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Restoring Headlights worth it or not?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by 2009tacomav6, Nov 1, 2009.

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Restoring head lamps worth it?

Poll closed Mar 1, 2010.
  1. Yup it has worked great for me in the past

    53.7%
  2. Nope just spend the money and get new ones

    22.0%
  3. Worth a go to see what happens.

    24.4%
  1. Nov 1, 2009 at 6:38 PM
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    2009tacomav6

    2009tacomav6 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have read a lot of posts about folks restoring their head lamps to like new. Well I tried out my first of two applciations. The first one was the 3m headlight kit. It included three different types of sanding levels and one polish. I cleaned the lense as inidcated then tried the three sanding pads as posted. The final step was the polsih. Two batteries later I have one light complete. So I put it to you... worth it or not?

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    Should I have just spent the cash on two new head lamps for $140 bucks instead of the hour and $20 bucks?
     
  2. Nov 1, 2009 at 6:42 PM
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    ClemsonTacoma

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    Hecke no! Why waste that kind of money? An hour really isn't that much
     
  3. Nov 1, 2009 at 6:44 PM
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    smallcandle

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    These kits rarely bring headlights back to like-new condition, but it certainly made an improvement in your case. Money and time well-spent IMO.
     
  4. Nov 1, 2009 at 6:44 PM
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    topgun155

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    Looks like some pretty decent results for an hour. If you spent another hour they would look perfect. $20 isn't that bad.
     
  5. Nov 1, 2009 at 10:00 PM
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    Viet2100

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    Better than before. But, you should look on Craiglist for your local posting. There should be some guy that would do it for around $60 and warrant it for the life of the headlamp.
     
  6. Nov 1, 2009 at 10:01 PM
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    rab89

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    i used 1000 grit wet, 2000 grit wet,(sand until your arm is sore, i did about 10 min per grit per light) and then meguiars plastix, they look AMAZING
     
  7. Nov 1, 2009 at 10:06 PM
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    jefferson

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    wish they just made them out of glass...
     
  8. Nov 2, 2009 at 10:20 AM
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    ubermx5

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    I have been reading and people see better results when using a non battery powered Drill. THey get higher RPM's....

    But that is just want I have been reading.
    The results you have are worth it for $20 spent.
     
  9. Nov 2, 2009 at 10:28 AM
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    Brunes

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    Totally worth it.

    I use some Polishing compound and Plastix to clean my wifes lenses up.
     
  10. Nov 2, 2009 at 12:20 PM
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    radtcma

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    That is definitely worth the $20. I need to do mine before I get inspected this month
     
  11. Nov 14, 2009 at 3:00 PM
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    it is a good idea but it dosent last that long you could also sand them and put an automotive clear cote on them it will last longer it costs a little more but it is better than polishing them every so often
     
  12. Dec 14, 2009 at 2:48 PM
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    x2. My 89 corolla's headlights are crystal clear after 20 years of neglect. One of them does have a rock chip, though....


    My Taco's lights were real bad, so for $8 I bought blue magic that took me 30 mins to apply and they look real good now. I have enough solution to last me through maybe 8 more pairs of headlights, as well. Worth it.
     
  13. Dec 14, 2009 at 3:04 PM
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    I used the same 3m kit that you did from Napa and I thought it was well worth it.
     
  14. Dec 16, 2009 at 7:04 PM
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    I used the 3m kit on my 2002 and they came out crystal clear. My son used it on his 98 and his headlight lens had 3 clear nipples on lens that stick out and chewed up the sanding disks and buffing disk and didn't come out as good as mine but still alot better that what he had before...
     
  15. Dec 18, 2009 at 10:54 PM
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    cmack

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    I say it depends. I used a headlamp restoration kit on mine. It's great when you first do it, but after a while mine have gone back to the way they were before I used the kit. I would say if you want a long term solution, then to go ahead and order a new set.
     
  16. Dec 19, 2009 at 1:35 AM
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    AlexForbesR6

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    that happened to me on my mustang...i ended up buying another kit when i sold it so they looked good as new...but i dont doubt that they will be cloudy/yellow in about 6 months..
     
  17. Dec 19, 2009 at 7:18 AM
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    although it definitely depends on how far gone the lens is i started mine last night, with a 3M kit, that utilizes a drill and i kinda hurried through the first lens, but it still came out better, ill re do and do the other one here today and try to get pics up


    Ryan
     
  18. Dec 19, 2009 at 7:36 AM
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    VirginiaBound

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    The kit itself wont do squat. Use it with sandpaper and they will come out like new.
     
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