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Old 21 Jan 2011, 06:42 pm
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I noticed how the headlight lenses on my wife's car were getting milky so I decided to restore them. I did my car several years ago with one of the kits on the market and they are starting to turn again. So, I decided not to put the solution on the lenses this time but just sand them down. I started with 600 then went to 800, then to 1000 and finally 2000 grit. I went to an automotive body shop store to get more sandpaper and just for the heck of it asked them if they sell the lens protective solution and was told no. Then one of the guys behind the counter said why don't you just use a clearcoat on the lens.

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Old 21 Jan 2011, 07:05 pm
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no havent tried it but i know on ebay they sell like a clear sheet that goes over the head lights.
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Old 21 Jan 2011, 07:14 pm
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4speed, I just wax my refurbished headlights with Meguiar's (sp?) Liquid cleaner/wax. I had Big-O do the lights about a year ago and they look just as good as they did when they re-did them. A clear coat sounds like a good idea, too.


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Old 21 Jan 2011, 07:28 pm
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I have a friend who owns a body shop here in Winnsboro and he has clear coated the headlights on several vehicles.He has a Ranger that he did about 8 years ago and the lights still look good.Keep in mind though he uses high grade automotive clear,not the spraybomb stuff you get from the parts store.
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Old 21 Jan 2011, 09:36 pm
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Hey Guys,

I know this one is a bit technical, and long but here is a write up I did and is a sticky over in the Detail section of this Forum along with all of my other write ups on Detailing and so forth a while back that might help.

How to: Fully Restore your Headlights.

Anyways, that is my take on it. As always of course if any of you have any more questions on anything I am always more than happy to try to help out any way I can anytime.
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Old 22 Jan 2011, 12:37 am
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Why not just clear film after refurb'ing them???
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Old 22 Jan 2011, 01:13 am
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What the hell Chrome, that's what i said.
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Old 22 Jan 2011, 02:51 am
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Hey their Guys,

You could put the clear film over them, but as long as the polycarbonate in each lens is still exposed directly to ultraviolet rays from the sun the will still be prone to deterioration more rapidly than spraying 3 - 4 coats of clear acrylic urethane. Their is just no good way to seal them any other way to stop the deterioration, and once it starts, it will keep deteriorating till either you go ahead and add some clear coat, or wind up simply sanding, or buffing right through the lens having removed so much material that your lens will inevitably simply cause spider web cracking upon structural failure.

The unfortunate truth is, every time you restore your headlight lenses you are in fact removing material from the polycarbonate lens along with any scratching and oxidation for which you are trying to correct. The more oxidation you have fogging up the lens, or the deeper the scratch, the more sanding you are going to have to do, or the more buffing with a high strength compound you are going to have to do as well to eventually correct the problem which can only be corrected by essentially etching the surface removing material. Its just the way it is, and you can only remove yeah so much material before its too late and your lens will become so thin and brittle that it will start to create these micro spider cracking and eventually will just give way and shatter with one good bump.

So your best bet still is to restore them and follow up with multiple coats of clear to make up for the material you etched off to correct the issue, so in a way you kind of put back the material you removed thus balancing out a bit.

I wish I could tell you their is a miracle cure that will restore your headlights and make them look new forever without any more upkeep, but I would be lying to you as much of the headlight restoration product manufacturers try to do to Consumers each and every day. Their is no short cut, no miracle product, just a little good old fashion hard work, any a small amount of skill and pride in your work and you should wind up with great, clear headlights that should provide great looks, and good light for many years to come.

Anyway, pretty much everything you should need is in that write up to fully restore your headlights and clear them so they are properly refurbished, cleared, and buffed, glazed, and waxed to perfection. Anyways, that is my take on it. As always of course if any of you have any more questions on anything I am always more than happy to try to help out any way I can anytime.
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