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i want to get my headlights clear again. when i clean them they stay clear for a few seconds and then fog up again. has anyone heard or used the headlight doctor before.. they say they can restore them...but ive heard mixed results on there work.
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This is a...

definite DIY project.

Lots of information on the process over on the W210 forum. Check the "stickies" and run a search.

Good luck,

JR
 

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Meguiars PlastX will do the trick. Tho opinions vary, I've had good luck with it. It's not a quick job. It will take you about 30 minutes of polishing and waxing to get them clear, depending on how bad they are. I do the 99 ML lights every time I wax, which is about every 2 months. Apply wax after using PlastX and you'll have a longer lasting result.
 

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Meguiars PlastX will do the trick. Tho opinions vary, I've had good luck with it. It's not a quick job. It will take you about 30 minutes of polishing and waxing to get them clear, depending on how bad they are. I do the 99 ML lights every time I wax, which is about every 2 months. Apply wax after using PlastX and you'll have a longer lasting result.
Agreed. I use Meguiars Plast-X and it works wonderfully.
If you have the time and resources, get yourself a Cordless Drill and use a
Buffing Wheel, preferably Mushroom Shape and Put on the Plast-X and
Buff out the contaminants on the surface of the Lens.
Do this 3-5 times, as the Plast-X will be quickly consumed.

After the buffing, my Plastic Cover lens is smooth.

I also use the Meguiars Plast-X on my Sunglasses, the Plastic Shield covering the Gauges, the Plastic Trim around the Windows.
Of course It's the Standard for Polishing Motorcycle Windshields.
 

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hey guys im new to benzworld and not what u call an expert but i try my best. :) i have, or rather my dad, a e class of 2002...dont know its code name. if i may ask..what exactly are u talking about because i always wondered how u can improve those non clear plastic lights. i take great care of it but u know simple stuff im no expert so i seek advice :)
 

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Thanks for the advice you guys...
I tried maguiers plast-x and after a few go arounds the lights are not perfect but at least 50% better.. i will try using a buffer to further improve results!
 

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the buffer is a slow speed one; you are polishing polycarbonate.

To do a better job on lenses that are heavily clouded, which it sounds like yours are/were, wet sanding [in one direction only - I personally prefer vertical] with progressively finer grades of wet/dry sandpaper, and a final polish up with Plast-X will make the lenses near new in clarity.

Permatex makes a kit with the wet/dry paper, etc. There is more detail in the "stickies" on the W210 forum, I believe.

Good luck,


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the buffer is a slow speed one; you are polishing polycarbonate.

To do a better job on lenses that are heavily clouded, which it sounds like yours are/were, wet sanding [in one direction only - I personally prefer vertical] with progressively finer grades of wet/dry sandpaper, and a final polish up with Plast-X will make the lenses near new in clarity.

Permatex makes a kit with the wet/dry paper, etc. There is more detail in the "stickies" on the W210 forum, I believe.

Good luck,


JR
thanks JR, i will try what your suggesting, should i be worried about scratching the plastic on the headlights when using sand paper??
 

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Wet sand...

thanks JR, i will try what your suggesting, should i be worried about scratching the plastic on the headlights when using sand paper??
with dampened wet/dry sandpaper. If you are not sure how to do this, there is a DIY "sticky" in the W210 forum. Be sure to mask off the painted body work surrounding the headlamp assembly and go slow, starting with 800-1,000 grit and working up to the finer grades. Take things slow and don't overdo the sanding pressure.

Sand in one direction only, not a rotational, or circular pattern.

Finish with Plast-X.

Good luck,

JR
 

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it finally stopped raining here in s. fla.. so i got a chance to work on the lights..
i picked up a headlight restoration kit at the auto part store for 20$.. first wet sanding with 2 different grains of paper...than a cleaner.. than a sealer.. happy to say the headlights came out great!! look brand spankin new again.. took less than an hour and
20$.. couldnt be happier.. i just wish i had some before and after pics for you guys..
thanks everyone..
 
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