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post #11 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-05-2013, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Yikes, serious oxidation and wear.. Might get it a little better but back to original??

But then again, anything that makes it better would be good..
See what I get myself into,LOL! Like a man named Ralph Kramden once said "I got a BIG MOUTH"

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See what I get myself into,LOL! Like a man named Ralph Kramden once said "I got a BIG MOUTH"

Thinking to start, would just show him the Toothpaste DIY and see how it turns out.

Not any expert, but looks like a lot of - eh - "dirt/crud" on top of the oxidation. Might want to start on that first with some simple green or something to get down to the oxidation itself..


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My wife's car has awful oxidation and I've tried a few off the shelf things, including one with the power buffer application. That one worked best but still looks pretty bad. There was actually a factory recall on the originals since they oxidized so quickly, but the replacements haven't been much better. I'm thinking of actually just replacing the housings at this point, but I expect a few hundred bucks might be required.

If you do find something that works well, please report back!

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I'm reluctant to do any thing at this point because my friend said she wants them to look like new,HA! I told her she has to get new lights for that and I don't want to open a can of worms trying to get the olds ones to look better. Thanks for all the input, I still think the toothpaste thing was cool.

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My 2005 Honda Civic which is now my fiance's had headlights that were nearly as bad as that photo of the Hyundai. I had once tried a simple Rain-X Headlight Restoration kit, and it worked for about a month. The finishing stuff you wipe on was not a good sealant at all. And I never garage my cars. This was summer '12.

Last month I had those headlights professionally restored and also covered in Suntek PPF; this will protect the plastic from further oxidation, and also rock chips and cracks! I had the PPF put on my headlights too.

If you want to restore them yourself, I would suggest applying some clear vinyl or 3M or other brand of PPF to the headlight housing to prevent the oxidation from coming back altogether! Especially if you cant garage it.

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Bringing this thread back from the dead, now I had used Turtle Wax headlight kit on my CR-Z about 8 months ago. Now the headlights are getting a white haze on them. Does anyone know of a kit that will last longer if not forever.

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Headlight Restoration Help!

I had my headlights wrapped in Suntek paint protection film the first year I owned it. Will be a long time before I have plastic oxidation problems. Also protects them from rocks.

I had my 2005 civic done before, professionally polished the fogginess away and then Suntek film applied which protects the plastic from UV rays, etc. You need some type of sealant layer to make your restoration more permanent, like a film.

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Yea Holly I guess I'll have to do that film. Having the car in the South West UV rays it's hard to keep it up.

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A shop did mine, with a precut piece of film. It had a square cut out (a notch of missing film) under where the pointy part of our headlight is. I'll take a picture if I dont make sense

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A shop did mine, with a precut piece of film. It had a square cut out (a notch of missing film) under where the pointy part of our headlight is. I'll take a picture if I dont make sense
I had my headlights tinted at a shop in L.A. when I had an S2000 so that is what I'm going to do (but clear) to the CR-Z.

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