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Buffing headlights

This is a discussion on Buffing headlights within the Appearance Section forums, part of the General Help category; I got the meguries (not sure how its spelled) Headlight kit to buff the haze out, And was wondering if ...

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    Buffing headlights

    I got the meguries (not sure how its spelled) Headlight kit to buff the haze out, And was wondering if you just buff the outside? I am in the middle of the whistler mod, and was wondering if I should do the inside as well?

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    Just outside! That's where the oxidation occurs, at least most of it. I used my nuematic grinder/cutter with the pad provided for deeper "cutting." Finishing off with a hand polish.
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    I only did the outside, and it worked out great....i got the PlastX kit with the drill attachment and was very pleased

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    just make sure when you reassemble it there is no leaks or you WILL be buffing the inside quite often. good luck!

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    Outside is all ya need. Just did mine today.

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    Sanding down the haze is key before polishing in my experience.

    I am sure meguiars product is good but 3M makes a great kit as well that I believe can still be picked up at a local AZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pir7tr View Post
    Sanding down the haze is key before polishing in my experience.

    I am sure meguiars product is good but 3M makes a great kit as well that I believe can still be picked up at a local AZ.
    Please tell more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superwoody View Post
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    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t1RBw0IGXA[/ame]

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    That video is excellent and shows the proper way to the sanding process.

    one thing I may add is that it will be a good idea to use a specialized clear coat after you're done to ensure longevity.
    A good paint sealant works good and can hold the clarity for 4-5 months or longer if you apply it evey 2-3 months
    Headlights come with a protective clear on it, that's why it yellows, yet if you want to avoid premature hazing -even after the sanding process- a clear coat diluted 1:1 with mineral spirits to make it thinner will be a good idea.

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    I dupont clear is great if you have a gun and compressor, otherwise when I used to do them for car lots and friends that came by my apt. Instead of my shop I used duplicolor clear from any auto store or walmart. Put 3 to 4 coats on and after a month pit some wax on it just like tour car and you can have them buff them if you bring your car to get detailed. I do alot of headlights and smoking taillight, and cannot stress enough to have it done if you don't have the equipment I've seen too many people try to do it at home with that nightshades crap in a can an I have gotten several people new aftermarket lights and tinted them because there's just looked bad, not to mention one you have it done right you can wet sand and buff out small scratches and marks that may comes from washing or people leaning on them.
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    so put some duplicolor clear coat on after following the 3m steps?

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    That 3M headlight restoration kit is what I used as well. Worked very good.


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