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Old 22 Jun 2009, 04:37 pm
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I bought my 02 PT a month ago. The headlights were turned opaque and had lost their smoothness due to road rash (stones, sand damage, etc).
I bought a bottle of Plastix and used my cordless polisher to polish the lenses smooth and clear - Plastix removes the top layer of damaged lens plastic.
Then, I applied a liberal coating of Mother's "Back to Black" over the entire lens. Now, the headlights look like new, with a fresh "jewel" look that they had when they left the factory.
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Old 23 Jun 2009, 09:04 am
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Common problem with plastic lenses. The trouble is that Ultra Violet rays break down & yellow the plastic. Many people paint the lenses with a good clear coat after bringing them back to clear. The clear coat has U/V blocker.
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Old 23 Jun 2009, 11:09 am
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Again, posted in the wrong section of the forum, but..

Glad you had some luck with this process as many people find that yellowed, hazed headlights simply need replacing.. seems very hit or miss with the expensive treatments.
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Old 23 Jun 2009, 11:29 am
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Chris,
The Meguiar's Plastx cost about $8 Canadian, and the Mother's "Back to Black" was $8 as well.
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Oh, I wasn't saying this was an expensive fix, I was simply saying that people generally spring a lot of money on the headlight 'treatments' and aren't satisfied.
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Yes, I have seen some advertised treatments that are over $100 to correct yellowed or opaqued lenses. Sheesh, would anyone actually pay that? I hear ya.
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I've seen a lot of people bring their headlights to Walmart to leave extremely unhappy, wanting their money back. The thing is, is that each headlight is different and corrodes/warps in a different way. I spent 3-4 hours scrubbing, buffing and polishing the headlights on a BMW X5 and BARELY noticed a different afterwards.. on the other hand, on a friend's '88 Mustang, they cleaned up really easily.. like I said, it seems to be very hit or miss.
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