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Old 20-Aug-2009, 11:55 AM
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Headlight lens restoration kit?

Anyone have any experience with headlight lens restoration kits? My head light lens' are both fogged to hell and back. I'm looking at these two products from canadian tire.
Headlight Lens Restoration Kit | Canadian Tire

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Bluemagic Headlight Lens Restorer | Canadian Tire

Anyone know if they're actually worth the money or should I do something else?

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Old 20-Aug-2009, 12:51 PM
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I actually didn't use one of those kits to fix my headlights. I already had some wetsand paper from when I refinished my rims. I used 600, 800, 1000 then 2000. Then I bought PlastX by Meguiars and put a couple coats of that stuff on. Lights turned out awesome.
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Old 20-Aug-2009, 01:10 PM
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I used this one Headlight Lens Restoration Kit | Canadian Tire
Worked really well!
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Old 20-Aug-2009, 01:32 PM
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3m makes a kickass kit I just don't know where to get it.

Me I just used sandpaper and wetsanded from 800-2000 and topped it off with Aluminum polish.. brand new lens FTW haha
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Originally Posted by orthow View Post
3m makes a kickass kit I just don't know where to get it.

Me I just used sandpaper and wetsanded from 800-2000 and topped it off with Aluminum polish.. brand new lens FTW haha
aluminum polish? That works?
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Old 20-Aug-2009, 07:15 PM
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agred with PlastX did my gf's Neon and does my moms contour no problem... stays for a long while too..
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Old 20-Aug-2009, 10:55 PM
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Okay, forgive me for being a car noob...but how exactly does one "wet sand". Is it a special sand paper? Do you have to continuously wet the surface and the sand paper? Or just dip the sand paper in a bucket of water every so often and keep it wet?

Based on what I've read and heard from people, I'll be buying that Meguiars plastx stuff tomorrow and 1500 and 2000 grit sand paper. Sand away, then plastx away.

So my two questions are how easy it is to remove the headlight housing to wet sand it (or easier to leave it in?) and how do I wet sand it.

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Old 20-Aug-2009, 11:30 PM
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Work your way up from 400 to 1200 then 2000. Wet sanding is basically using standard sandpaper and sanding the surface with everything wet. I did headlight restoration on a Windstar headlights i had in the past, basically i had a spray bottle/garden hose and basically ran water on it while sanding it.
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Old 20-Aug-2009, 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by 31dev31 View Post
Work your way up from 400 to 1200 then 2000. Wet sanding is basically using standard sandpaper and sanding the surface with everything wet. I did headlight restoration on a Windstar headlights i had in the past, basically i had a spray bottle/garden hose and basically ran water on it while sanding it.
Really? I've spoken to quite a few people who've all said don't go below 1500 grit...

So just keep water running over the headlights and sand away? Any idea how long?

And how easy are the headlight housings to remove?
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wonder if wet sanding WITH plastX would work... *hm.....* im so trying that today...! ! !! ! *
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Old 21-Aug-2009, 03:58 AM
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personally i like to use 600+ ive used 400 and its taken a bit off my light the first time... altho the first time i wasnt wetting it every 5 seconds hah. wet sanding works amazing but so does PlastX...
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Old 21-Aug-2009, 12:14 PM
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I will be using both tomorrow. Wet sand with 1500 and 2000 grit then using the plastx.
Only reason I probably WOULD wet sand with the plastx is because it's a thick liquid, not really watery enough to work, I would think. Besides, you'd waste SO much of it..
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Wow apparently no one knows how to wetsand.. a bunch of people guessing is what we got going on in here.

To properly wetsand:

- SOAK the paper in a bucket of water for 24hrs before you start the process
- Depending on the level of pitting you might want to start lower then 1500. Mine were brutal so I started at 800 then did 1000 ->1500 -> 2000
- Use a spray bottle to constantly soak the surface you are wetsanding AND rinse your sheet of sandpaper in a bucket of clean water (lessens contamination)
- last step apply some sort of polishing agent. Everyone and there mother is going on about PlasticX stuff.. great you can pull out the obvious but if you REALLY want those soab's to be crystal clear you use an Aluminum polish. I'm not going to get into the science of it but basically I own every chemical mentioned in this thread plus some and yea BLUE MAGIC metal polish has by far been the best!
- Use a power buffer to get them really nice if you have one..next
- If you wanna retain that clear you got a couple options. You can wax the headlights and that will last a couple weeks or you can spray them with clear coat, wetsand and buff the clear coat and you will be set for a minimum of a year!

If I need to I can take pics as I put together a detailed DIY for another forum.
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Originally Posted by orthow View Post
If I need to I can take pics as I put together a detailed DIY for another forum.
Don't worry about it....wouldn't want the forum to evolve anymore backwards than it already has or waste your previous time...
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