100 Series headlights

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 07:36
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I have a 100 series wagon and the R/H headlight lens has a milky appearance.
I was wondering if there is a cure for this or does the lens need to be replaced.
Has anyone else had a similar problem.
Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 07:47

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 07:47
Gday Munji
If you go to Utube and have a look, they show you how to polish the lenses . I did mine some time back and they are ok. Still a bit yellow , but better than before.
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Follow Up By: Member - Munji - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 08:21

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 08:21
Cheers Muzbry
Will have a look
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Reply By: TomH - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 09:06

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 09:06
You can buy the polishing kit from Autobarn or similar for about $29 A lot cheaper than a new light assembly that Toyota quoted me at well over $300.

If its on the inside will be a bit more of a problem
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Reply By: HKB Electronics - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 09:39

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 09:39
Has that Lens been replaced?

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Follow Up By: Member - Munji - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 12:55

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 12:55
No, not that I'm aware of, bought it second hand with this condition.
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Follow Up By: HKB Electronics - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 13:30

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 13:30
Just some of the not so good repairs will use poor quality fake lenses,
these will fog all the way through the material, ie turn white, only fix is to replace with either genuine or good quality after market units.

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Reply By: Ron N - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 12:09

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 12:09
Munji - A mate insists the treatment outlined below, works like a dream on cloudy acrylic lenses.

I haven't tried it personally, I have only just acquired one vehicle with acrylic headlights, all the rest are glass headlights.

1. Using a trickling water source along with 1000 grade wet-and-dry emery cloth, sand the damaged face of the headlight lens, back to a smooth matte finish overall.

2. You will notice a yellow scum on the lens, wash this off, rinse the lens face until perfectly clean and let it dry thoroughly.

3. Acquire a spray can of White Knight Clear Top Coat. This is the acrylic varnish used to top coat polished brass and copper to prevent dulling.
Carefully spray the sanded lens with the Clear Top Coat, taking care to spray on an even smooth coating.

4. Allow to dry, and you will find the finish is as good as new acrylic. According to the mate, the treatment lasts at least a couple of years, even in constant strong sunlight.

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Reply By: Zippo - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 13:59

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 13:59
If it is the usual acrylic with U/V clouding, have a look at Eric The Car Guy's video https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fvNSjjTHua4 which is one he did. Obviously you don't need to use that kit, but the method/technique is the same.
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue M - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 20:24

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 20:24
Here is another link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWMJubLqnRw
This guy used vinegar and baking soda made in to a paste.

This one was interesting as well
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEJbKLZ7RmM

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Reply By: Member - Wide ranger - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 20:54

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 20:54
Or Kitten no1 polish and elbow grease !

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Reply By: snow - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 20:55

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 20:55
I remember using toothpaste to clear a headlight some years back, may have been an xf falcon lens...
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Reply By: bigcol - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 23:04

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 23:04
Just use a good quality car polish.
I used Maguires Wet look once and Mothers on an another occasion.
Both got rid of the cloudiness and lasted for a couple of years before needing it again
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Reply By: desray (WA - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 14:57

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 14:57
toothpaste on a damp cloth works good
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Follow Up By: Andrew-rodeo - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 23:22

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 23:22
Toothpaste to get rid of the discolouration then a good car polish and a couple of beers!!
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Reply By: Member - Stuart P (WA) - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 14:27

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 14:27
then make sure your headlight globes are uv cut
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