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Old 21-07-2017, 11:17 AM   #1
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How to improve my headlights?

Hi all,

Some of you may have seen my post recently after I machine polished my Honda Civic.

I was extremely pleased with my results but a couple of people rightly pointed out that the headlights need a bit of a polish but not sure where to start.

Currently in my arsenal I only have Chemical guys hexlogic pads in Green, White and Black and I have Sonax EX 04-06 and Sonax Perfect Finish polish.

I have posted a couple of pictures below but not sure if what I already have would do the job or if I need anything else.








Any advice would be great appreciated. Thanks.
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Father in law has used the Meguiars headlight restoration kit with some success - still has some more work to do on them, but they are much improved over what they were. He's going down the route of slight polishing / wet sanding and repeat / repeat as necessary...
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They don't need anything aggressive on them. Looking at them, I don't think that they need sanding with wet & dry sandpaper, although one looks slightly worse than the other. I only use Rupes pads so I can't really make pad recommendations, but I think an equivalent 'fine' pad and corresponding polish should sort it.

You would need to put something on to protect from UV and stop the same returning. Some waxes can offer short term protection but ideally you want to coat with something like Carpro DLUX.

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They don't need anything aggressive on them. Looking at them, I don't think that they need sanding with wet & dry sandpaper, although one looks slightly worse than the other. I only use Rupes pads so I can't really make pad recommendations, but I think an equivalent 'fine' pad and corresponding polish should sort it.

You would need to put something on to protect from UV and stop the same returning. Some waxes can offer short term protection but ideally you want to coat with something like Carpro DLUX.
Thanks for the advice. I would prefer not to wet sand if possible so probably worth a go with the pads and polish. I will look into the Carpro DLUX.
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Father in law has used the Meguiars headlight restoration kit with some success - still has some more work to do on them, but they are much improved over what they were. He's going down the route of slight polishing / wet sanding and repeat / repeat as necessary...
I'm a bit tight so hoping to get away with using the polishes I have. However it sounds like these kits are worth a look. Thank you for the suggestion.
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I had a try of the Autoglym headlight restorer kit at their DW open day, it is a very good kit, and the results were excellent
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I had a try of the Autoglym headlight restorer kit at their DW open day, it is a very good kit, and the results were excellent
This is a decent kit. I looked into getting one before I did my GF's old Micra headlight: it was really bad and in some ways it was too far gone. I think it makes sense to buy a kit if you don't own a DA. As I own a DA, I considered the contents and just bought the same grade sandpaper types and used some pads and polishing compound that I already had after using the wet n dry papers.
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Thanks for the advice. I would prefer not to wet sand if possible so probably worth a go with the pads and polish. I will look into the Carpro DLUX.
I found Dooka to be the cheapest place to purchase DLUX. Just add a coating of wax for the time being until you get some.
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I might try with my Da and the pads and polish I currently have and if it needs a bit more I might buy the AutoGlym kit as that looks good.

I will check out the Dooka website for the DLUX. Cheers.

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3 ways to do it, as far as I can tell the most effective is to compound & polish (yours don't look terrible so you might get away with that, otherwise wet n dry followed by compound then refine with polish). As others have said, you'll remove the UV coating (if there's any left), so will need to replace it. I've got some Gtech G5 on mine, but will need to top that up every so often as it's not a permanent solution.

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