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Old 11-09-2008, 12:29 PM
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does anyone know how to take spray paint off a headlight ?? any suggestions.
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Re: Removing paint from headlight plastic

depends on how much is on it, is it overspray or a blackout job gone bad

Might give bug and tar remover a try or car wax with cleaner in it if its just light overspray
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You should be able to get it off safely with Mother's plastic polish=====great stuff!
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Re: Removing paint from headlight plastic

If it arrived like that, take it back to the dealer. If they screw up the plastic, they will have to replace it.
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Re: Removing paint from headlight plastic

well its for my gfs pontiac headlights , shes getting a pair but the original owner had sprayed on red eye lids on there so she wants to take off the paint without scratching the headlights
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Re: Removing paint from headlight plastic

Methanol (alcohol) will work. Don't use acetone as it will eat plastic.

Methanol won't harm most plastics and dissolves most paint well, but try a little spot with a cotton swab first to be sure it doesn't harm the lens.

Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) won't work well at all. If it smells like rubbing alcohol, it's isopropyl. Methanol has no noticeable odor.
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Re: Removing paint from headlight plastic

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Methanol (alcohol) will work. Don't use acetone as it will eat plastic.

Methanol won't harm most plastics and dissolves most paint well, but try a little spot with a cotton swab first to be sure it doesn't harm the lens.

Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) won't work well at all. If it smells like rubbing alcohol, it's isopropyl. Methanol has no noticeable odor.
So a bottle of Bacardi 151 should do it
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So a bottle of Bacardi 151 should do it

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try a little ole WD-40 that'll do it.
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Re: Removing paint from headlight plastic

the best thing to do is wet sand it, i know that sounds bad at first but i promise it works. I do it every year after bug season to remove all the stained guts and what not.

Start out with 600 grit, then work up to 800, then 1200, 1500, and finally 2000 grit. During each step be sure to keep the sand paper, and lens wet. When finished sanding, use meguiars 3 step polishing stuff. The first is a rubbing compound, then the polish itself, then the wax. It will be clearer than when new, i promise.
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