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Restoration of Headlamps

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by cmack, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. Jul 23, 2009 at 12:52 PM
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    cmack

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    I know there are other threads dedicated to this and I'm sorry if I'm duplicating another thread, but I restored one of my headlamps and I took lots of pictures so I thought I'd post them. Thanks you very much militaco for recommending the right product to use. I used Quixx Scratch Remover for $12.49 (not including tax).

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    It includes a tube of polish/paste, a polishing cloth, and two strips of sandpaper (1600 grit).

    Here's my story: I had my passenger's side headlamp was faded and yellow from the sun since it's the original one. My driver's side headlamp appears new since it was replaced by the original owner at some point in time. Well this annoyed the hell out of me having one yellow and one clear. So I was going to simply replace the passenger's side headlamp since I thought there was no way of restoring it to that new condition. Well I came across another thread on here about this Quixx Scratch Remover. It worked well for militaco's and so I figured what the hell it's not a huge loss if it doesn't work. Well I ran over to Checkers, got it, came home, and set to work.

    Before Picture:

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    After Picture:

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    I also decided to just do a little bit on my KC's. I wasn't expecting huge results, but I figured it couldn't hurt. I don't know if there's much of a difference in them.

    Before:

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    After:

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    Then all of them together.

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    It's about the best I can do without replacing the headlamp . Overall, I'm a happy camper. :D
     
  2. Jul 23, 2009 at 1:26 PM
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    Looks great Connor, now wash that truck!
     
  3. Jul 23, 2009 at 1:28 PM
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    cmack [OP] Impeach Chris4x4!

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    Thanks. I washed it about a week and a half ago. :D
     
  4. Jul 23, 2009 at 1:40 PM
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    I know. seems you got stuck in the only rain in Arizona this year.
     
  5. Jul 23, 2009 at 1:40 PM
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    My brother has a 98' Avalon with 265,000 miles. The lights on his looked AWFUL. You could barely see through them. For the hell of it I got out my can of turtle polishing compound and polished them up. It worked pretty damned good. The lights look like new. The best part is that polishing compound is like $3 a can.
     
  6. Jul 23, 2009 at 1:43 PM
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    I felt better though when Brian told me how he washed and waxed his on the same day that I did. And then both of our work got destroyed.
     
  7. Jul 23, 2009 at 1:43 PM
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    Thanks for this post I'll be checking that out when I get home.
     
  8. Jul 23, 2009 at 1:45 PM
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    Wow. Yeah the picture doesn't do it justice, but the one headlamp looked like shit. It pissed me off. I knew there were different things I could try but the Quixx looked like a good idea so I gave it a shot.
     
  9. Jul 23, 2009 at 1:50 PM
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    Looks good, great job :thumbsup:
     
  10. Jul 23, 2009 at 1:54 PM
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    Thank you

    Thanks!
     
  11. Jul 23, 2009 at 2:01 PM
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    The headlight really does look good. i used to use a Meguirs plastic polish and cleaner on my Jeep windows. I wonder how that would work on a headlight.
     
  12. Jul 23, 2009 at 7:07 PM
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    Thanks! I'm really happy with the way the Quixx works.
     
  13. Jul 23, 2009 at 8:30 PM
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    looking good Connor.........don't you just feel better driving around with clean headlights:)
     
  14. Jul 23, 2009 at 8:32 PM
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    Thanks! And yes, I feel MUCH better :D
     
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