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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old July 12th, 2006, 07:53 Thread Starter
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Fog Light Glass Restoring?

I just purchased a new driver's side fog light for my 91. Now when I look at the car it is really obvious that one fog light is in much better condition than the other. Anyone have any recommendations for restoring the fog light glass, it has dulled a little and has very small pitting and maybe some minor scratches. Also, the black rubber trim around the fog light looks dull and pitted as well. Any recommendations would be great.

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This I would like to know as well. There are no threads on this. I am trying to find some type of method or product that will remove scratches from GLASS. Glass is pretty diffficult to restore.
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I hope someone chimes in as well. My brand new fog light looks so nice compared to my old one. I was thinking of trying #0000 steel wool following by some rubbing compound or even metal polish. I honestly think this would work but I'm looking for other opinions as well.

I wouldn't use this approach for windshield glass but it should work for the fog light glass. Hopefully we get some other reponses. I probably should have posted this in the Paint and Body section of the forum.
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I have the same problem and was thinking about ordering this kit.

http://www.caswellplating.com/buffs/glass.htm
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is it possible to remove the glass lense from the housing and clean the inside? Mine has a tiny cracked hole and I think the inside is dirty...
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Yup, you need to do the old baking technique. Remove the metal clips on the glass and any screws and rubber hoses and grommets, preheat your oven to 300, then turn it off and let the light bake for 10 min. You'll be able to pry off the lens after that. You'll have to rebake them to get them to seal back up. Might want to use some 3M strip caulk (similar to the original adhesive) to prevent any leaks that could cause fogging. I've gotta do this soon since I also have one fog newer than the other, and the metal in the older one is a bit rusty (along with the pittied glass).
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I have the same problem and was thinking about ordering this kit.

http://www.caswellplating.com/buffs/glass.htm
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is it possible to remove the glass lense from the housing and clean the inside? Mine has a tiny cracked hole and I think the inside is dirty...
Looks like those may be a bit too tame for the relatively huge rock chips we have. I've heard of sanding down the glass first then buffing it back up will get rid of the pitting and make the glass look like new again.
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Mothers Aluminum polish..

Here's an example post that i made in show and shine.

https://mr2oc.com/showpost.php?p=1979344&postcount=22
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^^cool!
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Yup, you need to do the old baking technique.
Bad idea for glass housings...It worked on my plastic s14 headlight, but I tried that on my fog light, and the only thing that happened was the plastic itself started to warp. It was hot as hell and I tried to pry it off, but nothing. All I did was chip the glass where it was possible to pry off. You should try a different method.

https://www.mr2oc.com/showthread.php?t=187811

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As much as that costs, you might as well just buy a whole new fog light.
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buy yourself one of those mothers power balls and then use any type of polish

i really like using blue magic to polish things up. its a metal polish
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buy yourself one of those mothers power balls and then use any type of polish

i really like using blue magic to polish things up. its a metal polish
Yep, I was thinking of using that too. It is great for my polished aluminum wheels. I think using that one the fog light glass after a quick rubbing with 0000 steel wool might help.

Thanks for all the responses guys!
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Where can we get this "mothers aluminim Polish"? that seems to be the best technique ever! just rub on, rub off?
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You can improve the appearance of your pitted fog lamp lenses with Future floor wax. It's waterproof. Just paint it on and it fills in much of the pits in the glass lense and makes the entire front of the lense look shiny. I won't guarantee it would completely restore your lense of course without seeing how pitted it is, but I suspect it will look so good afterwards that the difference between it and the new fog light will no longer bother you. When you're done, you can resell this stuff to others eager to follow in your footsteps.


Read this too, for Future wax makes things more clear

To darken the black plastic housing that's visible to the edge of the lenses, use

Griot's Garage Bumper and Trim Reconditioner. It makes faded black plastic look nearly new again.

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To darken the black plastic housing that's visible to the edge of the lenses, use

Griot's Garage Bumper and Trim Reconditioner. It makes faded black plastic look nearly new again.
I was looking at that last week in their catalog. Have you ever used it? On what parts, and how well did it work? I'm thinking of getting it to use on the panel between the taillights and on the wiper cowl.
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delf, that's a great idea! I've noticed how clear they get when they're wet and that's exactly what I'm looking for. I was this close to using my chick's finger nail polish on them...floor wax sounds much better. when my fogs are cleared up I expect to gain at least 5 rwhp. thanks!!!
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On what parts, and how well did it work? I'm thinking of getting it to use on the panel between the taillights and on the wiper cowl.
Griot's dye works exceptionally well! It's actually a permanent black dye, and not merely a transparent oily substance. Thus, it turns faded plastic that was once black and is now a shade of gray pure black again. It penetrates and thus doesn't wash off either. It doesn't streak, and thus is easy to apply with the built-in foam applicator without worrying about 'brush strokes' being visible. It doesn't even smell bad. And it stays black a long time. The rear panel between the taillights looked new again when I used this dye on it 5 years ago.... and it still looks great. The wiper cowl also looks new again afterwards on my '91, though this dye is a little harder to use with its applicator because of the cowl's narrow slots; use a Que-tip instead with the dye. It also works great on faded or slight cracked black rubber trim along the window, and the black plastic rear window vent. And for those of you with other black plastic trim or skirting, it makes it dark black again too... with a pleasing semi-gloss sheen. My only very-minor complaint is that after 5 years of use, the applicator's built-in foam tip wore out before I ran out of dye... but I just hot-glued more soft open-cell foam in its place and it's good as new. The price is well worth this product's benefits. I wish I had invented it.

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Where can we get this "mothers aluminim Polish"? that seems to be the best technique ever! just rub on, rub off?

Rub on with a terry cloth and rub it until it turns gray. Then flip the cloth over and buff it off. It took me about 2 minutes to do that headlight.
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You can buy it at Autozone or Wal Mart or any other place that carries Mothers brand stuff.

It's in a little silver metal tub with black decal and writing. the polish is white.
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