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    1. Member Twistedsix's Avatar
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      06-10-2006 03:03 PM #76
      i think my micro fiber shammy that i dry my car with is 12k
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      06-10-2006 06:19 PM #77
      I have done this in the past, but only a lot easier with a product called Nicsand. It's a micro-abrasive paste/compound that gets applied with an applicator pad and your drill/polishing tool of choice.
      All you have to do is wet the headlight and apply, going over the surface for a bit. Then you just wipe it off and dry it, done.
      Edit for a link to their newer products including glass/windshields.
      http://www.autobarn.net/nicsand-5min-pol-x00.html


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      06-11-2006 12:16 AM #78
      Quote, originally posted by Twistedsix »
      i think my micro fiber shammy that i dry my car with is 12k


      your the only one laughin
      it was plexiglass restoration but you would still get good results with plastic
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    4. 06-11-2006 03:03 AM #79
      This works!!! I have done it!! A+++ on the writeup!! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] If you dont want to go from 600 grit to 2000 you can just go straight to the high grit 2000. Worked for me and mine were terrible

    5. 06-11-2006 03:45 AM #80
      hmm I might just try this tomorrow!

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      06-11-2006 09:15 AM #81
      Going to attack some tails shortly! Thanks! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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      07-10-2006 03:27 AM #82
      nice DIY!
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    8. 07-24-2006 10:30 PM #83
      Great DIY, thanks. I was about to buy headlights but this worked wonders!
      FYI, I was unable to find 2000 grit sandpaper--1500 was the max available at my local hardware store. It worked fine.
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      07-25-2006 01:13 PM #84
      Doing it tonight, so I can actually see my joey mod headlights!
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    10. 07-25-2006 05:43 PM #85
      I'm doing to tonight as well...
      I had problems finding the 2000 grit at first. I tried Wal-Mart, local hardware store, and Lowes. Autozone had it though, go figure.

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      07-25-2006 08:09 PM #86
      I got mine at auto zone and tried this... ummm it didn't work I don't think... It looks better as in no big dings or blemishs BUT it is hazy... much more than before. I actually like it better though because at least it's uniform hahaha
      I'll figure this out... any suggestions anyone?
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    12. 07-25-2006 08:16 PM #87
      nice DIY [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      08-12-2006 07:46 PM #88
      Quote, originally posted by twicepardoned »
      I got mine at auto zone and tried this... ummm it didn't work I don't think... It looks better as in no big dings or blemishs BUT it is hazy... much more than before. I actually like it better though because at least it's uniform hahaha
      I'll figure this out... any suggestions anyone?

      My lenses weren't clear & shiny at all after the rubbing compound, but after i polished/buffed with the Meguiar's Plast-X, it cleared right up. I used a power buffer, though. I still had to buff and buff until it was clear and free of the plastx residue, but it worked great.
      It wasn't retail clear, but it was pretty damn good. I'll probably do them again soon and spend a little more time with the 1500 & 2000 grit sandpaper so get as many of the small scratches out as possible.
      I'll also be pulling them off so i can do the insides, since there's some oxydation in there as well.
      Is there anything else you can mention about the process you used to do it? Maybe you missed a step?


      Modified by vi at 4:50 PM 8-12-2006

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      08-13-2006 07:07 PM #89
      where can i find 3M rubbing compound all ive found was turtle wax rubbing compound didnt buy it cause didnt know if it would work

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      08-14-2006 10:02 AM #90
      I got mine at Advance in the paint/sanding section. It was there with the sandpaper and other stuff.
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    16. 09-05-2006 03:42 AM #91
      where do you buy the plastic polish? I couldnt find any

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      09-05-2006 08:21 AM #92
      Quote, originally posted by 3mRoccoBoy »
      where do you buy the plastic polish? I couldnt find any

      It is in the cleaning and waxing section in your local autoparts store.
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    18. 09-05-2006 08:25 AM #93
      I did your process with 1 headlight and ONLY mequires 3 times on the other light. The light not done with the sandpaper looked 100 X better..

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      09-05-2006 09:02 AM #94
      this worked great on my bosses passat, [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    20. 09-05-2006 09:02 AM #95
      thanks nice post

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      09-05-2006 09:25 AM #96
      Quote, originally posted by carrolltoncorrado »
      this worked great on my bosses passat, [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      hope you got a raise
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    22. 09-05-2006 09:55 AM #97
      Nice, Also it might be hard polishing it for you with those big arms, 24" pythons lol maybe it's just the pic, lol

    23. 09-05-2006 10:05 AM #98
      Nice DYI man [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] My golf doesn't need it yet but the wrx is going to get it this weekend!

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      09-05-2006 10:27 AM #99
      Quote, originally posted by C_and_C »
      I did your process with 1 headlight and ONLY mequires 3 times on the other light. The light not done with the sandpaper looked 100 X better..

      That's quite possible. However, the intent of the DIY is to remove the rock chips and yellowing that most of us experience after a lot of highway driving. The Meguiars will not fix that.
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      09-05-2006 10:54 AM #100
      Quote, originally posted by FaelinGL »
      That's quite possible. However, the intent of the DIY is to remove the rock chips and yellowing that most of us experience after a lot of highway driving. The Meguiars will not fix that.
      Mike

      I used this DIY on my girlfriends corolla, she was in a small accident and had a headlight replaced but the new headlight was WAYYYYY nicer looking than the single remaining old headlight. She was going to buy a new one but I convinced her to let me try my hand at this DIY.
      She was hesitant when I told her I got the instructions off the internet, but I acted like I knew enough about it that she let me go for it.
      Good thing she trusted me, because after the initial shock of seeing the headlight in the sanded stages, she was amazed at how clear the light was after the polishing.
      When I broke out the plastic polish and random orbit buffer and went at it, the headlight went through an amazing transformation. It went from the dull sanded look to crystal clear in about 10 minutes of buffing/polishing. With a final coat of plastic wax, it was perfect except for some chips and minor cracks that you just couldnt remove without going clear through the lense.
      Final result: Success! It looks damn close to the new light, only me and her can tell the difference...
      Total cost: 20 bucks including new pads for the buffer.
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