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Old 07-30-2010, 06:15 PM   #1
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tips for restoring headlights

Just wondering what techniques you guys use to get light scratches and oxidation/haze off your headlight lenses.
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Old 07-31-2010, 11:54 AM   #2
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actually ended up using mothers headlight restore kit, came with the polish and a buffer pad which you attach to a drill. worked very well if anyone else is thinking of cleaning up their headlights i'd recommend it.
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nice! what is the cost of this treatment?

They had it on sale at kragen for 17.99 it usually runs about 25.

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i used the 3m headlight restore kit...excellent. took out rock pics from my fogs! it comes w/ an attachment for a drill. you then use 600 grit, 1000 grit, 3000 grit, and finally a polish...take your time and it will come out just as new!
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That's good to know. Last weekend I was driving down the highway and a piece of tire debris got kicked up by the car in front of me and scuffed my right headlight a bit. It's not that noticeable but to me it sticks out like a sore thumb. I'm gonna give one of these kits a try.
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That's good to know. Last weekend I was driving down the highway and a piece of tire debris got kicked up by the car in front of me and scuffed my right headlight a bit. It's not that noticeable but to me it sticks out like a sore thumb. I'm gonna give one of these kits a try.
FYI, if you have a scuff, the 3m kit will be the only one that works because it has sandpaper attachments. like i said, it complete restored my fogs that had a ton of rock pitting on them. the mothers kit is only a light polish, which will most likely not get the scuffs out.
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Thanks for the heads up...I'll look for that 3M kit.
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I just did the headlights on my sisters 1998 lexus by using 2000 grit wet sand paper and mothers plastic polish and they turned out great. I wish I would have taken before and after pics because I amazed myself with the difference.
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FYI, if you have a scuff, the 3m kit will be the only one that works because it has sandpaper attachments. like i said, it complete restored my fogs that had a ton of rock pitting on them. the mothers kit is only a light polish, which will most likely not get the scuffs out.

Nope, the Mothers headlight restore kit has 4 different grades of wet/dry sanding sponges in it.
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Nope, the Mothers headlight restore kit has 4 different grades of wet/dry sanding sponges in it.


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Nope, the Mothers headlight restore kit has 4 different grades of wet/dry sanding sponges in it.
correct, but you have to use those by hand no? w/ the 3m kit, every grade of sandpaper attached to the drill mount(there is velcro on the backside of every grade), so you sand w/ the drill...MUCH better then by hand IMO.
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The 3M kit, can you get that at a walmart? Or is it a pepboys kinda thing?
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I've always used 1000, 1500, then 2000 grit sand paper. Wet sand the plastic, then use some 3M rubbing compound.
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if lights arent too bad......ialways use my mothers powerball mini and some plast-x...then go over with some normal polish. keeps them good and clean. any worse than normal...one of the actual kits is needed.....and its best to use a corded drill. i tried once with one of the kits and my cordless, but the rpms werent exactly right. still did ok tho.
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I think I just posted this in another thread, but after using numerous different techniques, the best I've found so far is from uglyheadlights.com
Uses a wetsanding process like others, but the final coating is what sets it apart. A lot of kits, the yellowing/hazing will return, but the lights I've done w/ this kit have lasted over a year (as of now) w/o out any sign of the problems returning.
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