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Old 13-10-2019, 06:32 PM   #1
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Headlight restoration (for complete noob)

Hi

Right then: tell me about headlight restoration!

First things first: have I got this right?
The headlights are supplied with a UV protective film coating and it's this that has deteriorated.
Polishing will remove the film coating, but this means that a new protection against UV is required, and must be re-applied periodically.

Therefore headlight restoration locks you in to needing to apply UV sealant regularly.

For sealant I see Gtechniq G5 being used, but I do not see that this has the required UV protection?

Is it something I could do myself given that I have no experience? Or will I just make a horrible mess?
What do I need?
I'm anticipating some sort of abrasive paper and polish?
Or am I better off with a kit?

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Old 13-10-2019, 09:50 PM   #2
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Meguiar's G2970EU Two-Step Headlight Restoration Kit was used the other day by a pro member on here with great results and its only £30

https://amzn.to/2McWP7n

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This has been asked so many times and TBH you will see loads of info already replied to on this. Just take a few minutes over the last few pages.
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Headlight restoration (for complete noob)

detailR did a thread on here recently about this and def worth a read.

Edit: Ste T has linked to the thread above
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Nope. I don't get it.

What do I need?
What do I do with it?

And am I correct about the necessity of re-applying sealant frequently?

Is there any agreement about recommended sealant?
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Old 31-10-2019, 10:03 PM   #6
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Just use whatever you have with UV protection. Personally I use 303 aerospace protectant. That kept my lights not going cloudy for years, providing I re-coat every 3 months or so.
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UV resistant clear coat and some wet & dry.

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This may help guide you

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Old 01-11-2019, 12:38 PM   #9
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Meguiars or the Autoglym kit work very well.

Somewhat depends on what condition the lenses are in to start with, as to whether you need abrasive papers or not.

I used a kit from Aldi on son's Fiesta, and whilst only 7 months on, they look as they did the day they were polished/sealed. Car lives outside and is normally parked south facing so it had plenty of UV and other weather thrown at it in the time period.
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Thank you @percymon I can do that

(Is there a like/thank button on here? There is on this BB software at peugetoforums.com.)

In the mean time I've found someone who can do the sanding/polishing for £30 a time, but he doesn't apply sealant (which seems crazy). So that's the remaining problem: what product to use for UV protection and how often to re-apply?
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