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Old 08-18-2010, 11:07 AM
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Getting a few things fixed up on the '97, before heading to Cali next month.
Night running is a concern, here at the ranch most vehicles are parked when the sun goes down.

My headlight lenses are pretty cheesy. Are the products I see to clean them up worth it?
or I could just go and smack a deer, and get new ones....LOL (no, JK)
Anyone have any luck 'bringing lenses back from the dead'??
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There are better ideas I am sure, but just so I could throw my $.02 up in the air, we've used a product called "Scratch Out". We had great results.
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I've used the 3M kit on several vehicles with excellent results. Plan to spend about 30 minutes per lens. The only tool you need is a drill for the sanding/buffing pads.
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:54 AM
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I used an alluminum polish. Here is a pic after about 10 mins, by hand.
The driver side is the one I started, the passenger has not been done
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Believe it or not, good old fashioned toothpaste works wonders as well!

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I second the aluminum polish. I have used it for years. Ford lenses are the worst and sadly I do have friends that drive Fords - LOL. I have converted a few though.
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Although metal polishes and toothpaste work, they are not intended for plastic or glass. Like Randy said, there are kits out there that include the pads and polishes like 3M, Meguiars, etc.

These are the 98 dodge/chrysler headlights from our van. Here are the two before images.






I lightly wetsanded the headlights, and then used a compound with a cutting pad and finished with a polish and polishing pad to finish them. Added a coat of sealant when they were finished.




Yes, it is possible and fairly easy to at least "improve" upon the finish.
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I'd take the advice of those that showed the before and after shots.
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I recently did my moms car. I purchased a kit. In it was nothing but 1000,1500,2000 and 2500 grit wet dry sand paper with a i asume a wax.If i would have know that i could have saved a few bucks. Anyway it worked well........Just sometime.
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