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    Thread: DIY: Polishing PLASTIC...like headlights and tailights!

    1. 03-26-2006 01:04 PM #51
      Nice. We do the same thing on aircraft windows.
      A company called Micro Mesh sells kits for various applications, and one of them is a headlight kit. See here:
      (NOT affiliated, just thought you guys might want to check out the product).
      The kit comes with many different grits, making it quick and easy. End result is perfection.

    2. 03-26-2006 01:47 PM #52
      Awesome DIY. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    3. 03-26-2006 03:26 PM #53
      nice step by step
      i need to do this diy pretty bad.
      i got stone impact and 1 year ago i tried to get rid of insects on the headlicht with no luck.
      thinking the headlights were glass like on my mk3, i used the rough side of the dish washer sponge with awefull results, scratches all over.
      needed new ones but i didn't wanna give up my fogs and regulator,
      so thanks for that info i'm gonna do this one.
      but what about the yellow-ish glow all over, does it dissapear as well.
      i thought it was the chrome inside that looked yellow deu to sunlight or something.

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      03-26-2006 03:51 PM #54
      I did it a couple weeks ago. The result is amazing. Like new. But you really have to take your time. I took the lenses off and did 20th joey while I was at it. Pictures:



    5. 03-26-2006 04:35 PM #55
      man, looks great [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      03-26-2006 06:45 PM #56
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      03-26-2006 06:50 PM #57
      even when you polish it, it will still leave the headlight a little foggier than the original look

    8. 03-26-2006 07:45 PM #58
      Quote, originally posted by Elvir »
      even when you polish it, it will still leave the headlight a little foggier than the original look

      Not if you use the Micro-Mesh kit. It will come out perfect.
      When polishing our airplane windows, if it is not perfect, it will be rejected.

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      03-26-2006 07:47 PM #59
      Wow - looks pretty good still

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      04-02-2006 12:13 AM #60
      This is awesome.
      Why is it on the MkIV forum? Get this over to detailing!

    11. 04-05-2006 02:06 AM #61
      nice, good info...i'll have to try it out

    12. 04-05-2006 12:53 PM #62
      nice.. i need to do this.my headlights are getting nasty looking [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    13. 04-06-2006 12:04 PM #63
      done them last weekend, looks good
      but still need to do the joey thing.
      mayby ill buy some cheapest black fk's and combine the glass and black parts to my original.

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      04-09-2006 12:29 PM #64
      yup yup...we use this DIY a lot on some of the older generation Honda Civics because their headlights will tend to yellow and have some oxidation on them. so while we're at it we'll usually, what you guys call joey mod, we call "diy CTR headlights" and paint the chrome black or gunmetal. definitly a goodo DIY for cleaning up your headlights..!
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    15. 04-09-2006 12:33 PM #65
      Quote, originally posted by B18flip »
      nice, good info...i'll have to try it out

      X2 [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    16. 04-10-2006 12:13 PM #66
      If you do everything as posted - and the result is very clear (even if not brand new clear) - how long will the quality last?
      Do you have to re-apply the compound and/or plastic polish ever so often?
      Post up if you've done this one. TIA! -h

    17. 04-10-2006 12:28 PM #67
      how do i determine if my headlights are glass or plastic? my lights are off of a 2001 jetta

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      04-10-2006 01:24 PM #68
      plastic lexan on the Jetta
      only golfs/gtis have glass euro spec lenses
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      04-10-2006 01:32 PM #69
      nice ill be doin it this weekend

    20. 04-15-2006 03:11 PM #70
      Just got done with my gf's crappy Neon, the headlights look much better - I might do it again later and spend even more time, but in about 25 minutes I got them looking pretty decent.
      Great DIY!

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      04-16-2006 11:50 PM #71
      Quote, originally posted by dragonfli_x »
      plastic lexan on the Jetta
      only golfs/gtis have glass euro spec lenses

      Not true...I have a GTI and mine are plastic.
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      06-10-2006 01:58 PM #72
      add for futur reffrence.... buddy jus bought a jetta, an the headlamps look like yellow lamin-x
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      06-10-2006 02:25 PM #73
      think i'll get good results with 600 and 1500? i dont have 2000

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      06-10-2006 02:42 PM #74
      no you need at least 2000... you should really got 4000 6000 8000 then 12000. 2000 isnt enough in my opinion I did this DIY and saw a DIY on TV of how to polish plastic and he went all the way up to 12000. and a compound like 3m polish/ perfect cut will work fine. plastic X is a nice add on

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      06-10-2006 02:47 PM #75
      12k? that's like blowing air on it...

      Modified by VDub GTI at 2:48 PM 6-10-2006

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