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 Post subject: EF headlights
Posted: Sat May 23, 2009 10:34 pm 
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my EF's headlights are all clouded over and i can barely see anything if i'm not in an area wit street lights.
is there anyway to make the headlight plastic like new again or will i need to buy a whole new headlight case.
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 Post subject: Re: EF headlights
Posted: Sat May 23, 2009 10:40 pm 
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mine r startin to go yellow. i saw the other day in a bursons catalogue that you can buy some cleaner stuff for it. wasnt very expensive but ufortunitly i cant remember what it was called. but im sure you could go to repco or super cheap nethin like that they sell it as well.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EF headlights
Posted: Sat May 23, 2009 11:39 pm 
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do a search on ebay for - headlight repair, there are a few different products available from usa sites some around $12 inc post. there was another thread on here which a few people tried glassylite or glassylight and that worked also
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 Post subject: Re: EF headlights
Posted: Sat May 23, 2009 11:49 pm 
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I can't find the post again that I got this from so unfortunately I cannot attribute it correctly, but I used this method with success. The lights are now clear but I have yet to use them as the car is still off the road but it seems to work....

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I did this about 8 months ago and they still look like new.

You will need the following:

1 x sheet wet and dry 600
1 x sheet wet and dry 800
1 x sheet wet and dry 1200
1 x sheet wet and dry 2000
detergent
water
tape (nothing too sticky, something like plastic packing tape will do)
screwdriver
Plexus, turtle wax, or some other polishing element
Sanding Block

prepare the car by removing the indicator. The screw is located in the engine bay just above the indicator. Slide it out.

Next run tape uder the headlight the length of the bumper. Apply a couple of layers as they will wear through.

ok now we are ready....

get a bucket of water mixed with detergent and dunk the wet and dry 600 in. start sanding slowly with light pressure, in a back and forth motion from left to right.

keep dunking the sandpaper because it will clog fast. It will take some time, however be patient because soon you wil notice it has developed a milky film on the lens.

next repreat the process with the 800, then the 1200, and finally the 2000. It should be nice and clear at the time you are ready to use the 2000 wet and dry, but i prefer to use it as it gets the finer detail.

ok now apply the plexus (or whatever wax you have). this is it. your lens should look brand new.

this has worked really well for me.


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 Post subject: Re: EF headlights
Posted: Sat May 23, 2009 11:59 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: EF headlights
Posted: Sun May 24, 2009 12:08 am 
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i have an ef had the same problem i got a headlight restorer kit from autobarn for 30 bucks worked a treat
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Posted: Sun May 24, 2009 2:42 am 
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ScratchX and same brand applicator. quick, easy and works a treat.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EF headlights
Posted: Sun May 24, 2009 2:45 am 
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snap0964 wrote:
http://www.fordmods.com/documents.php?d=58

Thanks snap, wasn't where it got it from but has the same text. Whoever posted what I quoted obviously got it from this doco :)

Cheers
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 Post subject: Re: EF headlights
Posted: Sun May 24, 2009 3:07 am 
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Interesting... I've done it with brasso and mag cleaner to great effect.. or good old cut and polish...

you just need to take the damaged surface layer off and buff it.. doesn't matter what you use as long as you don't damage the underlying material.
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 Post subject: Re: EF headlights
Posted: Sun May 24, 2009 4:44 am 
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Ebay-Glassylite-original 12yr old ford headlights

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Posted: Sun May 24, 2009 7:13 pm 
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i got some of that reapir stuff didnt work as well as i thought it would. so i went @ it with a bit of elbow grease and some cut and polish and mine woz really yellow they look brand new saved me $$$.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EF headlights
Posted: Mon May 25, 2009 12:05 am 
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racedirector wrote:
snap0964 wrote:
http://www.fordmods.com/documents.php?d=58

Thanks snap, wasn't where it got it from but has the same text. Whoever posted what I quoted obviously got it from this doco :)Cheers RD
IIRC Ugley Igley posted it as a thread first.
This was many moons ago.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EF headlights
Posted: Mon May 25, 2009 1:57 am 
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MadMatt wrote:
ScratchX and same brand applicator. quick, easy and works a treat.


I can attest to this works great do it a few time with elbow grease and they'll come up quite nice, which reminds me must get out there and keep doing it soon

 

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