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Problem restoring headlights - Any advice.

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Tidrow, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. Feb 6, 2011 at 3:36 PM
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    Tidrow

    Tidrow [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I bought some headlights from the junkyard in hopes of BHLM and refinishing the lens.

    Everything is going well until I sand down the lenses, and now they have all these tiny sand marks. They are not clear lenses any more, they are kinda cloudy and look like they have a film over them.

    I was using a hand restoration kit. but the polish step ain't worth a shit. Now the lense I was trying to fix looks worse than the one I'm about to do.

    Any thoughts? maybe get a different compound?

    Sucks cause my BHLM will be complete but the lenses aren't crystal clear.:confused:
     
  2. Feb 9, 2011 at 11:35 AM
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    Tidrow

    Tidrow [OP] Well-Known Member

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    thanks bud,
     
  3. Feb 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM
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    Danosabre

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    +1 on the power buffer. Doing it by hand just sucks!
     
  4. Feb 10, 2011 at 6:01 AM
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    The ones by hand aren't as powerful, timely, or even. Go buy the 3M kit.
     
  5. Feb 10, 2011 at 6:23 AM
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    Tidrow

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    thanks for the advice guys, I just put the headlights back together last night. I'm waiting for the Window weld to dry. They look sweet but will look %100 after I get the leses restored.

    I posted this thread in another section and a fella from Austin offered to help me buff them out. I called him and we are meeting up on Sunday :D

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/138385-problem-restoring-headlights-any-advice.html

    His handle is 06TEXED so if you see him, hook him up with some rep for being such a bad ass and giving me a hand.[​IMG]
     
  6. Feb 10, 2011 at 6:25 AM
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    Tidrow

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    And thanks for your BHLM write up btw. I'll make sure and put up the pics after I'm all finished.
     
  7. Feb 14, 2011 at 12:56 PM
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    Tidrow

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    Thanks again to 06TEXED for the buffer help. They came out like new!

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    :headbang:
     
  8. Feb 14, 2011 at 10:03 PM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    Very nice work!
     
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