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Old 05-01-2019, 09:50 PM   #1
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My 2014 Silverado is getting dingy yellow oxidation on the headlights
Anyone get a service to do it? If so how much $
On a DIY , what did you use ? How long did it last ect
Someone told me bug spray works but is only VERY temporary and actually speeds up the yellowing?
Thanks
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Old 05-01-2019, 10:11 PM   #2
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Mother's Aluminum Polish.
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Old 05-01-2019, 10:13 PM   #3
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Mother's Aluminum Polish.
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This.....toothpaste works very well also.


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Old 05-01-2019, 10:17 PM   #4
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My 2014 Silverado is getting dingy yellow oxidation on the headlights

Anyone get a service to do it? If so how much $

On a DIY , what did you use ? How long did it last ect

Someone told me bug spray works but is only VERY temporary and actually speeds up the yellowing?

Thanks


If you are going to keep the truck for a few years just buy replacement headlights vs polishing.


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Old 05-01-2019, 10:20 PM   #5
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I personally use Turtle Wax Headlight Restoration. Usually have to redo once a year...
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Old 05-01-2019, 10:28 PM   #6
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If you are going to keep the truck for a few years just buy replacement headlights vs polishing.


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I think the replacement is $500 , and eventually may need that but not wanting to spend that much now

Mothers, just wipe it on ? Or is there a long process
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Old 05-01-2019, 10:30 PM   #7
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I bought replacements for my truck from eBay about 4 years ago and they look great. They cost me $80
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Old 05-01-2019, 11:30 PM   #8
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I used OFF mosquito spray on my old truck. It's worked great.
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Old 05-01-2019, 11:54 PM   #9
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I’ve used toothpaste but honestly didn’t notice a big difference. I found some replacements for an old commuter car on eBay that were about $100. Man it was a world of difference for both looks and visibility
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Old 05-02-2019, 12:17 AM   #10
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I bought replacements for my truck from eBay about 4 years ago and they look great. They cost me $80
I did the exact same thing for $80, may be worth looking into
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:44 AM   #11
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I think the replacement is $500 , and eventually may need that but not wanting to spend that much now

Mothers, just wipe it on ? Or is there a long process
Real easy to do. You can search YouTube for videos
Basically, clean. Dry. Rub on. Polish with buffing pad on drill. Wipe off. Enjoy.

The key is getting a good Polish with the buffing pad. If you miss an area, easily go back and do again. About 5-6 minutes per light. Polish about $8 and pad can be up to $15 or so. I just happened to have a buffing pad in hand already from somewhere.

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Old 05-02-2019, 07:52 AM   #12
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look up ChrisFix on you tube
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:00 AM   #13
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I polished the headlights on my little commuter car for $16.00 and about an hour labor. I used the 3M kit from NAPA, use it on an electric drill. They look new.
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Old 05-02-2019, 02:47 PM   #14
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Old 05-02-2019, 06:42 PM   #15
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Yea Ebay, 2005 GMC Duramax head lights both sides $55.00 total shipped
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:22 PM   #16
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I have done it several times. It was a temporary fix. I just buy new light assembly now
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:47 PM   #17
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Meguiars makes a kit for about $15 that works really well. It lasts about a year and you have to redo it. Takes about 10 minutes. Much easier and cheaper option than buying new/replacements.
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:22 AM   #18
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I used OFF on my wife's car and it worked great too!
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:30 AM   #19
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Anything you just rub on and off wont last. To make it last you need to wet sand with with up to 2000 git sand paper then polish with a compound
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:34 AM   #20
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Anything you just rub on and off wont last. To make it last you need to wet sand with with up to 2000 git sand paper then polish with a compound
In Houston there are people that come to your house and do a professional job for $50.00 per light. Then keep them waxed and you are done.........
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:36 AM   #21
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Old 05-03-2019, 10:21 AM   #22
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Old 05-03-2019, 11:00 AM   #23
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My 2014 Silverado is getting dingy yellow oxidation on the headlights
Anyone get a service to do it? If so how much $
On a DIY , what did you use ? How long did it last ect
Someone told me bug spray works but is only VERY temporary and actually speeds up the yellowing?
Thanks
Like all things in life, there are quick fixes, and good fixes. Headlights are no exception.

Google has your answers. The real secret to the long-lasting solution for headlights includes applying a UV barrier so the problem doesn't come back.
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Old 05-03-2019, 11:12 AM   #24
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In Houston there are people that come to your house and do a professional job for $50.00 per light. Then keep them waxed and you are done.........
I did my own, and it took about conservatively about 30 minutes per headlight.
Sand paper is cheap, and soapy dish water to dip the sandpaper in.
Plenty of youtube videos on this, but the only true way to make it last is to sand the lens and then put a clear coat or a wax finish.
The clear coat must be UV preventive.
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Old 05-03-2019, 01:30 PM   #25
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Like all things in life, there are quick fixes, and good fixes. Headlights are no exception.



Google has your answers. The real secret to the long-lasting solution for headlights includes applying a UV barrier so the problem doesn't come back.


Yep. What most of the headlight repair scams donít tell you is they actually strip the UV film/coating off the plastic so they typically are as bad or worse in a year or less.

Been there, done that.


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