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PostSubject: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Mar 19, 2007 4:13 pm

Write up: http://rivperformance.editboard.com/exterior-f12/write-up-yellowed-corner-lenses-t448-15.htm#14013

Has anyone else had a problem with the YELLOW corner lights??? i KINDA fixed mine but they still look like BUTT
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Mar 19, 2007 4:23 pm

i have that slight problem as well...i dont even know where to begin..but im just gonna compile a list of stuff i want my dad to do when he takes it in next month...
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Mar 19, 2007 4:23 pm

I think they're made of a type of urathane or similar plastic degrades from exposure to UV light. Usually there is a protective coating sprayed on at the factory to protect the surface, but the more you polish them, the coating wears away. Then they start to fog up from the inside.

You can buy replacements at the dealership. I think they're over $100/pair. Maybe someone who's replaced them can share more info. Mine are yellowed. I got tired of polishing them.

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Mar 19, 2007 4:27 pm

www.gmpartsdirect.com for about $80/pair for the non-cornering versions. Got mine last fall, not installed yet though. All years part #'s are in the Riv FAQ.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Mar 19, 2007 5:31 pm

I replaced mine new from the dealer three years ago and they are just as yellow as before. They looked awesome for a while.
It's hard to believe they can't build plastics to last longer than that! VERY FRUSTRATING.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Mar 19, 2007 9:15 pm

I use Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser, that product is awesome. Mine lasted for a good 4 months before I decided it still wasn't good enough. Until I buy a new set, I'll stick with the erasers.

My cousin used to work for a used car guy, he cleaned headlights as best he could and the clearcoated the exterior, they swear by it but I'm sceptical.

On another forum someone bought new ones and said the company smartened-up and changed the type of plastic to that of the headlights. Any word on that brand?
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Mar 19, 2007 10:11 pm

I've replaced them on both of mine, the '95 about four years ago and the '99 two, neither of them has yellowed again, yet that is?!?
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Mar 19, 2007 10:40 pm

i use brass-o and 000 grade steel wool to remove the oxydized layer. then a good pollish of rain-x takes off some more yellow and helps keep them clean. i havent tried clear coat...hmmm:idea:

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Mar 26, 2007 11:05 pm

does anyone know how to change the bulbs? i would like to take them out and replace them with a better/brighter bulb. i changed my headlights to a higher temp. bulb and now those look dumb. -Jen
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Mar 26, 2007 11:16 pm

remove the single screw just below the lens and then pull the front of the lens straight away from the car then the back will come out

the socket comes out of the lens by turning it counter close-wise a quarter turn and the bulb will need to be pulled off the socket
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PostSubject: CV Headlight (Corner Lamp Lens) Restorer/Defogger Cleaner   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Jul 30, 2007 10:10 am

Continued from: http://rivperformance.editboard.com/General-c1/Showroom-f3/-t1297.htm

The kit I used worked great. Cornering lamp lenses look like new.

Here's the stuff!

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Website:
http://www.bestheadlightcleaner.com/

Directions Video:
Link

Got mine at WalMart... happy


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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Jul 30, 2007 10:11 am

97Riv-Jon wrote:
The kit I used worked great. Lenses look like new.

Was it the one that you put on the drill? Thats the one I used. I took them off and did the inside and outside and it looked MUCH better but not like new.

Do you have any pics of yours afterwards?
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Jul 30, 2007 10:26 am

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97Riv-Jon wrote:
The kit I used worked great. Lenses look like new.

Was it the one that you put on the drill? Thats the one I used. I took them off and did the inside and outside and it looked MUCH better but not like new.

Do you have any pics of yours afterwards?

No...No drill.needed.
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Beware of kits that offer backing plates and drill attachments. While they may
save time, they may cause irreversible damage due to various drill speeds
causing burning or swirls in the plastic lens. First-time users should avoid
these headlight cleaning kits because it takes skill and practice to control the
drill from making these mistakes and possibly slipping off and ruining a
perfectly fine paint job.

