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Old 06-26-2010, 12:44 PM   #1
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Thumbs up head light restore-turtle wax- My rating

okay so i had some ...very poo looking yellowish tint head lights...so what i did
was went down to the auto store....and i looked at the head light restoration kits they had.....i saw the normal white cleaning compound that every one usually gets. because its only about 4-5 dollars....

but this time i tried turtle waxs kit....which was about 8 dollars after tax...and it came with 2 bottles of stuff one a cleaning agent the other a cleaning/lube...and 3 pads...and a final protect wipe....

at first after doing all the steps...i noticed a great deal of difference but was still hesitant....but after i finished this is the end product....my wife came out and was like...geez this car looks brand new....

here is the end product and the head light restoration kit.....i give it a A+....but how long will it stay clear for.....ill update every couple of weeks to a month and let people know until the affects start to disappear



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Old 06-26-2010, 01:17 PM   #2
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They look good but.......

No before shots??
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Old 06-26-2010, 01:23 PM   #3
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They look good but.......

No before shots??

yah i forgot...but they where no were near as clear as they r now
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Old 06-26-2010, 06:33 PM   #4
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The fading yellowness will come back if you don't seal your headlights with a UV protectant of some sort like a spray can clearcoat.
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Old 06-26-2010, 06:58 PM   #5
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I bought one today and did the restoring process and found this thread. Not hijacking your thread but I happen to have a before and after pic for those that want proof of effectiveness.

Before


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Old 06-26-2010, 08:04 PM   #6
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[quote=SilverBOXER4;31153625]I bought one today and did the restoring process and found this thread. Not hijacking your thread but I happen to have a before and after pic for those that want proof of effectiveness.

nice brotha man
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Old 06-26-2010, 09:56 PM   #7
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The fading yellowness will come back if you don't seal your headlights with a UV protectant of some sort like a spray can clearcoat.
^This

I would treat your lights like your finish. Don't just polish it, protect it....
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Old 06-26-2010, 11:21 PM   #8
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i concur. I have used the same product, which works great, but my headlights yellow up again relatively quick.
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Old 06-27-2010, 12:18 AM   #9
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yeah it works for a week or so
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Old 06-27-2010, 12:06 PM   #10
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^This

I would treat your lights like your finish. Don't just polish it, protect it....
I used a protecting sealant wipe that came with the kit so hopefully it'll help from yellowing again.
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Old 06-30-2010, 06:12 PM   #11
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Almost looks like two different cars...04 and 05 by the inside trim of the headlight, and the color. No doubting that it works, just does more than the box promises apparently haha

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Old 07-01-2010, 12:36 AM   #12
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there are many products available for this purpose. i found the best to be just good ol rubbing compound, plastx, then some wax
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:52 AM   #13
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update this product is not to great

2nd wash the scratches reappeared.....and the clarifying protective compound ...does not cure right in humid weather
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:06 PM   #14
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update this product is not to great

2nd wash the scratches reappeared.....and the clarifying protective compound ...does not cure right in humid weather
I know this post is fairly old but I am in the same situation and looking for a kit to clean my headlights on my Sti. Would u recommend the Turtle Wax kit?? Or is there another kit that you've used that works better??
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:50 PM   #15
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use mothers plastic polish...no joke it works ten times better than this kit...after a couple weeks it was crap...

the plastic polish is great if you dont get your head lights clear do another application trust me.
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:05 PM   #16
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Thnx Subey. I bought the Turtles kit yest but I'll take it back and get the Mother's. I guess u get wht u pay for right. The Mothers is 20-25 and the Turtles is 9 bucs. Haha
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:26 PM   #17
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no the mothers is a polish not a kit and should look like this

http://www.mothers.com/02_products/06208.html

small red bottle should cost around 10 bucks...


the step light restore with the sanding and stuff is a pain and you will have to re-do every month or so....example i did everything to the tee on the turtle wax and first time the seal wipe did not dry due to the weather...i then tried again and it did not last more than a week due to poor quality stuff.....and those restore kits basically ruin your light buy lightly sanding them...


the plastic polish removes fil and oxidation and is easy just takes some elbow grease.
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:18 AM   #18
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IME removding oxidation in its entirety especially heavy oxidation is not possible with a "plastic polish". It is necessary to actually remove material from the headlights surface to get down to clean plastic. At which point you will stage down to less aggressive methods until clarity is achieved.

Alot of these kits are put together so a consumer doesn't have to source all the different items and methods for correcting plastic oxidation. As for my opinion on kits, I believe 3m and Meguiars (heavy duty) make the most efficient groupings of products. Megiuars heavy duty being my personal favorite.

With that being said lezbaru did a great write up on headlight restoration which was very extensive. And i believe that everyone considering taking this on should read it. In order to do anything correctly I think you need to first understand where it came from and how it works.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:57 AM   #19
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the plastic polish removes fil and oxidation and is easy just takes some elbow grease.
How long has it lasted on average?
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:06 PM   #20
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I've used 3M brand marine products, purchased at West Marine, to clean and polish headlight covers, with great results. Their stuff really is for harsh elements, and not just labelled marine. Then I do frequent coating/polishing with Plexus. Works for me.
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:22 PM   #21
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How long has it lasted on average?

for me about a mmonth-2 months depending on the weather... im in very harsh weather during the summer and semi harsh weather in the winter

as long as you do it right the first time it only take me say 10 min max every month or two i decide to polish them up.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:35 AM   #22
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Used the polish, turned out phenomenal.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:40 AM   #23
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I have the same problem, I will try that out
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3m headlight restoration kit. /end thread
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^3M is not the only headlight restore kit out there.




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