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headlights failed inspection
Posted 17 July 2003 - 11:30 AM
common problem caught up with me couple of days ago. went to go get inspected, and i failed the headlamp part. they said they were too foggy. well they are but i never realized just how. before i spend 300 on 2 brand new lamps, does anyone have some spare 94 legacy sedan lamps for sale, or better yet detailed instructions on cleaning them up??
thanks and any help would be appreciated.. i have less then a week to get this sorted (failed tags expires then)
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Posted 18 July 2003 - 07:20 AM
I've noticed that the headlights on my 98 suby are getting pretty foggy. Which would you guys recommend? Sanding/polishing or sloshing chemicals around in it?
Posted 18 July 2003 - 08:05 AM
You can try a light rubbing/polishing compound first and see if that helps. If not, the sanding/painting method should work.
Sanding alone won't make it any better, when you sand you create scratches in the surface that either need to be polished away or filled. That's what the clear coat does.
Posted 18 July 2003 - 08:04 PM
thanks for the help, i got some crome polish and buffed it enough to pass inspection. now im going to finish touch them and put some clear coat. as for sanding, that seems like it would scratch too much, or is it just me??
thanks again for the fast replies
Posted 19 July 2003 - 11:01 AM
This is something that I really need to do to. I've compensated by using higher wattage bulbs... (shhhh)...
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Posted 19 July 2003 - 11:30 AM
You might also check any large pet/aquarium supply place. many marine tanks are acrylic and a polishing kit is sold to remove scratches. If you decide to try something, start with -say- 280/320 wet/dry paper (wet-flushing with water will help remove the grit from the area and keep the surface cool). Then the finest w/d you can get - 600/1200. Then try either the clay bar usually sold for paint finishing or borrow some Zam or rouge froma a local jeweler. I'd try to experiment on a piece from a junker first. Shoot, I bet some stuff sold for polishing scratches outta CDs would work. There are a lot of possible paths to success here.
As a genral rule on inspections, try to always use the same place - they will recognize their own number on the previous sticker. NEVER ask to watch. Even better to try to drop off when they are busy and pick up later. Ya see, they never know when the State is sending in a 'plant' to test their thoroughness.
If you're new there and stand where you can watch they HAVE to do EVERYTHING. get it?
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