Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Information and questions about driving in Andalucia, buying or importing cars and motorbikes plus legal issues surrounding taxes and licenses.
User avatar
gerryh
Andalucia Guru
Posts: 7535
Joined: Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Cajiz, Malaga

Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby gerryh » Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:40 pm

Took my wife's car for it's ITV this morning.
Passed OK but there was an observation regarding the yellowing of the plastic headlamp covers.
Have 2 months to correct the problem.
A quick Google search revealed 3M kits, toothpaste, WD40 amongst other suggestions to restore them.
Any recommendations that are easy to do work well?
Cheers
Gerry
Gerry Harris

Lyric
Andalucia Guru
Posts: 2291
Joined: Fri May 16, 2008 12:36 pm
Location: Torrox Campo

Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby Lyric » Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:06 pm

Cleaning vinegar perked our 16 y o lenses up.

El Cid
Andalucia Guru
Posts: 14931
Joined: Sun Oct 24, 2004 10:42 pm
Location: La Herradura, Costa Tropical, Granada

Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby El Cid » Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:09 pm

Some comparative tests her

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/accessori ... orers-2019

I used Farecla G5 rubbing compound with a rotary drill buffer.

Sid

User avatar
costakid
Andalucia Guru
Posts: 4710
Joined: Sun Feb 13, 2005 11:55 am
Location: malaga este

Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby costakid » Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:38 pm

As Sid says. On my mums old Avensis I used a cutting compound and electric buffer and they came up like new. They were dull and yellow but perfect now.

User avatar
gerryh
Andalucia Guru
Posts: 7535
Joined: Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Cajiz, Malaga

Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby gerryh » Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:34 pm

As a quick test, I wiped them over with some WD40 on a piece of cloth.
Came up clean surprisingly well for very little effort, time or money.
The effect might not last as long as a proper buffing down with cutting compound but if anybody is after a quick fix before an ITV test it seems to work.
I will look into a more permanent solution.
Cheers
Gerry
Gerry Harris

User avatar
costakid
Andalucia Guru
Posts: 4710
Joined: Sun Feb 13, 2005 11:55 am
Location: malaga este

Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby costakid » Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:05 pm

If it gets you through a test I suppose thats all you need to do. I was after a more permanent solution for my old mum.

User avatar
peteroldracer
Andalucia Guru
Posts: 7354
Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2004 5:56 pm
Location: Los Alcázares, Murcia

Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby peteroldracer » Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:31 pm

I used to cough to disguise a [email protected] I [email protected] to disguise a cough.

User avatar
knowal
Resident
Posts: 1860
Joined: Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:35 pm
Location: Dudley

Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby knowal » Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:44 pm

I used a kitchen "salvaunas" with a small amount of bleach.
That did it.

User avatar
costakid
Andalucia Guru
Posts: 4710
Joined: Sun Feb 13, 2005 11:55 am
Location: malaga este

Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby costakid » Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:42 pm

There must be loads of tricks to clean lamps, some better than others. The buffing with compound is good for a year.

pensure1988
Resident
Posts: 546
Joined: Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:03 pm
Location: Estepona

Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby pensure1988 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:39 am

HI

i believe there is also a place in the Estepona Poligno called Estepona Accident Repair Centre
which will do it in half an hour for 30 Euros. They do a good job and lasts 2 years

David

User avatar
spanish_lad
Andalucia Guru
Posts: 5574
Joined: Fri Apr 15, 2005 10:13 pm
Location: Alhaurin el Grande since 99

Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby spanish_lad » Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:46 am

costakid wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:38 pm
As Sid says. On my mums old Avensis I used a cutting compound and electric buffer and they came up like new. They were dull and yellow but perfect now.
Thats the only way to do it "properly" - its because the plastic is "burned" from the sun.
pensure1988 wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:39 am
HI

i believe there is also a place in the Estepona Poligno called Estepona Accident Repair Centre
which will do it in half an hour for 30 Euros. They do a good job and lasts 2 years

David
ANY body shop will do it. its really a 5 minute job.
Alhaurin el Grande since ´99, working at the airport since 2011.


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: GerryinCajiz, Google [Bot] and 1 guest