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Old 01-26-2009, 06:43 PM   #1
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On our 2003 Adventurer the "clear" cover on the headlights had turned "foggy". Someone mentioned a product called NOVUS(2) to make them clear again. It is made to remove fine scratches on many plastics and also fiberglass. I bought it at a Harley Davidson dealer for under $6.00 and used it today. It was very easy to use and the lights look like new again!!!
Looking around our RV parking lot I think a lot of RV ers will find this a very useful product!!
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:17 AM   #2
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Thanks for the tip. The MH has the tiny lights that are glass but the Jeep Toad's lens are almost opaque so I'll pick the kit up. Google Novus and it shows up in a lot of place. There is a pdf HERE that describes the 3 step process. Again, thanks. Steve
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Another alternative... Wally Mart (at least here) will polish your lenses for $39
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:21 AM   #4
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I have used acetone and it works very well and is much easier. I used a kit for refinishing my MH lights and while doing the work a auto body repair salesman camping nearby told me about using acetone. He even showed me how on his own MH headlights. Use a soft clean cloth and saturate it with acetone then rub lightly on the headlight until it turns clear. The cloth will get a brownish color from the oxidation but once the cloth appears clean you are done. Easiest way I have ever seen to do this job. I have done it to the MH and both of my cars.

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Old 01-27-2009, 06:33 PM   #5
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I used a product from Wal-Mart for about $20. I also found the same stuff at Advance Auto for the same $$. Worked great on my Jeep's headlights. The prep is the most important part. You need to spend plenty of time on the sanding part of the process. I slacked a little on the second lens and it shows. Still it's better than having to buy a new lens setup.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:44 AM   #6
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I only used the Novus 2 product on the headlights and it took less than 10 minutes. I did not even clean them before I started!

Afterwards I decided to try it on the (lovely Winnebago) brown decals on the MH sides that always fade and with a little rubbing it brought back the dark brown color. I suppose it works just like a very very fine sandpaper that takes the top faded layer off!.
I did finish it with a little Protectall polish!! The sides look a lot better.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:27 AM   #7
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Well, Jmerritt, I have to say I was skeptical. But I walked by my workbench and there was a can of acetone. I could not resist. I did what you said and had shiny headlights once again on a '96 Jeep and a '98 Jimmy. Took maybe 15" to do all 4!

I still want to get some Novus because there is some FG stuff I'd like to try it on. Thanks to all for great tips. Steve
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Old 01-28-2009, 04:27 PM   #8
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Check this out.

http://wbztv.com/seenon/Headli...gistry.2.580998.html
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Yeah, not so much on the acetone method.

Unless you actually wanted new headlight assemblies, because thats what I have to go and buy now.

Internet hoax.

Beware.
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Old 02-11-2009, 03:31 PM   #10
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Yeah, not so much on the acetone method. Unless you actually wanted new headlight assemblies, because thats what I have to go and buy now. Internet hoax. Beware.
Not sure what you mean? I did the acetone and it worked.
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Well, the acetone I have must be different, or my headlights are different. They are made by Depo, and they fogged over immediately when I applied it, despite very gently rubbing, which did produce the yellowish residue on the cloth. At first, I thought it was getting better, but I stopped to let it dry, and then it fogged up considerably. Then, nothing would remove the fogging, and it only got worse. Finally, I tried a well saturated fresh rag, and the lens cover started to break down.

I was planning on replacing them anyway, so I'm not really out something I wasn't planning on. I am on a trip though, and it's going to be a pain to get the new ones (I found new ones for $180 a pair on ebay) sent to me.

Lesson learned. By the way, the rags were new, clean and free from any contaminants, and the headlights (well, the drivers side is the only one I tried) was clean as well. I had not previously tried any other remedies to correct this either. Fresh can of acetone from the Lowes just an hour before.
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A cheap method to restore foggy headlight lenses is to buff with toothpaste.

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Old 02-12-2009, 05:51 AM   #13
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Thanks for the explanation. It probably is the type of plastic and I just got lucky that the ones on the Jimmy and Jeep were ok. I was scared at first too with the cloudy film but with more acetone and rubbing it went away whereas yours ate through! Wow. Thanks, Steve
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Wal-Mart has a service to clean the foggy headlights. I took my motorhome and they did my headlights. They had to do them twice to satisfy me but the end result was very good.
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