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Used the 3M headlight restoration kit. Should of left them alone.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BarefootBandit, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. Oct 23, 2011 at 2:02 PM
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    BarefootBandit

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    Any help is appreciated. The tops of my headlights were becoming foggy so I went out and bought the 3M restoration kit. Did 1 headlight and what do you know... it looked worse than before!

    Anybody have this happen to them? Will I ever be able to get my lens back to completely clear?

    If I bring it to a professional will they be able to make it look completely brand new again?
     
  2. Oct 23, 2011 at 2:10 PM
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    post a pic of them.
     
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    Rubbing compound always did the trick for me. You could also try wet sanding.
     
  4. Oct 23, 2011 at 2:18 PM
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    I guess this kit is only supposed to be used on headlights that really need them. I did the passenger side. You can see the original untouched driver side looks better. Sigh.

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  5. Oct 23, 2011 at 2:24 PM
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    stock, for now
    try a rubbing compound..3m makes the best stuff IMO. I did a home made headlight restore on my dads 2002 tacoma, came out damn near new looking.
     
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    View the build. Too much to list.
    Use a drill buffer and some plastic polish. Work it a lot.
     
  8. Oct 23, 2011 at 2:48 PM
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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    Wet sand the piss out of it with 1500 then wet sand with 2000
    then rub the compound in it(clear x or whatever)..let it sit for a few seconds..rub it out(circular motion),

    then wet sand the piss out of it with 1500 then wet sand with 2000.

    then hit it with the compound again(clear x)..then rub it out again.

    then hit it with a rubbing compound with a buffer...guaranteed it'll look brand new.
     
  9. Oct 23, 2011 at 3:49 PM
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    Word of warning, if you wetsand through the plastic's protective layer it'll oxidize again in 6 months and turn yellow.

    Once it gets bad enough to need polishing it typically becomes a yearly - or more often - task. For the worse-off ones I start with mother's mag aluminum polish with a gentle touch and finish with maguiar's scratch-x 2.

    I need to pull an old lamp off one of these days and polish, clearcoat, polish again to see if it sticks.

    If it needs sanding, always always wetsand! I used 1500 and 2500 the only time I had to do it.
     
  10. Oct 23, 2011 at 4:47 PM
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    you're just not done yet.
    I used the same kit on my old Ram and it worked great, and held up for nearly 2 years before I had to do it again, and then it was a very easy touch up.

    Just get back out there again and work the progressively finer grits & compounds until they're clear again.
     
  11. Oct 23, 2011 at 4:53 PM
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    This.

    I just did this to my headlamps a week or two ago. Turned out great. Wet sanded lightly with 3000 grit sand paper. Then buffed the crap out of them. Here's my results.

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    After
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    Lucky for me I had a friend who does this all the time give me advice on what to do before I started.
     
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    Tacoma Mike

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    I never use sandpaper on them. i have a kit with buffing wheels with different compounds. I've had real good luck. I would rather try an extra 5 min and see how it comes out than do that.

    I just deleted a couple of pics off my phone last week.
    Darn.. These were pure yellow and I got them just about clear.
    Give her another shot. You still need to get the compound to them. What else do you have to lose??
    Oh IMO never use the stuff you paint on after.
    It just seals in the yellow and fog you missed. Looks good on TV but I've seen the results. You can't miss it..
     
  13. Oct 25, 2011 at 6:06 AM
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    Easy fix.. wet sand it with 1000 then go out and get a rattle can of clear.. remove the whole housing from the truck and LIGHTLY spray 3 or 4 coats with about a minute between coats. if not come to maryland and I will do it for you.
     
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