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Old 10-13-2019, 05:24 PM #1
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Headlight restoration

Well, it was about that time again, something I do about once a year.

3M rubbing compound on a soft buffing pad on my electric drill. What you see is about 60sec of labor after I had the lights masked off. No sandpaper, no cutting into the headlight (an unnecessary step I used to take).
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nice work, this reminds me that I need to do the same.

How good is the sealer , does it last for the year?
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Well, it was about that time again, something I do about once a year.

3M rubbing compound on a soft buffing pad on my electric drill. What you see is about 60sec of labor after I had the lights masked off. No sandpaper, no cutting into the headlight (an unnecessary step I used to take).
That's pretty good for just using rubbing compound! I have a couple pairs that I need to do in the near future, and may try this first to avoid the extra work. Did you seal with 2K or equivalent?
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The sealant used in the sylvania headlight kit seems high-powered, though I haven't had it on very long. My mom's sequoia still looks new after about a year though. Might be worth trying.

Step two, wipe down the firewall. Haha
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If your headlight is really bad, you might want to consider giving it a wetsanding with a high grit (2000+) sand paper. Then use Novus or Plastx to buff it out.

Remember though to use a sealant, otherwise the UV will react with the plastic and you will need to do this again in the near future.
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I've used the Blue Magic coating, it didn't last a year for me but they make no claims about longevity.
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Try This https://www.autogeek.net/optimum-opt...t-coating.html
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Used the same products as the original poster along with a Porter Cable buffer and my lights came out great. Thanks for the info.
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used the sylvania kit, looks really good
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used the sylvania kit, looks really good
Bet you had fun doing that job with that bullbar in the way!
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Bet you had fun doing that job with that bullbar in the way!
yeah, lazy asf to remove or slack the bull bar
wasnt too bad though
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Wow, is that pricey. Might be worth it if it was actually a lifetime coating though. Have you tried it? I see in the reviews people mention using it on headlights that haven't been polished (and therefore still have the factory UV protection on them), or are just reporting back after a couple months.
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