Restoring dull cloudy headlights

Discussion in 'Car Care' started by RoniN, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. pablo RMS Moderator

    pablo
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    duct tape seems a bit overkill for masking lol but superb work bet the owners are well chuffed
     
  2. RoniN RMS Regular

    RoniN
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    All I had handy.

    Cheers
     
  3. pablo RMS Moderator

    pablo
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    given Mk5 golfs reputation with front wings you might have took a chunk off with the tape :grinning:
     
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  4. RoniN RMS Regular

    RoniN
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    Since photobucket stopped working there's no photos on the 1st post, I can't edit the 1st post.
    Can it be set so I could edit the post and put links to the photos again?

    Cheers
     
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  5. weeloaney RMS Regular

    weeloaney
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    Mazda 3 MPS AERO
    Be careful, it can easily pull paint/clearcoat Off
     
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  6. Gareth RMS Regular

    Gareth
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    I'm going to be tackling the headlights on the Civic soon and a few questions before I start.

    After sanding, I'm guessing a Rupes yellow pad with some M105 is enough to polish out the sanding marks. Do I need to refine the cutting? Is a UV clear coat necessary for long term results?
     
  7. Gareth RMS Regular

    Gareth
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    Anyone??? ^^^^^^
     
  8. -Pete- RMS Regular

    -Pete-
    im not sure about the pad combo since I would be using older stuff but it differs between lights and age of them. Older cars which have had way more uv exposure, the lights I have found have clouded up again quicker than newer ones.
    ideally you would want to protect them with something after polishing but I've never bothered. Usually once every couple of years is enough to keep them sharp.
    my current cars headlights are from 2007 and they're still crystal clear. I've always found honda to have very soft lights that need to be done nearly once a year to keep them from yellowing or clouding up.
     
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  9. Gareth RMS Regular

    Gareth
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    The CRV (2012) is in great condition, but the Civic (2004) really need doing. My dilemma is either ceramic coat them and just upkeep the maintenance of them or get a UV clear coat and never worry about it again.
     
  10. Crow555 RMS Regular

    Crow555
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    Integra R DC5
    I was going to attempt to do them myself using the 3M kit and some UV polish that needs reapplied every 6 months.

    In the end I was getting the front bumper resprayed and the guy offered to sand and relacquer them for £100. It brought them up quite a bit even if they aren't perfect but he reckons the inside is at fault there, not the outside.
     
  11. weeloaney RMS Regular

    weeloaney
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    Mazda 3 MPS AERO
    The plastic can get damaged all the way through so sometimes impossible to get them perfect
     
  12. Crow555 RMS Regular

    Crow555
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    Yep, I agree. But for £100 versus £270 for a new set of headlights, I'm not gonna complain.
     
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  13. weeloaney RMS Regular

    weeloaney
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    Oh I understand, was just kinda confirming that it’s possible the insides damaged like he said.

    I polished up ford ones last week and could see damaged inside the plastic lense
     
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  14. Gareth RMS Regular

    Gareth
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    My issue isn't the outside of the light, it's inside...

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    Cracks on the inside ffs

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  15. weeloaney RMS Regular

    weeloaney
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    Fermanagh
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    Mazda 3 MPS AERO

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