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    Scratches on tailights?

    i got scratches on my tail lights and was wondering how to get them out i tried plast-x but no luck any other suggestions?

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    how much pressure did u use?and how long?stuff usually works pretty well.i have a little one on my right one and cant get it out.almosts looks like its inbeded in the lense.

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    Get a headlight restoration kit at Wal Mart for like seven bucks. Its basically wetsanding, and the pads attach to a power drill.

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    how much do those run?

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    You can wetsand them if you'd like. I'd start w/ some 4" pads on a cordless drill and some polish to start. If that doesnt do it, then move to wetsanding, which would still have to be followed w/ some polish.

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    I recently bought plastic restore system from Janvil.com for my headlamp covers. They suggest that you do not use a drill as it runs too fast and can melt the plastic. Check out their website for details.

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    I forget the name of the stuff but it's 19$ and comes in a silver pouch at Auto Zone. It has 2 different grits of paper a polish and a finisher that re-coats the lens. No drills or anything. I did the lenses on mine, the bag says 5 minutes, I took about 2 hours. Looks 100% better though.

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    Anyone have any before and after pics?

    My tails look okay to me, but I wonder how much better they could look.

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    I have a before on my head lights I don't an after picture, because I am still not done! I haven't spent a lot of time yet but this job does take a lot of time (doing it by hand). Of coarse my headlights are 8 years old.

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    Of coarse I am trying to do it with the headlamps still in the car. I wonder what would be involved in taking the headlamp assy out to polish them. Anybody have any ideas?

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    There are a couple of bolts that come out on the assembly (10MM) then just slide the assembly inboard and pull it out. Make sure to disconnect the wires from the back, just turn them and pop out the lights. This takes a little finess and a little time, but mostly patience, I have a 2000 Z28 so it's the same for both of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gable2000ta View Post
    i got scratches on my tail lights and was wondering how to get them out i tried plast-x but no luck any other suggestions?
    1. Take out the tail lights
    2. Take the finest grit of wet sand paper to them (2000 should work) and get them scratches out (granted this will scratch your headlights and make them look foggy)
    3. Go to wal-mart or any parts store and buy Turtle Wax (Polishing Compound) and scratch remover.
    4. Use a microfiber pad and apply it to the tails. The more time you spend the better they will probably look. I took about 10 minutes a piece on mine.

    The tail at the top is just vht, the tail on the bottom is after a little bit of clear coat and then sanding, then using the polish, then wax.



    This is after the job is finished.



    I don't have a picture after it was sanded down, but you wouldn't believe how bad it looks after you sand them, then after some polish it looks amazing!!!!

    I didn't even spend much time sanding them down (20 minutes), I know they could look even better, so keep that in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deep6Hicks View Post
    I forget the name of the stuff but it's 19$ and comes in a silver pouch at Auto Zone. It has 2 different grits of paper a polish and a finisher that re-coats the lens. No drills or anything. I did the lenses on mine, the bag says 5 minutes, I took about 2 hours. Looks 100% better though.

    I know what stuff you're talking about, but can't think of the name...

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