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Old 06-24-2010, 12:22 PM   #1
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Default BEST headlight restoration

I did mine yesterday and WW Its a system called Crystal View. I have not looked to see if there is a thread already on it... here are my before and after results anyway...It sands down the old finish and then polishes, and then adds a brand new layer of factory "style" clear coat to the light to make it look brand new. This is better than any other system I have seen IMO. I will probably follow it up with a clear laminate to protect the new finish. Here are the pics:

These images are straight out of the camera with not adjustments whatsoever.

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Old 06-24-2010, 12:44 PM   #2
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Lookw great Clay. I did Josh's headlights on his car, and came out great. Used a four step polishing system, and finished with a glanz wax. Will be interested to see how it is holding up, did his and Amanda's cars.

I love how you did your headlights, leaving the chrome on the blinker area. Exactly what I want to do to mine.
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Old 06-24-2010, 12:50 PM   #3
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Nice- what was the system you used?
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Old 06-24-2010, 12:55 PM   #4
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Same as on the car. Enzinette (sp?) polish, milder polish, glaze, then wax sealant. Four pad types. But, I do like that yours had the clearcoat application at the end. That is why I mentioned I am interested to see how Josh's and some others I have done hold up.

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Old 07-18-2010, 08:55 PM   #5
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bump for more to see
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:20 PM   #6
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Wow! That looks great! Ive had very good luck with the Mother's restore kit myself.
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:51 PM   #7
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Forget about the headlights...your car looks sick!
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:56 AM   #8
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^thanks mang
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Old 07-24-2010, 03:58 AM   #9
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Looks great. I just painted my headlights like that, and really want to refinish the lens now to make it pop.
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:13 AM   #10
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"Permanent"? I'm interested in the permanent aspect...I've never heard of a permanent solution; headlights glaze over throughout their lifetime. There's no way they can't haze over...regardless, for $23 I'd use it.
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:20 AM   #11
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It is more permanent than other solutions IMO since you actually sand off the old coating and replace it with a new one. I think the new one could eventually have problems, but even if I had to do this once every two years for 20$ I would still be happy. Time will tell how it holds up, but so far so good.
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Old 07-26-2010, 06:35 PM   #12
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Nice! I'm going to pick some of that up. I have the Meguiars version and it doesn't have nearly the same effect
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Old 07-26-2010, 06:59 PM   #13
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I've used a meguiars kit and a turtlewax head light restore kit and neither one lasted more than a few weeks before the dang headlights were all nasty looking again.
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:55 PM   #14
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I gotta try this
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:02 PM   #15
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Used this stuff on my dad's bmw 5... awesome results. 3 years later, still crystal clear.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:36 PM   #16
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Plastic-X!! It's cheap too!
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:17 PM   #17
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that does not work.
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:04 AM   #18
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I just bought new headlights and I was wondering if you guys had any ideas on how to keep them looking new? Maybe use just the sealant part of this kit?
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:10 AM   #19
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3m rubbing compound works very good.
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:15 AM   #20
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where did you pick this stuff up at? online or the local store?
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:31 PM   #21
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Quote:
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where did you pick this stuff up at? online or the local store?
I have seen it at some walmart's...as well as all advance auto stores I have been to. I used the Crystal View on my Neon (that I smartly traded for my 2007 Impreza Wagon) and the results were out of this world! This is the stuff that comes in the foil package, looks cheap but is probably the best out there, they back it fully...
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:41 PM   #22
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Believe it or not, toothpaste actually works to remove the haze from plastic lenses.

Prevents tartar build-up and cavities too

I've had success just using paint cleaner. After a month or so the haze will return and I just do it again.
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:10 PM   #23
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My system is three step... ultra fine wet sand like 1000 or 2000 grit, Meguiar's #9 swirl remover, wax.
At one time, I had a clear vinyl laminate ( clear bra) professionally installed on the entire front including the lights but it only lasted about 4 years.
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:41 PM   #24
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Get the xpel head light protectors applied, they work great and keep scratches form it as well.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:20 AM   #25
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That looks pretty good. I used the 3M Headlight Restoration kit and it turned out well for me aswell. Where did you buy this product?
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