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    1. Member silver_arrow_jetta's Avatar
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      10-18-2005 02:19 AM #1
      does anyone have the link for this DIY(which takes care of the yellow and pitting on plastic headlight covers).thanks in advance
      Dub, short pronunciation of the letter W

    2. 10-18-2005 02:39 AM #2
      bump, id like to know too

    3. 10-18-2005 02:40 AM #3
      No but... it's not that difficult:
      1. Wet sand the hell out of it with 800 grit
      2. Wet sand the hell out of it with 1500 grit
      3. Wash off
      4. Follow up with plastic polish/scratch remover (follow directions on bottle)
      Edit, found this product from searching (to fullfill #4): http://www.griotsgarage.com/catalog.jsp?&SKU=11186
      Edit: Two more links-
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2108961 - basic DIY
      Most thorough DIY: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2208585

      Modified by rocketPack at 11:47 PM 10-17-2005

    4. 12-21-2005 08:08 PM #4
      I'm trying to do this with my jetta. After wetsanding (as following the directions) my headlights look almost perfectly crystal clear after you wash them off. The only problem is, once the water dries a thin film begins to reappear. And I have some novus plastic/scratch remover/polish that when I applied, only seemed to cloud the headlights back up . Anybody have any ideas?

    5. 12-22-2005 12:23 AM #5
      my headlight lenses were pretty crusty so i got 400 grit sandpaper and wet sanded them. then went over them with 800 grit, and then steel wool until they were nice and smooth. after that i took a can of cleary acrylic spray and went over them. they look great now.

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      12-22-2005 12:28 AM #6
      flitz it!

    7. 12-22-2005 12:35 AM #7
      Quote, originally posted by bpfoley »
      flitz it!

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    8. 01-09-2006 05:18 PM #8
      What is flitz?? Where can I get it

    9. Senior Member bluebora20v's Avatar
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      01-09-2006 06:29 PM #9
      the problem with polishing the plastic lenses is that it will eventually cloud/yellow in time. in order to prevent this you need to clear coat it, but rock chips will eventually make it look like poop and you'll need to do it over again. but if don't mind the moderate upkeep it's a good alternative to having to source and buy new lenses or new headlights altogether.

    10. 01-09-2006 06:32 PM #10
      Does anyone have any quick pictures of thier headlights before and after? I'd really like to see this

    11. 01-10-2006 11:14 AM #11
      Quote, originally posted by SAWeeks04 »
      What is flitz?? Where can I get it

    12. Moderator rs4-380's Avatar
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      01-10-2006 11:24 AM #12
      flitz is an all purpose polish/cleaner. You should be able to get it at any marine/harware/walmart/autoparts/internet store.

    13. 01-10-2006 11:28 AM #13
      Wet sand with 1500 grit in back and forth mouvement until the surface is smooth .Depending on how bad is the surface it may takes around half an hour of wet sanding for each one.
      After that wash the lenses and continue with Turttle wax polish ( heavy duty -red label) for another 15 minutes for each lense.Use always a dampen cloth.
      The next step is polishing with Turttle wax polish ( light formula- green label) for another 15 min or so.
      Wash the lenses and dry them.
      Use a metal polish ( Mother's or Blue magic( smells like amonia).
      Polish them with metal polis until the desired mirror look is obtained.
      The result ( depending on your patience) is like the original.
      I didn't notice any haze or yellow film after this treatment.
      And btw after the last polishing , wax them with a layer of good sintetic carnauba wax.It makes miracles

    14. 01-10-2006 12:53 PM #14
      some pics before and after

    15. 01-10-2006 12:56 PM #15
      some pics before and after

    16. Senior Member bluebora20v's Avatar
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      01-10-2006 03:48 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by DUBB4LIFE »
      some pics before and after


      why is it so hard to post pics?

    17. 01-10-2006 11:39 PM #17
      it was the first time.
      Thanks for helping me!

    18. 01-11-2006 12:07 AM #18
      TOOTHPASTE!!!! I SWEAR TO JEBUS. I did this on my dads grand marquis cause of some yelloish tint and it took it off!!! no joke [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    19. 01-11-2006 12:13 AM #19
      DIY thread

    20. Member Keden's Avatar
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      01-11-2006 05:54 AM #20
      I'm doing this tomorrow!

    21. 03-03-2006 10:13 PM #21
      Where can I just go and buy some new lenses?

    22. 03-05-2006 06:38 PM #22


      Side by side comparison...

    23. 03-05-2006 06:40 PM #23
      Side by side comparison...

    24. Member SouthSideDub's Avatar
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      03-05-2006 06:43 PM #24
      ^what did you do? explain steps... i tried to clean mine up and no luck..

    25. 03-05-2006 07:00 PM #25
      I wet sanded them with 800 grit sand paper, then 2000 grit sand paper, then used 3M plastic polish on a Flitz ball on a high speed drill, easy.

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