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Old 05-26-2014, 08:48 PM
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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?
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:42 PM
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I'd like to know the same thing. My head lights are very hazy.
Products? Tips?
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:54 PM
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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.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:07 PM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:26 PM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:41 PM
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3M kit with the sandpaper and buffing wheels. Lasted about 3 years on my Tundra.

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Old 05-27-2014, 02:31 PM
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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:

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Old 05-27-2014, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by subzali View Post
3M kit with the sandpaper and buffing wheels. Lasted about 3 years on my Tundra.

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.
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:31 AM
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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.
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:13 AM
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Griot's Garage is what I've seen work the best. Haven't tried the 3M.

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