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Old 24 Oct 2004, 11:12 am
djtcz@comcast.net
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Default (silly) plastic headlight improver

My daughter's 100 kmile 96 Integra's headlights have been very
un-impressive in the year we've had it. Her boy friend put in some
"brighter" lights that sadly did not help much.

I was noticing all 4 plastic lenses are dull. I used some plastic
cleaner I have for an old motorcycle windshield. When I first started
rubbing the cleaner on the lenses there was a lot of drag. After a few
orbits it "felt" a lot smoother. They look clearer and the silver
reflector is visible and brighter.

Even better, the delivered output is up about 200%, and the focus is
much better, an less diffuse.

Hopefully it lasts a while.

Here's my vote against cars with plastic lenses, and especially with
model specific headlights. It sure is nice to be able to replace the
lens AND bulb for $20 at KMart.
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Old 24 Oct 2004, 01:05 pm
Lee Florack
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Default Re: (silly) plastic headlight improver

On Sun, 24 Oct 2004 11:12:56 -0400, djtcz@comcast.net wrote:

>My daughter's 100 kmile 96 Integra's headlights have been very
>un-impressive in the year we've had it. Her boy friend put in some
>"brighter" lights that sadly did not help much.
>
>I was noticing all 4 plastic lenses are dull. I used some plastic
>cleaner I have for an old motorcycle windshield. When I first started
>rubbing the cleaner on the lenses there was a lot of drag. After a few
>orbits it "felt" a lot smoother. They look clearer and the silver
>reflector is visible and brighter.
>
>Even better, the delivered output is up about 200%, and the focus is
>much better, an less diffuse.
>
>Hopefully it lasts a while.
>
>Here's my vote against cars with plastic lenses, and especially with
>model specific headlights. It sure is nice to be able to replace the
>lens AND bulb for $20 at KMart.


I disagree. The fixed-design type headlights limit creativity
with automotive design and -- in my experience -- they don't last
anywhere as long before burnout than the newer headlights. In
addition to lasting longer, the newer lights are much brighter.
Besides, you've already found the solution to plastic lenses. Use
a plastic polish that eliminates accumulated yellowing and
scratches.

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Old 24 Oct 2004, 03:29 pm
Echo
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Default Re: (silly) plastic headlight improver

What was the brand of the plastic cleaner you used. I've used Brasso with
very good results.


<djtcz@comcast.net> wrote in message
news:t4hnn0do6vr3mbqiehg5a5vtfitqq42ir6@4ax.com...
> My daughter's 100 kmile 96 Integra's headlights have been very
> un-impressive in the year we've had it. Her boy friend put in some
> "brighter" lights that sadly did not help much.
>
> I was noticing all 4 plastic lenses are dull. I used some plastic
> cleaner I have for an old motorcycle windshield. When I first started
> rubbing the cleaner on the lenses there was a lot of drag. After a few
> orbits it "felt" a lot smoother. They look clearer and the silver
> reflector is visible and brighter.
>
> Even better, the delivered output is up about 200%, and the focus is
> much better, an less diffuse.
>
> Hopefully it lasts a while.
>
> Here's my vote against cars with plastic lenses, and especially with
> model specific headlights. It sure is nice to be able to replace the
> lens AND bulb for $20 at KMart.



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Old 24 Oct 2004, 08:41 pm
Jim Yanik
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djtcz@comcast.net wrote in news:t4hnn0do6vr3mbqiehg5a5vtfitqq42ir6@4ax.com:

> My daughter's 100 kmile 96 Integra's headlights have been very
> un-impressive in the year we've had it. Her boy friend put in some
> "brighter" lights that sadly did not help much.
>
> I was noticing all 4 plastic lenses are dull. I used some plastic
> cleaner I have for an old motorcycle windshield. When I first started
> rubbing the cleaner on the lenses there was a lot of drag. After a few
> orbits it "felt" a lot smoother. They look clearer and the silver
> reflector is visible and brighter.
>
> Even better, the delivered output is up about 200%, and the focus is
> much better, an less diffuse.
>
> Hopefully it lasts a while.
>
> Here's my vote against cars with plastic lenses, and especially with
> model specific headlights. It sure is nice to be able to replace the
> lens AND bulb for $20 at KMart.


I've found that the polishing does not last very long,perhaps a couple of
months.

I used a cordless drill and a polishing pad,it goes a lot easier.

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Old 24 Oct 2004, 09:32 pm
Lee Florack
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On 25 Oct 2004 00:41:08 GMT, Jim Yanik <jyanik@abuse.gov.> wrote:

>djtcz@comcast.net wrote in news:t4hnn0do6vr3mbqiehg5a5vtfitqq42ir6@4ax.com:
>
>> My daughter's 100 kmile 96 Integra's headlights have been very
>> un-impressive in the year we've had it. Her boy friend put in some
>> "brighter" lights that sadly did not help much.
>>
>> I was noticing all 4 plastic lenses are dull. I used some plastic
>> cleaner I have for an old motorcycle windshield. When I first started
>> rubbing the cleaner on the lenses there was a lot of drag. After a few
>> orbits it "felt" a lot smoother. They look clearer and the silver
>> reflector is visible and brighter.
>>
>> Even better, the delivered output is up about 200%, and the focus is
>> much better, an less diffuse.
>>
>> Hopefully it lasts a while.
>>
>> Here's my vote against cars with plastic lenses, and especially with
>> model specific headlights. It sure is nice to be able to replace the
>> lens AND bulb for $20 at KMart.

