Making headlights sparkle?

Discussion in 'Autocare and detailing discussions' started by rockymt21, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. rockymt21

    rockymt21 Full Access Member

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    So I've got a pair of stock headlights on my 02 tahoe. I don't want to spend the cash on new ones, but I want that new(ish) look. How do you guys get your headlights to shine like they were brand new?

    Thanks, Dan
     
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    wal mart sells a kit that is called "head light restorer"

    comes with 1500 grit sandpaper
    2000 grit sandpaper
    clearcoat sealer
    $20.00 Bucks

    So go buy sandpaper and a rattle can of clear coat, wet sand them and clear them. then they will look good.
     
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    what ferghoe said, also heard that toothpaste works, I've personally never tried it, but worth a try!
     
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    best way is to go to your local mechnic shop. tell them you want them cleared and they will do it professonaly. looks awsome dude. had it done on the mercedes. looks brand spankin new, cost me 40 bucks.
     
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    I use Meguiars PlastX and a lot of elbow grease.
     
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    power ball I used on the Infin g35 worked good and on the Tahoe
     
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    Wet standing and buffing is the only way to make them look new again.
     
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    wet sand is good if know how to do it, u can do damage if not carefull
     
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    wetsand is the way to go. dont waste your money on a kit. 600grit, then 1000, then 1500, then 2000. When you start it will look like your lenses are scratched, but when you get into the higher grits, it will buff them out completely. Make sure you keep the lense and paper wet at all times!
     
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    I have been using a small 6" palm orbital polisher and the cheap wal-mart toothpaste for YEARS.


    Wash the headlights of any oil/dust/road grime.

    Use masking tape to mask off around the lights. Don't want to scratch the paint!

    Put a 3 inch line of toothpaste on the damp polisher and place on headlight. THEN turn on.

    I use a large bucket of warm water and a cup to keep things wet and lubed.

    You will see the toothpaste "foam" turn yellow as it pulls out the oxidation and gunk as you move it around the headlight lens.

    I suggest a chair to sit on as you polish. :p

    Rinse and repeat with fresh toothpaste often.

    This works on those SEVERELY yellow lights on Dodge and Ford cars from the 90s.
     
  11. MarkD51

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    Haven't seen one mention this yet, but.......

    Whatever method you choose to restore clarity, that clarity won't last for very long.

    After any restore method (papers, polishes, DA's etc) you'll be right back in the same boat, as you've already lost any protective UV surface on the lens. And that haze, and film will be back soon.

    You then need to protect, and seal all that hard work. There's many synthetic sealants, and coatings on the market today. Unlikely you'll find them at wally world though.

    Look to place like Autogeek, and Autopia, they have some good products from the likes of Optimum, CarPro, etc.