Rising Sun Member Forums  

Go Back   Rising Sun Member Forums > Toyota 4x4 > General Tech Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 05-26-2014, 08:48 PM
Lars's Avatar
Lars Lars is offline
Rising Sun Webmaster
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Arvada
Posts: 458
Default Hazed Headlights

I took some time today to polish up the 06 4runner and noticed that the headlights are starting to get a haze on them. I assume oxidation. any good experience out there with getting them clear again?
__________________
-James Simpson 06 4runner -KD0LAR
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-26-2014, 09:42 PM
Shotshell's Avatar
Shotshell Shotshell is offline
Rising Sun Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Englewood
Posts: 513
Default

I'd like to know the same thing. My head lights are very hazy.
Products? Tips?
__________________
Travis

TLCA #22468

2003 Tacoma TRD 4x4 4-Door

I would rather walk than drive anything that's 2WD.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-26-2014, 09:54 PM
Jacket's Avatar
Jacket Jacket is offline
Rising Sun Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Lafayette
Posts: 4,118
Default

I can tell you most of the fixes don't last and the haziness comes back. I used the 3M product on my wife's car a few times before I sold it, and it looks great at first, but the haze quickly comes back after a few weeks/months.
__________________
- Matt
1976 FJ40 - green and mostly stock
1996 FZJ80 - not so stock
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-26-2014, 10:07 PM
coloradobound's Avatar
coloradobound coloradobound is offline
Lifted
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 144
Default

I've used vinegar to get a good bit of the haze out, then a scratch doctor of polish thats a bit more aggressive go get more of it out and to protect them again. Had pretty good results and has lasted a good amount of time.
__________________
2002 Tacoma DCab TRD, OME suspension, 1" Daystar Bodylift, ARB front bumper, Lightforce 170's, Slee Sliders, 33" Toyo's on FJ80 rims, TRD supercharger, exhaust, and trans cooler.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-27-2014, 01:26 PM
SteveH SteveH is offline
Hard Core 4+
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Colo Springs
Posts: 1,320
Default

I have done 8? cars with 2000 grit (or very fine) compound and a buffer. It gets them 95% clear. I guess I can't say that I've owned one long enough after that to see if they got hazy again (or the vehicle was a garage queen and didn't see much light).

If you use a buffer, protect all surrounding areas with a couple layers of masking or duct tape so you don't fry any other paintwork. Removing the headlight housing and putting it gently in a padded vise is best.
__________________
Steve H.
Colo Springs, CO
'78 FJ40, '89 FJ62, '98 4Runner
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-27-2014, 01:41 PM
subzali's Avatar
subzali subzali is offline
Rising Sun member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Denver CO
Posts: 7,662
Default

3M kit with the sandpaper and buffing wheels. Lasted about 3 years on my Tundra.

http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/s...llow+headlight
__________________
Matt Miller
TLCA# 13684
Rising Sun Bio
1977 FJ40 2F "Brahma" + Lockright, tach, Warn 8274, FJ60 Power Steering, soon to lose the Sanden OBA to go back to factory emissions
1996 FZJ80 1FZ-FE factory lockers + Safari Turbo , CDL switch, cup holder, Metric TLC leather, heated seats and JDM switches
2000 Tundra Limited TRD 2UZ-FE SOLD
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-27-2014, 02:31 PM
60wag's Avatar
60wag 60wag is offline
Rising Sun Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,814
Default

Sanding and polishing the lenses will make them clear but without a quality UV portection, they will cloud up again. I tried some other cheaper kits that were garbage. This one is holding pretty wwll two years later:

http://www.bgprod.com/bg-headlight-r...r-bgprod-page/
__________________
Bruce
'96FZJ80
'03 KTM 450EXC
"If you know what you're doing, then you aren't learning anything." - A. Lincoln
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-27-2014, 03:03 PM
Tacomedic Tacomedic is offline
Rock Stacker
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Erie, CO
Posts: 13
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by subzali View Post
3M kit with the sandpaper and buffing wheels. Lasted about 3 years on my Tundra.

http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/s...llow+headlight
x2 on this. Used this product on both my Tacoma and 4Runner... both vehicles purchased with 100k+ on them and very hazed headlights. Cleaned them up like new and has stayed that way for 50k.
__________________
2004 Tacoma X-Cab TRD, 4WD, Auto, OME & 33's
2004 4Runner Limited V8
1974 FJ40, Mid Frame-Off Restoration
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-28-2014, 01:31 AM
Corbet's Avatar
Corbet Corbet is offline
Hard Core 4+
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Durango, Colorado
Posts: 4,038
Default

I used the "Mother's" headlight restoration kit on the Subaru a few months ago. Worked great any took less than an hour. They still look good and the beam pattern/cut off are back. The lights were approaching trash status before. So even if I need to do this every 6 months so be it. Better than 100's on new assemblies.
__________________
Speski OffRoad LTD, Cargo Solutions for Toyota 4x4's http://www.SpeskiOffRoad.com
"80 series, with a fridge"
1976 FJ40, Project with little progress.
2004 Starcraft 10RT

Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-28-2014, 09:13 AM
AxleIke's Avatar
AxleIke AxleIke is offline
Rising Sun Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Arvada, CO
Posts: 3,422
Default

Griot's Garage is what I've seen work the best. Haven't tried the 3M.
__________________
Isaac

Baby Beast 2- 1999 4Runner SR5

Baby Beast -1987 4Runner SR5-Gone, but not forgotten

Generation Dead
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.