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Headlights cleaning question.

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by skyneon, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. Oct 13, 2010 at 11:44 AM
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    skyneon

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    Hi, I have ordered the 3M headlight cleaning kit with pads from Amazon. The problem is, when I washed the headlights I have noticed that each one has 3 of some sort of pimples in the triangle position. When I washed them with a sponge, those pimples tore up the sponge. I am afraid they will prevent proper headlight cleaning. How do I avoid them? Should I use file/rasp to get rid of them? I hope this all makes sense, English is not my first language. :)

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Oct 13, 2010 at 11:54 AM
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    Pugga

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    Just work around them with the 3M kit. I don't know if it would do any damage filing them down but I would risk it. Those are just the pieces of plastic left sticking up when they were formed from the factory so I don't believe they have any structural significance.
     
  3. Oct 13, 2010 at 11:57 AM
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    That is what I thought. Thanks!
     
  4. Oct 13, 2010 at 12:00 PM
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    I think those are actually used by some of the headlight alignment systems that some shops used to have. The alignment device is supposed to make contact with those. I don't think any of the newer cars have them. Like Pugga said, you can just work around them.
     
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    It would be very hard to work around them because of their position specially with a buffer or such. I will just get rid of them and see if the 3M kit helps, if not I will just buy new headlights. Just wanted to make sure they are not so important. Thank you
     
  6. Oct 13, 2010 at 1:00 PM
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    I used the 3m kit you are talking about on my daughter's Altima and it made them look like new.
     
  7. Oct 13, 2010 at 1:03 PM
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    When I restored my headlights I accidentally sanded those plastic pimples down to nothing.

    It causes no harm to your headlights. It does however eat up the pads. Which isn't such a big deal except for the polishing pad. Just be careful with that last step
     
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    This is a reminder to keep those lights clean at every other wash to avoid build up and degredation. I use Meguiars Plast-X
     
  9. Oct 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM
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    Great videos! Thank you all! It my order delivered by the weekend, I will get working this Sat.
     
  10. Oct 13, 2010 at 2:43 PM
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    x2...used it on my wife's Jetta. I was really surprised at how good it turned out.

    and x2...I use the same!
     
  11. Oct 14, 2010 at 5:34 AM
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    I have been using Plastix polish to keep the headlights and tail lights clear on my truck and former mazda, also had the clear headlight / tail light housing, the stuff works great, acts as a wax / polish for the plastic, does a nice job keeping them looking new, especially for me with the northeastern US winters, not a bad product to try out. Im not sure who makes the product but I bought it at an automotive supply shop, I'm sure its available at the big box stores, worth checking out.
     
  12. Oct 14, 2010 at 7:17 AM
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    I use a wool pad on a rotary buffer with just about anyone's polish (System 51 Perfect Cut, CSI Cut N Polish, Meguiar's M205, etc.) and headlights come out great. The pimples don't bother the wool pad.

    You don't need a special headlight kit to take care of headlights, but if you don't already have a buffer and wool pad, they are are a good purchase.
     
  13. Oct 14, 2010 at 1:34 PM
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    Here's mine half way through

    Passenger side done, driver's not done yet

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Oct 14, 2010 at 5:51 PM
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    I hope you have that backwards. :D
     
  15. Oct 14, 2010 at 6:29 PM
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    lol

    Dyslexia FTW
     
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    Agreed. Don't know exactly how they're used but I also heard that's what they were meant for. On new headlights they don't use those nipples anymore, they rely on the horizontal lines & the dot/circle in the middle.
     
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