Headlights grimy?

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Headlights grimy?

Postby BDF02M » Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:42 pm

I found a thread on the Vortex about refinishing headlights, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I think it worked well.

My friend Alysha had a moderate case of crap plastic:
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So I wetsanded with 600-grit:
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Then some 1200-grit:
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(Top is dry, bottom wet)

After some rubbing compound:
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And then some Meguiars Plast-x to finish it off:
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Finished product:
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Thought I'd share the results.
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Postby Turtlesgirl » Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:07 am

nice! Ermin (Lunisport) shared a way to shine them up... pretty sure it was some cutting compound and some time behind a buffing wheel :rofl: same idea... Rich got one side done and it was way better
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Postby aggiepm » Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:13 am

sweet! Definitly cheaper then buying new headlights. :thumb:
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Postby Turtlesgirl » Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:01 am

aggiepm wrote:sweet! Definitly cheaper then buying new headlights. :thumb:


although... your buying new headlights... meant that we snagged your old ones... therefore keeping Rich from having to polish out the 2nd headlight :rofl:
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Postby aggiepm » Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:16 am

Turtlesgirl wrote:although... your buying new headlights... meant that we snagged your old ones... therefore keeping Rich from having to polish out the 2nd headlight :rofl:


yet they are still not installed are they?..... :rofl:
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Postby Turtlesgirl » Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:31 am

He put them in last week!
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Postby aggiepm » Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:50 am

Turtlesgirl wrote:He put them in last week!


well yay! :clap:

still took him long enough!
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Postby Turtlesgirl » Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:46 pm

zoso wrote:I had to pester him to come hang out with me at the shop, then he started to remember all the things he's been meaning to do to the Bora.


yeah.. thanks for getting him all depressed again ;) :rofl:
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Postby BDF02M » Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:42 pm

turtlesgirl wrote:...(sorry Eric.. all done jackin your thread now... I totally dig the cleaned up lights though! takes some age of the front of the buggy for sure!)

Thanks! I went into the process with really low expectations, but... shazzam!
I guess Niello wanted about $60 for their "process." The parts only cost about $25, and I could do HELLA sets of lights with what's left. :thumb:
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Postby Turtlesgirl » Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:07 pm

:rofl: I meant to hit quote.... oops... :p sorry
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Postby 03 20thGTI » Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:51 am

BDF02M wrote:Thanks! I went into the process with really low expectations, but... shazzam!
I guess Niello wanted about $60 for their "process." The parts only cost about $25, and I could do HELLA sets of lights with what's left. :thumb:



Nice write up.... Just curious about what Niello said..."their process".. what exactly do they do? Also did you contact Hella? Just curious what Hella's response to the issue would be

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Postby BDF02M » Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:46 pm

03 20thGTI wrote:Nice write up.... Just curious about what Niello said..."their process".. what exactly do they do? Also did you contact Hella? Just curious what Hella's response to the issue would be

Thanks!
I don't know what Niello said verbatim. The information about "the process" was from the owner of the car when she inquired. She didn't ask many questions.
I haven't contacted Hella. Just thought I'd give it a shot. I'm sure this issue (on this car at least) is just from neglect. :(
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Postby scooterpeople » Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:38 am

The auto parts store will sell a headlight restoration kit for like $15. Works great but be sure to get the kit that comes with the gloves, I can't remember the specific name of it.


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