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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 11:17 am    Post subject:  Preventing yellow headlights Reply with quote

I hate, hate, HATE yellow headlights and, with a new 2011 Impy in the garage, what's the consesnus on the best way to keep headlights clear?

Some other forums are touting the benefits of waxing headlamps, other say use Meguiar's PlastX every so often.

But what say you experts, and how often?
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 11:57 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Is the car literally or figuratively in the garage? IMO the best way to prevent the yellowing of headlights is to keep the car garaged as much as possible. Limiting UV exposure is the key, so I suppose if you lack a garage some sort of UV protective wax would help.

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 4:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It's garaged every night and on the weekends, but it is outside during the work week, sucking up the UV rays in Tampa...
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 4:50 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Car wax is a protectant and can be used on headlights. I use it and they look good after 6 years. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 5:16 pm    Post subject:  Yellowing headlight preventive Reply with quote

I used X-Pel headlight protection (thick ScotchCal sheets) covers on my 2000 Camaro SS, and it worked perfectly.

I did nothing to protect the lights on my 2005 Cavalier, and the top layers were flaking off after 5 years - and that car was garaged.

When I got my LTZ, I installed the X-Pel covers.
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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 7:08 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I use meguiears tech wax on headlights. And never had any problem with yellowing. Very Happy I also wa x the tail lights Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 10:14 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I've waxed both the headlights and tail lights to all my vehicles, never really had any discoloring with the exception of one of the DRLs on my truck is starting to turn milky in the top corner lately. I hardly do any night time driving as well, not sure if the heat from headlights has any effect on the yellowing... or rather the lack of.

From what others have said I guess waxing the headlights is a good thing, sort of always did it because I figured it would help when trying to get the bug guts off when I wash the car but if it keeps the headlights from yellowing... win-win! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 9:02 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I too wax my headlights and don't ever have typical yellowing. With our 8th gens, replacement units are so cheap, I would not worry for a second about it. Even if you are ttoally anal and want to replace the headlight units every 5 years, cost is not as much as you might expect. There are New quality OEM style aftermakets all over the place for 80 bucks each.



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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 10:11 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I too wax my headlights and don't ever have typical yellowing. With our 8th gens, replacement units are so cheap, I would not worry for a second about it. Even if you are ttoally anal and want to replace the headlight units every 5 years, cost is not as much as you might expect. There are New quality OEM style aftermakets all over the place for 80 bucks each.



http://www.discountcarlights.c.....amp;Nr=AND(universal:0)


Thanks for the link!! Only $86.00 for driver side headlight. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 10:28 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Even less for 8th gens - $78.92.

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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 12:08 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I bought new aftermarket headlights online when I repainted my car March 2011. I will wax my headlights and tails asap. Thanks!

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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 12:20 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'm not sure all headlights are made of equal quality materials. I do not wax my headlights and the car is stored outside. They still look fine. The wife's neon had badly clouded headlights when we bought it, and I used plast-x with suprisingly good results.

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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 3:51 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

No one plastidips theirs?

A/w. Mepala was garaged by original owner, but has been sitting outside soakin' up tha raes for a good 3-4 years and the only problem with mine is my passenger side cries. However for 2 summers I had been using spray wax.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:35 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I bought myself a bottle of this when I bought a new pair of after market headlights... I hope this stuff is good because it cost about $20 a small bottle!




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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:53 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I was going to suggest spraying several coats of clearcoat over them. My brother did it on a friends car after restoring the faded lights and hasn't had any problems with them again. That was several years ago and they are still holding up great.
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