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#1 HDWildBill OFFLINE  

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Posted November 03, 2013 - 01:01 PM

I have 3 vehicle's that need some help with the headlight lens.  There is a whole string of products out there that claim to restore the Len's to like new condition. 

 

I would like to know what ones you have tried and how well did they work?  Thanks


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Posted November 03, 2013 - 01:11 PM

Just yesterday my BIL brought the headlights to a Nissan pathfinder over and we ued the Turtle Wax Headlight Restorer kit. I have used this same kit on a 1992 Chevy Pkup and it worked good. I used it on the taillights also and it helped alot. I use it on a neighbors GT with plastic lenses for Headlights and it made a huge difference. haven't used any other just this one. Good Luck. Will be interested in what others have used. Roger.


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Posted November 03, 2013 - 01:31 PM

Those head light restorer kits work very good.

They are basically "Putz Pomade" or "Rubbing Compound", just a very fine sand and a wax cleaner.

The lenses become pitted and scratched, very small imperfections which give it that cloudy-dull look.

We're basically sanding the surface to a smooth surface, and the wax fills in the scratches so that the light is not refracted.

If the lens is really dull, scratched and rough, start off with 800 grit sandpaper, then 1200 and then 2000 grit (wet) sanding, then the compound, and finish with a nice buffing.

Kit or no kit, it is labor intensive, but really makes a big improvement in the appearance of the lens & tractor.  Well worth the effort.

 

(added: 7pm)  When all done, a layer of clear wax, with UV protection, should keep the lens clear for years.


Edited by GlenPettit, November 03, 2013 - 07:36 PM.

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Posted November 03, 2013 - 01:44 PM

I've used regular rubbing compound followed up with polishing compound with good results,the only thing I've noticed is after several months they seemed to start clouding over again.After several rounds of this I finally gave up and bought new lenses.


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Posted November 03, 2013 - 01:52 PM

Glen has it right, about the only thing in the kit that's really nice is the small buffing wheel to go on a drill. I've used the 3M kit on quite a few with good luck and lasting results but with some you actually have to frequently wax them to keep them protected or you can clear coat them if you feel so inclined.
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Posted November 03, 2013 - 02:18 PM

I have used the 3M kit on a Subaru with good results.


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Posted November 03, 2013 - 04:56 PM

I've tried the generic stuff which is just a bottle of polish and costs about 5$. It worked well on a Subaru Forester to brighten up the lenses that were starting to look a bit dull. I never tried it on a really yellowed, clouded lens. As others have said its a polishing process and I suppose some kits are better than others. it takes a fair amount of elbow grease even to get a slightly clouded lens to look like new.


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Posted November 03, 2013 - 08:01 PM

As said above rubbing compound and wax will help greatly.

I wet sanded them rubbing compound and wax cleaned them up a ton
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Posted November 03, 2013 - 08:35 PM

I used the 3M kit also with very good results. Just as mentioned lots of elbow grease needed but worth it.

http://shop.advancea...t-3m_10142278-p


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Posted November 03, 2013 - 10:41 PM

Thanks for all the good comments.  Looks like I'll pick up a 3m kit tomorrow and see how well they turn out.


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Posted November 03, 2013 - 11:29 PM

Make sure you hang onto that little buffing disc, they come in real handy for polishing aluminum or small paint areas down the line :D
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Posted November 06, 2013 - 08:45 AM

i personally start with 1000 grit and go to 2500 or 3000 wet sanding then get out the buffer with a a wool pad and a medium cut paste make sure to keep the buffing pad wet. works every time for me


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Posted November 06, 2013 - 11:23 AM

I haven't gotten to this yet, to many other things taking priority.  Lots of good Idea's here.  Walkinman1 that is a good idea, although I rarely throw something away that I could possibly use down the line.  Thanks



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Posted November 06, 2013 - 07:22 PM

The big name around here is Mothers. I used the kit several times so far. Really helped.
Even the LT headlight lenses.
On our van, It lasts about a year and change.

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Posted November 07, 2013 - 06:55 AM

...Walkinman1 that is a good idea, although I rarely throw something away that I could possibly use down the line. Thanks

I'm the same way, that's why I've ended up finding so many more uses for that little buffing wheel (among other things :D )
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