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Headlight and tail light restoration preservation

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1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
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Headlight and tail light restoration preservation

Post by ZionXIX » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:58 pm

I acquired a parts car and will begin transferring parts soon. One of the nicest parts are the tail lights. They look almost new. How can I keep them from fading like my old ones did?



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Re: Headlight and tail light restoration preservation

Post by misha » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:20 am

All you can do is to keep the car in the garage or in a shade when you not use it.
My tail lights still looks like brand new. ;)

To be honest....i saw just one or two of these cars with faded tail lights and i guess that they were aftermarket units.


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Re: Headlight and tail light restoration preservation

Post by MoVolvos » Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:51 am

ZionXIX wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:58 pm
I acquired a parts car and will begin transferring parts soon. One of the nicest parts are the tail lights. They look almost new. How can I keep them from fading like my old ones did?
A can of UV clear coat but that is difficult to spray well and you'll need to wet-sand between coats besides polishing the last coat. When I broke :oops: the tail light on the C30 ($100.00 for a used one) the used one was newer than the original. I had Mothers do the work to clean them up. No, not mom, Mothers. Both lights look even now.

Lately I've found Magic Eraser works great on glass with water or soap. Let the eraser do the work as it can fall apart easily. Haven't try it with Mothers.
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Re: Headlight and tail light restoration preservation

Post by Clemens » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:34 am

the glass headlights on the 850ies never fade. the platic tail lights up to 95 fade, afzer 96 they were of better plastic and usually don't fade. no idea what the sun will do to them in soCal or Texas or somewhere else close to the Trump-wall.


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Re: Headlight and tail light restoration preservation

Post by ZionXIX » Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:44 am

Now if we could find a way to restore the reflectors



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Re: Headlight and tail light restoration preservation

Post by MoVolvos » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:47 pm

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All plastics on the car will respond the same way whether headlight, tail light or reflectors.

I've tried, nail-polish, tooth paste, wax, WD, so basically the majority of the Youtube methods short of painting with a clear coat. Mothers has been the easiest. It is too easy to soften and damage the plastic so it becomes hard to work with. Some plastic can almost become beyond repair but there should always be some improvement.
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How MOMMA Repairs Headlights to NEW in 3 Minutes


Can you buff your headlights with Mothers aluminium wheel polish?

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Transmission Fluid works on the black portion of bumper and trim also but you need to buff to remove any residual.
This guy says the transmission fluid is red so it helps. The reason it works is because the oil is rejuvenating/wetting the plastic besides changing the refraction of the plastic.


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Re: Headlight and tail light restoration preservation

Post by nickelghandi » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:46 pm

Clemens wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:34 am
the glass headlights on the 850ies never fade. the platic tail lights up to 95 fade, afzer 96 they were of better plastic and usually don't fade. no idea what the sun will do to them in soCal or Texas or somewhere else close to the Trump-wall.
If in Texas or AZ, just park close to the Trump wall and it will shade from the sun.



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Re: Headlight and tail light restoration preservation

Post by MoVolvos » Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:31 pm

nickelghandi wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:46 pm
Clemens wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:34 am
in soCal or Texas or somewhere else close to the Trump-wall.
park close to the Trump wall.
Is that legal?


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Re: Headlight and tail light restoration preservation

Post by crlande » Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:33 pm

Ok....or near any of the barriers built in '94 under President Clinton. Go figure.



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Re: Headlight and tail light restoration preservation

Post by MoVolvos » Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:41 pm

MoVolvos wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:31 pm
nickelghandi wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:46 pm
Clemens wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:34 am
in soCal or Texas or somewhere else close to the Trump-wall.
park close to the Trump wall.
Is that legal?
They might put it on ICE and fence it off in the sun and no Mother Polish enough will be able to save it :roll: .


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2003 GS300
2003 Odyssey
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