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Old 01-25-2009, 03:29 PM   #1
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Default Clear coating headlight lenses because of rock chips/ sand blasting

My headlights are chipped and hazy from road sand suprisingly the paint on my hood isn't destroyed.
2 options

Light wetSand and try and polish them clear again?
Or
Light Sand and hit with a couple coats of clear.

What would you suggest? I will have the lights apart for doing a projector retrofit anyways.
Thanks in advance
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Old 01-25-2009, 03:53 PM   #2
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I would think clear coat will chip and scratch a lot easier than the plastic it self. I think the same thing will just happen but much faster.
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:45 PM   #3
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clearbra them.
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:15 PM   #4
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I'll try polishing first if that doesn't work I'll clearcoat then clear bra them
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:28 PM   #5
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I'll try polishing first if that doesn't work I'll clearcoat then clear bra them
You're going to need to westand/polish them in order to remove the haziness. The deeper rock chips aren't going to come out no matter how hard you try. After you have them as perfect as you think you can get them then you should have them covered in a protective film.
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:48 PM   #6
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Looking at them again, I don't think think there are too many deep ones so a good wetsand and some aggressive polish should get it all out. I'll post up before and after pics
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:01 PM   #7
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Just a suggestion... If you don't want to be polishing them out every week, then you'd best be putting some Lamin-X or Rockblocker on them as suggested above.

I've had Lamin-X on my headlights for almost 4 years and it's held up pretty well. When I go to put new film on this summer I'm sure they will look just as good as they did the day I brought it home from the dealership.
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:10 PM   #8
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I will do that forsure, thanks!
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:11 PM   #9
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:18 AM   #10
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My headlights are chipped and hazy from road sand suprisingly the paint on my hood isn't destroyed.
2 options

Light wetSand and try and polish them clear again?
Or
Light Sand and hit with a couple coats of clear.

What would you suggest? I will have the lights apart for doing a projector retrofit anyways.
Thanks in advance
Polishing or wetsand and polish are my current methods. Machine polishing really is your best bet though, as by hand will be near impossible to get out sanding marks.

Check out this thread if you haven't already:http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1683312
Some interesting stuff there as well.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:05 PM   #11
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Thanks, I have a makita polisher I'll be using. They are going to take a lot of wetsanding to get them smooth again.
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