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On the borderline of Electronic Insanity so I am going with it. :D


My plastic headlights were glazing over so I watched a few videos online and worked on sanding them today. I am not kidding when I say in exactly 15 minutes I had the first one looking like glass. It is very easy if you have the elbow grease to sand that long.

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Just make sure you tape the paint. I didn't and hit one spot. No worse than piney pinstripes so I am good with that.
 

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I used my electric drill at low speed and a spray bottle of water, then finished off with light compound.
 

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The video shows the man starting with 400/600 but that is way to course. I started with 1500 and in no time it worked well. Then I went to 2000 and finished. However, if I ever have to do them again I am going to try 3000 because even with 2000 you can see sanding lines if you look closely.

I found that by using the garden hose on a slight spray constantly, it worked really well washing the plastic off and keeping the sandpaper clean. A spray bottle requires constant pumping to do the same.

The video showed the use of clear coat at the end but I found that waxing them looked pretty good. That may not last so time will tell.
 
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On the borderline of Electronic Insanity so I am going with it. :D


My plastic headlights were glazing over so I watched a few videos online and worked on sanding them today. I am not kidding when I say in exactly 15 minutes I had the first one looking like glass. It is very easy if you have the elbow grease to sand that long.

Before

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And after.

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Just make sure you tape the paint. I didn't and hit one spot. No worse than piney pinstripes so I am good with that.
There is a commercial product to do the same thing with very little elbow grease. I was told that it is nothing more than brake fluid but I don't know for sure as I've never tried it.
 

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There is a commercial product to do the same thing with very little elbow grease. I was told that it is nothing more than brake fluid but I don't know for sure as I've never tried it.

If it is brake fluid you run the risk of getting that on the paint. Years ago I had paint come off when brake fluid was left on it.
 

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I have used several versions of those products only to have the haze return. I usually replace the assemblies with a brand from amazon that i have good luck with snd are reasonable in price and include all bulbs, etc. They are called eagle eye i believe, i will verify when i’m im the garage in a bit.
 
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I do this to my wife's car several times a year-- at first the result looks great but in a month or so the haze returns. The problem is, by removing the outer layer of the polycarbonate lens, you've taken away the UV protection.
 
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