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    Hi t1grm, yes these are perfect, just check that they don't shed any lint - don't want to make things worse.

    With regard to the tools, the dowel is easy to get and the retrieval tool should be in Halfords or from the screw fix catalogue.

    Have a look at this.....

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&k...l_11nf1r3vl3_e

    Only 1.74 from Amazon for exactly the tool that I have.

    Good luck....

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    Default Excellent with a few tips

    I tried this yesterday on one side. Great cloths and good instructions. I have a few ideas which might be helpful.

    The cloths are easily available in Lakeland although I found I had to cut them in half to get them through the whole.

    I couldn't get the pickup tool from B&Q, Halfords or Screwfix so decided to improvise. I used some garden twine and securely tied a length to the corner of each cloth and used it to withdraw the cloth when I had finished dibbling round with the doweling.

    The doweling was from B&Q and was the 9mm which seemed fine vs. the 8mm - I cut two lengths 15" as recommended and also a 20" length to give greater dibbling power.

    It has cleaned out the dust and debris nicely but I would recommend taking the wheel off as it's a bit awkward with it still on.

    I'm going to try the other side later.

    I couldn't get the finger marks/watermarks off the cover which was frustrating but maybe more patience is needed.

    Thanks again for posting great instructions. Good luck to everyone who tries this.

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    I treid this thanks. I can offer another suggestion as the MKIII design.

    I used garden cane which is about the right thickness and more likely to be 'lying around' the garage. I also cut the cloths in half as they fit in better. I did not "let go" of my cloth, rather i placed one of the corners on the cane and fastened it to the cane with a strong tape. This created a diamond shape with a stick attached to one corner. The cloth was wrapped around the cane and then inserted into the hole in the light fitting. Dibbing around is just as effective!! It is tricky to get into the corners (below the sidelight) but overall results are a good improvement.

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    Oops. Spelling mistake (tried). Doh!

    Also, I removed the wheels. Can't see it being an easy job with the wheels on. I also coated the access panel bolts in copper grease before I put it all back together as they clearly get attacked by the elements.

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    For best results remove the lights and swill some pure cleaning alcahol around them, then shake as much of the liquid as you can out and let the rest evaporate. It works like a dream everything comes up like new!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madmax View Post
    For best results remove the lights and swill some pure cleaning alcahol around them, then shake as much of the liquid as you can out and let the rest evaporate. It works like a dream everything comes up like new!.
    Is this personal experience?

    Are we talking dust or dried out water marks from periods of previous condensation or both?

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    Thanks will give this a go!

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    Default Removing the lights

    Quote Originally Posted by Madmax View Post
    For best results remove the lights and swill some pure cleaning alcahol around them, then shake as much of the liquid as you can out and let the rest evaporate. It works like a dream everything comes up like new!.
    Have you got instructions for removing the lights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Every View Post
    Whilst the headlights are classed as sealed, they are not 100% air tight.
    There is the usual tiny gaps around the headlight bulb assembly and there is also a very small breather tube that is "supposed" to aid circulation of air so you don't get condensation when it is cold outside and you turn your lights on.

    Demons lights looked like they weren't 100% clean from the factory to be fair as there were fingerprints on the inside of the lenses

    Paul
    oh... i also live in miami and i-m about to order my bulbs... why dont we combine?
    thanks for sharing

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    I use the pure alcahol method with all my old classics, removes all marks and dust, all the lights I have ever done have come up like brand new (you would not believe how well), it is a detailing trick I believe. Someone told me to try it a few years back and it is remarkable how good they come out.

    I buy the Alcahol from a Lab supply place it is the stuff they use for cleaning printed circuit boards as it is less expensive as there is no duty on it. I have not needed to do the lights on my F430 but recently did a set of fog lights and main lights on my RS1600i and they looked factory fresh. Only thing is you will need to get the lights out to do this.

    just swill a bit around and give it a shake, pour the liquid out where the bulb goes in and then stand until the residue has evaporated, it removes all the dirt, marks, etc and evaporates without leaving any trace or marks at all.

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