For many, after years of
lovingly owning their E36, painstakingly taking care of their paint, they start
to get really angry with the fact that regardless of how hard they wash their
car, the headlights get yellow and foggy.
I used to work in a detail
shop and had a customer come in with a Plexiglas speakerbox that had come out of
a pickup that had rolled. Needless to say, the box was scratched all to hell.
But after about 4 hours with a buffer and some 3M polishing compound the
scratches came off.
I remembered this and
tried it on my headlights. It worked like a charm! Took less than a minute per
headlight and wow! What a difference. Makes the car look a lot better.
For those that want to try
it, here is the part number of the polish:
3M #39002 Perfect-It II
Rubbing Compound, Fine Cut.
Work with a clean terry
cloth towel and apply a quarter size dollop to the cloth and rub over the
headlight until the haze is gone. It will start to squeak. Turn the cloth and
wipe up any residue and marvel at the cleanliness of the "new"
Another nice thing about
this stuff is that it is great for removing oxidation from paint... A wise buy.
And for those who may be
wondering, I am not an employee of 3M or any of its subsidiaries.
* Please note:
The 'fog' can return, what I do every time I
polish my car, I do that at the same time. It only adds about 4 minutes to
the polish. That way, you can keep the lenses clean and taking care of any small
issues before they become large issues (read as replacing the plastic housings).