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Dull Headlight Lenses

Post by JohnBoyZA » 20 Sep 2017 14:24

Wasn't quite sure where to post this, but reading the LED headlight posts with great interest, I had a close look at my headlight lenses and found they had a brownish tinge and were quite pitted, probably from gravel chips and sand. Later that day I googled replacement headlights and was shocked to see the prices of the 'genuine' replacements.
Then, you won't believe the next day after picking up my daughter from school I stopped at a takeaway pizza spot and out pops this guys who walks straight up to me with a big smile and I entertain him while my daughter orders. "Meneer Patrol", he says to me and starts his marketing pitch. His commitment is to make my lenses as good as new while I wait for my pizza and if I'm not happy, my money back R150/light :think: So was this a scam or not?
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Re: Dull Headlight Lenses

Post by hugejp » 20 Sep 2017 14:29

Fine rubbing compound sorts it out 90% of the time!

Our vallet company used tooth paste to buff cloudy headlamps up!

Are those lenses plastic?
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Re: Dull Headlight Lenses

Post by Picasso » 20 Sep 2017 14:55

Hallo John

Looking at the before and after picture I would say it has worked.

I would say you can definitely improve the appearance / remove the dullness of the headlight, by means of 'sanding and polishing).,
I bought a headlight restoring set which consisted of some 2000 grid water paper , a small polishing disc and some polishing compound. this cost about 450 R which is quiet pricey. I would say if you buy the components separately you might get away with less then halve the price. Irrespective , I treated the headlights as prescribed i.e. sanding and thereafter polishing and I would say that the appearance improved significantly similarly to what you show in your before and after pictures. :salute:

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Re: Dull Headlight Lenses

Post by Rhett » 20 Sep 2017 16:39

Worth the R150 John! I have used toothpaste, brasso, polishing compound etc over the years, and although they all work, my elbows and fingers did not like the abuse :lol:
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Re: Dull Headlight Lenses

Post by ricster » 21 Sep 2017 08:27

That looks pretty damn good JohnBoy !!

PS..... I had to chuckle when the owner of this fantastic forum doesn't quite know where to post a thread..... :rolling: :rolling: :rolling: ....
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Re: Dull Headlight Lenses

Post by JohnBoyZA » 21 Sep 2017 15:41

Glad you agree I didn't waste my money :think: :thumbup: Now to get the LEDs...

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Re: Dull Headlight Lenses

Post by ricster » 21 Sep 2017 16:52

I'm looking at importing the LED globes from China ( where everything seems to be made anyway) but have also recently ordered some gas burners for my gas braai that I have, that nobody seems to have spares for.

Sadly it has taken just over 2 months to get the parcel to show that is is finally out of customs and back at JHB international mail services, and now at just over a month is " in transit".... for 3 days already!!

So If I order now it will probably arrive somewhere over December, and I'm worried that I may be away during that time, so I will probably order them later this year to get arrival around end Jan next year.

There are a few more economical choices out there with the correct specs, but will chat with Christo before final order to make sure that they are the right ones.
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Post by AdrianPowrie » 21 Sep 2017 18:26

Cedric, I would like to join in on the order if you are keen and wouldn't mind? Obviously splitting the shipping etc...
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Post by ricster » 22 Sep 2017 08:33

Perfect Adrian. I'll give you a shout closer to the time, then we can make a plan. Its easier to do one shipping than multiple.
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