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Scratched headlight housing, fixable?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by BassMaster06, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. Dec 13, 2010 at 7:06 PM
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    BassMaster06

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    During the summer time my truck gets covered in bugs, so one day while I was cleaning it, I got the bright idea to use the dark green, coarser side of a sponge to remove the bugs on the headlights. It worked great to get rid of the bugs, but I soon realized I scratched the hell out of the plastic housing of the headlights....you can't really see the scratches from afar, but up close it is an eye sore (for me).....can I buff this out somehow?
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  2. Dec 13, 2010 at 7:12 PM
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    My68ur8trd

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    a little rubbing compound will fix it.

    I like to use Zaino fusion since it is a diminishing compound and it not that harsh.

    I had a set of headlight come with two pretty deep scratches and I wet sanded and buffed them out and you cant tell they were scratched.

    Good luck

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  3. Dec 13, 2010 at 7:16 PM
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    BassMaster06

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    I have Turtle Wax Polishing Compound that "Removes light to medium oxidation, swirl marks and scratches". Is this comparable to Zaino fusion?
     
  4. Dec 14, 2010 at 1:50 PM
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    just try out your turtlewax compound, and see how it works. It's likely a mild polish, which means it CAN do the job, but you may have a sore elbow by the end of it. If you've got a rotary polisher, then you're laughin'! Put on the wool pad, and giv'er!
     
  5. Dec 14, 2010 at 3:29 PM
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    thanks for the replies, i'll try it out nsee what happens
     
  6. Dec 14, 2010 at 3:44 PM
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    with compound, with a high speed buffer , it will look like new, if you wet sanded with 1,500 wet sand is even better, before buffing it. good luck buddy.
     
  7. Dec 14, 2010 at 3:48 PM
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    Agreed, I would try a compound or polish first. See how far that gets you. Worst case, you'll have to wetsand it. Check this link for a great product. http://www.uglyheadlights.com/

    It'll have everything you need. Simply westand, wipe it down and apply the clear coat. Easy to do and should take care of your problem.
     
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