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Do headlights get better than this???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by pinchetaco, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. Nov 11, 2015 at 1:18 PM
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    pinchetaco

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    So I've finally decided to "restore" my headlights. I used sand paper to do it. Went from 800 to 1000 to 1500 to 2000. Then I used rubbing compound and a drill with a mothers headlight ball on it. There's a definite improvement but idk if they could get better. What you guys think? 398d5f1bd7f4dfc2d9bb2cc6f46ed2fb_62994b9726d569516976bc269b276ce9d91da274.jpga4309bfe887279bee1f1b17fbab87586_e373506d5273a23ccac965eb71e49c41204def77.jpg
     
  2. Nov 11, 2015 at 1:21 PM
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    You should be able to restore them to crystal clear again. Keep working! An actual buffer helps a lot instead of the drill.
     
  3. Nov 11, 2015 at 1:25 PM
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    They're still a bit dull. Keep going!

    Off topic but is that your wallet?? Talk about back pain :eek:
     
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  4. Nov 11, 2015 at 1:32 PM
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    You can get it back to crystal clear, but it takes some time. I have a 2002 VW GTI and the headlights were awful. I got the meguiars headlight restore kit and used a drill. I did it almost a year ago and they still look great. Below are the before and after.

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  5. Nov 11, 2015 at 1:47 PM
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    Yeah the wallet is a bit much. Way past due for a clean out.

    Man if I could get them like that I'd be stoked! I'll keep working at them. PITA!
     
  6. Nov 11, 2015 at 1:49 PM
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    It took me several hours to get it right on both headlights but I was very please with the results. Are you using the meguiars kit?
     
  7. Nov 11, 2015 at 1:56 PM
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    I just went and bought sandpaper. I have a mothers kit but decided to do it that way.

    Idk how much I should sand them and which grit of sanding will be the most effective and important.
     
  8. Nov 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM
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    Noelie84

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    You should be wet-sanding them, at least when you get to finer grits. Keeps the paper from clogging so it's more effective for longer. Does a better job.
     
  10. Nov 11, 2015 at 2:08 PM
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    I'll look at some vids and see how it goes.
     
  11. Nov 11, 2015 at 2:09 PM
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    godspeed :thumbsup:
     
  12. Nov 11, 2015 at 2:10 PM
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    Yeah I've been wet sanding them. I've wet sanded through the whole process from 800 all the way to 2000.

    I guess I should sand for a lot longer and then focus on polishing them.
     
  13. Nov 11, 2015 at 2:13 PM
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    yeah, you want to sand long enough to get them down to fresh plastic, and then polish the crap out of them.
     
  14. Nov 11, 2015 at 2:29 PM
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    That makes sense. Back to the 800 grit it is.
     
  15. Nov 11, 2015 at 2:59 PM
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    I went to Walmart and bought the motheres Nelens for like $30. It used 800 then 1500 then a special 3000 grit disk then the polishing compound.It worked great and really only took me about half an hour to do and they are crystal clear now
     
  16. Nov 13, 2015 at 2:37 PM
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    Well I went and sanded one light for an hour. Working my way up to 2000. Then polished for a while. It looked like there was a haze on the inside so I took the light apart and polished the inside. Idk if I can get much better. 5e25d98f9d69f2d7b7967f1656177a20_6ade30138e7f3c57970fffc4c766e1288846e3e6.jpg
     
  17. Nov 14, 2015 at 6:40 AM
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    That's pretty good now you need to use a lens compound. That why I like the mothers. It comes with a a polishing ball for a drill and the compound
     
  18. Nov 14, 2015 at 7:01 AM
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    Yeah that's what I've got. The ball is lookin pretty raggedy now.
     
  19. Nov 14, 2015 at 7:23 AM
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    The Meguiars restore kit does work pretty good...
     
  20. Nov 14, 2015 at 3:21 PM
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    I did the "new headlight mod" on my wife's 4Runner. They were pretty beat and in a desperate attempt to clear them up I used acetone which actually did clear them up, but ended up fucking up the plastic. I planned on new headlights anyways. They're 11 years old in the AZ sun.

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