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Getting tired of this headlight fade!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by VirginiaBound, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Mar 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM
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    VirginiaBound

    VirginiaBound [OP] Whyareyoureadingthis?

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    I've tried all the different methods of restoring my lights. They aren't horrible, but the faded appearance drives me crazy!

    I'm concerned at this point I've went too far down into the plastic to restore to new again, even after wet sanding paper the results aren't what they should be.

    I can slap on some spare transmission fluid or tire shine and get the look for a few days, then as the solution washes off I'm back to faded lights.

    Is there anything different than the ideas Google shows for getting these lights back to new? I am going to just replace my lights if it comes down to it, I just don't see why I can't get the results other are getting.
     
  2. Mar 17, 2012 at 5:43 PM
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    dexterdog

    dexterdog My pee parts itch

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    You could try to wet sand from 600 to 2000 and then use a da orbital to polish and clear coat afterwards. I haven't tried the clear coat idea but it's worth a try. The headlights on my wife's RAV4 look nice and clear after over a year from just wet sanding and polishing.
     
  3. Mar 17, 2012 at 5:43 PM
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    I've tried the toothpaste trick and gotten some good results. It's like I have four or five circular spots that just won't buff up. The only thing that covers them is transmission fluid.
     
  4. Mar 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM
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    I may grab a pad of 2000 grit tomorrow and try that. I've tried 800 but it may need something finer. I don't have an orbital, is it going to look good without an orbital to polish?
     
  5. Mar 17, 2012 at 5:50 PM
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    Thought about that, just don't know if the paint is going to stick on that. Thought about tranny fluid then 3m film.
     
  6. Mar 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM
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    If you get knew ones, wax them every week and that will Keep them from fading and yellowing
     
  7. Mar 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM
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    View the build. Too much to list.
    I used a drill with a 3 stage wet sanding setup to get the lights on my honda nice. I recommend removing them for sanding so you don't sand your paint if the edges are bad.
     
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