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      07-25-2019 04:10 PM #1
      What is the best way to restore crappy foggy oxidized plastic headlamps? Off the shelf kit? If so, which one? A plastic restore polish?

      Also, I don't have an orbital just a power drill :brow:
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      07-25-2019 04:14 PM #2
      Meguires headlight restoration kit. Works with your drill.

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      07-25-2019 04:17 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by Chris_V View Post
      Meguires headlight restoration kit. Works with your drill.

      This is good, but I think the heavy duty 3M kit is even better.

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      07-25-2019 04:21 PM #4
      I used the Sylvania kit.


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      07-25-2019 04:23 PM #5
      This plus plastic polish is way faster than a headlight restoration kit.



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      07-25-2019 04:28 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Icantdrive65 View Post
      This plus plastic polish is way faster than a headlight restoration kit.



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      Kinda depends on the level of damage to the light. Heavy plastic degradation won't be helped much by just polish. Most of the kits now include multiple steps of sandpaper pads, then polish and some kind of wax for protection. So they're probably all pretty good now.

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      07-25-2019 04:30 PM #7
      The Plast-X in the restoration kit is the same plastic polish you use with an orbital polisher. I normally use it with a real buffer, but if you don't have one, the Meguires kit comes with the drill attachment that solves that issue, which is why I suggested it.
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      07-25-2019 04:46 PM #8
      What do you all use after polishing to keep them from oxidizing again?

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      07-25-2019 04:59 PM #9
      Trade it in on a new CUV lease.

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      07-25-2019 05:10 PM #10
      If only we had a detailing subforum, that was full of this exact information.....
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      07-25-2019 05:17 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by 7GIRLS3CUPS View Post
      If only we had a detailing subforum, that was full of this exact information.....
      The forum where there have been 3 posts in the month of July? The forum where a post from June 13, 2018 is still on the front page?
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      07-25-2019 05:25 PM #12
      My only warning is be careful with the drill attachment kits as you can easily sand to far using a drill.

      Otherwise, the kits are all pretty similar. The real way to protect them after you sand off the outer most layer is to make sure you coat it with something good, even a layer of 3m clear bra, to prevent the erosion from returning.
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      07-25-2019 05:27 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by sunofernest View Post
      What do you all use after polishing to keep them from oxidizing again?
      A good UV protecting wax or, better yet, spray a few coats of clear on it. That's a lot of work though.

      I used the 3M kit on my old MR2 which came with a wax to use at the end. It worked pretty well.

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      07-25-2019 05:31 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Icantdrive65 View Post
      This plus plastic polish is way faster than a headlight restoration kit.
      [Buffer pic]
      I don't have an orbital buffer, but having restored headlights by hand, I have vowed that I will absolutely buy one the next time it comes up.

      It's not just the volume of the work; it's the "almost there!", "wait no, now i'm almost there", "wait no..."

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      07-25-2019 05:33 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      The forum where there have been 3 posts in the month of July? The forum where a post from June 13, 2018 is still on the front page?
      Yes that forum, information like headlamp restoration doesn't have an expiration date.

      You guys have been keeping a Tesla thread on the front page of TCL for over 3 years now
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      07-25-2019 05:47 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Icantdrive65 View Post
      $20! I'd throw that kinda money at an orbital. I assume it works just fine?
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      07-25-2019 05:58 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Silly_me View Post
      $20! I'd throw that kinda money at an orbital. I assume it works just fine?
      At $20 if it works for 20 minutes you've gotten your moneys worth
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      07-25-2019 06:26 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by 7GIRLS3CUPS View Post
      Yes that forum, information like headlamp restoration doesn't have an expiration date.

      You guys have been keeping a Tesla thread on the front page of TCL for over 3 years now
      It's there because people actively participate. In fact, they've participated 6,827 times. And it's been viewed 390,308 times. The Wacky Accident thread has 16,098 replies and 3,159,339 views. That's the key. If OP posted this in the Detailing Forum, it would get a reply sometime around June 2023, because no one goes there. As it stands now, we're almost at 2 pages in 2 hours here. The subforums are pointless. This isn't 2005 anymore. There's not enough traffic to support them.
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      07-25-2019 07:01 PM #19
      The search function works just fine, if that was used this thread likely wouldn't even exist.
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      07-25-2019 07:04 PM #20
      After cleaning, add some Lamin-X and they will stay in great shape for years. Without it, the polish lasts 6-12 months depending on exposure (garage, sun, winter..)
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      07-25-2019 07:07 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by 7GIRLS3CUPS View Post
      The search function works just fine, if that was used this thread likely wouldn't even exist.
      A search for "foggy" and "headlights" brings up a 2013 thread in the MkIV forum, about someone trying to replace his sister's fogged-up headlights with something non-OEM.

      A search for anything shorter than "foggy" brings up 474 threads, mostly about people installing or selling fog lights or switches.

      So, no. Besides, why would you want less posts? This place is dying, it needs all the activity it can get.
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      07-25-2019 07:10 PM #22
      I use the 3M Kit and Blue Magic sealer to maintain them.

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      07-25-2019 07:14 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      So, no. Besides, why would you want less posts? This place is dying, it needs all the activity it can get.
      Completely agreed - traffic is good.

      Unfortunately humans have a greater need to be negative than positive - hence the snarky comment earlier.

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      07-25-2019 07:27 PM #24
      Just to add, since I used a kit on my daughters Accord. Tape off the edges of the lights and also throw some sort of drop cloth over the rest of the hood and windshield. Otherwise you're going to be cleaning up wax off of the wiper, hood, and windshield area.


      You'll be amazed at how well those kits work though. Also, you can spray the headlights with a clear UV poly to get them to last longer.
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      07-25-2019 07:28 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      It's there because people actively participate. In fact, they've participated 6,827 times. And it's been viewed 390,308 times. The Wacky Accident thread has 16,098 replies and 3,159,339 views. That's the key. If OP posted this in the Detailing Forum, it would get a reply sometime around June 2023, because no one goes there. As it stands now, we're almost at 2 pages in 2 hours here. The subforums are pointless. This isn't 2005 anymore. There's not enough traffic to support them.
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