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      05-02-2013, 04:23 PM   #1
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Cleaning headlamps

Can I use Stoner windshield cleaners to clean bug residue off my headlamps? A proper soap and water wash did not take off all the residue.
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Buy some clay and clay the headlamps. You'll be surprised how much dirt comes off.
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or Meguiar's M105. I've just used it on the headlamps and glass, cleans old water spots from them easily, where as nothing else (vinegar, plastx, rainx headlight abrasive) worked.
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Thanks for the suggestions.
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Buy some clay and clay the headlamps. You'll be surprised how much dirt comes off.
I recently did this and was pretty surprised, quite a lot of dirt was on the headlamps that regular washing dis not remove.
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or Meguiar's M105. I've just used it on the headlamps and glass, cleans old water spots from them easily, where as nothing else (vinegar, plastx, rainx headlight abrasive) worked.
that'll also do a great job at stripping your UV protection
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that'll also do a great job at stripping your UV protection
+1 Agree.

M105 doesn't clean. It abrades the surface. There are situations that abrasives must be use to clear up the lights and I don't think this is one of them-IMO. If you choose to use abrasives, you should consider applying a UV protection coating after on the lights to prevent possible future yellowing/fading.

There are products that would do a great job at removing bug residue such as Optimum PowerClean (dilution 1:3) and P21s Total Auto Wash. A dedicated shampoo like Chemical Guys Bug and Tar Wash and Poorboys world Bug Squash wash work equally well.
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If your headlights are NOT yellow or fading. I would do Clay, and a light polish to them. Finish off with a wax(re-apply every month) or sealant (more preferable). The most important part of this is the wax or sealant as this will provide the extra uv protection.
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+1 Agree.

M105 doesn't clean. It abrades the surface. There are situations that abrasives must be use to clear up the lights and I don't think this is one of them-IMO. If you choose to use abrasives, you should consider applying a UV protection coating after on the lights to prevent possible future yellowing/fading.

There are products that would do a great job at removing bug residue such as Optimum PowerClean (dilution 1:3) and P21s Total Auto Wash. A dedicated shampoo like Chemical Guys Bug and Tar Wash and Poorboys world Bug Squash wash work equally well.
Yes yes, sorry I forgot to mention that. I did get the spar urethane + mineral spirits.
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