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General Maintenance : Headlights

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Step 1 : Polish

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Headlight discoloration and foggyness seems to be a Hawaii thing. I have no idea what in particular makes them go so bad here compared to elsewhere but you can tell how old each car is by how yellow the headlights are. Even cars just a few years old will start t go yellow and foggy. Anywho, here's what I did to try and rectify the issue, at least somewhat.

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Looks good, big difference! Is that garage on your property?? - q20v February 22nd 2015
  1. For this job we'll be using a mothers powerball cone, Meguiar's Plast-X, a drill, and Kona Brewery's Big Wave.
  2. Here is the offensively yellow headlight.
  3. Splooge some Plast-X on your powercone. Use lots because the cone will absorb a lot at first. You might want to make sure the drill is on low speed at first so you don't end up giving yourself and your car a Plast-X shower. If your car is fancy you may want to mask off the surrounding trim. I had no such concerns. Slowly work the splooge onto the headlight until you cover everything and you have a decent layer. Slowly ramp up your cone speed and make sure you get all the little corners. Once you can start going a decent cone speed, stay on it for a good 5-10 minutes, you really can't hurt the light. Just apply a slight pressure, no ram-jamming needed. 4-6. Here's the before/after. Passenger side light before, driver side after polishing.

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Here is the change in light pattern from the polishing. I guess the foggy headlight scatters light a lot more. It's not as visible in pics as in real life, but I think you get the idea. You can see how the passenger side light is scattering a lot more on low then high beam.

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All done! The night-time light of the truck was much improved, in addition to looking much less gross.

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The Civic is getting pretty bad, I'll have to try both methods and see which one out performs! - ripcurl February 28th 2015
When the clear coat starts wearing out again(caused by salt in the air and other debris while drive or sitting around) use a good rubbing compound then WipeNue to replace the clear coat(or real clear coat for plastic). Just keep it away from heat sources, WipeNue is like super glue: Extremely Flammable. Good luck, Brad - Mach February 22nd 2015

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