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Headlamp Restoration

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by WV_Tacoma, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. Jul 20, 2009 at 8:31 PM
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    WV_Tacoma

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    If you want to make your headlamps look like new or restore them to a much, much better quality follow these steps.

    I purchased a kit for Plastik lens cleaning to restore headlamps from a expensive detail shop(auto-geeks, Wolfgang cleaning kit). I believe you can do it with a cheap set up.

    This system is SICK!!!! I have done every ones lenses that I know. It is really remarkable. I am sure you can buy one of the cheaper systems from the auto stores.......I hear Walmart is performing them now also.......I will be doing my about every year I expect. So it is worth it to me.

    About $50 for my system...

    The kit came with;

    **1-Plastic lens-Liquid cleaner...slight abrasive gritty paste
    **1-Plastic lens-Glaze, slick oily base..says clarifies and shines
    **1-Plastic surface sealant...UV protectant
    **1-4" orange polishing pad....med-hvy foam pad for abrasion,compounding,polishing
    **1-4" black pad.....soft foam used to apply final steps for this and or waxing your car/truck

    Use in same order...with a drill or buffer, about Med-high speed on my 12v drill---Cheap walmart buffer use the one speed...The different foam I think helps polish the lens>>>Which is Very critical to the cleaning.

    Polish per the directions. mine was till haze is almost dry...Maybe 3mins....The others are just dressing and could be applied by hand I would assume....

    I did not think about any pics......My 2005 lenses that have been outside for its life....looks like 10day old headlamps now....Freaking awsome...

    I will do my Girlfriend and post the pics on here later, hers headlamps are a bit yellowed and dingy...Will make a good showing!

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DOING THIS OR GETTING IT DONE!! 5 thumbs up....

    Email if you have any questions

    WV_Tacoma

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  2. Jul 20, 2009 at 8:33 PM
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    Sounds good do you have any pics?
     
  3. Jul 22, 2009 at 10:41 PM
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    I used the 3M kit and i bought it for $22. It worked awesome on my truck. I reccomend it to anybody, I'll try to have some pics by tomorrow. It did take a while, and you need a good drill.
     
  4. Jul 22, 2009 at 10:49 PM
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    Please post pics. One of my headlights is older than the other and therefore one appears yellow/faded. I was just going to replace them but perhaps I should give this a try. I didn't think that a restoration kit could do much since again it's faded (or appears), but I'd like to see the difference the kit makes. Thanks.
     
  5. Jul 23, 2009 at 12:48 AM
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  6. Jul 23, 2009 at 12:52 AM
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    Thanks! It looks like it might do the trick. I'll swing by Checkers tomorrow or so and try it out. Thanks again!
     
  7. Jul 23, 2009 at 3:17 PM
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  8. Jul 23, 2009 at 7:38 PM
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    I didn't have any pics before of my Taco...........BUT

    Here is my GF car.....Just did these tonight...Took all of 20mins to do...Her Car is a Honda 2004, keep outside. Lamps were starting to get yellow/chalked/discolored.....Now you be the judge....

    I am telling you this shit ROCKS...

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  9. Jul 23, 2009 at 7:39 PM
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    Whoa!
     
  10. Jul 23, 2009 at 8:26 PM
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    Wow WV adn cmack48, that looks awesome, those headlamps do look brand new, great job.........i guess theere are more than one way to skin a cat.
     
  11. Jul 23, 2009 at 8:30 PM
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    Thank you for recommending the Quixx!
     
  12. Jul 23, 2009 at 8:33 PM
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    No problem.....i actually got the advice from ProtoJ. Glad to hear it worked for you.......feels better with clean headlights huh:)
     
  13. Jul 23, 2009 at 8:36 PM
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    fells MUCH better
     
  14. Jul 23, 2009 at 8:44 PM
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    Csmack did you use a power buffer or drill? What model is your truck that you did the headlights?

    I have had the same results now on 4 cars...!
     
  15. Jul 23, 2009 at 8:50 PM
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    I just used the Polish cloth that it came with and did it by hand. I'll probably end up using a drill when the time comes to do it again simply because it's easier and probably more effective. My truck is a 1999 Xtra Cab with the 3.4 L V6 and 4x4. I also did my KC's. They didn't really need it but I figured I had nothing to loose by doing it. Yours probably produces better results, but it was only $12.49 total. And I don't have a lot of money to throw at my truck at this point in time.
     
  16. Jul 23, 2009 at 9:29 PM
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    Yours looks good. I think part of it is the condition of the lens to begin with. Nice work...Feels good doing something on your own and not paying someone else to do it!!!!

    Glad we are all happy with a product!!!! Cheers my friend
     
  17. Jul 23, 2009 at 9:32 PM
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    Thanks. Yours came out better though I think. Well my pictures make my lens look better than it was. It look terrible. Now it looks a lot better. And yes, it feels a lot better doing it on your own rather than paying someone else to do it!

    Cheers!
     
  18. Jul 23, 2009 at 9:39 PM
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    Right on.....Now go try some Clay bar to do the paint.........It will remove stuff you never thought would go away, plus bugs and Opossum guts! And it makes waxing by hand or machine way more better:)
     
  19. Jul 23, 2009 at 9:45 PM
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    I'll have to do that whenever the Arizona monsoon season is over. But thanks for the tip.
     
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