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MCcelica
05-03-2007, 11:21 PM
This is for anyone whom has a car that has the plastic lens covers like the ones on the 7th gen celica, but any car that has them will work fine. If you've been plagued or annoyed by foggy lenses, heads up here. Here is a pic of my DS headlight after completing the process, it was much worse than the PS light. Keep in mind that between the two lights and going upstairs to find my camera, this process took me no more than 15 minutes, and it can save you from having to buy new headlight lenses for a long time.

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j146/Sorth/DSCN0485.jpg

Here is a shot of the PS headlight prior to my process.
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j146/Sorth/DSCN0486.jpg

A close up so you can really see the foggyness.
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j146/Sorth/DSCN0488.jpg

A shot of both so you can see the difference.
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j146/Sorth/DSCN0487.jpg

This is the stuff you need. I used Meguiars Mirror Glaze #2 professional fine-cut cleaner. Any automotive clear coat rubbing compound or glaze should be fine, this is just what I had around. OR if you don't feel like buying that stuff, the liquid CD skip fixer is basically the same thing. The other item you'll need is a clean cloth. I used a recently washed old sock.

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j146/Sorth/DSCN0489.jpg

Rub the cleaner/rubbing compound in small circles untill dry, then wipe away with a clean part of your cloth. If you have straight scratches, rub it in perpendicular to the grain of the scratch as illustrated here.

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j146/Sorth/DSCN0490.jpg

Wipe away and it will look a little more like this
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j146/Sorth/DSCN0491.jpg

Now repeating the process for the front part of the light

Before: http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j146/Sorth/DSCN0493.jpg

During: http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j146/Sorth/DSCN0494.jpg

After: http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j146/Sorth/DSCN0495.jpg

This is what she looked like 15 minutes later
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j146/Sorth/DSCN0498.jpg

Shadowlife25
05-04-2007, 01:41 AM
Very nice write-up. I have been doing this on friends vehicles for years now. Works like a charm. Some of the worst lenses for getting nasty though are on the 2000 model mustangs, don't know why.
Anyhow, great job!

geebes
05-04-2007, 01:41 AM
Nice, thanks...i'll have to try that on my cousins 2.5gt legacy...he has the foggy lights and it pisses me off.

MoralWarfare
05-04-2007, 03:42 AM
i've had good luck with meguiar's Plast-X on plastic tail light and headlight housing. I have this mirror glaze in the garage, I'll try that out too :)

MCcelica
05-04-2007, 03:53 AM
Thanks yall. I'm gonna do this on the girlie's civic si. I'll post some pics of that when I get around to it.

1990CelicaGT-S
05-04-2007, 04:34 AM
Looks good. I usually kept a bottle of this around and did my lights every second oil change or what not.

inertiatic
05-04-2007, 11:08 PM
i heard those Flitz balls work well too. Good write up.. ill have to try this on my gurls Matrix.

Cavanagh
05-05-2007, 12:45 AM
Nice NSY. I always wondered how people cured that.

Trance4c
05-05-2007, 01:15 AM
Looks to be really doing the job.. but also that it could do more! Look at the bottom orange corner area, you can still see a lot of the cover build up, or is that on the inside an I'm wrong?

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j146/Sorth/DSCN0495.jpg

Gary
05-05-2007, 04:49 AM
Good write up.
I have been using rubbing compound on my Solara's headlights for years now.
I also do it every oil change.
Work like a charm! :)

MCcelica
05-05-2007, 09:50 AM
Looks to be really doing the job.. but also that it could do more! Look at the bottom orange corner area, you can still see a lot of the cover build up, or is that on the inside an I'm wrong?


That picture was only intended for the main section of the light. I hadn't actually gotten to that orange corner yet when I took that pic. It was all on the outside though. It's really cleaned up now.

Unarmed
05-23-2007, 09:54 PM
just another reason to get pop-ups :P

vip09
05-24-2007, 05:44 AM
Try wetsanding it with 2000 grit sandpaper. Then apply rubbing compound. Comes out looking GREAT!

celicaGT90_05
05-24-2007, 06:22 AM
I'll have to try that shit on my ranger, it's headlights are fogged NASTEY, way worse than your celica was

celicaGT90_05
05-25-2007, 10:56 PM
man I'm happy, I have a little tub of turtle wax polish compound from months back, so I decided what the hell and used it on my rangers headlights...and I gotta say that stuff worked great too. Now I dont have the yellow filmy lookin fog on them. I still gotta get the moisture out, just waiting for access to a hair dryer

MCcelica
05-26-2007, 02:48 AM
Sweet. Like vip09 said too, the wetsanding works well too, but that's usually better for more extreme cases. This is a good way to keep from having to use the wetsanding approach. Glad it worked for ya though!

celicaGT90_05
05-26-2007, 05:07 AM
I dont care about them looking perfect, gonna have custom headlights made some time I just wanted to clean them up some, and that polish did the trick, thanks for the tip cuz I never would have thought about it

vip09
05-26-2007, 01:30 PM
This is how mine turned out after a little wetsanding.

http://members.aol.com/vipmetal09/headlight01.jpg