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Old 11-30-2003, 08:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys my headlights have kind of a milky haze on the inside of them, and i was wondering if i took the lights off, and the bulbs out and then filled them up with water and tried to wash them out and dry them out, if the milynes would go away or if it would make it worse since i put water in there, what are your opions or is there another way to get ride of this....

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Old 11-30-2003, 09:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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im pretty sure it looks like water got in there and just made it all crappy looking, also if it wasnt on the inside what could i do to get it off, or do i just have to buy new headlights, (which would be angel eyes) just dont ahve the money right now

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Old 11-30-2003, 10:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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might have to live with it for now, there really isnt a decent way to fix that.
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Ok, I'm assuming that is in fact the inside of the housing that is dirty. What you would do is take the housings out, fill them with water mixed with a cleaning agent. Agents that come to mind are CLR, bleech, etc. Not quite sure which one you should use, but anything that is safe for plastic. CLR sounds like the right stuff to use.

Afterwards, rinse and wash out with water until you're satisfied that they're clean. Then you need to let them dry out. Completely dry out. Once you put the bulbs back in, the inside is once again water tight, which is pretty much air tight as well, so any moisture still in there will remain there, for a LONG time.

But then again, if you're getting angel eyes anyways, then don't worry too much about it, live with it till you can afford the angel eyes
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Old 11-30-2003, 11:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey, here's a good, albeit ghetto, fix that I've used for this that works quite well. Get yourself some Meguiar's Leather Wipes. Rub those into the outside of your headlights and viola! Works everytime and lasts for a couple weeks.
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If you put any thing with chemicals inside it'll dull out the chrome reflectors just wait till you got the money for angel eyes. By the way depo’s angel eyes looks like home made (what I have). InPro Too yellow (what my friend have). ZKW don’t make angel eyes so get depo with out angel eyes and buy DDE eyes and do it your self.
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Whaaa? No, you rub it on the cheap plastic OUTSIDE....doesn't dull anything. I did it until I got the glass replacements....never a problem.
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YO Cypher I was quoting Bigred on the initial post saying take out the bulb and all that dude.
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Heh...cause I'll stand behind my ghettofied engineering trick to my death. lol :lol:
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the outside turning cloudy is common, but can be fixed by wetsanding them and using a metal polish to buff out the scratches.
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the outside turning cloudy is common, but can be fixed by wetsanding them and using a metal polish to buff out the scratches.
If his problem is on the outside, yes, but he thinks it's on the inside.

On the outside, I suggest Meguiars Plastic-X.
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If you are daring you can take out your headlights remove everything you can from them and then try this. Heat your stove to about 300 degrees when its ready put you headlight in for a few minutes. The glue will loosen and you can pull the plastic front off the headlight. With this off you can clean and dry the inside, when you are satisfied put the headlight back in the stove to soften the glue up again, then press the two pieces together tightly.
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