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Old 12-03-2009, 07:20 PM
 
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I spent $10 yesterday on a lens clearing kit (turtle wax brand) to de-yellow the lenses on my Dodge truck. It SIGNIFICANTLY cleared up the lenses. That and I have enough material left over to do another dozen pairs of lenses! Well worth the investment. I kept hearing good results from these kits so I just said what the hey!
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:48 PM
 
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Same here, got a NAPA kit and worked over the plastic lenses on the 92 Subaru - they are not "as new" but are significantly better than they were.

I looked at a Corolla in our parking lot, about a '92 I think, and it appeared to have glass lenses - they were good and clear anyway. If your lenses are glass (a tap with a fingernail will tell you) then you won't need to clean/polish them, just get a good new set of bulbs and you should be good to go.
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:55 PM
 
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I'm unsure about the legal aspects of this in the states, but there's always HID (Xenon) replacement kits you can get that are pretty much plug and play.
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Full time RV"er
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Okay, I understand about the lenses--maybe they've discolored slightly or gotten etched over the years.

Is this a do-it-yourself thing? I'm guessing, though, that you need something to aid in directing the beam, etc.?

A Slyvania ad on TV the other night is what got me thinking about the headlights and the road we'll now be traveling, etc.

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Tab
Just did it on my own vehicle , NO adjustment needed , is the lens is discolored, Go to your favorite body shop ,tell them to wet sand with 400 grit the plastic covers on the lights, then buff them to a bright shine with
heavy duty compound. finish with any good wax, wax again monthly and the problem is gone . I do this process on many RV's in the camp grounds that stay at as I travel the South West, I only charge $40.00 per vehicle . the people love it .
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Full time RV"er
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I spent $10 yesterday on a lens clearing kit (turtle wax brand) to de-yellow the lenses on my Dodge truck. It SIGNIFICANTLY cleared up the lenses. That and I have enough material left over to do another dozen pairs of lenses! Well worth the investment. I kept hearing good results from these kits so I just said what the hey!
Next time try wet sanding the lens with 400 grit then use the wax,you will find that the lens are in fact LIKE NEW.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:06 PM
 
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Do older car headlamps dim with age? I have a 1992 Toyota Camry in mint condition, less than 100k miles on it. We're gonna keep it until the wheels fall off. However, we're about to move out in the country with windy, hilly roads, and I'm worried about night driving with it. I always like driving our newer car at night because the lights seem brighter. Would replacing the headlamps make any difference? I don't want to spend a ton of money, etc., but if it'd make a difference, I'd want to do it for safety's sake.

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Tab
I have a lot of experience in this. I have a 1991 Ford Escort with the original plastic lenses, which is comparable to your car. Forget about halogen bulbs, but in real HID's as it will make a HUGE difference. My car has the original yellowed out lenses, and it still made an unbelievable difference. What is really cool is they have come down so much in price that you can pick them up for less than $50. The HID's are at least 3 times brighter than halogens, so they will be better than your car's original lights even when it was new. I put the exact kit below that you need.

new 1992-1996 TOYOTA CAMRY 9006 XENON HID KIT 1993 1994:eBay Motors (item 120496039204 end time Dec-20-09 22:41:36 PST)
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:14 AM
 
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Next time try wet sanding the lens with 400 grit then use the wax,you will find that the lens are in fact LIKE NEW.
The kit includes 4 different grits of sand paper with which you do 4 wet sanding steps in differing orientations, a "clearing" polish and then finish off with a wax application.

They provide the sanding lubricant and the polish. You can use wax of your choice.
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:35 PM
 
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You can also use Mothers Aluminum cleaner and rub it on with your finger until your finger goes black.

DO NOT get it on the bodywork though, and DO NOT rub too hard, as this is a lot more efficient than the headlight cleaning kits. ...also a lot faster.

Note: I haven't tried this myself, but I've seen before and after pictures and "during" of the process and it seems to work fine.
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:08 PM
 
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The kit includes 4 different grits of sand paper with which you do 4 wet sanding steps in differing orientations, a "clearing" polish and then finish off with a wax application.

They provide the sanding lubricant and the polish. You can use wax of your choice.
This is good information to know!
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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It may not be your bulbs getting dimmer. Get your eyes checked first.

That may sound like I am being facetious, but it happened to me. I kept complainting about how dim all of our headlights were getting and even repalced some of them. Then I discovered that i am aging and my night vision is no longer what it used to be.
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