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"As dim as a NAAFI candle"

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@Minivanman wrote:

Seriously?

I know it fixes most things, but scratched headlights! 😃


It will take you less than a minute to try it.....ok it might not get rid of any scratches but they will look a lot better and might be the difference between a pass or fail on the mot.

Try it then post back I am wrong.!

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A bit like what I probably saw on the pages of The Eagle in between invisible ink and spy pens.

Putting oil on frosted glass so you can see through it.

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@billnotben 

There was a lot of useful information in that comic.

Happy days.

😁

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@billnotben wrote:

And while I'm wondering I've wondered are they really just scratches or some sort of fine "crazing" that goes below the actual surface.


Which is possibly why the WD40 trick could work, i.e. the liquid penetrates into the minute cracks and fills them, and while it might not have the same refractive index as the lens, to the human eye it probably shows an improvement.

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@RobPN 

I was not sure if @gleneagles was joking, but that sounds interesting so will give it a go once the miserable weather has passed. 

It's always amazed but no longer surprises me what uses we can find for WD40. 😊

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I'll still say get a Novus plastic polishing kit, farting about with home-remedies just wastes time when you can just polish them up properly... 😋

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Re: "As dim as a NAAFI candle"

Well as said I've tried that and it did not work. 🙂

Bought the stuff, bought the polisher, and spent about an hour cleaning it so maybe as is being suggested the problem is integral to the plastic lens.

I could just buy two new headlights of course at around fifty quid each and while they seem easy enough they change they are actually real pain to get out from where they are mounted and something I have to do every time one of the bulbs blow. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDlnAbJ7ILo

It might look easy, but it aint and even harder to get back in. 

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What happened to the good old wire clips that you just popped off to remove the bulb mount.

Car manufacturers haven't got many things left to make too difficult for home maintenance.

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@billnotben I had a Rover 420 many years ago that had the fog lights in the bumper. I was told that if you had to change a bulb you had to take off the bumper to change them as this was the only way of changing it. As you might guess when a bulb went it did not get changed!!!! It wasnt easy either to change a headlight bulb either. Youre right the manufacturers dont make it easy to do any diy jobs on cars anymore.Sad

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"As dim as a NAAFI candle" My dad a conscript in WW 1 had the ssying, As dim as a Toc H lamp".

About TocH , for any interested. Smiley

No one has to agree with my opinion, but in the time I have left a miracle would be nice.
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@Luzern wrote:

... My dad a conscript in WW 1 had the ssying, As dim as a Toc H lamp".


My mum used to say the same, also others such as someone was  "... like a cow handling a musket" or "... like a fart in a colander" (not knowing which hole to go out of?), and others.   Smiley

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On a more serious note for dimness or brightness, he had a saying on how many fags it was safe to light from one match.

Burnt fingers, I don't think was the problem.

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@gleneagles wrote:

@Minivanman 

Have you got any WD40 ?

Try that !


Not tried it yet as the weather has been so rubbish, but was watching this earlier - and it seems you may be right... not that I ever doubted you for a moment!  😉

 

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The wd40 fix looks pretty temporary but a good idea to do just before the MOT.

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@billnotben 

I was thinking that, but I'll give it a try anyway just to to see if that is the case and how long it lasts.

Still amazing though.