July 26, 2010 at 8:29 am #1112
Just bought an ’04 Quest, and the plastic headlight covers are fogged/clouded pretty bad. The dealer said I could buy replacements ($100+ per side), but that it would probably happen again as (according to him) this is a design flaw. Does anyone know of any tricks to clean this in lieu of dropping $200-300 on a set of new ones? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!July 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm #4430
when I purchased my 06 it had the same problem. The dealership offered a buffing service, and that part of the deal on my purchase. They looked like new when done. I know some Wal-Marts offer a similar service you could try that.July 27, 2010 at 12:13 am #4431
Go to your local car parts shop and buy a bottle of PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish by Meguiar. That stuff works but needs some elbow grease.July 30, 2010 at 3:12 pm #4434
I’ve seen this on many other car make/models. When the UV coating on your headlights wears down over the years, that yellow, cloudy, foggy appearance you see is oxidation. I’ve tried several options, which work for a month or so, I suspect until it too wears off, and they are back to looking bad.
I’m going to call DrHeadLight.com and check on the cost…August 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm #4440
Thank you! I will look into those options… I heard someone say to use super fine grit sandpaper with a garden hose running water over the covers at the same time, but I may try some of these options first. Thanks again!August 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm #4460
I called Dr.Headlight and he came out and fixed both headlights for $159. They look like new!
He wet sanded the oxidation off of the headlight then applied a clear expoxy to the headlight. They are guaranteed for life against oxidizing again. They look great.
He said they do a lot of work for dealers and they fix and see this problem on all makes/models of cars. Pretty cool…
I would strongly recommend this service.
I had tried fixing this myself, but, after a few weeks/months, they would cloud back up again. Apparently those kits you buy only remove the oxidation and then attempt to protect the finish with wax, which wears off and allows the oxidation to reoccur.August 20, 2010 at 6:19 pm #4487
You might try one of those Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. 04 is in the shop right now but as soon as I get it back I am going to give it a try. Will give update then.January 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm #4753
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