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sorry, i wet sanded it with 2000 then 1500 then buffed it out, kinda cleared it up but not much, so weeks go on and i hate how it makes the truck look, so i used some rustolium clear coat and it did alright, Hids are a lil focused now. but still not happy, i gotta replace the heads and tails soon, so i aint too worried about it, but goodluck
I work at a Wal-mart Tire Lube Express and we have a kit we can use to restore headlights. It is around $40 for both lenses to be fixed. I would look into that before buying new lenses and such. When I get the tags and plates for my truck i am going to get it done to my lenses first thing!
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40 dollars is ridiculous. Wal-Mart sells the megiuars kit for under 20 here.
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Ahh yes that would be better if your looking to save twenty. Not a bad idea if you want to try it yourself and it's not so hard to do. Even with that in mind people still get it with oil changes and other work. I think that it is a good idea to look into if you tried it yourself and are still thinking about buying new lenses that's all.
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Ohhh is it $40 to have you guys do it? Thats a lot more reasonable, I thought it was 40 for the kit.
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Ohhh is it $40 to have you guys do it? Thats a lot more reasonable, I thought it was 40 for the kit.
It is $40 for us to do it for ya and if we mess it up we make it right..if you do it yourself and mess up; you get to buy a whole other kit and go at it again...that is not to say we mess up that often.
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I restored mine: wet sanded with 2000 grit, rinsed and dried and polished with Blue Magic Lens Restorer. Did it on the hubby's '98 Taurus SHO also. Good as new! Total cost: around $10.
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The only problem with wetsanding is you remove the UV coating so they will oxidize 10 times as fast this time. Keeping a coat of wax on them helps prevent that though.
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I was watching horsepower tv (trucks) on sunday morning and they used a drill attachment and gritty toothpaste it worked great and is basically free.
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mothers' offers a polish ball as well. alot smaller then the red one used for paint. this one is blue and about the size of a larger hi bouce ball.
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My head lights are cloudy as you can see in my photos can anybody tell me how to clean them and make them clear again??????
I don't know if anyone posted this yet. I used different grits of sandpaper and water for lubrication. I went from 300 grit and stepped up to 600 grit. Then went to 800 then 1000. Then finally went to 3000. After feeling like my arms were lead weights, I used the turtle wax red paste and worked it in, then rinsed it off. Then went to the white paste, working it in as well. Then lastly I sprayed it with some Stoner's Invisible Glass to give it a clean look. Hope that helps. Good Luck!
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This is a way that i found out via a member from another forum. Just regular toothpaste and a wet cloth works wonders. put the toothpaste onto the headlight let it harden a little bit then buff out with a wet cloth.
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This is a way that i found out via a member from another forum. Just regular toothpaste and a wet cloth works wonders. put the toothpaste onto the headlight let it harden a little bit then buff out with a wet cloth.
You are correct it works great
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I am going to try the toothpaste trick on my 01 tacoma headlights. I will take some before and after pics, it will be a pass or fail test.
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Even easier.

Break fluid.

Go to your garage,Grab that bottle of break fluid and a rag. Put some on a towel and *polish* the head lights. ( Like you would do with wax around in circles use elbow greese) Might have to do 1 let it dry while doing the other.
Go back wipe off any left over residue, Repeat if your not satisfied. It doesnt take much fluid to go a very long ways. Just A couple tips of the bottle.

Saw this on a volvo forum. Worked great on my Brother in-laws mercedes, My Old Tahoe, My friends Volvo and My new to me Ranger.

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Allan, I just complete this brake fluid technique on my 2001 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner headlight lenses. It works!!! Thank you sir. :D
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Allan, I just completed this brake fluid technique on my 2001 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner headlight lenses. It works!!! Thank you sir. :D
Your welcome!

How well did it work for you? mine looked great after...
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They turned out super clean, it made them look seven years newer. So they look about two years old now. I needed to put that half empty bottle of DOT 3 to use anyways.
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Getting headlights clear again

This is a late reply but I found a cheap headlight lens restore kit at Harbor Freight for $12-15. It comes with sandpaper that you chuck into your drill so you can wetsand and then polish. It is a one-time use kit so if you want to do it more than once you may want to use another kit but for me since I only needed to do it one time for now it worked out very well for me.
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I am presuming you have " designer lense's" and not the older sealed beam lights. Over time and miles the lense's contact lots of blown sand ,dirt and other abrasives. This will make them cloudy. I bought some very slightly abrasive glass cleaner from a store called Tap Plastics; it worked great and didn't cost much at all. it could be dirty inside.That would be my second guess because these things are sealed to be weather proof. Remember the old style sealed beam lights; you got a new lens every time you needed a new light.
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