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Old October 22nd, 2013, 02:47 PM   #1
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I have a 1999 F-350 with Yellow head lights. I know there are the sand and polish kits, and I heard they will clear them up. I have to think this would become a job that would have to be redone in say 3 to 6 months to keep them up. Looking for input on this.

Would I be happier to replace the head light assembly? I have seen they are out there. Looking for input on the best bang for my buck.

I'm leaning towards the new assemblies. I am thinking I can get a better set up than stock.

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They will fade back in about 2-3yrs... 3M makes the best kit hands down out of all the kits I have sold to customers...
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 02:57 PM   #4
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I would at least get the clear ones from the 2002-2004 trucks, should be a bolt in deal.

here is a thread with some dissection on it.

http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/99-...eadlights.html
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Buy new 2003-04 headlights, they are crystal clear and dont seem to have the yellowing issue of the 99-2002 lenses. Get the clear turn signals with amber bulbs off of a 2003-2004 for a whole new and improved look. All bolt in.
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New is the only way to keep the yellow away. I had a 2001 Focus with badly yellowed headlights. The $8 Turtle Wax kit cleaned them up nicely and made them work much better, but within a couple months they needed it again. It only takes a couple minutes to do, but if you don't wanna do it then it's time to buy some new lights. I have a 2002 Subaru now that has some recurring yellowing going on too, but not nearly as bad as the Focus.
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I used to use a series of 800-3000 grit wetsand paper and then hand polish. One day I put some heavy cut cleaner on my polisher and cleared the ugliest of headlights in two shakes of a lambs tail. I know there are the headlight restoration kits out there for $20-30 but I would bet my method works a lot quicker and most "car guys" probably have access to a polisher and rubbing compound.

the yellowing does always seem to come back in 3-6 months. I have heard that spraying them in clearcoat helps but I've never tried.
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New is best option, second best option is 3m restoration kit+masking tape & drill.
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You can clearcoat them after you polish them to keep them clear. That is the only way that I know of to keep the yellow away, it works as a UV blanket. There are some kits that include something to block the UV rays also.
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I used to use a series of 800-3000 grit wetsand paper and then hand polish. One day I put some heavy cut cleaner on my polisher and cleared the ugliest of headlights in two shakes of a lambs tail. I know there are the headlight restoration kits out there for $20-30 but I would bet my method works a lot quicker and most "car guys" probably have access to a polisher and rubbing compound.

the yellowing does always seem to come back in 3-6 months. I have heard that spraying them in clearcoat helps but I've never tried.
I expected something else from the title. I've tried this before with meh results. Buy new when you can. I would only give the headlights a quick slick only if I was going to sell the car soon. Not worth the time to polish them IMO.
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I would not buy new if you can avoid it unless you are getting them either from the dealer or from only the best of the best manufacturer. I bought new headlights for my Dakota years ago. Now all of the chrome reflector material inside the light has flaked off and I cannot use the lights at all at night, cannot see a dam thing. I don't drive the truck anymore so it does not matter but I would buy junkyard lights and clean them up before buying 'new' junk. My truck is a '96 so factory new is not an option.

I used the $30 3M kit on my moms zj and it came out amazing, took about an hour for both sides and was really easy to do. Almost a year later and they are still very nice looking. You can use that kit to do probably 3 vehicles. The 3M kit includes the masking tape you'd need. Just need a drill and spray bottle for water.

That miracle rub on junk will never work
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I would at least get the clear ones from the 2002-2004 trucks, should be a bolt in deal.

here is a thread with some dissection on it.

http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/99-...eadlights.html
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Buy new 2003-04 headlights, they are crystal clear and dont seem to have the yellowing issue of the 99-2002 lenses. Get the clear turn signals with amber bulbs off of a 2003-2004 for a whole new and improved look. All bolt in.
yup. Go to a junkyard.

This was my early 99 with newer headlights.
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I think I will do the new 2007 lights.

Anybody know if they would be dealer only?
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 03:18 PM   #15
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I goofed up and ended up with two post on this problem. I have the answer I need, I know just have to go and get them.
Thanks everybody.
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