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Unread 08-26-2014, 09:32 PM   #1
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WET SAND YOUR HEADLIGHTS!! Before and After pics!

So I was about to buy a pair of new headlights on ebay because my old ones had such thick yellow grime on them it was like there was no hope for them. I gave the wet sanding thing a try starting with 600 then 800, 1000, 1500 then buffed it with that blue magic headlight polish from autozone and WOW! Cost was around $15 total and took about an hour to do both lights.

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Unread 08-26-2014, 09:47 PM   #2
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There are plenty threads like this with guys showing their results like yourself but yours truly are amazing
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Unread 08-26-2014, 11:21 PM   #3
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You sure you didn't just buy new headlights. Haha great job
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Unread 08-27-2014, 01:41 AM   #4
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I had to take mine down to 600 to clean them up too. Put some UV protectant on there since you took it down past the original coating. http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Magic-730...+uv+protectant
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Unread 08-27-2014, 01:50 AM   #5
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I used RainX, was very easy. Comes with 3 x sand pads with lubricant. Then polish and seal, all in one box but wasn't cheap.

Before RainX, I did try the 'toothpaste' method with stuff all results.
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Unread 08-27-2014, 08:28 AM   #6
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Well done! When I have a little fog on my headlights, I grab my polisher and a little rubbing compound and have at 'em. That usually cleans them up nicely and takes about 15 minutes. Just something to keep in mind.
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Unread 08-27-2014, 09:14 AM   #7
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Great job. I did the same thing to mine last summer with similar results. I used some Plastix(sp?) from Meguiars to help protect them a little. Now I usually hit them about every 6 months with the 1000,3000, and polishing compound to keep em looking good.
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Unread 08-27-2014, 09:18 AM   #8
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I don't get it. I've wet sanded, compounded, buffed, 3M'd, etc for hours and all I've ever done is make it worse.

Insanely frustrating.
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Unread 08-27-2014, 09:38 AM   #9
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I don't get it. I've wet sanded, compounded, buffed, 3M'd, etc for hours and all I've ever done is make it worse.

Insanely frustrating.
Note the instructions I used, maybe you do the same?
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Unread 08-27-2014, 09:54 AM   #10
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Keep us updated as to when it starts to fog back over please
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Unread 08-27-2014, 10:22 AM   #11
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I don't get it. I've wet sanded, compounded, buffed, 3M'd, etc for hours and all I've ever done is make it worse.

Insanely frustrating.
Don't mean to insult your intelligence but I've seen some lights that get pretty funky on the inside as well. Maybe your issue is with the inside?
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Unread 08-27-2014, 11:05 AM   #12
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Can't wait to do this, just need to find the time. I have this sylvania kit which apparently has good results. Comes with the UV sealant too.

http://www.amazon.com/Sylvania-38771...GCHCFB0FNAHRP8
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Unread 08-27-2014, 12:39 PM   #13
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Don't mean to insult your intelligence but I've seen some lights that get pretty funky on the inside as well. Maybe your issue is with the inside?
Not insulted at all.

Kinda feel like this is some big joke that everyone is in on, except for me.

Well, me and the store manager at the local Advance, who says he has the same problem and told me not to bother buying any more product.
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Unread 08-27-2014, 12:46 PM   #14
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Can't wait to do this, just need to find the time. I have this sylvania kit which apparently has good results. Comes with the UV sealant too.

http://www.amazon.com/Sylvania-38771...GCHCFB0FNAHRP8
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Unread 08-27-2014, 12:59 PM   #15
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Can't wait to do this, just need to find the time. I have this sylvania kit which apparently has good results. Comes with the UV sealant too.

http://www.amazon.com/Sylvania-38771...GCHCFB0FNAHRP8
As I was trying to say before I fat fingered the send button...The Sylvania kit is what I used about two years ago and it still looks pretty good. It's not crystal clear like they were when they first done but I has held up a lot better than I had expected. Definitely take your time and follow the directions for the best results. Also, I would highly recommend removing the head light assemblies. If they turn out to be stuck in three ball connectors PB Blaster is once again going to be your friend.
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