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DIY headlight restoration?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Dennisi01, May 13, 2018.

  1. May 13, 2018 at 8:17 AM
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    Dennisi01

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    Hey all.. the headlights on my 2010 are pretty faded over. Suggestions on a good DIY fix? I dont want to spend the money to replace them..thanks!
     
  2. May 13, 2018 at 8:46 AM
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    I had the same problem on my 2009. They were super oxidized. I used McGuire’s Heavy Duty Headlight Restore kit. About $20 to $25 at Walmart and it will do multiple cars. When I got through they were Chrystal clear. Looked like new. That was over 2 years ago and they still are chrystal clear. The secrete to keeping them clear is applying UV protection periodically which comes with the kit. Took about 45 minutes to do both lights. Easy Peazy. There are other good products out there but I think Mcguires is the best. They make at least 2 different kits, be sure to get the one that is the heavy duty kit. When you do them post a pic of before and after.
     
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  3. May 13, 2018 at 2:20 PM
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    what I do is... take off the headlight and with a palm sander sand down the yellow layer... wet-sand them to a even rough finish with no gouges and clear coat them... wait for them to dry and done.

    the best thing is its cheap and permanent... a can of clear coat and who doesnt have sandpaper?
     
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    i used the turtle wax kit on my 05
    had 2 diff abrasive pads and a clear sealer for when done
    I used painters tape on the fenders so i didn't scratch them
    worked great
     
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    I use this, awesome results
     
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    Good post. You can also buy the headlight protectant separately. As mentioned continually reapplying this UV stabilizer is what keeps the lights clear. Sanding the lens surface removes the OEM UV stabilizing coating causing rapid oxidation if they are recoated. The coating is a maintenance item, not an apply and forget solution.
     
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    crashnburn80 is spot on regarding the UV protectant. It should be a routine maintenance thing. There are several UV protectants out there and some supposedly are good for a year. I don’t trust going a year or longer. What ever one you use I would apply it at least twice a year. Add it to your maintenance program and you’ll have clear headlight lens for a long time
     
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  11. May 13, 2018 at 8:14 PM
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    As mentioned above, suggested by a bodyshop guy I know and tried first hand is to sand down with high number sand paper, 1500/2000, then clear coat it. That will do it. The oxidation won't come back. I've used all those products suggested and the suggested route of sandpaper and clear is a final fix. Suggest Laminix plastic headlight protectant as well and you won't have to do maintenance on the headlights any more.
     
  12. May 14, 2018 at 5:32 PM
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    BA25E4D3-892D-4D86-A8E5-12267B59400E.jpg Here’s a pic of one of my headlights today after using Mcguires heavy duty head light restore about 2 1/2 years ago. I just put UV protectant on periodically and they stay clear as when they were new. Before I used Mcguires they were grossly oxidized. 2 1/2 years later looking good.
     
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    That's kinda the system I use on the Auto Dealership lots … Mine is wet sand with 1000 2000 and last is the 3000 than I clear it with 2 stage clear (same clear I use when I do bumper repair and blends) … when they are really ate up I'll start with 800 first.
     

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