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Old 09-24-2004, 10:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how do you clean this nasty looking headlights!!!???
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Old 09-24-2004, 10:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not sure if you can cut them open in the middle like you can on the ellipsoids...my advice...buy euro spec ones!
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Old 09-24-2004, 10:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the thing is i dont have money to spare for now
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Old 09-25-2004, 12:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a similar problem, one is murky, the other clear. It's like the previous owner only replaced one!
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Old 09-25-2004, 12:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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is it from the inside or the outside...???
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Old 09-25-2004, 01:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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A search would reveal many tips on cleaning them
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Old 09-25-2004, 01:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Rids you of hazy headlights. Or you can wet sand them with 1000+ grit sandpaper and then use a metal polish on them.
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wetsand (high grit), polish, buffer
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your headlive cover's plastic is degrading due to the UV (mainly) rays from the sun causing the plastic to deteriorate, and become cloudy and more brittle.
You may want to invest in the cheepest ZKW headlights. If you dont get the DDE, HID, or any other fancy stuff, they arn't too expensive.

If you really want to cheep out, and I sugest you dont, you can get the DEPO elipsoids, the protective glass is thinner so it has more potential to break if a pebbel hits it. They also have a tendancy to fog during large humidity shifts, such as heavy rain or after a carwash. Ask el presidente, he has them. He's happy with them (as far as I can tell), but I wouldn't be.

Check out Umnitza, they sell ZKW, DEPO, and apparently now BOSCH, we havn't seen or heard of those yet in these forums, so most of us can't really say anything about those I don't believe.


BTW: you can't open stock american headlights, they are fused shut.
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how do you clean this nasty looking headlights!!!???
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I had the same problem on my 92... a cheap solution that i found works well is buying plastic polish (like Meguiar's PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish) - I use it on my motorcycle helmet face shield. It works great! I usually use it every time i wax my car. It doesn't make them perfect, but it does a great job for $5!
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