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Old 09-19-2010, 07:44 PM   #1
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Ok I tried everything to clean my headlights, every type of polish I could find because I was a little put off about the resurfacing kits. Well I broke down about a year ago and it worked great. Well last week I went through the hands free brushless car washes. Well it jacked my lights so i did it again and here is the progress. Its a little messy but nothing a HOME CAR WASH cant fix. You just need 3m headlight kit your favorite frosty beverage a drill and some groovy tunes

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Old 09-19-2010, 08:04 PM   #2
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Those kits do amazing work, how long did you spend per side?
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:06 PM   #3
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Probably 20-30 min. Last time I did it I noticed little scratches I didnt buff out so I took a little extra time today.

It dosnt say it but it seems to work better if you wet sand the first 3 steps. If you dont you will melt the lense and leave little yellow stripes all over
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:28 PM   #4
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If you use the 3M kit, it tells you to wetsand.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:04 PM   #5
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The fading will be back in 3 months time unless you keep a sealant on it or just spray it with a rattle can clear coat. It's fading because the UV protectant layer has worn away from the sun beating down on it over the years.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:18 PM   #6
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The fading will be back in 3 months time unless you keep a sealant on it or just spray it with a rattle can clear coat. It's fading because the UV protectant layer has worn away from the sun beating down on it over the years.
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That UV protection is gone after that resto-kit..
They'll fade out in a few months if you don't clear the.
TRUST ME on this one, haha.
Prep them with some denatured alk, throw on 3-4 coats of clear, quick polish/buff/wax and you're set.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:36 PM   #7
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The fading will be back in 3 months time unless you keep a sealant on it or just spray it with a rattle can clear coat. It's fading because the UV protectant layer has worn away from the sun beating down on it over the years.
Do this! It will save you money and time.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:38 PM   #8
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Buying one of these tonight
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:51 PM   #9
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I've had great results with that 3M headlight kit. I did my mother in law's 04 when I was home on leave and people were asking if she got new headlights. OP headlights look great!
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:10 PM   #10
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wow that looks great, if this was a commercial i would say bUlll ****
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:13 PM   #11
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yeppers wet sanding, polishing, seal and polish again.....and call it a day
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Old 09-24-2010, 04:14 PM   #12
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Fire Fighter driving a red car JK. It looks like your headlights turned out pretty well. I used the 3M kit on my 03 SE-R Spec V and just the other day on my mothers 05 Altima. My Spec V at 6yrs wasn't as bad as the Altima now closing in on 6 years. They were both kept in the same environment which I found a bit strange. I was more impressed with the results of my Spec V than the Altima but that was probably due to more oxidation being present on the Altima, but the kit still worked very well. I was also a bit more punishing on my vehicle since it was mine, probably could have been a little bit less conservative with the Altima. I never clear coated my SE-R and probably won't on the Altima either but if it doesn't last I will next time. I just continued to throw on a little PlastX with the foam compounding pad that came with my 3M kit. I traded the SE-R in on the STi later but it made it through quite a few months including last winter months without much change that I could notice anyway.

BTW - Seth is right. The 3M kit does not tell you to wet sand until you get to the gray foam sanding pad. I was considering wet sanding this time...but again wasn't may car didn't want to experiment on someone elses...maybe I will try next time.
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Old 09-24-2010, 04:44 PM   #13
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Yeah wet sanding made it alot easier otherwise the sandpaper gets hot and melts those little yellow streaks on there. It wasnt time that made them yellow it was that damn hi pressure car wash. I should have gotten better pics you can see where the jets sprayed across it but I do imagine if they were sealed it wouldnt have happened. But thanks on the coating them I will do it this weekend.

Gixhost not only was I a firefighter in Ga we got to use out cars to respond when we got toned out so it was an Ellerslie emergency vehical. Lights, sirens the whole bit. I love my little fire engine lol
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Old 09-25-2010, 06:28 PM   #14
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Yeah wet sanding made it alot easier otherwise the sandpaper gets hot and melts those little yellow streaks on there. It wasnt time that made them yellow it was that damn hi pressure car wash. I should have gotten better pics you can see where the jets sprayed across it but I do imagine if they were sealed it wouldnt have happened. But thanks on the coating them I will do it this weekend.

Gixhost not only was I a firefighter in Ga we got to use out cars to respond when we got toned out so it was an Ellerslie emergency vehical. Lights, sirens the whole bit. I love my little fire engine lol
That is awesome. Do you have any pics with the lights installed. What made you leave Fire scene?
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Old 09-26-2010, 12:11 AM   #15
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sanding is overkill. 3m is a sandpaper company... big surprise they want you to use their sandpaper. some rubbing compound would have done well. keep that in mind when it starts to fade in few months
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:14 AM   #16
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nice results...
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:08 PM   #17
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i did the same thing this past weekend, my lights weren't as bad as yours but still needed it and i was pleased with the results. i just have a few marks from rock chips, the kit works rather well for the price.
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Old 10-01-2010, 01:05 PM   #18
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put some protective shield on it like clear bra type products. I did it to mine and they still look new. I've never polished them or anything.
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Old 10-02-2010, 01:36 PM   #19
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So my friend did mine a year or so ago. And he sanded them
and put a clear on them. So know the headlight still look good,
except the fact that the clear is pealing off. What grit sandpaper
should I use to take it off? And redo the process.
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Old 10-02-2010, 01:52 PM   #20
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sanding is overkill. 3m is a sandpaper company... big surprise they want you to use their sandpaper. some rubbing compound would have done well. keep that in mind when it starts to fade in few months

Wrong. Sanding is often essential to fixing the lights. Thats the only way to get off some of the thick layers of oxidation and fading
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Old 10-02-2010, 03:22 PM   #21
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^^^yup
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Old 10-02-2010, 03:56 PM   #22
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One more note, make sure you tape off really good and watch it the whole time your doing this. I taped off fairly well, but i accidentally went off the light with the drill a couple times and it tore the tape off and sanded my bumper before I even had time to react. It didn't go all the way through the paint, it's fixable, just added more stuff to fix. And I'll have to agree with clear coating them afterward, I didn't and mine started to fade after about 3-4 months.
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:15 AM   #23
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What is a good number of clearcoats to put on the lens? 3-4? I need to do this to my IS300.
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:54 PM   #24
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*little side note..if you have time to do so* It is possible to take your headlights out with out taking your front bumper completely off......will have to remove some of the clips that hold the bumper down
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sanding is overkill. 3m is a sandpaper company... big surprise they want you to use their sandpaper. some rubbing compound would have done well. keep that in mind when it starts to fade in few months

3M Company (NYSE: MMM), formerly known as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, is an American multinational conglomerate corporation based in Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul.
With over 76,000 employees, they produce over 55,000 products, including: adhesives, abrasives, laminates, passive fire protection, dental products, electronic materials, electronic circuits and optical films.[6] 3M has operations in more than 60 countries 29 international companies with manufacturing operations, and 35 with laboratories. 3M products are available for purchase through distributors and retailers in more than 200 countries, and many 3M products are available online directly from the company.



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