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I have a 2000 STS and the clear plastic headlight assemblies are cloudy and dull. Anyone know where I can get new ones? A website perhaps?
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Actually, try a search on here instead. You can use toothpaste(?) or some sort of polish, a little bit of elbow grease and save yourself a lot of time and money.
 

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True...I've been searching also. The ones on my '98 were really bad. I took some sand paper and wet sanded them. Then rubbing compound. Then some plastic polish. I'm extremely pleased. And, I saved about $390 doing it too.
 

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speedyman_2 said:
True...I've been searching also. The ones on my '98 were really bad. I took some sand paper and wet sanded them. Then rubbing compound. Then some plastic polish. I'm extremely pleased. And, I saved about $390 doing it too.
I've heard a few good outcomes doing this.. I may give it a shot now. Thanks!
 

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Yes, just about any light compound and a buffer will bring new life to foggy headlamp covers. You will need to wax them fairly often to keep them looking new.
 

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wet sanding? how might a man go about that? and what kinds of rubbing compound are you talking about?
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One thing I hate about new cars is the cheap plastic headlights! They look awesome when new, but after few years they look like crap!

I'm glad that my 93 Eldo still has glass lenses! Still look like new. :D
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peteski said:
One thing I hate about new cars is the cheap plastic headlights! They look awesome when new, but after few years they look like crap!

I'm glad that my 93 Eldo still has glass lenses! Still look like new. :D
Peteski
Rub it in a little why dont you? :rant2::histeric:
 

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I work in optics and attend conferences on materials. There was this nice girl representing the plastic headlamp industry. I am sorry but I just had to unload on her. She actually was selling the plastic as better than glass, as it resists impact. I called the plastic headlamp a better age indicator than paint. The yellowing tracks the year until they just do not pass light. From the pattern of yellowing, it is due to heat, and some sunlight. The failure rate of plastic makes the self shedding paint look tolerable.
 

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I recently rubbed my headlights out using 500grit wet then 1000 grit wet followed by polishing with toothpaste. they are now nice and clear and minty :) The original coating is hard to remove but make sure you get it all in the 500grit step.
 

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Nice bump of a 7 year old thread !!! A lot of the newer headlamp assembly polishing threads give several renewal kits for polycarbonate lens covers. 3M makes a favorite, and I think either Meguiar's or Mother's makes one. I use a kit made by www.customchemicalpkg.com - (the Mercedes will make you jump) - it takes time but the results are impressive. Also, browse through www.autogeek.net .
 

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awesome. i will def try the wet sanding on my headlights. i was looking online for new ones but they are stupid expensive.
 
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