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post #1 of 13 Old 11-18-2013, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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It's plastic, you knucklehead!

So....I go to remove some old Velcro stickers off my headlight using Goo-Be-Gone. Would've worked great...if it would've been glass...

Doh!

Now I have a milky mess where it used to be clear. Diminishes the light output a bit, too, but nothing awfully bad.

Suggestions from my local KLRistas (vinegar, alcohol) haven't worked in clearing it up.

Other than buffing it out or replacing it, any ideas from the peanut gallery?

(Yes, I've considered leaving it as--after all--only a KLR.)

Thanks.

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post #2 of 13 Old 11-18-2013, 09:04 PM
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You might try one of those headlight cover cleaning/polishing kits available at auto stores.



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Will try that. Thanks for the idea.
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-19-2013, 05:16 AM
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Will try that. Thanks for the idea.
I don't now how much people use them anymore since it seems like the plastic headlight lenses/covers have greatly improved in quality. When they were first mandated by the government and introduced on the market, they sucked. My wife had an old Mountaineer and I had to polish the lenses at least twice a year. I don't know for sure if it will work on your KLR, but it might be worth a shot.



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post #5 of 13 Old 11-19-2013, 09:02 AM
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Simichrome aluminum polish will work on plastic headlight covers. And you have something that will polish your rims too!

Depending on how gnarly the plastic is you may want to start with a fine grit sand paper working down to crocus cloth first.
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-19-2013, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Two good ideas; thanks, fellas.

Simichrome aluminum polish: I gotta get me some of that.
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post #7 of 13 Old 11-19-2013, 09:34 PM
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That headlight protector fall off for the last time? Napa has a great headlight polishing kit that comes with a variety of grit wheels and compounds, used it on my Peterbilt service truck and worked awesome, was less than $20. I'll try and get the part number or kit name.

A KLR is not a motorcycle, it is a blank canvas with which to paint the rest of your life.
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post #8 of 13 Old 11-20-2013, 05:08 AM
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Hey Dan Diego, just to clarify since there are a couple of products with similar names, is Goo Be Gone a more harsh paint/goo remover? I know there's stuff called Goo Gone which I believe is more of a citrus base and while I've used it on the body plastics with no problem, I've never used it on the headlight cover.

I think somebody else on here awhile back had the same experience "melting" some piece of plastic with what they thought was a mild remover and realized later they'd used the wrong stuff.

I believe the ones that might cause confusion are Goo Be Gone, Goo Off and Goof Off. I believe it's the "Goof Off" that's some pretty harsh stuff and was wondering if Goo Be Gone is also a citrus-based remover or falls into what I consider the "paint remover" category more than the "label goo" category.

I've also found that plain vegetable oil works just fine as an adhesive remover. Just put a liberal coat on the offending material, wait a little while, scrape with your fingernail or something similar, then repeat.




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post #9 of 13 Old 11-20-2013, 08:13 AM
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Someone once told me to try toothpaste to polish headlights.
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-20-2013, 04:59 PM
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I tried that but didnt have much success. I think the toothpaste I used was too fine. I have had good success using maguiars ultimate compound and a terry wheel.
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