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post #1 of 22 Old 09-03-2013, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Polished Headlights

After an hour and a half of sanding and polishing my headlights are now clear. Now the question is how to I seal them so I don't have to wax them every friggin week? This is the left headlight

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post #2 of 22 Old 09-03-2013, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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and here is the right.
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What'd you use to do that? I'm using 1200 grit sandpaper and cleaner wax and it's only helping a little bit.
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I used the 3M headlight restorer kit that has 800 1000, 2000 3000 grit paper then I used an electric polisher with light compound and topped it off with a headlight protectant. Will be using a UV coating when I can find one suitable enough,


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Alright thanks.
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post #6 of 22 Old 09-03-2013, 07:05 PM
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Jesus, looks great.

Btw, I've been using the Meguiars synthetic wax, the $20 stuff in the black bottle. Its awesome wax, beyond its other benefits i've noticed it lasts alot longer. Any polymer based wax should. So that might be a good start for you, its expensive but imo totally worth it.
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post #7 of 22 Old 09-03-2013, 07:16 PM
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look for the blue magic head light lens sealer
http://www.zorotools.com/g/00046417/k-G1242437?utm_source=google_shopping&utm_medium=cpc &utm_campaign=Google_Shopping_Feed&kw={keyword}&gc lid=CJe5gPrIsLkCFfBcMgodWWkAGw

I used that on my wife's passat headlights 2 years ago after I polished them. Still don't need to polish them again. got it at autozone btw
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look for the blue magic head light lens sealer
http://www.zorotools.com/g/00046417/k-G1242437?utm_source=google_shopping&utm_medium=cpc &utm_campaign=Google_Shopping_Feed&kw={keyword}&gc lid=CJe5gPrIsLkCFfBcMgodWWkAGw

I used that on my wife's passat headlights 2 years ago after I polished them. Still don't need to polish them again. got it at autozone btw
Thanks I will look into it.


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Great job on the headlights. I've done mine twice (and time for a third) and haven't gotten them that clear.
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Those look GREAT! I'm not as talented as you, I've done it 3 times now they are close to what you have now but I'm still behind.

Gonna have to look into that Blue Magic stuff too, thanks for the tip ssands85!
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Those look GREAT! I'm not as talented as you, I've done it 3 times now they are close to what you have now but I'm still behind.

Gonna have to look into that Blue Magic stuff too, thanks for the tip ssands85!
I am not to talented when it comes to this stuff either but as a last step I used a buffer with some polishing compound and then plastic polish which seems to do the trick. I spent the first hour and a half to two hours doing the first steps by hand. Anyone here can do what I did. The polished was on $20 at any auto parts store. Its the same one used to buff paint.


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I cleaned mine the same way, and then applied Xpel film (like 3M) cut to fit the headlights. No fogging or UV haze after a year of exposure. I have done the same on several vehicles with excellent protective results. The side benefit is protection from rock chips / cracks. Applies like window film. I bought the custom kit from AutoAnything (no affiliation...).

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Damn,those appear better than new! Nice job!

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I am not to talented when it comes to this stuff either but as a last step I used a buffer with some polishing compound and then plastic polish which seems to do the trick. I spent the first hour and a half to two hours doing the first steps by hand. Anyone here can do what I did. The polished was on $20 at any auto parts store. Its the same one used to buff paint.
Yeah I made the most progress during the last polishing/buffing phase this time around. I think that's where I blew it before, not enough time polishing.
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Yeah I made the most progress during the last polishing/buffing phase this time around. I think that's where I blew it before, not enough time polishing.
That is true but the nice thing is that you can just resume where you left off and make it better. This is what I did when I was not happy with the initial results.


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