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Old 08-31-2011, 01:55 PM   #1
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Hey, so i've been curious for a while how / what is a good way to make thos seasoned out dull ass yellow headlights nice and sexy again?..
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:08 PM   #2
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There's several things you can do. Whether or not it will achieve exactly what you're after is another story.
1. Buy a headlight lens restore kit from your local auto parts store. (Not going to produce great results but it will be better)
2. Wetsand/polish (there are threads on how to do this)
3. Buy new headlights
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:00 PM   #3
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i wasnt going to respond to this because there are 11ty billion threads/posts on how to do this but its very simple.

1) rubbing compound and a towel
2) plastic-x
3) wax/clear coat/ or lens sealer

have fun and enjoy.
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:54 PM   #4
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Yeah, kinda figured there was many posts like this one. but hell I didn't really want to search for it thanks anyway fellaz... lots of luv
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Old 09-03-2011, 09:08 AM   #5
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I've used the Crystal View kit on several cars and it's the best one I've seen as it has a sealant that goes on after you sand the headlights.
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Old 09-03-2011, 06:24 PM   #6
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I found that using a high grit sand paper then follow it with the plastix stuff they turn out real well.
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:25 PM   #7
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Make sure you seal it with something wax, clear coat, sealant etc or it will just happen again.

I personally wet sanded mine and then just polished and waxed them have been good for 3 or 4 months now.
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:51 PM   #8
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^ None of these.

1) 3m restore kit.

2) Laminx covers

3) no more work after that
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:43 PM   #9
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^I used the 3m kit and it worked great, but I found installing the laminx on the headlights quite difficult so I didn't even put them on, cause now they are damn cloudy
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Old 09-04-2011, 03:24 PM   #10
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Lamin-x fails over time and fades, scratches etc, but so does everything on a car.
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Old 09-04-2011, 04:58 PM   #11
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Use 1800 sand paper and compound on a buffer and come out looking new
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:09 AM   #12
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^I used the 3m kit and it worked great, but I found installing the laminx on the headlights quite difficult so I didn't even put them on, cause now they are damn cloudy
Correct. But if you use a heat gun and stretch it over the light, it works better. Watch the vids they offer. Then add twice as many problems they show Install them once and leave them on . Let them bake in the summer sun for 3 days before you see real results.

Yes it may have wear and tear like anything on a car. So it may require replacement every so often. Also they likely wont hold up to baking the headlight according to Laminx.

Yet this is still the best option I have sceen as of yet. Better then any quote UV coating. Better then restoring consistently. I have read up on all of these options. None of the other options looked like they would hold up for very long or look as good.

I only state what I found works. As I have tried other OTC auto parts options with poor results. It's your choice what you do.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:26 PM   #13
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i wasnt going to respond to this because there are 11ty billion threads/posts on how to do this but its very simple.

1) rubbing compound and a towel
2) plastic-x
3) wax/clear coat/ or lens sealer

have fun and enjoy.
this!
sanding is usually not needed. try this first, cause it works great~
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Old 09-07-2011, 04:04 PM   #14
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Lamin-x fails over time and fades, scratches etc, but so does everything on a car.
....the difference with films is that they are typically replaceable. I have XPel lens protectors on my Challenger. .....I only wish I would have installed on them on the Forester.
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:04 PM   #15
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mine is 3m restore system and (2) coats of UV-body clear.

clearing the lenses next weekend after I grey out the internals and remove the oranges

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Old 09-10-2011, 12:07 AM   #16
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mine is 3m restore system and (2) coats of UV-body clear.

clearing the lenses next weekend after I grey out the internals and remove the oranges

Rob
Removing the oranges on an 04 WRB looks soooo good on that model, because your headlights have a chrome finish, apposed to an 05 has like a gunmetal color. Your going to be happy.
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:10 AM   #17
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yeah funny you say that... I have a "wink" going on... I have one (left) chrome and one (right) gunmetal right now after the accident... so they are both going custom gunmetal to match the wheels... Besides the fact that both clear lenses are hazed beyond Jimmy Hnedrix level... lol

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Old 09-10-2011, 01:36 AM   #18
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yeah funny you say that... I have a "wink" going on... I have one (left) chrome and one (right) gunmetal right now after the accident... so they are both going custom gunmetal to match the wheels... Besides the fact that both clear lenses are hazed beyond Jimmy Hnedrix level... lol

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Oh man I'm sorry to hear that. The accident and your foggy lights, I've tried a bunch of things to clear mine. They've gotten better but i can't get them to look like new. But I've always wanted 04 lights, i like the chrome.
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:39 PM   #19
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Don't waste your money on those "lens restoration kits". They only fix the problem temporarily. Use a 2000 grade wet sand, Get some number 1 rubbing compound, a wool pad and a buffer. Just make sure you tape off the paint around the lense first, you don't want to burn your paint job in the process.
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:08 PM   #20
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1000 grit wetsand. Get out all the yellow-do not polish. Mix a 50/50 solution of mineral spirits and clear gloss minwax helmsman spar urethane and apply with a sponge brush or clean lint free rag. the minwax has a UV protectant that will keep the lenses looking great much longer than waxing.
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:16 PM   #21
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Some "lens restoration kits" come with all the things you need to restore a headlight lens. Check out the Mother's headlight restoration kit. It comes with sandpaper, polishing compound, microfiber towel and a polishing "powerpall" that you insert in the end of a drill. Its gonna be a lot easier to buy a kit with all the necessary supplies than using a buffer.


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Don't waste your money on those "lens restoration kits". They only fix the problem temporarily. Use a 2000 grade wet sand, Get some number 1 rubbing compound, a wool pad and a buffer. Just make sure you tape off the paint around the lense first, you don't want to burn your paint job in the process.
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I just got done using the Turtle Wax headlight restoration kit and I'm completely satisfied with this stuff. It came with rubbing compound and 4 different grits of paper for wetsanding. They came out really good.
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:01 AM   #23
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I've used the Crystal View kit on several cars and it's the best one I've seen as it has a sealant that goes on after you sand the headlights.
Where did you pick it up at?
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:20 AM   #24
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Don't waste your money on those "lens restoration kits". They only fix the problem temporarily. Use a 2000 grade wet sand, Get some number 1 rubbing compound, a wool pad and a buffer. Just make sure you tape off the paint around the lense first, you don't want to burn your paint job in the process.
^this. My version is almost the same. 2500 grit wet sand, then pinnacle swirl remover (probably really similar to number 1) with the porter cable buffer. I followed up with 3 coats of Rustoleum Crystal Clear coat then more 2500 grit to get the orange peel out, then more polishing on the clear paint. It came out really good.
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:44 AM   #25
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I used the Turtle Wax Rubbing compound with a towel, It helped somewhat didn't completely get rid of the yellow haze. Anything else you should use with it to get it haze free?
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