>
>I've found that the polishing does not last very long,perhaps a couple of
>months.
>
>I used a cordless drill and a polishing pad,it goes a lot easier.


I've had good luck with Meguiar's PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner &
Polish. Seems to last a while. On really bad lenses, I've used
an orbital polisher with it. Seems to last quite a while if I
follow it up with some kind of sealant.


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Old 25 Oct 2004, 12:39 am
Alex Rodriguez
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In article <t4hnn0do6vr3mbqiehg5a5vtfitqq42ir6@4ax.com>, djtcz@comcast.net
says...

>My daughter's 100 kmile 96 Integra's headlights have been very
>un-impressive in the year we've had it. Her boy friend put in some
>"brighter" lights that sadly did not help much.


If the bulbs were tinted blue, they are actually worse. A lot of bulbs
are sold on hype alone. The really bad part is that they usually cost
more too.

>I was noticing all 4 plastic lenses are dull. I used some plastic
>cleaner I have for an old motorcycle windshield. When I first started
>rubbing the cleaner on the lenses there was a lot of drag. After a few
>orbits it "felt" a lot smoother. They look clearer and the silver
>reflector is visible and brighter.
>Even better, the delivered output is up about 200%, and the focus is
>much better, an less diffuse.
>Hopefully it lasts a while.
>Here's my vote against cars with plastic lenses, and especially with
>model specific headlights. It sure is nice to be able to replace the
>lens AND bulb for $20 at KMart.


Glass lens would cost alot more, not that the plastic lens are cheap.
------------
Alex

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Old 25 Oct 2004, 09:36 am
Jim Yanik
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Lee Florack <lflorack@rochester.rr.com> wrote in
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> On 25 Oct 2004 00:41:08 GMT, Jim Yanik <jyanik@abuse.gov.> wrote:
>



>>
>>I've found that the polishing does not last very long,perhaps a couple
>>of months.
>>
>>I used a cordless drill and a polishing pad,it goes a lot easier.

>
> I've had good luck with Meguiar's PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner &
> Polish. Seems to last a while. On really bad lenses, I've used
> an orbital polisher with it. Seems to last quite a while if I
> follow it up with some kind of sealant.
>
>
>


I'd like to know about this sealant.

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Old 25 Oct 2004, 09:40 am
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Alex Rodriguez <adr5@columbia.edu> wrote in
news:cli01k$70a$6@newsmaster.cc.columbia.edu:

> In article <t4hnn0do6vr3mbqiehg5a5vtfitqq42ir6@4ax.com>,
> djtcz@comcast.net says...
>
>>My daughter's 100 kmile 96 Integra's headlights have been very
>>un-impressive in the year we've had it. Her boy friend put in some
>>"brighter" lights that sadly did not help much.

>
> If the bulbs were tinted blue, they are actually worse. A lot of
> bulbs are sold on hype alone. The really bad part is that they
> usually cost more too.
>
>>I was noticing all 4 plastic lenses are dull. I used some plastic
>>cleaner I have for an old motorcycle windshield. When I first started
>>rubbing the cleaner on the lenses there was a lot of drag. After a few
>>orbits it "felt" a lot smoother. They look clearer and the silver
>>reflector is visible and brighter.
>>Even better, the delivered output is up about 200%, and the focus is
>>much better, an less diffuse.
>>Hopefully it lasts a while.
>>Here's my vote against cars with plastic lenses, and especially with
>>model specific headlights. It sure is nice to be able to replace the
>>lens AND bulb for $20 at KMart.

>
> Glass lens would cost alot more, not that the plastic lens are cheap.
> ------------
> Alex
>
>


Just bond a glass lens to the plastic body.

I see a LOT of cars with BADLY degraded headlight lenses,especially Dodge
Neons.It certainly is not safe.The added expense would be worth it,IMO.

Maybe they could use vapor deposition to put a layer or two of diamond over
the plastic lens! (wishful thinking)
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Old 25 Oct 2004, 11:18 am
Bruno
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On Sun, 24 Oct 2004 19:29:56 GMT, "Echo" <spam@hotmail.com> jumped in
and said:

>What was the brand of the plastic cleaner you used. I've used Brasso with
>very good results.
>

I like Plexus, myself.

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Old 25 Oct 2004, 09:46 pm
Lee Florack
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On 25 Oct 2004 13:36:10 GMT, Jim Yanik <jyanik@abuse.gov.> wrote:

>Lee Florack <lflorack@rochester.rr.com> wrote in
>news:7ilon0lpsi2nlpre7ce44vlmo4bi522142@4ax.com :
>
>> On 25 Oct 2004 00:41:08 GMT, Jim Yanik <jyanik@abuse.gov.> wrote:
>>

>
>
>>>
>>>I've found that the polishing does not last very long,perhaps a couple
>>>of months.
>>>
>>>I used a cordless drill and a polishing pad,it goes a lot easier.

>>
>> I've had good luck with Meguiar's PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner &
>> Polish. Seems to last a while. On really bad lenses, I've used
>> an orbital polisher with it. Seems to last quite a while if I
>> follow it up with some kind of sealant.
>>
>>
>>

>
>I'd like to know about this sealant.


I'm not speaking of plastic-specific sealants. After using the
Meguiar's PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish mentioned above,
I've used Meguiar's Plastic Detailer and then Zaino, Klasse
Sealant Glaze or Meguiar's NXT sealants (not wax) to help protect
the lenses and reduce future scratches and oxidation.
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