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

    1. 09-05-2006 12:38 PM #101
      I think it's time for me to put this DIY to good use. Nice write-up!

    2. 09-05-2006 02:48 PM #102
      Quote, originally posted by FaelinGL »
      It is in the cleaning and waxing section in your local autoparts store.
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      went there and looked, and even asked for it. The kid just stared at me like I was speaking spanish. then he tells me they have car wax. I just walked out

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      09-05-2006 03:52 PM #103
      Quote, originally posted by 3mRoccoBoy »
      went there and looked, and even asked for it. The kid just stared at me like I was speaking spanish. then he tells me they have car wax. I just walked out

      Well, I know it exists...you may need to order it online or find another auto-parts store.
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    4. 09-05-2006 04:27 PM #104
      Not to change the process of this particular DIY but here is a thought: after sanding (maybe using a finer grit sand paper like 4000)... instead of polishing, spray clear-coat instead? if its the right kind, it could seal in those fine crevices and provide a layer of protection as well as a gloss shine? seems like it would be more permanent and i've heard of people doing this.

    5. 09-05-2006 04:33 PM #105
      Good stuff right here.
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    6. 09-05-2006 04:36 PM #106
      Will have to do that soon!

    7. 09-06-2006 04:04 AM #107
      ok, I found the plastic polish, and did it tonight. these ar bad pics, but kinda before and after with the left and right headlights
      before

      after

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      09-06-2006 05:31 AM #108
      wow, i think there was already a DIY on this but more than one never hurts
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    9. 09-06-2006 06:30 AM #109
      good diy cant wait to do mine

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      09-06-2006 07:39 AM #110
      Quote, originally posted by fastgermancar »
      wow, i think there was already a DIY on this but more than one never hurts

      This is the same one...bumped from the grave [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      Nice before and after on those Golf lenses!
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    11. 09-06-2006 02:45 PM #111
      yeah, Im happy that it turned out [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    12. 09-06-2006 02:55 PM #112
      Quote, originally posted by 3mRoccoBoy »
      yeah, Im happy that it turned out [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      did you had to remove the headlight to do the polishing......??

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      09-06-2006 02:57 PM #113
      Quote, originally posted by seba_b2002 »
      did you had to remove the headlight to do the polishing......??

      no, just using painters tape on the bodywork around the light to protect it.
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    14. 09-07-2006 04:34 AM #114
      Quote, originally posted by dremhmrk2 »
      no, just using painters tape on the bodywork around the light to protect it.

      yeah, I ended up doing it that way. I tried with the lenses off while I was doing my joeys, but it was just akward

    15. 09-20-2006 09:23 PM #115
      All right reviving old threads from the ancient times is frowned upon in forums, but I had such a good experience with the tip given by the OP that I felt the need to tell my story.
      I have around 135k miles on my 99.5 GTi. The car is pretty beat up by, having been rear ended and pushed in the car in front of me. But the engine runs well.
      One of the problem was the sanding of the headlights as shown on the picture below. Pretty bad eh?

      I stumbled on the thread from FaelinGL and decided to try on my headlights, not without some skepticism.

      Here is half of the left headlight after the first pass.

      Here is the other one after 2 pass. Worth it I think.

      So thousand thanks to the OP for a very very good tip!!!!

    16. 10-14-2006 01:43 PM #116
      I just did this. It was way easy and looks awesome! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    17. 10-31-2006 05:28 PM #117
      and to think I was going to buy new headlights.....lol.....

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      11-04-2006 03:22 PM #118
      Sweet DIY! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    19. 11-04-2006 09:06 PM #119
      YOU KIND SIR ARE A PIMP FOR THIS POST!!!!!!!!!!!

    20. 11-07-2006 02:45 PM #120
      Skipped class today so I could finally get some time to do this. Only thing I did different was took the lights out and used a Makita palm sander on it and used a dremel to polish it up after. The lenses came out amazing.

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      11-07-2006 09:03 PM #121
      Quote, originally posted by xxxturbo rabbitxxx »
      Skipped class today so I could finally get some time to do this. Only thing I did different was took the lights out and used a Makita palm sander on it and used a dremel to polish it up after. The lenses came out amazing.

      DAMN I wish I had those tools when I did mine....would have made the project 150 times easier. Glad to hear about your results!
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    22. 12-04-2006 02:10 AM #122
      I have a question I have done this several times but it always seems to come out with little scratches on the headlight. ALso is it necessary to use plastic polish? If i am using a rubbing compound do i really need the plastic polish?

    23. 12-04-2006 02:10 AM #123
      I have a question I have done this several times but it always seems to come out with little scratches on the headlight. ALso is it necessary to use plastic polish? If i am using a rubbing compound do i really need the plastic polish?

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      12-04-2006 05:28 AM #124
      Quote, originally posted by mbeckha19 »
      I have a question I have done this several times but it always seems to come out with little scratches on the headlight. ALso is it necessary to use plastic polish? If i am using a rubbing compound do i really need the plastic polish?

      You may need to add grits of sandpaper. Try a 1200 between the 600 and the 2000, and add a 3000-4000 after the 2000. Then go for the compound. The polish *really* cleans things up afterwards, I would recommend doing it.
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    25. 12-04-2006 08:30 AM #125
      I gotta send this straight to my watched topics. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] Good stuff

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