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    how to remove yellow headlight haze

    Howdy all i have a 96 grand cherokee and the headlights look awful and i was just wondering if theres a certain process on how to remove the yellow crud. [edited by: 2hotford ]

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    I personally haven't used it yet, but I've heard good things about
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    I have read posts of people actually using fine grade sandpaper followed by polishing with different products to bring back the clarity. If they were real bad, I would purchase some new ones depending on how much $$$ they were or perhaps searching a salvage yard for some in better condition that might require less cleaning if any.
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    It would be helpful if you could post some pictures of the problem.

    For normal hazy headlights PlastX does an amazing job of clearing them up.

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    Re: how to remove yellow headlight haze

    Originally posted by JeepZJlover
    Howdy all i have a 96 grand Cherokee and the headlights look awful and i was just wondering if theres a certain process on how to remove the yellow crud. [edited by: 2hotford ]
    Hi JeepZJlover,

    Pick up a bottle of PlastX and apply with a piece of terry cloth towel.



    If you look carefully at this motorcycle windshield, you will see a spot that is clear while the rest of the windshield is hazy looking. I sanded this windshield down with #2000 grit wet-sanding paper and then polished a small area crystal clear using ScratchX and a piece of terry cloth for my applicator.

    ScratchX works great for removing defects and restoring clarity.

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    Re: Re: how to remove yellow headlight haze

    Originally posted by Mike Phillips
    Hi JeepZJlover,

    Pick up a bottle of PlastX and apply with a piece of terry cloth towel.



    If you look carefully at this motorcycle windshield, you will see a spot that is clear while the rest of the windshield is hazy looking. I sanded this windshield down with #2000 grit wet-sanding paper and then polished a small area crystal clear using ScratchX and a piece of terry cloth for my applicator.

    ScratchX works great for removing defects and restoring clarity.

    Mike
    Mike,

    The motorcycle windshield is sooooo clear, I can not even see it in your thread!!!

    Sorry Buddy, could not resist!!!

    Tim

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    Application Methodology:
    ·Use a plastic polish Meguiar’s PlastX or Renovo Plastic Cleaner
    ·Plastic Cleaners can be used to clean and condition Perspex as well as flexible plastic but is not suitable for use on glass.
    ·Prior to application of a plastic polish ensure that the surface is clean and free from dust particles by washing with a soft cloth and warm water.
    ·It is not advisable to use cleaning detergents on plastic.
    ·Shake the bottle thoroughly. Plastic polish can be hand or machine applied
    ·Using a random orbital buffer with a 3.5-inch backing plate and a 4-inch (LC White) polishing pad or a terry cloth applicator
    ·Place a small dab (about ½-inch diameter) of plastic polish on the foam pad or applicator.
    ·Place the pad on the lens surface and turn on the machine (speed #4)
    ·Polish the lens repeatedly in a left-to-right and an up and down pattern.
    ·Continue polishing until all the polish is gone
    ·Wipe the lens with a damp Microfiber towel
    ·Inspect the lens, repeat the polishing process i2-3 times as necessary

    Plastic polish will not remove clarity defects that are within the plastic but it will remove external/surface scratching and oxidation (yellowing)

    I prefer to use a polishing method before turning to 'wet-sanding'

    ~Hope this helps~

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    Re: Re: Re: how to remove yellow headlight haze

    Originally posted by 2hotford
    Mike,

    The motorcycle windshield is sooooo clear, I can not even see it in your thread!!!

    Sorry Buddy, could not resist!!!

    Tim
    Whoops! Here it is,



    Note the time I posted that, 6:04am,, I was in a hurry as I was heading out the door... I'm actually going to snag a better picture today that will better show the ability of this product.

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    Here's a pic of what PlastX can do. Of course your results may vary since some of the haze may be located on the inside of the light housing. This will limit your access to both sides of the lens.



    Good luck! I think this pic is getting worn out, but the product works as advertised.

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    I really truly think mine are bad enough that im going to have to do the wet sanding method. Any body have any instructions on how to go about doing that.

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