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weasel
06-10-2007, 11:45 PM
i have an intrepid with the dumb headlights that are plastic and are really dull and cant seem to get them fixed up ....what can i use to make them bright again

ps..new ones are $250 plus so i cant afford new ones

MiKeY2
06-11-2007, 07:52 AM
try and get the lens off and open and wipe it down. maybe u got some dirt in there or something... otherwise i would say to try and change the bulbs.

Bignickel
06-11-2007, 09:06 AM
Saw a thing on "Two Guys Garage.
They restored dulled plastic head light lenses using tooth paste and a damp cloth.
I haven't tried it but if it works it will be a lot cheaper than new lights.

Add
06-11-2007, 12:31 PM
there's this grit stuff you can buy, it sands down the outter plastic shield.. our vans lights were getting dimmer and dimmer, used this stuff and they're like nbew again cause it takes the faded plastic off the cover


canadian tire sells it, can't think of the name

The Piper
06-12-2007, 02:46 PM
meguiars (http://www.meguiars.com/?clear-plastic-care/PlastX-Clear-Plastic-Cleaner-Polish)

Add
06-12-2007, 05:58 PM
That's the stuff demon, worked wonders on our vans lights.

ranson
06-13-2007, 12:20 AM
Guy`s auto body do for 60.00 buck`s for the both of them and thay come out like new...

Guest
06-13-2007, 09:50 AM
We replac3ed the shells on my parents' minivan for about $80 with NEW ones.

The Piper
06-13-2007, 10:55 AM
Jeezus...must be nice to have an a$$ load of cash.
Hmmm $60 to get it done or $11 at crappy tire...
yeah... guess I'm doing it myself.

Guest
06-13-2007, 07:28 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: DeMoN</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Jeezus...must be nice to have an a$$ load of cash.
Hmmm $60 to get it done or $11 at crappy tire...
yeah... guess I'm doing it myself. </div></div>Do some searching onlione...like I said, we replaced the ones on my parents' 95 Voyager SE for about 80 bucks for the pair of them. That's a far cry from the couple hundred+ dollars they wanted for EACH here!

A*lil*Loopy
06-15-2007, 11:03 PM
I went out and bought the Maguiers PlastX last night and tried it.
OMG, what a difference!! You may not be able to tell in my pictures because it was dark outside.
Full view, light on left cleaned with PlastX. I wanted to show the difference so I took the photos before doing the right side.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b60/TheRealAnipeg/DSC_0037.jpg

Close up views of left and right.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b60/TheRealAnipeg/DSC_0038.jpghttp://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b60/TheRealAnipeg/DSC_0039.jpg

Mines a 1996 and I was noticing how dull the lights were. Took me less than 10 minutes and cost me less than $10.

weasel
06-16-2007, 12:53 AM
Thanks Armadillo and DeMoN ...i found the same stuff at walmart in the states side for $4.50 us.....i have to say its amazing but i have to replace 1 /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif lense cuz it seems to be really bad but i have to admit i get almost %50 more light out of it though

BIG THANKS TO THE CAR NERDS!!! just kidding (about the nerd part lol)

Ocean
06-16-2007, 05:39 PM
I bought it also last night. It made it about 50% difference but mine were really bad.My hubby was told to use 6 and 12 sand paper then use clearcoat for them. I am going to try that next.

ynot149
09-02-2007, 06:08 PM
Try using a clean rag with automotive thinner on it ,siak rag and givem one good fast wipe and leave it , if u rubb to much the plastic will start getting sticky and will ruin, one good rubb til yellowish film is gone and don't dry them leave to air dry, don't try to rub a second time or u will be replacing them