Thursday, March 28, 2013

Project Kancil: Cleaning Foglamps With Tooth Paste

Since my L2s bodykit is from the halfcut shop (scrap yard) thus one of the fog lamp is not really in good condition while the other still looking good. The not in good condition means over here is the fog lamp is seriously oxidized. Changing a pair of them will cost me about RM100-200 and it is a challenge to find a set with nice condition. Maybe in the near future, I will change to the projector fog lamp a.k.a mata ketam over here in Malaysia. While waiting this to come true, I could probably clean my covers to remedy this. Yesterday I decided to do something about it.

There are many products you can buy to do this. I am cheap and lazy so I decided to do it another way. This is actually super easy and relatively quick to do. Searching on Google, I found people using toothpaste doing the same thing here and here and here and here and here and here.  So I figured it would be worth a shot.

Let's see how bad is the condition of the foglamp. Totally oxidized!

This is the toothpaste I used to clean the fog lamp cover. Since it stated that it is able to clean the stain of tobacco and coffee, so I believed it will able to clean the oxidized fog lamp as well.

The Instructions are simple enough to follow. Get a rag or two you don't mind getting dirty, and the toothpaste shown above. Start by applying a small amount of toothpaste on a rag, and rubbing in small circular motions, until done. After only a couple quick passes the results are already noticeable. If you have a buffer, go ahead and use it to get faster and better results.

The results should come pretty fast and easy!  

So does it last? Good Question! With the toothpaste, you may get 2-4 months out of it, unless you apply a wax, or something like Opti-coat, clear coat, or another sealant to your headlights to block the UV rays and keep them from getting hazy again

PS: Toothpaste is an abrasive.  You are essentially sanding away the haziness.  If you have a lens protectant, you will be sanding this away as well and may want to replace it after doing this.

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You are welcome. This is the cheapest way to clean the oxidized lamp.