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Keeping headlights looking new

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by MaidenTheTrooper, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. Jul 30, 2017 at 9:55 AM
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    MaidenTheTrooper

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    What kind of products you guys recommend to keep my headlights looking like new? Oxidation in the Florida Keys is crazy...
     
  2. Jul 30, 2017 at 10:52 AM
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    Turtlewax has a decent kit. I used it on some headlights that were 12 years old and it made a big difference. It has a sealant wipe in the kit to use once the restore process is used. Its been almost a year since I did it and the lights are still clear.
     
  4. Jul 30, 2017 at 11:09 AM
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    Optimum Opti-lens. It is a permanent head light coating. Just restored my lenses on my truck.
     
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    Depending on the severity of the oxidation I use Meguiars M205 if it is just light oxidation. If that doesnt do the trick I step up to M105 which is more agressive then go back over it with the M205. Then I apply two coats of Turtle wax ice synthetic paste which is safe for plastics and has a UV protectant. This will usually keep them looking good for 2-3months but thats because I dont have a garage. If you have a garage or car port to keep the sun off of it I would say it would last much longer. Also I apply the Meguiars with a 3.5 inch round "orange" light cutting pad attached to a cordless drill then apply the wax by hand.
     
  7. Jul 30, 2017 at 1:49 PM
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    MaidenTheTrooper

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    Thanks guys!! I just want to keep my 2017 headlights looking fresh.
     
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    I just put a coat of Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid wax on them each time I wax my truck. Any wax with UV protection will work just fine.
     
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    aerospace 303 protectant every 4 weeks to block uv rays which discolor headlights over time.
     
  11. Jul 30, 2017 at 10:19 PM
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    NMTrailRider

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    Apply regularly. Once a month would be great.
     
  12. Jul 31, 2017 at 9:50 AM
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    And I just ordered a bottle via Amazon w/free shipping.

    Not Prime, not a certain purchase amount. Just plain ole free shipping.

    My '13 still looks great and I just put new fixtures in my '04, so wanting to give them some extra protection.
     
  13. Jul 31, 2017 at 10:43 AM
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    Even on new(er) lenses, I like to use PlastX a couple times a year before applying the protectant. I feel like it's just a nice deep clean so that junk doesn't accumulate on the surface, even if you can't see it.

    I don't use a machine. Just a few dots on a microfiber. Wipe on wipe off. You can feel the smoothness when you're done. Then I apply the protectant.
     
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    I use plexus. It is what we always used on aircraft windshields.
     
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    Where do you get plexus?
     
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    Sometimes a motorcycle dealer.. Probably best just to go Amazon
     
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  18. Aug 14, 2017 at 9:19 AM
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    Chem guys V7, jet seal or ive even used Blitz, I recently started using DG aqua wax on them too. No residue, hazing, etc etc
     
  19. Aug 14, 2017 at 2:09 PM
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    ChaseFan

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    I do this also. Even the tail lights.. Man they really shine in the sun.
     

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