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#1 OFFLINE   MaxLB

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 05:25 PM

After 30K miles, my headlights still look crystal clear, but my foglights look like crap; very hazy lenses.

 

I assume because they are close to the ground they catch a lot of road dirt.

 

Has anyone tried to clean or buff them out?









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#2 OFFLINE   Jonathan Ezor

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 09:53 AM

I haven't tried with this vehicle, but I've had great success on previous vehicles with the 3M Lens Restoration System: https://www.amazon.c...duct/B001AIZ5HY. {Jonathan}



#3 OFFLINE   GTIguy

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 10:14 AM

If it's really dirt, it should clean off with soap. If it's pitted with rock impacts, they might polish up with a headlight cleaner and fine sandpaper. If, on the other hand, it's a plastic lens that's gone hazy with UV light, the cure is in the past- you ought to have waxed them several times a year,  with the rest of the car. I doubt that would happen in one year in a west coast climate, though. 

 

I haven't had a chance to use my "fog lights" in real fog yet, but I've found another use. They're great for dark roads where pedestrians might be present, because the beam pattern is much wider than the headlights.



#4 OFFLINE   MaxLB

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 05:32 PM

It's not dirt, at least not on the outside.  It doesn't look like pits either, it's more hazy.  I'm guessing they are hazy on the inside.  I've had this occur with some lights on other cars before and it's easy to clean up if you can get the assembly out of the car.  I have not tried to remove them yet.

 

I know it's not UV damage because the car sits facing north against a wall both at home and at work when parked.


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#5 OFFLINE   Jonathan Ezor

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:56 AM

It's not dirt, at least not on the outside.  It doesn't look like pits either, it's more hazy.  I'm guessing they are hazy on the inside.  I've had this occur with some lights on other cars before and it's easy to clean up if you can get the assembly out of the car.  I have not tried to remove them yet.

 

I know it's not UV damage because the car sits facing north against a wall both at home and at work when parked.

 

I will point out that damage from road grit can be tiny, not showing as or feeling like "pits" but rather just an overall haziness on the lens. The damage is microscopic but cumulative. Lens restoration systems like the 3M one I mentioned above basically buff out the outermost layer of the lens (again, on a microscopic layer) and get down to clear glass. It's an odd process; the 3M kit uses progressively finer grades of sandpaper, so the lens initially gets *much* worse but ends up clear. See this picture at https://sep.yimg.com...er-39008-25.jpgfor examples. {Jonathan}










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