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Polishing Headlights...

Well one of the headlights on my 95 GT was recently replaced by the previous owner, and it looks slightly out of place with the the old dull and yellowed headlight. I spent about an hour yesterday polishing the old headlight with Meguair's PlastX:

http://www.meguiars.com/?clear-plast...Cleaner-Polish

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The light does look better, but it still has that "yellow" tint to it. If I continue to polish the plastic with the PlastX, will it eventually eliminate most of the yellowish tint? Eventually I will replace both headlights with Cobra's, but was looking for a temoprary solution. Thanks.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-20-2007, 10:26 AM
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If PlastX isn't working for you, you will need to step it up to a heavier compound, or try wet sanding it then polishing it.


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If PlastX isn't working for you, you will need to step it up to a heavier compound, or try wet sanding it then polishing it.


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What grit would you recommend I use for wet sanding? What other products would you recommend?

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What grit would you recommend I use for wet sanding? What other products would you recommend?

I'll tell you what "I" would do if I was working on this.

Wetsand with 1500

Polish(by machine) the sanding marks out with Meguiar's M85 Diamond Cut Compound and a 3" wool pad attached to a corless drill.

Then polish with PlastX with a 3" foam pad attached to a drill

Wax

Follow those steps and it should come out beautiful!
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I'll tell you what "I" would do if I was working on this.

Wetsand with 1500

Polish(by machine) the sanding marks out with Meguiar's M85 Diamond Cut Compound and a 3" wool pad attached to a corless drill.

Then polish with PlastX with a 3" foam pad attached to a drill

Wax

Follow those steps and it should come out beautiful!
What "machine" do you use? Porter Cable?

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What "machine" do you use? Porter Cable?

3" woll pad attached to a drill for pulling the sanding marks out, then a 3" foam pad attached to a drill to do the final polishing.
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3" woll pad attached to a drill for pulling the sanding marks out, then a 3" foam pad attached to a drill to do the final polishing.
Alright. Thanks for the info.

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I was watching "Two Guys Garage" on Speed Channel the other day, and they used Toothpaste to polish the Headlights.
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I was watching "Two Guys Garage" on Speed Channel the other day, and they used Toothpaste to polish the Headlights.
Toothpaste fills in the scratches... but i'd guess it's only temporary.
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Toothpaste fills in the scratches... but i'd guess it's only temporary.
Yeah, but I watched as it actually POLISHED the headlights. He only did it on a certain area just to show that it works.
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Yeah, but I watched as it actually POLISHED the headlights. He only did it on a certain area just to show that it works.
Hmm I wonder which would work best, Colgate or AquaFresh? Any suggestions Nick?

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Hmm I wonder which would work best, Colgate or AquaFresh? Any suggestions Nick?


Never tried toothpaste
Makes sense though,your "yellowing" could just be placque or tartar buildup
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Never tried toothpaste
Makes sense though,your "yellowing" could just be placque or tartar buildup

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just buy new ones thats what i do all the time

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just buy new ones thats what i do all the time
You could save alot of money if you let Nick detail all your lights
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post #16 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-23-2007, 10:27 PM
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3m has very good compounds
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