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How to:Stop oxidation of headlights with no upkeep

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by AhviFree, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. AhviFree

    AhviFree [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Wanna keep those new or restored headlights from oxidizing without expensive chemicals requiring routine upkeep? Yes or no?

    YES? : Good for you! Keep reading..I'll tell ya
    NO? : Too bad!! READ IT

    Restoring headlights does a lot for your vehicle's overall look, but the oxidation returns quickly...most of the time worse than before. That is because while removing oxidation you've also removed the remaining UV/protectant coating, leaving the porous lens helpless to the elements. Lets fix that for good using paint protection film. OK enough BS lets get to it.

    Supplies:
    Paint protection film - acquire from internet or ask a local tint shop if you can purchase a small amount. I used Llumar
    Hard Card - to squeegee film..like a bondo spreader will work
    Sharpie - permanent marker
    Paper Towels - come on....you know what those are
    Transfer Tape - only need enough to cover drivers side lights.
    Spray bottle - a bottle....that sprays
    Soapy water - baby shampoo preferred but not a big deal. about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon to a quart
    Razor knife - snap blade type(the tip must remain sharp/smooth or you may etch whatever glass you are cutting on)I used a red dot Olfa cutter
    Rubbing Alcohol - 50/50 mix rubbing alcohol and water

    Lay transfer tape on headlight/sidemarker and smooth it all down.Trace the edge of the lights, trying to stay close as possible to edge
    Traced Light.jpg

    Lay the transfer tape on glass(sliding glass door,glass table top,wherever)to cut out patterns. Snap blade often to ensure clean cutting and keep glass from getting etched. Cut on the INSIDE of your line. You do not want it to overlap much or you'll have to cut it on your headlight.
    Cut out pattern in transfer tape.jpg

    Spray the glass and lay the paint protection on it with the release liner TOWARDS the glass (don't peal the liner just have liner side toward glass) and lightly squeegee out. This is just to hold it in place while cutting.
    Squeegee film to glass with release liner towards glass.jpg

    Lay patterns you cut out of transfer tape and arrange to use the least amount of film.
    Lay patterns on film.jpg

    Cut out patterns. Again, remember to snap the blade often. Cut out patterns in Paint Protection.jpg

    Now, spray glass and lay the same amount of paint protection you used to do the drivers side this time with release liner facing AWAY from the glass(this way its a mirrored image) lay the tape patterns on in the same way as before(dont flip them to match the passenger side, we already took care of that by flipping the paint protection).
    Other side-Paint protection release liner away from glass.jpg

    Cut out and flip the patterns you just cut.
    Cut out.jpg

    Clean headlight thoroughly, be sure to clean above and on surrounding area so when you are applying the film the water doesnt carry it down and ruin your install. Now with clean wet fingers peal the release liner carefully and spray it down(on the side you just pealed) be sure to get it real wet, this is to allow it to slide :wink:eh...eh...Ok ok while you position it on light. Make sure you are using the soapy water. Now when its in position, spray the film and squeegee out the water from underneath using the card. If the cards edge isn't completely smooth, wrap with a paper towel to avoid scratches. Now start lightly at first, its gonna slide around. once its tacked in place follow with more firm squeegee. Follow the pattern below in this order RED WHITE BLUE YELLOW .
    Squeegee Layout.jpg

    Now wrap card in paper towel and go over squeegeeing several times to ensure all water is out. Dry off edges carefully and you are done. Now if you have a spot on the edge that wont stay down or is "fingering"(binding on a curve or edge making the film pop up in an elongated bubble from one edge) like below, use the alcohol/water mixture to spray between film and lens this will help adhesion..then squeegee in direction of arrow. Also, water on the edge will cause it to finger so be sure to dry up those edges.
    If finger is persistant use alcohol to assist adhesive.jpg

    Repeat for the rest and you are done.
    Done.jpg

    Thats it. Hope you enjoyed and it wasn't too long. This was my first write up.... Im sure I will be editing the cr@p outta this for the next few days.




     
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  2. Justus

    Justus resident Apple Pie Monster

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    2nd gens have more contours and will be fun
     
  3. AhviFree

    AhviFree [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Well this will give a general idea for the 2nd gen owners(although precut patterns are available for 2nd gen and later) .if the squeege pattern is followed it will lay easy for 1st gen. I will try and snap a pic of a 2nd gen. and lay out a pattern and post
     
  4. ETAV8R

    ETAV8R 4th MAW

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    2nd gen owner here with the new warranty enhancement headlights...this needs to be done soon. Looks like a new truck with sparkly headlights.
     
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