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Old 17-05-2017, 04:53 PM   #1
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Dads headlights!!

I love doing headlights, my dad thought he needed new ones for his MOT, little did he know.


Wet sanded and polished back, not perfect but he was well happy and paid in beer tokens.





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Old 17-05-2017, 04:56 PM   #2
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Old 17-05-2017, 09:06 PM   #3
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Nice work! Did you do this all by hand or did you need to use a machine polisher? Interested in doing the wife's old RAV4, but don't have access to a machine


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Old 17-05-2017, 09:28 PM   #4
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Good work mate! Did you use any clear coat after? I didn't after the first time I sanded mine and they went manky again in a month or so.

dankellys - you don't need a machine to make them come up nice. I got 3 sheets of wet sanding paper in a kit (can't remember the grit but I think the highest was around 2500 and lowest 1500). You can get kits from a known high street car products shop. Started on the roughest paper, keep spraying with water to lube. Then wipe down, do it again with the next grit and repeat. I did this 3 times until the milky run off was reduced, finishing on the highest grit. Then just gave them a hand polish with Megs Ultimate Compound.

They came up like new with about an hour of elbow grease. The key thing I found was make sure you get some sort of UV protection sealant. I just used a cheap UV protectant clear coat spray can (also from previously mentioned known car product store). Otherwise they'll gunk up again quickly and normally turn out worse as they are completely exposed. Also keep an old towel handy to wipe the milky water off your paint as it's tough to remove when it dries .

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Old 18-05-2017, 08:56 AM   #6
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great job and saved your dad a few quid
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I did my brother in laws for him using an auto glym kit and a battery drill.


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Very impressive work, but does the uv damage the plastic because there is no protection on them, or is just old age?
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Its the uv thats doing it. The kit i used came with a sealant to protect against uv light. Also ive noticed HID bulbs speed up the yellowing/milkyness of the lens. I guess due to the heat.

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