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Headlight restore

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by JLTIMM, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. Sep 8, 2019 at 10:51 AM
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    JLTIMM

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    IMG_20190907_105944589_HDR.jpg Just restored my headlights, turned out great. Took a little elbow grease but the Meguiars kit worked awesome. Pic of 1 finished.
     
  2. Sep 8, 2019 at 11:16 AM
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    Looks good!
     
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  3. Sep 8, 2019 at 11:39 AM
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    Looks great! How much did that kit run you?
     
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    What do the instructions say about sealing it when all is done? Thanks. This is next on my list. Do you have to buff with a cordless drill, or did you do it by hand? Thanks for helping out a fellow TW guy.
     
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  5. Sep 8, 2019 at 4:13 PM
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    I purchased the Meguiars heavy duty kit at Walmart for around $25. The kit came with a hand sander with 2 wet sanding discs, 1000 grit and 3000. Also came with a buffer for a drill, and polishing compound. The last thing is the sealer you apply with a provided small sponge. I was impressed with the result. Did my 03 Corolla and my son's 2000 Camry and they both turned out great.

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  6. Sep 8, 2019 at 9:54 PM
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    John,

    Thanks for posting your experience. Almost all cars with modern (plastic) headlight units can usually use this procedure - certainly my 2010 Taco that lives outside could use some modest headlight help.

    JohnB
     
  7. Sep 8, 2019 at 10:02 PM
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    Looks great will try this next weekend
     
  8. Sep 8, 2019 at 10:04 PM
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    Matmo215

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    I’d cover them with a clear lamin x film or some kind of clear protectant too so they stay like that for a long time
     
  9. Sep 8, 2019 at 10:08 PM
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    Oldie2007

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    Looks great guys, and the secret is the SEALER. Make sure you get a good kit with a sealer. Eventually, the lamination on the lens will go, and then you have fuzzy lights (I mean the forward light goes unfocused).
    I rescued a few, and that is the difference. Eventually, you will have to admit it, the plastic/laminates will go, but that means you can replace with something more fun!
     
  10. Sep 8, 2019 at 10:26 PM
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  11. Sep 8, 2019 at 11:05 PM
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    I did the same to mine, but I wanted it to last a little longer so I thought clear coating with UV spray paint. Not a good idea lol. It would have worked if I didn't put the final polishing compound, but since I did it just got all runny when the paint hit it. Now one looks perfect and the other is a mess. Will redo it eventually and just do the UV spray paint since I read that last way longer then compound that comes in the kits.
     
  12. Sep 9, 2019 at 3:52 AM
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    I tried some gloss clear spray paint but it took away the clear look and made it appear foggy? I then re did the headlight and used the stuff from the kit and it looked great.
     
  13. Sep 9, 2019 at 4:37 AM
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    I find that putting a coat of liquid Turtle Wax on the lenses whenever I wax the truck has works well.
     

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