I'll try and find the brand name later today. Comes in a small plastic bag...not a box.

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Jul 30, 2007 10:45 am

holy headlights batman! that stuff really worked on your car, let us know what you used b/c the plastic-x stuff i got only gets off a few of the layers of oxidized yellow. yours really do look new. so my next question is how long have they lasted like that?

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Jul 30, 2007 10:49 am

Mr.Riviera wrote:
holy headlights batman! that stuff really worked on your car, let us know what you used b/c the plastic-x stuff i got only gets off a few of the layers of oxidized yellow. yours really do look new. so my next question is how long have they lasted like that?
agree

They look much better than mine came out!
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyMon Jul 30, 2007 11:25 am

SpaceBar wrote:
Mr.Riviera wrote:
holy headlights batman! that stuff really worked on your car, let us know what you used b/c the plastic-x stuff i got only gets off a few of the layers of oxidized yellow. yours really do look new. so my next question is how long have they lasted like that?
agree

They look much better than mine came out!

Here's the stuff!

Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses Retail_FoilPak_full

Website:
http://www.bestheadlightcleaner.com/

Directions Video:
Link

Got mine at WalMart... happy
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyThu Aug 02, 2007 3:54 pm

This looks like the yellow cornering light solution we've been looking for (I don't want to spend $80 on a "stock appearance mod").

My question is, where did you find that in Wal-Mart? Automotive? Cleaning area? ....LAWN AND GARDEN?
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyThu Aug 02, 2007 5:34 pm

Automotive
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyThu Aug 02, 2007 6:40 pm

Thanks Jon - went there today and got it.

This calls for before and after pics.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyThu Aug 02, 2007 9:32 pm

Buapo wrote:
My question is, where did you find that in Wal-Mart? Automotive? Cleaning area? ....LAWN AND GARDEN?

Hah he got it in lawn and garden. lmao
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyThu Aug 02, 2007 10:08 pm

The verdict is in: this sh-it ROCKS.

You feel ripped off at first. It's 20 bucks for 4 pieces of sandpaper, 1000 and 2500 grit, and 6 packages of cleaning stuff.

From what I can tell, the CV-1 which is used for the "cleaning phase" is nothing more than polishing compound.

However, the CV-2 is a clear material that hardens. I have no idea what this crap is, but this sealer is what gives your lenses that "new" appearance. If you were only to sand and polish without this last step, your lenses would be fairly hazy - more than you would like.

Here's before and after:
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Looks great. Recommended to everyone - if you follow the instructions, I don't see how you'd screw it up.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyThu Aug 02, 2007 10:49 pm

Buapo wrote:
The verdict is in: this sh-it ROCKS.

Looks great. Recommended to everyone - if you follow the instructions, I don't see how you'd screw it up.

Quote :
So easy even a caveman could do it!


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[quote="97Riv-Jon"]
Buapo wrote:
The verdict is in: this sh-it ROCKS.

Looks great. Recommended to everyone - if you follow the instructions, I don't see how you'd screw it up.

[quote]So easy even a caveman could do it![/quote]
better be careful with that phrase, dude headshot lol
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyFri Aug 03, 2007 11:29 am

[quote="jimmyriv"][quote="97Riv-Jon"]
Buapo wrote:
The verdict is in: this sh-it ROCKS.

Looks great. Recommended to everyone - if you follow the instructions, I don't see how you'd screw it up.

Quote :
So easy even a caveman could do it![/quote]
better be careful with that phrase, dude headshot lol

Don't want the cavemen to sue you. ;(
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses   Write-Up: Yellowed Corner Lenses EmptyFri Aug 03, 2007 7:01 pm

Final picture is in. I know that it's kind of dark, I've been taking all of these with my cell phone.

You can see that the corner is very close to the color of the headlight, if not dead on. Thank god the headlight isn't plastic, this would have taken even longer. And I took 10 minutes PER lense, not for the whole job... lousy lyin' packaging...

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