Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

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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?
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Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

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

Cleaning vinegar perked our 16 y o lenses up.

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Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

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

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

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.
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Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby john the baptist » Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:26 pm

i use whitening too paste which has a little fluoride grit to it and it cuts it really well.

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Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby swerve » Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:07 am

Try using someome CIF cream cleaner or anything that has a little abrasive particles in. Vim would have done the job. But no idea if it's still made.
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Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby gerryh » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:08 am

As I said previously a quick wipe over with some WD40 on a cloth clears the haze and back to being nice and clear.
Very quick to do and very little effort.
Just needs a quick wipe every few weeks.
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Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby gina59 » Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:14 am

I use silver or brass cleaner. Takes five minutes.
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Re: Restoring plastic headlamp covers.

Postby spanish_lad » Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:36 pm

:idea:
swerve wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:07 am
But no idea if it's still made.
The wholesalers in alhaurin sells vim powder.
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