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Headlights #5455279 06/16/20 02:02 PM
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Have a 2006 Mazda 3, it has been cared for well, but over time the headlight covers were showing their age. Have tried various polishes and even 3000 gr. sandpaper. But the slight yellowing seemed to remain. So tried armor all headlight wipes. They worked pretty well, you can see the yellowing on the cloth coming off. Now it's not perfect, but it did work in making the covers look almost new again. Followed up with some liquid flitz polish and some wax. All in all a good simple process. Cheers.

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I've only used the Sylvania restoration kit, but have been very happy with the initial result as well as how they look two years later.

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You need multiple grades of abrasiveness. After done, you need to put a coating on them to protect from future damage.


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Re: Headlights [Re: rdevans89] #5455322 06/16/20 02:55 PM
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Is there a "best" way to restore headlights that we can do at home? I used some Brake Fluid per someone's recommendations and I'm impressed. Not enough to do it again but nevertheless, impressed.


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Re: Headlights [Re: rdevans89] #5455328 06/16/20 03:01 PM
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For all the time, effort and products you'll need to buy for a moderate improvement just get new lenses on FleaBay for a song. Even cheapo CH ones are surprisingly decent quality crystal clear plastic lens and good reflectors close to OEM.

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I've had excellent results using blue magic polish on a 3in wheel with my drill. Pretty equal results between a wool and a foam cutting disc.


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Re: Headlights [Re: rdevans89] #5455398 06/16/20 04:41 PM
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I have used a few different things including kits. They all work pretty well.
Wifey wanted her 2006 TSX done; my paint guy offers this service for $150. Other places are as cheap as $50 I believe.
Alex did a freakin' outstanding job, guaranteed for 1 year.

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A true headlight restoration can't really be done with over the counter products. At work, I have a full 3m kit that I use. It starts with 500 grit, then 800, then a wet sand with 1000 and 3000. After that I use a 3m machine polish to get the finer scratches out and then a polish to make them shine like new.

That being said, it doesn't always work. Some headlights are just too far gone to restore, and I've also had some that had weird plastic that literally melted when sanding with the 500 grit. And no, it wasn't user error.


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Re: Headlights [Re: rdevans89] #5455625 06/16/20 09:33 PM
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I have gone through the 800, 1000, 2000, 3000, polish and wax on my 03 Ram truck headlights trying to get a bit more light on the ground. It has cleared them up and they look OK but its a lot of work. I will try the wipes and see if I can preserve the clarity with them a bit longer before going back through the sanding thing. I am also going to try a brighter bulb
Has anyone tried the acetone wipe, I read about it but acetone can be really destructive to plastic and I have been afraid to do it.

Re: Headlights [Re: buck91] #5455839 06/17/20 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by buck91
I've had excellent results using blue magic polish on a 3in wheel with my drill. Pretty equal results between a wool and a foam cutting disc.


I think I’ll try this option next. Where did you get the 3 inch wheel and wool pad from?

Re: Headlights [Re: Kawiguy454] #5459486 06/21/20 10:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Kawiguy454
For all the time, effort and products you'll need to buy for a moderate improvement just get new lenses on FleaBay for a song. Even cheapo CH ones are surprisingly decent quality crystal clear plastic lens and good reflectors close to OEM.


I agree, except if you have HID or LED the cheapos are usually nowhere near OEM quality.


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Re: Headlights [Re: rdevans89] #5462522 06/25/20 03:35 PM
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Two months ago I tried for the first time the 3M Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit with clear coat. The kit was 23 plus tax and comes with 3 different grade sanding dics and another disc you wet and sand to finish before clear coating. I was happy with the results after a good hour of work at least. Now, lets just see how long it lasts overall. Been there done that with the different toothpastes,compounds,etc... Ordered this kit from Amazon.


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Just get one of the kits from Wal Mart. I have used 3M and Sylvania. Both worked well. Follow the directions carefully for the best results. Not difficult at all.


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I've gone up to 7,000 grit. I bought a whole series of grits off eBay? Amazon?

I've also used a convertible top plastic window cleaner polish, worked well using a buffer.

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