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Restoring Headlights worth it or not?

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Yup it has worked great for me in the past 22 53.66%
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Old 11-01-2009, 06:38 PM   #1
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Restoring Headlights worth it or not?

I have read a lot of posts about folks restoring their head lamps to like new. Well I tried out my first of two applciations. The first one was the 3m headlight kit. It included three different types of sanding levels and one polish. I cleaned the lense as inidcated then tried the three sanding pads as posted. The final step was the polsih. Two batteries later I have one light complete. So I put it to you... worth it or not?

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Should I have just spent the cash on two new head lamps for $140 bucks instead of the hour and $20 bucks?
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Old 11-01-2009, 06:44 PM   #3
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These kits rarely bring headlights back to like-new condition, but it certainly made an improvement in your case. Money and time well-spent IMO.
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Old 11-01-2009, 06:44 PM   #4
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Looks like some pretty decent results for an hour. If you spent another hour they would look perfect. $20 isn't that bad.
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Old 11-01-2009, 10:00 PM   #5
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Better than before. But, you should look on Craiglist for your local posting. There should be some guy that would do it for around $60 and warrant it for the life of the headlamp.
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Old 11-01-2009, 10:01 PM   #6
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i used 1000 grit wet, 2000 grit wet,(sand until your arm is sore, i did about 10 min per grit per light) and then meguiars plastix, they look AMAZING
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Old 11-02-2009, 10:20 AM   #8
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I have been reading and people see better results when using a non battery powered Drill. THey get higher RPM's....

But that is just want I have been reading.
The results you have are worth it for $20 spent.
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Old 11-02-2009, 12:20 PM   #10
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That is definitely worth the $20. I need to do mine before I get inspected this month
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it is a good idea but it dosent last that long you could also sand them and put an automotive clear cote on them it will last longer it costs a little more but it is better than polishing them every so often
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:48 PM   #12
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wish they just made them out of glass...
x2. My 89 corolla's headlights are crystal clear after 20 years of neglect. One of them does have a rock chip, though....


My Taco's lights were real bad, so for $8 I bought blue magic that took me 30 mins to apply and they look real good now. I have enough solution to last me through maybe 8 more pairs of headlights, as well. Worth it.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:04 PM   #13
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I used the same 3m kit that you did from Napa and I thought it was well worth it.
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:04 PM   #14
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I used the 3m kit on my 2002 and they came out crystal clear. My son used it on his 98 and his headlight lens had 3 clear nipples on lens that stick out and chewed up the sanding disks and buffing disk and didn't come out as good as mine but still alot better that what he had before...
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:54 PM   #15
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I say it depends. I used a headlamp restoration kit on mine. It's great when you first do it, but after a while mine have gone back to the way they were before I used the kit. I would say if you want a long term solution, then to go ahead and order a new set.
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Old 12-19-2009, 01:35 AM   #16
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I say it depends. I used a headlamp restoration kit on mine. It's great when you first do it, but after a while mine have gone back to the way they were before I used the kit. I would say if you want a long term solution, then to go ahead and order a new set.

that happened to me on my mustang...i ended up buying another kit when i sold it so they looked good as new...but i dont doubt that they will be cloudy/yellow in about 6 months..
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although it definitely depends on how far gone the lens is i started mine last night, with a 3M kit, that utilizes a drill and i kinda hurried through the first lens, but it still came out better, ill re do and do the other one here today and try to get pics up


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The kit itself wont do squat. Use it with sandpaper and they will come out like new.
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