 

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I saw a special on tv which addressed this issue. It was sponsered by Mothers car wax. They said to get the Motheres chrome polish and clean that film off the plastic, followed by the Mothers plastic polish. This would repair the lens like new. Good Luck.
 

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Fingernipp said:
if your willing to do a little more work you can always use fine grit sand paper... start at 600 grit and move up to 1000-1200. Then go at it with some rubbing compound and follow up with a good coat of wax to help preserve it. the lights are typically coated with a sealer that degrades. Once its gone the bare plastic will oxidize very quickly.
I'm willing to do the work... but the thought of sanding the plastic just seems wrong. I've seen that suggested on a few websites but it just seems kinda extreme. Not sure which route to go yet, but thanks for all the suggestions. :)
 

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I restored the lights on my lincoln by sanding. they came out great but the alignment nubs were lost in the process because i was too lazy to work around them. Just have to put a sealer of some sort on them after because they will yellow again fairly quickly.
 

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aftermarket headlights? after buying all the products and lots of work headlights would prolly look nice
 

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aftermarket headlights? after buying all the products and lots of work headlights would prolly look nice
I'd love to, but trying to find aftermarket lights (head or tail) for a 96 Paseo, yeah good luck with that... May just suck it up and sand them.
 

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Maybe a high speed polisher along with one of any of the products recommended may be a good idea. Just a thought.
 

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Someone earlier suggested sanding, but you can fix 'em up with some polish and wax, and skip the sanding.
I bought an old 95 Ford Escort that had badly yellowed headlight lenses. I looked up some different methods, and eventually tried one that turned out very nice, and it's cheap!
Buy some Turtle Wax Polish or any other mild(not aggressive) car polish, and use it on the headlight lense just as you would on the body of the car. Rub it in good, and let it sit for a few minutes. Wipe it off with a clean rag. Then, put a coat of wax on it, and wipe it off as you would normally do for the car.
That's it! It may not get them back to that "new" look, but it will do wonders for them! They look almost new! When I first starting working on the driver's side headlight, I kept thinking that it wasn't doing much. When I finished, I stepped back a few feet and looked at the passenger side and driver's side at the same time, and the difference was amazing! I wish I had thought to take a pictures so I could show the before and after, but I didn't think of it at the time.
It worked so well, and so quickly(15 minutes, tops) that I did the same procedure to my 1998 Isuzu Rodeo. They weren't as bad as the Ford's, but it still made a difference. The light coming from them is alot better at night as well.
You should really try this method. It's quick, easy, cheap, and it works! What more could you ask for!
 

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yep i definetly suggest polishing or even those headlight restore products. Sanding is really a last ditch efford if the oxidation is quite deep but it can leave a very good end result depending on the time you spend on it.
 

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Whenever I wax my car, I always wax the lights and the windows as well as the paint. I do the same thing whever I do any polishing on the car--a mild polish will work to remove road grime off the glass and lights and remove minor scuffs, and wax helps protect them (an you don't have to use your wipers as much on a waxed windshield). Of course, you'll want to use a good quality wax that doesn't leave a visible film.
 

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Mother's has that new powerball thing you attach to a drill, seen some excellent results on rims, heard with a good compound wax you can clean the lenses up really quick with the ball and a little effort:)

I'm ordering mine soon, mainly for lips on my rims on my little VW:)
 

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kdogg said:
No, not my Caliber. My other car. It's a 96 Paseo, and the headlights (plastic) are hazy and yellowish. I've tried a few things, but nothing seems to work for more than a few days. I've noticed a lot of people on here have a lot of knowledge on the detailing issues. So any advice would be helpful. Thanks.
While Meguires Plastic X is a decent polish for plastic Scratch X or 3M PerfectIt II will do better job on your lenses if they are as bad as I am assuming they are. I have fixed many trashed headlights with those and a Craftsman circular polisher I have from when I was an automotive detailer. If your buffer/polisher has a speed setting keep it to around 1000-1500 rpm as to not overheat and melt the plastic.

An orbital will most likely not do the job or take longer.

Good luck and feel free to PM me any detailing questions....
 

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Actually haven't done too much, being winter and all. But I did find an old can of Turtle Wax polishing compound in the garage and decided to give it a go. (by hand). Worked pretty good. I'll do it a few more times, maybe with a polisher, then a few coats of wax. But that stuff worked the best of what I've tried so far...
 
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