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post #1 of 16 Old 06-06-2009, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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headlight cover removal and cleaning

hey guys...

never done it before though, so im paranoid about removing the bumper and i dont wanna spend money on professional help

any tips on cautions, warnings, what not to do...or what to do?


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You don't indicate whether you have a Sedan or a Coupe. And I'm not exactly sure what you are wanting to clean.

Be all that as it may, front bumper cover removal is a rather simple procedure. There are two (2) Phillips-head screws on each upper corner and a handful of plastic clips across the top and on the bottom. Advance warning: The OEM bumper clips are garbage and will tend to break upon removal. Aftermarket clips work just as well, last far longer, and are a lot cheaper. I should know, as I am about to replace both bumper covers sometime next week.

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What are the aftermarket clips?

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The headlight cover is sealed and won't just pop off. You can use Meguiars Platic X to polish of the haze. If you are worried about the paint, just use to newspaper to mask off the area around the headlights.

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Being a detail-oriented perfectionist, I am one picky SOB when it comes fittings, fasteners, and hardware. Everything must MATCH, and it must be "fully driven, seated, and not stripped." You get the picture.

Bruce Hawkins: The bumper clips I am using came from my local Fastenal hardware store. They offer a pretty nice selection of automotive fasteners. The OEM Honda bumper cover clips go for about $2.53 each. From Fastenal, I paid 63 cents each. They are made of a far-better grade of plastic and are identical in appearance to OEM. To do both front and rear bumper covers, you will need about 22 clips.

The OEM fender liner clips are also garbage. From Honda, they go for about $1.12 each. I pulled a neat "trick," though. I am (instead) using the fender liner clips that are used on my trusty '86. Again, far-better grade of plastic, perfect fit, better appearance, and they go for only about 18 (eighteen) cents each! Honda P/N: 90675-SB0-003. You will need (approximately) 19 (nineteen) of them.

(Editor's Note: This week, health and weather permitting, I am replacing: both bumper covers, both fender liners, and front lower splash shield. All the OEM clips will go where they belong...in the garbage. New replacements are per what I stated above!)

Plutonium Jones: What I'm thinking you really want to do is remove the "haze" on your headlamp lenses. Many body shops will buff them to virtually like-new condition for about $20-$30. Meguiar's, Turtle Wax, etc. also offer a polishing kit you can get at your local parts store. Since you claim to be in Memphis, I'll suggest AutoZone.
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*******: sry, its a sedan...and thanks for the tips, i didnt know it was that cheap to buff out the crud so i was doing some research to try and do it myself. My other question is do they knock off the interior as well as the exterior of the lens? and good luck with the bumper swap

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My other question is do they knock off the interior as well as the exterior of the lens?
Usually it's just the exterior that needs to/can be buffed. If the headlights need to be done on the inside, you are on your own. I doubt very much that any shop will be willing to bake/heat your headlights for you, which is what it takes to get them pulled apart to get to the inside of the lenses.
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Usually it's just the exterior that needs to/can be buffed. If the headlights need to be done on the inside, you are on your own. I doubt very much that any shop will be willing to bake/heat your headlights for you, which is what it takes to get them pulled apart to get to the inside of the lenses.
yeah, that sounds like a bit too much for my taste...i think replacement/aftermarket would be a better option that frying my house into roach turd for the sake of headlights. but ima try to get them buffed and see how that turns out

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Plutonium Jones:

You may care to check around (online and elsewhere) for aftermarket replacement headlamps. I bagged a set (pair) off of Ebay for $89.90, shipped to my front door.

Yeah, they are "Made In China," minus the "Honda-Stanley" markings, but identical in every other respect to OEM.
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Yea, u have to back ur headlights at 200 degrees for 10-15 mins in ur oven to rip them open.

I polished my headlights with plastX and buffer ball and they came out great, if u need more, u can sand with like 1500-2000 grit and polish them again

But i bought black housed OEM style headlights from ebay, and i just LOVE how clear and brand new they make the car look
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hmm, its quite tempting to just buy some aftermarkets if the outer buffing doesnt work

ill post up some before and afters whenever i get around to it...thx for the advice!

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Yea, u have to back ur headlights at 200 degrees for 10-15 mins in ur oven to rip them open.

I polished my headlights with plastX and buffer ball and they came out great, if u need more, u can sand with like 1500-2000 grit and polish them again

But i bought black housed OEM style headlights from ebay, and i just LOVE how clear and brand new they make the car look
Have any pics of those headlights?

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There's a Turtle Wax kit (you can buy at places like AutoZone) for about $7.99. Two-step process with scuffing (sanding) pads and a polishing paste. About 30 minutes later, Ka-Boom, and my original lamps looked brand new!

(I'm saving these new, Chinese, aftermarket headlamps until I absolutely need to install them.)

Meguiars PlastX and Blue Magic are also nice lens reconditioning products. All you need is some clean cloths, elbow grease, and time. And carefully hitting them with a buffer wheel makes the end result even better.
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now thats a clean look Cpyro!
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