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Headlight restoration????? :(

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Ihavataco98, May 6, 2012.

  1. May 6, 2012 at 7:26 AM
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    Ihavataco98

    Ihavataco98 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I tried this expensive kit and found it to be a gimmik it worked for a week.... :( so the question is how do i restore my headlights to the norm and get rid of the milky chalky flim arround them. My blue hids would sure appreciate it.... and i would too:D. so if you have had problems like me and fixed it, i sure would appreciate it! Thanks everyone. JV
     
  2. May 6, 2012 at 7:29 AM
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  3. May 6, 2012 at 7:35 AM
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    I like, does it work forever or do you have to keep doing it every month or two?
     
  4. May 6, 2012 at 7:37 AM
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    Use the 3M from any auto parts store. I did both my 99 and 04 last weekend ... don't expect brand new but its pretty darn good
     
  5. May 6, 2012 at 7:48 AM
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    Didn't bother to watch the video but from what I remember is after you are done polishing the lense's there is a sealer to be applied so to make the job last longer.
     
  6. May 6, 2012 at 8:29 AM
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    Madjik_Man

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    The 3M kit does not come with a finisher clear coat.

    They sell that separately. You HAVE to finish it with that clear coat or else they will be hazy and yellow within a few months.

    Here's the day I restored mine with the 3M kit (didn't know about the clear coat finisher)

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    8 months later they looked exactly like they did before I restored it.
     
  7. May 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM
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    I have done all the hi-pro mods for a life time, since I got this truck at a great price, I will be happy with showroom new.
    if you go to a carwash, ( a u wash it) don't use the high pressure directly on the headlights, and only try to use a mild cleaner on the plastic, combo of both, is not good for them. its not the only cause of this, UV light, and a combo of being outside does this but these are two things you can try to control, I know its hard then they get dirty. but yes the 3m kit is good, but you need the clear-coat.
     
  8. May 6, 2012 at 2:06 PM
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    The Harbor Freight $10 kit did wonders on my lens! I tried using a cordless drill and really messed up... It wasn't fast enough. I exchanged the kit for another and used a electric drill... Much faster and polished up perfectly.

    x2 on a sealant. Even some wax worked well to finish off my lens.
     
  9. May 6, 2012 at 2:12 PM
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    1 part Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane Clear Gloss
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    1500, 2000 and 3000 grit sand paper

    Sand then coat with Urethane and Mineral Spirits Mixture.

    You are varnishing your headlights

    This last a long time

    Look at my post in "what have you done to your tacoma today" for pictures
     
  10. May 6, 2012 at 2:19 PM
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    I highly doubt anyone is going to be able to, or want to read, anything you ever post.

    Might want to change your sig

    ;)
     
  11. May 6, 2012 at 2:25 PM
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    Sig is here to stay. Now you can scroll down and know its me.

    This is what you need:

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  12. May 6, 2012 at 2:28 PM
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    That barrel is perfection!!! :)
     
  13. May 6, 2012 at 6:32 PM
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    :Dthank goodness my girlfriends ass and chest look like that, shes a southern delight in every way ;). but im gonna try the 3m system because it looks like it would work. ill let yall know for sure. thanks guys
     
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    Be sure to post pics...












    ... of your girlfriend

    ;)
     
  15. May 6, 2012 at 8:12 PM
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    I just use a rotary buffer, wool pad and some good polish (doesn't have to be CSI !). It lasted about two years for me and I just redid mine last month.
     
  16. May 7, 2012 at 5:15 PM
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    HF lens restorer is on sale right now... $8.99 if you get the weekly ad plus 20% off coupon!

    Read the reviews and my previous comment... Good stuff!
     
  17. May 7, 2012 at 6:23 PM
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    I went to autozone and bout 800grit, 1000 grit, and then 2000 grit wetsand sandpaper. Started with 800 and worked up to the 2000. After that i used a buffer and used a rubbing compound to buff then i took a sealant wax and buffed it with that...they look brand new
     
  18. May 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM
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    I've done the wetsand to buffer method before and found it works well on really trashed headlights. I typically go straight from 1000 or 1500 grit to the wool pad.

    However, if the headligths aren't too bad, I prefer to go straight to the buffer. Last time I did mine I used CSI Cut N Polish with a wool pad at about 1000 RPM and the whole job took about 10 minutes.

    Tom Horvath, who was the formulator for SYSTEM ONE and now is the formulator for CSI, goes from 600 grit right to the wool pad. But he has 40 years of buffing experience. :D
     
  19. May 7, 2012 at 9:33 PM
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    scoobydann

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    Gotta agree with barbaro....despite the sig

    these were done with a high end spray clear but i have also used the spar\spirits method.

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    these are my neighbors and they are still clear as day

    anything you buy off the shelf is only smoothing out the lens as opposed to cleaning the lens with different grit spaper and re-clearing it..ie: its not going to last.
     
  20. May 7, 2012 at 11:06 PM
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    Anyone here tried razor blades? Hold em perpendicular to the lenses and scrape off that layer of yellow junk then buff em clean with "insert product name" whatever product and a buffer. I've seen it done first hand, never done it though
     
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