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Hi all! New Redline owner here with a rear tail light that has a strange fogginess to it. Although it appears to be some sort of waxiness on the exterior of the the light, it does not come off with soap/water nor does it come off with a solvent based remover. Does anyone have any suggestions or how I might be able to check/clean inside the tail light? The light itself works - I just want a perfect appearance to it.

UPDATE: I added 4 more photos in the sun. The second photo is the left taillight which has no issue. The following photos are the oddly damaged right taillight. Does it appear to be inside or outside?

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Hi all! New Redline owner here with a rear tail light that has a strange fogginess to it.
That looks like the same kind of (sun) damage I recently cleaned up on (the outside of) my headlight lenses. No guarantees but I'm wondering if the tail light lenses could be restored using the same kind of kit? It might be worth a try, just cleaning up one small section to see if it works.
 

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That looks like the same kind of (sun) damage I recently cleaned up on (the outside of) my headlight lenses. No guarantees but I'm wondering if the tail light lenses could be restored using the same kind of kit? It might be worth a try, just cleaning up one small section to see if it works.
What type of kit did you use?
 

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What type of kit did you use?
I used an older Meguiar's kit similar to this one Robot or human?
The actual kit I used is, apparently, no longer available.
All the kits use the same concept. You wet sand the lens using a fine grit sandpaper then do the same with an ultra fine grit and then you use a polish which is even finer grit. Finally you apply a UV blocker.
 

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Had a similar look on my headlights & tail lights. Used this kit from Griotts and they look great. (Was able to do both headlights and both tail lights with one kit) Just do both headlights at the same time and use one set of materials for them, likewise with the tail lights Ceramic Headlight Restoration Kit, Severe
Thanks for the reply! Do you know what would cause this issue only on one tail light of the vehicle? I am just baffled as it appears to be some sort of droplet or wax type material.
 

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Thanks for the reply! Do you know what would cause this issue only on one tail light of the vehicle? I am just baffled as it appears to be some sort of droplet or wax type material.
Droplet or wax-like could be tree sap or something similar. The first thing I would try is a bug and tar remover
 

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Droplet or wax-like could be tree sap or something similar. The first thing I would try is a bug and tar remover
I just updated my post with photos in the sun and of the non-damaged tail light as well. Does the damage appear to be external? I am so confused as to what this could be - UV damage, wax, inside the light, ect?
 

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Thanks for the reply! Do you know what would cause this issue only on one tail light of the vehicle? I am just baffled as it appears to be some sort of droplet or wax type material.
It was on both tail lights on mine, But not equally. Perhaps one side gets more sun than the other where you park? John is right, a "bug and tar remover" might be a good starting point for you, just in case it is a wax or sap type of issue.. If you <gently> scratch at it with a fingernail does it make a difference? On mine a fingernail could leave a mark on the oxidized surface, but not on the clear section.
 

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It was on both tail lights on mine, But not equally. Perhaps one side gets more sun than the other where you park? John is right, a "bug and tar remover" might be a good starting point for you, just in case it is a wax or sap type of issue.. If you <gently> scratch at it with a fingernail does it make a difference? On mine a fingernail could leave a mark on the oxidized surface, but not on the clear section.
If I try to scratch it with my fingernail, it leaves no mark. So does that rule out a wax issue?
 

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If I try to scratch it with my fingernail, it leaves no mark. So does that rule out a wax issue?
I would assume so, without actually seeing it, I can't really determine if it's an internal or external issue. All I can tell you is that, mine looked kinda like that, and the Griotts product made it look like new again. Your milage may very, but I don't think you can make it worse by trying it! If you chose to try it, just follow the directions, It will have you wet sand the lenses, then apply a finish (it's a wipe on finish). takes about an hour to do both lenses and they need some sunlight to cure, and shouldn't get wet for an hour or two after application. Let me know how it turns out!
 

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Progress = going from old sports cars that used inexpensive replacement lenses and standard headlights made of glass you could change in about 2 minutes that lasted forever unless broken, to specialized plastic unitized lights that regularly fog and need refurbishment or (expensive) replacement?
 

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Progress = going from old sports cars that used inexpensive replacement lenses and standard headlights made of glass you could change in about 2 minutes that lasted forever unless broken, to specialized plastic unitized lights that regularly fog and need refurbishment or (expensive) replacement?
You can thank de-regulation and consumer demand for making this progress happen. Vehicles used to be required to use sealed-beam headlights, so all of them used the same shape and style, since that is what was made. De-regulation allowed the use of other types of bulbs and that allowed designers to begin creating unique shapes and styles. Since people generally preferrred the sleeker and more modern look, more vehicles were designed that way and we ended up where we are today.
 

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I would assume so, without actually seeing it, I can't really determine if it's an internal or external issue. All I can tell you is that, mine looked kinda like that, and the Griotts product made it look like new again. Your milage may very, but I don't think you can make it worse by trying it! If you chose to try it, just follow the directions, It will have you wet sand the lenses, then apply a finish (it's a wipe on finish). takes about an hour to do both lenses and they need some sunlight to cure, and shouldn't get wet for an hour or two after application. Let me know how it turns out!
Alright, I'm gonna need some more ideas here! I used Armorall Headlight Restoration Wipes with UV Sealant in the kit. Unfortunately, this did nothing to touch the tail light issue. AND It created a horrible looking residue that is not washing off with water on the headlights. What to do?!
 
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