: Had yellow/blurry headlights, check me out now



rzambrano
10-17-10, 01:33 AM
So I went out to Auto Zone today and bought some supplies, and just began trying to clean my headlights. Check em out, let me know what you think.

Supplies
3M Sandpaper: 1000 Grit, 1500 Grit, 2000 Grit
Buffer or Drill Attached Buffer
Soapy Water (Dishwashing Soap)
Meguiar's PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish (http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/detail/MEG+G12310)

Steps:
1) Wipe headlight free of dirt/oils.

2) Make sure when sanding, you maintain a soapy water bucket nearby as you'll need to add it constantly.

3) Start of with 1000 grit sandpaper, sand until completely smooth, remember to keep "lubricated".

4) After about 5 minutes, continue with 1500 grit. Use same steps as #3.

5) Finally move on to 2000 grit. Use same step as #3.

6) Finally, wipe completely dry and apply some PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish (http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/detail/MEG+G12310) and buff. Repeat this step about 5-6 times.

7) Finally wipe down with some regular cleaner such as Windex. Then your good to go.

Before
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/rzj90059/IMG_0303.jpg

Meanwhile
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/rzj90059/IMG_0304.jpg

After
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/rzj90059/IMG_0305.jpg

knappy75
10-17-10, 03:08 AM
Very nice! I did my headlights on my 97 T-bird not too long ago. Hopefully you bought it as a kit and didn't buy separately. FYI- My Autozone has the kit-part# 39008, made by 3M, that has all of the different grit sandpaper, final polishing compound, etc. All you need is a drill. When I started sanding my headlights I thought they were finished. But after you get through all of the steps (comes with instructions too), they look brand new!

Again, looks excellent!

Jesda
10-17-10, 05:38 AM
Nice job! Hopefully the fix lasts

LAC_STS
10-17-10, 01:54 PM
Did you have any and were you able to get any of the small little spiderish cracks out?

Mine aren't yellow or discolored but they do have some small cracks kinda like its from the sun. Its not really noticeable but Id still like them gone but when I feel them with my nail I cant feel them which makes me think they are on the inside of the light.


Did you have those?

rzambrano
10-17-10, 03:36 PM
Thanks everyone.

Yes I did buy everything separate.

Spider cracks, well I didn't have any but I did have plenty of imperfections. plus it seems like I need to open them up to clean them inside.

TobyJohnson11
10-17-10, 09:19 PM
Looks Great! Thanks for the pics. Mine are starting to get moisture inside the housing now. Only one side after I go through the carwash seems to fog up on the inside. I have no idea what to do if the moisture discolors the inside of the lens?

rzambrano
10-17-10, 09:31 PM
Looks Great! Thanks for the pics. Mine are starting to the moisture inside the housing now. Only one side after I go through the carwash seems to for up on the inside. I have no idea what to do if the moisture discolors the inside of the lens?

No problem, I have the same problem too. For me its only on one side, the driver's side. I just recently bought a bunch of LED bulbs to replace all my bulbs (side markers, domes, DRL's, etc). After I receive these and my Phillip's HID kit, I will be removing the bumper to get to the headlights and do everything at once. Once I am there, I am planning to use some silicon to seal the headlamp assembly from getting anymore moisture.

EChas3
10-18-10, 11:31 PM
LED bulbs can mess with your turn signal blinker interval.

rzambrano
10-18-10, 11:46 PM
LED bulbs can mess with your turn signal blinker interval.

Really, what do I need, a relay?

EChas3
10-18-10, 11:54 PM
Really, what do I need, a relay?

IMHO, stay with stock bulbs.

rzambrano
10-19-10, 12:11 AM
IMHO, stay with stock bulbs.

How can I improve the output?