Why register? ...To Enhance Your Experience
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Senior Member Firebraun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Posts
    108

    Thumbs up Shine them light bars up!

    Here's something sort of silly I stumbled across by accident, but it might help others so here it is.

    The light bar on our rig is about 15 years old... same age as the rig. We do a great job of keeping the paint shiny, but the plastic lens on the light bar was really "cloudy." You know, that hazy, semi-opaque look that plastic gets when it's been exposed for 15 years to UV rays, soap residue, bug guts and road grime.... You get it.

    Anyway, if you clean it off with a good all purpose cleaner and then WAX it, with any old cheap liquid car wax, the result will amaze you! I did it to all the rigs in my station, and the result was astounding. It actually looks like we bought brand new light bars!

    The biggest benefit I can see, besides making the rig look much more "taken care of," is that the actual light output is increased a good bit. Hey, anything to make Code-3 travel a bit safer for everyone, right?

    Give it a try and tell me what ya think!
    Fire service survival tips:
    1) Cook at 350...
    2) Pump at 150...
    3) When in doubt, isolate and deny entry...
    4) When in trouble, claim lack of adult supervision.


  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    Wauconda, Illinios
    Posts
    10

    Default

    I've done the same thing many times on our rigs. I agree, it's amazing how they look when you are done. McGuires makes a plastic cleaner and a plastic polish. I've found that works much better than wax.

  3. #3
    Forum Member DC8BALL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    WASHINGTON, DC (USA)
    Posts
    16

    Thumbs up

    GREAT POST... I'M GOING TO TRY THAT ON MY RIG

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Posts
    240

    Default

    what we would do is clean the whole rig, wax the whole rig with Mothers Wax. Mother's Wax does wonders to light bars. we have a 1987 Rescue and the lightbars look like new
    Rob aka Squinty

    The Fighting Seventy-Third

    Westville Fire Department
    Gloucester County
    New Jersey

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    2

    Default

    I use Blue Magic metal polish on ours and the plastic headlites of my POV. Works great.
    Station 303 Burlington TWP FD
    "The Black Sheep"

  6. #6
    MembersZone Subscriber
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    4

    Default

    I'm not a fire fighter, but I clean and wax the lightbar on my patrol car every 3 months, or when I take it in for it's regular PM.

  7. #7
    Forum Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    540

    Default

    How about getting hard water off of diamond plate?

    Tried lots of stuff that doesn't seem to work
    Proud to be IACOJ Illinois Chapter--Deemed "Crustworthy" Jan, 2003

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Posts
    240

    Default

    MikeF25-

    Did you try (i think its called) Mothers Diamond Plate Cleaner. Shines Dimaond plate like new. It works Great




    click here
    you wanna go to the tire care section
    Rob aka Squinty

    The Fighting Seventy-Third

    Westville Fire Department
    Gloucester County
    New Jersey

  9. #9
    Senior Member raven911's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Southern New Mexico
    Posts
    320

    Default

    And I thought I was the only one ate up enough to regularly wash my lightbar! Glad to see I am not alone.
    IACOJ Military Division
    NM Office
    ------------------------------------
    "There are three kinds of men: The ones who learn by reading, the few who learn by observation, and the rest of them who have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts