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Old 08-12-2010, 10:13 AM   #1
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Headlight Restoration

My headlights where pretty bad looking so I went to the local Canadian Tire and bought some few products and here are the results. I took shots of it before and after if you want the step by step process let me know and I am willing to help you out.

Future Projects:

-My next project is to remove scratches and swirl marks on the car will post pictures soon..
-Shampooing the engine bay will post pictures before and after...


Products used to restore the headlights:

-3M Restoration Kit
-Turtle Rubbing Compound "Scratch Remover"
-Meguiar's Deep Polish or Meguiar's plastic x
-3M masking tape
-Microfiber cloth towels (blue/white ones)
-Black and Decker Drill

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Old 08-12-2010, 10:24 AM   #2
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wow, looks like you got almost all of it out? how many hours did this take?
Regardless, no comparison to the first pic. coodo's!
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:47 AM   #3
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It took me 2/hrs to do both headlights. I will refine it some more I had to stop because I was losing light. Will post pictures after I refine it some more.

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wow, looks like you got almost all of it out? how many hours did this take?
Regardless, no comparison to the first pic. coodo's!
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:14 PM   #4
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Saw the two kits @ CT. Went for the 3M product. just need time to do it. Was also going to see if it'll do wonders on my glass fog lights.
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:31 PM   #5
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Saw the two kits @ CT. Went for the 3M product. just need time to do it. Was also going to see if it'll do wonders on my glass fog lights.
The secret is to keep moving the drill or buffer try not to hold it at one position for too long. Also do not apply too much force otherwise you can damage your headlights/Fogs. Need help just let me know.

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will do. thanks for the offer.
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:07 PM   #7
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Makes a huge difference in light output! I've done this on my first car and my current Elantra. The Elantra was really bad and took me about 3 hours. I will probably do the BMW soon. Especially the fog lights.

I have an assortment of sand paper from 600 to 2000 and then I use Meguiars ScratchX and then whatever I have laying around for wax/finisher.
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:33 PM   #8
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Also note you can use 1500 or 2000 girt wet/dry sand paper if you can not get a hold of the 3M Restoration Kit. Make sure to wash and clean the headlights before sanding and always keep the sandpaper wet. Use a new microfiber towel to wipe away the white residue from sanding. Then you can apply Meguiar's Deep Polish, Meguiar's plastic X, Meguiar's Scratch X then any wax after.

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Old 08-13-2010, 05:02 PM   #9
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Yes, Meguiar's plastic X, thats what it is!
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:04 PM   #10
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yea that stuff is pretty good..I would give it a try and see if it works for you.
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:12 AM   #11
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you guys should post some pictures before and after of your headlights...help others out instead of spending $200 or more for replacement headlight covers.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:27 PM   #12
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Can you remove the headlight lenses to perform the job rather than leaving them on the car and masking everything?
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Anyone want the meguiars scratch x i got like a full bottle left in garage somewhere
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:09 PM   #14
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I will take it, of your hands.
I think this project is long over due for my car!!!!!!
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Old 09-10-2010, 05:57 PM   #15
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I picked up Meguires Restoration kit at CT, (comes with buffing pad to attach to your drill , plastic-x and and a little micro-towel) to try on my 02' Jetta. The lenses were worse than the pictures posted and quite yellow.

I first wet sanded with 2000, and then used the buffer with plastic X. It worked as well as MPackage's pictures show. The yellow is gone and the lenses are cleared right up. I didn't manage to find my camera or I would have posted some pics.

If only my wife could find some of those Saskatchewan roads without sand/rocks everywhere...
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