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i dont know where to post this, i want to get projectors, but no money, so for the time being i want to take my stock headlights and clean them up, they have a yellow tint to them and i wanta make them clear again, I've seen people do this, how??
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I moved your thread to the Detailing and General Maintenance section, but there are a few threads in this section that cover this. However, perhaps someone may have a new idea!

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If you mean they are turning yellow due to weather there are products to clean it. You can go to your local auto store and get a headlight restore kit. I know Meguires makes a restore kit. It is like polishing your headlights basically. I would say try that out and let us know how it works out
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What he ^^^^ said.
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That yellowing or hazing is oxidation of the plastic caused by exposure to the elements/UV rays. Most headlights now come with some protection, but it gets worn away after a couple years. Most *chemical* cleaners won't remove it. You need to abrade the headlights via sandpaper and polishes to remove the layer of oxidation. You can get a good headlight polishing kit from Autozone or Walmart. I think Meguiar's makes one, although I don't know much about it. I'd go with the 3M package. It's pretty cheap, contains some fine grade sand paper (for wetsanding), and a small orange foam polishing pad that attaches to your drill, along with some polish to remove the sanding marks. Should be perfect for the job. I did this very thing to my headlights a couple days ago. I did it with my own supplies (being a detailer), but essentially did exactly what the 3M kit does. Wetsanded with 2000 grti (mine wasn't too bad), the followed it up with a polish on a 4 inch orange polishing pad on a Porter Cable 7424 (dual action polisher). Left them crystal clear. I'm going to start using Plexus to protect them weekly, since their original UV protection has obviously gone. Plexus is supposed to seal and protect plastic from hazing/fading/oxidation, and is pretty cheap, so we'll see how it goes.

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Oh, and for less than $50 you can replace your old halogen bulbs with a set of Sylvania Silverstar Ultra bulbs. They are the best bulbs I've found as stock replacements.

Your headlight lenses are probably plastic and just need a good restoration.
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