1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Welcome To LandyZone!

    LandyZone is the biggest Land Rover forum on the net. We have plenty of very knowledgable members so if you have any questions about your Land Rover or just want to connect with other Landy owners, you're in the right place.

    Registering is free and easy just click here, we hope to see you on the forums soon!

Dull headlights

Discussion in 'General Land Rover Forum' started by davetherhino, Jan 16, 2020.

< Previous Thread | Next Thread >
  1. davetherhino

    davetherhino New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2020
    Posts:
    4
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Wakefield,West Yorkshire
    Hi people,
    My Freelander1 has an advisory on new mot. My headlights lenses are faded.
    So I was wondering what you would recommend putting on? Do I have to just replace them like for
    Like or is there a better brighter headlamp I can upgrade.? I have issues with my hands so I would be buying
    rather than rubbing down the ones I have. Thanks...

    davetherhino
     
  2. potus

    potus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2011
    Posts:
    1,443
    Likes Received:
    670
    Location:
    South Devon
    It's really not that hard to polish them by hand to be honest but alternatively, use a power polish fitment in a drill...piece of **** to do and far cheaper than replacing lights or bulbs (assuming you have a drill).
     
    DevonGuy likes this.
  3. Broke Again

    Broke Again Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Posts:
    15,263
    Likes Received:
    10,738
    Location:
    Wolves ay we
    meguairs do a kit for this have a look at halfrauds
     
    DevonGuy likes this.
  4. gstuart

    gstuart D3 Grandad

    Joined:
    May 18, 2010
    Posts:
    25,028
    Likes Received:
    8,778
    Location:
    Swanley , Kent
    Just bought myself a polishing kit for the dremel, got a right hand attachment so easier to use , comes with 3 x inch Velcro pads as I also want to do my headlights

    heard that brasso works well

    BD4B4FAC-F7D2-43D4-92BC-A575910B8427.jpeg
     
  5. Disco1BFG

    Disco1BFG Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2015
    Posts:
    5,065
    Likes Received:
    2,555
    Location:
    Buxton
    Me too - get some help to do it - BIL asked me what to about his lenses on his CR-V - we (he*) used bicarbonate toothpaste to polish all the crud orft - and it worked a treat :)

    * I watched and drank tea ;)
     
    Broke Again likes this.
  6. Nodge68

    Nodge68 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2011
    Posts:
    20,329
    Likes Received:
    4,414
    Location:
    Near Newquay
    I do mine before each MOT, using a Maguire's headlight restoration kit.
     
  7. norseman

    norseman Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2009
    Posts:
    2,458
    Likes Received:
    667
    Location:
    Essex - UK
     
  8. davetherhino

    davetherhino New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2020
    Posts:
    4
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Wakefield,West Yorkshire
    Thanks everyone for your help. I never thought of doing it with a drill.thought it would be to rough.
    I will look out for some discs. Thanks again.
     
  9. davetherhino

    davetherhino New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2020
    Posts:
    4
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Wakefield,West Yorkshire
    That would be great. Where can I buy the kit above?
     
    gstuart likes this.
  10. gstuart

    gstuart D3 Grandad

    Joined:
    May 18, 2010
    Posts:
    25,028
    Likes Received:
    8,778
    Location:
    Swanley , Kent
  11. Disco1BFG

    Disco1BFG Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2015
    Posts:
    5,065
    Likes Received:
    2,555
    Location:
    Buxton
    +1 on the value ;) - If you're not happy with the results so far, just keep going - that's what BIL did :)
     
    dieseldog69 likes this.
  12. Colthebrummie

    Colthebrummie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2017
    Posts:
    5,854
    Likes Received:
    5,063
    Location:
    Thatcham
    Expect the dremel to burn out. I've tried all sorts of stuff from brasso, t cut, toothpaste and the proper stuff sold by Euro car parts. None of it worked that well and the hazing returned fairly quickly.

    Col
     
  13. dieseldog69

    dieseldog69 Well-Known Member LZIR Despatch Agent

    Joined:
    May 21, 2010
    Posts:
    9,073
    Likes Received:
    6,680
    Location:
    Back in the UK, Sunny Hampshire.
  14. DevonGuy

    DevonGuy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2013
    Posts:
    1,561
    Likes Received:
    3,251
    Location:
    North Devon
    I dunno how bad your hands are - mine are bad enough for me to get rid of my guns - but I used Meguiars back in October before the MOT. It worked fine., 10 minutes a side.
     
    Broke Again likes this.
  15. discool

    discool Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2007
    Posts:
    12,297
    Likes Received:
    1,219
    Location:
    Sector 12 in Kent, The Garden of England
    The coating that’s applied over the polycarbonate headlamp during manufacture has now been removed, ( polished away ).
    So the haze will return unfortunately, there’s nothing that can be do about it, other reapplying a protective coating similar to that used when the vehicle left the factory, and the best of luck with that. :)
     
  16. nobber

    nobber Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2006
    Posts:
    9,927
    Likes Received:
    4,995
    Location:
    Arse!
    2000 grit wet and dry, use it wet with some soap for lubrication, keep washing the paper in the water/soap. When its all nice and smooth it will look very dull , so , you then buff it up with either a cutting paste or TCut, brasso or similar.
    Those restoration kits work but take all day!
    Or, save yourself a lot of faff and bring it to a garage, they will have air tools/polishers that make short work of headlamp lenses.
     
    gstuart likes this.
  17. gstuart

    gstuart D3 Grandad

    Joined:
    May 18, 2010
    Posts:
    25,028
    Likes Received:
    8,778
    Location:
    Swanley , Kent
    many thks

    have got air tools, polishers etc so will try, if all else fails will be replacing them with xenons
     
< Previous Thread | Next Thread >