Headlights dirtier than your mom

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  1. SycoPhant

    SycoPhant Get out my way

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    I put clear corners on my Explorer, and now it's *really* noticable that my headlights are dirty and fogged up. Plus one has blue glass in it from a hid-look bulb that blew up this winter. Anyone have advice on how to clean them and get the glass out or where I might get a good price on new ones?
     
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    Well, I had a Tempo that had one dirty headlight. I ended up having to take it off the car (a real bitch) and spraying windex in there, drying it as well as I could by using a towel inside the bulb hole and letting it sit out for a few days so it could totally dry.

    Your best bet: head over to your local scrapyard and find an Explorer with a good set of headlamp lenses, see what they want for them.
     
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    SycoPhant Get out my way

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    Hmm.
    I've heard you can put them in the oven on low heat to soften the glue to seperate the lens from the housing, anyone care to back that up?
     
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    yes. use a heat gun to seperate the lense from the housing. then you can wetsand & polish the lense.
    start with something like 600 grit & work your way up to 1500 or so.
    then use a GOOD high quality polish on them. & follow with some wax.
     
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    I really wouldn't advise putting them in the oven, they're plastic.
     
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    SycoPhant Get out my way

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    That sounds like a whole hell of a lot of a shitload of a pile of work to me :-\
     
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    MiseryIndex i never know why. i only know who. Moderator

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    takes less than an hour...

    i fucked up on my drivers side headlight & get some water condensation inside :(
    i gotta take it apart again & re-seal it better this time.

    but of course my freind's have come out fine when i did theres :mad:
     
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    i agree. if you're going to do anything silly like that, do boiling water instead :o
     
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    SycoPhant Get out my way

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    I've got condensation in mine, that's part of the problem.
     
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    Ok, I'm a moron. I just re-read your post, and when I first read it, I thought you told him to put the lens in the oven!
    you -> :slap: <- me
     
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    get some 3M rubbing compound and rub away at ur headlights
     
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    SycoPhant Get out my way

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    That's hard to do on the inside of the lens though...
     
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    Overn method works. I've done it PLENTY of times to various cars.

    Set your oven on 200° and leave them in there for about 10 minutes. DO NOT place them directly on the metal. I usually use a large oven safe ceramic dish and place the light on top. Basically all you want to make sure is that no part of the head light is physically touching the oven.

    I know it may sound weird and you may feel nervous a first, I sure as hell did, but after doing the first one, it was easy as hell.

    Don't knock it till you'v tried it. ;) And don't forget the headlights will be HOT, so have rags ready to help hold it.
     
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    And to re-attatch the lens?
     
  15. evan2

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    oh use a heat gun or hair dryer to lossen up the silicone holding them together
    take them apart

    that 3m stuff is junk, use toothpaste no lie
    if you ever seen any 95-96 dsm (eclipse and talons) headlights they always fog up well the drivers side one does

    used toothpaste and it was gone.. nice and clear

    if you have condensation drill a small hold in the bottom of the headlight for air to go in and out so you wont have that

    then just get some clear silicone to put them backtogether its not ahard process..
     
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    The other solutions were easier, and will yeild the same or better results.
     

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