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06 original headlights - restoration/ maintenance

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by 4DR4x4, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. Nov 21, 2015 at 11:31 AM
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    4DR4x4

    4DR4x4 [OP] Re-Blued....fresh clear

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    1st attempt to make a product results post. Used the Mothers brand headlight restoration powerball kit. Whole job took an hour. Effects last for at least 6 months before starting to need done again. Full Florida weather in effect-



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  2. Nov 23, 2015 at 11:59 AM
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    fla taco

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    Not bad. I recently worked on the headlights on an 03 Matrix that were pretty gazed over and yellow. I did a wet sanding starting with a 400 grit sandpaper then stepping down to 800 then 1500 then 2000. Once done I cleaned them with a alcohol then sprayed several coats of clear lacquer for plastic with uv block. What a difference when done. Good job. Keep em waxed.
     
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  3. Nov 24, 2015 at 11:35 PM
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    Island Cruiser

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    ^ The simplest maintenance right there!
     
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  4. Nov 25, 2015 at 9:44 AM
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    crashnburn80

    crashnburn80 Vehicle Design Engineer

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    Looks much better. The reason the effects are so temporary is that the lens UV stabilization is lost. Rather than repeat the process every 6 months, you can add a UV stabilizer coating after the restore, and just reapply the coating every 6 months which is much less work.

    I don't have experience with this product, but the Mequiars coating has been recommended by other members. And Mequiars in general makes good stuff.
    http://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-G17110-Headlight-Protectant-oz/dp/B006FUT15Y
     
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  5. Nov 26, 2015 at 3:51 PM
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    4DR4x4

    4DR4x4 [OP] Re-Blued....fresh clear

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    Yeah all new territory for me-
    Preciate' everybody's inputs for sure!

    I didn't think the mothers was a wax at first cause the kit came with a small pad of wet sandpaper w like 800g on one side and 1500 or 2000g on the other for getting small pits or crust off and I thought the goo was for cutting the haze coat but I realized it was a wax after I washed the truck and the water beaded off like rain X. So ima find me that Mcguiers UV coating mentioned!!!!

    Thanks guys!
     
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