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My headlights are getting pretty foggy. I tried a kit about a year ago and it didn't come out well at all. Have you guys had your headlights done at a shop or did it yourself? How'd it turn out?

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My brother used bug spray. Actually did a great job.

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I bought some lens restoring compound, but I was spending 5-10 minutes of rubbing hard on a 5 square centimeter area, and would have taken days to finish one side. I just don't have that kind of time!


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I don't recommend the bug spray route. My friend "helped" by spraying mine before I could say anything. Short term fix. After a couple weeks both look worse.

Better visibility is a safety issue, take the time to do it right. There are a lot of kits, I used the 3M kit and XPEL protection. I figure should be good for another 10 years!
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I don't recommend the bug spray route. My friend "helped" by spraying mine before I could say anything. Short term fix. After a couple weeks both look worse.

Better visibility is a safety issue, take the time to do it right. There are a lot of kits, I used the 3M kit and XPEL protection. I figure should be good for another 10 years!

Good to know. I'll pass that along, thanks.

The compound I used was kind of blue-ish. Can't remember the brand currently. I'll try one of the products mentioned here or above and see if I can clean up my old assemblies. Hanging on to them for a retrofit soon!

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Had a mobile detailing guy do it for me.

He used three different types of sandpaper, polished it, and sealed it. I re-sealed it a few months later and will continue to do so every few months. Here is a before/after:


Noticeably better vision at night.

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Use the 3M kit. The only way to really fix it is to either replace, or wet sand the lens. 3M kit has sand paper and polishing compound, then you wax to slow down further degradation in the future.

I used this kit to smooth out scratches from another car on my headlight, but have also tried it on hazy plexi-glass for my bearded dragon enclosure and it worked there too.
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Had a mobile detailing guy do it for me.

He used three different types of sandpaper, polished it, and sealed it. I re-sealed it a few months later and will continue to do so every few months. Here is a before/after:


Noticeably better vision at night.
^^^^ This is the proper method. Sand, polish, seal.
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2014 Honda Accord LX 6MT 103K
easy mods and changes:
*55W HID lowbeam 5000K (Innovited upgrade kit)
*LasFit 9005 HB3 highbeam / DRL 6500k
*Interior trunk handle
*Trunk cargo net
*All weather floor mats from College Hills Honda
*Gutter Guards behind lower grille

Previous vehicles:
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Bug spray melts- yes, it melts, the plastic headlight lens. Looks great for a week then you are worse off. Used car dealers do this all the time.

Vandals have known about bug spray for years- it ruins plastic. My Timex IronMan watch came with a warning- do not apply bug spray to your arms while wearing this watch.
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Bug spray melts- yes, it melts, the plastic headlight lens. Looks great for a week then you are worse off. Used car dealers do this all the time.

Vandals have known about bug spray for years- it ruins plastic. My Timex IronMan watch came with a warning- do not apply bug spray to your arms while wearing this watch.

HA! Having a science background you'da thunk I would have made that connection! I think my wife passed the prego brain to me after our baby was born 8 months ago...

I can hear the little voice of reason screaming in my head sometimes, but sounds like he's buried under a mile of rubble!

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I've used the Griot's Garage kit on my kid's 04. Sand, smooth, and seal in one box. $30. So far, it's lasted a year and a half with no deterioration.

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