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    1. 03-07-2006 10:17 AM #26
      Thanks. I was actually gonna do this to mine this weekend.
      and I just realized that you're a local. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      03-07-2006 01:19 PM #27
      Quote, originally posted by vwtuner4ever »
      Only thing missing is how to polish glass lens

      That's a difficult one. If the headlights are tempered glass like the passenger / driver side windows, then they will shatter upon application of the compound due to the heat generated by the process.
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    3. 03-07-2006 02:38 PM #28
      Quote, originally posted by vwtuner4ever »
      Only thing missing is how to polish glass lens


      do they get cloudy?

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      03-07-2006 02:44 PM #29
      Nah not cloudy.. The idiot I purchased my headlights from tried to polish them why a compound, and its not as clear as it supposed to be. Id like to have them looking like new.
      The Lamin-X guys told me that if I apply they stuff on my headlight, those small scratches should disapear.
      But, yeah I think i am asking too much and will go with the lamin-x instead

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      03-07-2006 03:11 PM #30
      Will this get pits out of jetta plastic lights?
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      03-07-2006 03:38 PM #31

      Sure will man. That's why I did it on mine. You may have to spend more time wetsanding with the 600 grit to get down to clean plastic. I would wetsand uniformly across the headlight rather then just at the gouge / pit or you may change the beam pattern on the headlights.
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      03-07-2006 03:50 PM #32
      you could trade off and do 600-800 grit first, then 1000-1500, then final rub with the 2000 grit, but this DIY works very well stick it up at the top! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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    8. 03-07-2006 03:54 PM #33
      I would start with something bigger than 600 unless your headlights are really f'ed up. Start with 800-1000 if you want to be safe. if you arent satisfied then go lower.

    9. 03-09-2006 12:30 PM #34
      did this today and it turned out GREAT! thanks so much for a wonderful diy

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      03-09-2006 12:35 PM #35
      Very interesting. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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    11. 03-11-2006 07:27 PM #36
      Where can I find 2000 grit s/p? I did it with max 1500 but you can still see small scratches on the lights. I went sofar as to remoe the light and lens from the car.
      Or is there no way to make it perfect, just like a new light (it sill looks better than before)? Or does the plastic start to yellow?

    12. 03-11-2006 07:33 PM #37
      shiny

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      03-11-2006 07:36 PM #38
      nice write up

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      03-11-2006 07:39 PM #39
      thanks [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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    15. 03-11-2006 07:43 PM #40
      nice i cant wait to do this, i bookmarked it on my browser so i can refer back to it when i finally get around to it! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      03-11-2006 07:52 PM #41
      Quote, originally posted by joako »
      Where can I find 2000 grit s/p? I did it with max 1500 but you can still see small scratches on the lights. I went sofar as to remoe the light and lens from the car.
      Or is there no way to make it perfect, just like a new light (it sill looks better than before)? Or does the plastic start to yellow?

      i actually found 2,000 grit at wal-mart in the auto section

    17. 03-11-2006 09:00 PM #42
      I think i'll try this tomorrow. Very nice DIY

    18. 03-11-2006 09:25 PM #43
      Good DIY
      I had to do this to my avenger
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    19. 03-15-2006 02:29 AM #44
      keeping in watched topics, have to do this DIY this weekend

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      03-15-2006 02:57 AM #45
      nice job...looks good!

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      03-15-2006 05:08 AM #46
      Quote, originally posted by VWBora1389 »
      i actually found 2,000 grit at wal-mart in the auto section

      awesome [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] thanks
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    22. 03-17-2006 03:49 PM #47
      doing it this weekend to my dads 92 mgm

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      03-17-2006 04:43 PM #48

      I found 2k grit at my local auto-parts store, although some people say that it is available at Wal-Mart...have yet to verify. I'm glad so many people are having great results...it sucks not being able to get the most out of your headlights.
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    24. 03-26-2006 11:46 AM #49
      This is a great writeup!
      Thanks!

    25. 03-26-2006 12:38 PM #50
      great, doing it right now [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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