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Old 12-06-01, 10:33 AM   #1
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just got my car back from Hennessey Lexus yesterday. was getting moisture in the drivers side headlamp, so they replaced the whole thing...........which i appreciate. problem is that now the passenger side looks horrible in comparison. my car is over 3 yrs old and the driving has weathered the plastic lens. anybody have any suggestions as to how to clean it so it is as clear as the replaced one? BTW.........they were out of loaners when i took my car in so they called enterprise and they brought one. cavalier.....roll-up windows....no floor mats.....am/fm/no cassette!!!
i was pissed but didnt want to ***** and moan like some snob, but my service guy omar promised it would never happen again.
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Old 12-06-01, 11:26 AM   #2
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i think the best thing for you to do is just buy a new headlamp. Otherwise I use Glass stripper on my benz's headlights, it removes some of the scratches off the plastic lenses but it wont look nearly as good as the new one.
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Old 12-06-01, 11:56 AM   #3
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you can use aluminum polish on your headlight, I used it on my 7 years old headlights and it made the biggest difference.
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Old 12-06-01, 12:26 PM   #4
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I recall there being a post a really long time ago on a place that you could send your headlamps and have them cleaned and refurbished so to speak. I don't remember the site or the price but maybe one of the older CL members can help out. It may have even been on the old forum.
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Old 12-06-01, 02:11 PM   #5
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U can try to polish the lens with Griot's Fine Glass Polish. It helped my HID's aout considerably. http://www.griotsgarage.com/catalog....1001&SKU=11017
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Hi guys
just did mine on the weekend,i used "Blue Magic" liquid metal polish and "Blue Magic" Plastic and Plexi-glass cleaner.I an VERY satisfied with the results.they look brand spanking new.A little elbow grease will be required but you will not be disappointed.cost $5.00 each.money well spent. PS use the cleaner first.
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metal polish doesn't scratch them????
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Hi guys
just did mine on the weekend,i used "Blue Magic" liquid metal polish and "Blue Magic" Plastic and Plexi-glass cleaner.I an VERY satisfied with the results.they look brand spanking new.A little elbow grease will be required but you will not be disappointed.cost $5.00 each.money well spent. PS use the cleaner first.
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my bro just got a bottle of BLUEMAGIC plastic and plexiglass cleaner and he said it doesn't work well. I'll try them out 2morrow and post results.
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I had the same problem as you did, one of my headlamps were fogging up, and the other one was not. They replaced one of them under warranty, but I went back about 3 weeks later and told them that the other lamp was fogging up as well. I did that because of the same dilema you are going through right now---one headlight was a lot cleaner and brighter than the other one. My local dealer replaced the other one as well. So try it out and tell them the other one is fogging up as well. Honestly, what are they going to do---keep your car until it rains to see if it really does??? They'll just get it replaced and you will be on your way.


Try it out---can't hurt to try
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Hey guys, I always use "plastic polish" from Griot's Garage on tail-lights and headlights on my vehicles, and they still look like new. And summers here are brutal.

Hey MeanGene, glass polish on plastic? Are you crazy? That darn thing even scratched my windshield beyond repair (thankfully on the tinted area), but works great on our glass shower-doors. I thought it was intended for windshields, but I guess shatterproof-glass must be softer or something.
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I have used Meguiars plastic/plexiglass polish/cleaner. I think it is no. 15 off the top of my head. It works wonders. You have to be patient, it won't do it all in one step. I also have a dual action orbital polisher/buffer. (cyclopolisher) It is the best damned polisher I have bought in the past 10 years. Well hope this helps
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Hey Ricky,

mind telling me the price and place wherr you picked up your polisher?

how is the unit compare to porter cable-one of cl guys fav?

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i think the best thing for you to do is just buy a new headlamp. Otherwise I use Glass stripper on my benz's headlights, it removes some of the scratches off the plastic lenses but it wont look nearly as good as the new one.


....sounds like a great idea if you just happen to have an extra $1,100 laying around and that's just one side....oh don't forget labor at $60 a hour:eek:

Lexus just replaced my lights $2,400 under warranty moisture build up was the cause.
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Juan - I used the FINE Glass Polish on my HID's & didn't scratch anything ( yet! ). Griot's regular glass polish is twice as abrasive as the fine stuff ( I'm told ) but they also make a plastic polish for folks with convertibles if ya want to try that. BTW - the Fine Polish works great on removing water spots from the sunroof glass!
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GS4Will: Tried to PM you but your box is full. Go and check out www.topoftheline.com The prices there are almost unbeatable. Talk with Irene she is very helpful and knowledgeable. Look under Cyclopolisher

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