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Old 09-17-2013, 06:57 AM   #6251
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Yeah they stake that out a couple times q year. I make sure i slow down through there. Usually bike cops sit way back between the bowling alley and the elks/moose whatever that place was.

No real chance of seeing them, its a straight ambush
Damn right, was a pittsburgh motorcycle cop. I got off pretty easy considering i was going 55.
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:03 PM   #6252
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Anyone selling a decent condition GC that runs ok? Sister needs a car - its her first car. Dont care about mileage, doesnt have to be manual or auto, either is fine. So long as it runs and is cheap, let me know. looking to buy between now and october.
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:01 PM   #6253
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Has anyone here used a plastic headlight restoration kit? I used a meguiar's kit on my wife's corolla and it worked great but after only a few weeks its tinting yellow again. I had used some 3M plastic polish and a buff-ball on my saabaru with pretty similar results.

Is there a good clear coating I can put on after the polishing that will make it last longer or prevent the hazing? I've seen some kits that have an after-coating but have no idea what it is or how to get that separately. Obviously, I used regular car wax and that's not enough. Or do I just polish the lights every 3-6 months or so until I wear holes in them?

I think they are like 40 bucks at rock auto so that's another option I guess. But that solution isn't going to be so pretty when it's the V's turn after a few pittsburgh winters.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:10 PM   #6254
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Has anyone here used a plastic headlight restoration kit? I used a meguiar's kit on my wife's corolla and it worked great but after only a few weeks its tinting yellow again. I had used some 3M plastic polish and a buff-ball on my saabaru with pretty similar results.

Is there a good clear coating I can put on after the polishing that will make it last longer or prevent the hazing? I've seen some kits that have an after-coating but have no idea what it is or how to get that separately. Obviously, I used regular car wax and that's not enough. Or do I just polish the lights every 3-6 months or so until I wear holes in them?

I think they are like 40 bucks at rock auto so that's another option I guess. But that solution isn't going to be so pretty when it's the V's turn after a few pittsburgh winters.
I have used the 3m one, i did cousin kennys last year, and once this year. It held up good for about that long. It came with some kind of wax. I did both of mine with it also, but they are in my trunk

Jason and I had this conversation at the last meet, and we both agreed an automotive clear coat after sanding works best. That is what the oem lights have on them, it has a uv inhibitor, which is why they last longer than the wax.

I found a two part rattle can (2k clearcoat) on eastwoods website, i think it had uv inhibitor, i havent been able to try it. If you google the 2k clearcoat spray can i think it will pop up.

http://www.eastwood.com/spray-max-2k...ontent_reviews

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Old 09-17-2013, 09:29 PM   #6255
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I have used the 3m one, i did cousin kennys last year, and once this year. It held up good for about that long. It came with some kind of wax. I did both of mine with it also, but they are in my trunk

Jason and I had this conversation at the last meet, and we both agreed an automotive clear coat after sanding works best. That is what the oem lights have on them, it has a uv inhibitor, which is why they last longer than the wax.

I found a two part rattle can (2k clearcoat) on eastwoods website, i think it had uv inhibitor, i havent been able to try it. If you google the 2k clearcoat spray can i think it will pop up.

http://www.eastwood.com/spray-max-2k...ontent_reviews
Hmm. I have a clearcoat since we're gonna paintscratch fix her bumpers. That's really what they come with?

Eastwood is good stuff too. Thanks.

Anyone else have input?
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:37 PM   #6256
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Hmm. I have a clearcoat since we're gonna paintscratch fix her bumpers. That's really what they come with? Eastwood is good stuff too. Thanks. Anyone else have input?
I've been using UPOL clear #1 recently. Super nice clear coat from an aerosol. Little pricey at $21 a can though
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:38 PM   #6257
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Im not 100% but i know it peels off in spots and rocks chip it off. Its some kind of paint, and i know jason said he has used automotive clear on lights.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:05 PM   #6258
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Im not 100% but i know it peels off in spots and rocks chip it off. Its some kind of paint, and i know jason said he has used automotive clear on lights.
Probably like anything, it's all in the prep. I'm not sure any aerosol is going to dry and harden like a real automotive coating though. I think the paintscratch clear is really expensive too. I got bumper stuff though, I know the primer and paint are for soft plastic painting. I wonder which is better to clear a headlight - Metal clear or flexible bumper clear?
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:09 PM   #6259
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I was hoping there was something like a wipe-on chemical hardener for a smooth sanded plastic surface. Like a real product. Something would have to work. Unless they really just hit it with clearcoat.

Seems to me that there has to be a caustic materials-based chemical solution beyond the obvious. What the hell do chemical engineers do anyway? Gotta be up to something.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:32 PM   #6260
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I was hoping there was something like a wipe-on chemical hardener for a smooth sanded plastic surface. Like a real product. Something would have to work. Unless they really just hit it with clearcoat.

Seems to me that there has to be a caustic materials-based chemical solution beyond the obvious. What the hell do chemical engineers do anyway? Gotta be up to something.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:47 PM   #6261
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:21 AM   #6262
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:18 AM   #6263
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really? I did one off and one on on by bugeye and it was so much easier on the car because the car did a great job of holding it stead against semi hard pressure from the drill. The only scary thing is getting near the edges, even taped off it was a bit uneasy.
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:01 AM   #6264
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Your best bet if painting them is to use a 2 part urethane clear. A 2 part clear is activated by a catalyst, where an aerosol is not actually activated to harden but only air dry. I have done many headlights including my saabaru by wet sanding with 800, 1200, 2000 then buffing. Using a compound, then glaze with a high speed buffer. This gets them like new but will eventually fade in about 8-12 months. I simply hit them with a buffer again to rejuvenate them....I tape them off to protect the hood/bumper/fenders from burning any edges with the buffer.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:07 PM   #6265
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Looks perfect. 60 bux for 20 headlights isn't terrible but I'd like enough for 5 headlights for 20 bucks lol. 60 would be worth it for my car but not the wife's ha.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:55 PM   #6266
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really? I did one off and one on on by bugeye and it was so much easier on the car because the car did a great job of holding it stead against semi hard pressure from the drill. The only scary thing is getting near the edges, even taped off it was a bit uneasy.
Your mom did a great job of holding it steady against semi hard pressure...

Bugeye doesnt have the highbeam bump of the peanut. Since i have done it on and off, i prefer it off.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:23 PM   #6267
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Looks perfect. 60 bux for 20 headlights isn't terrible but I'd like enough for 5 headlights for 20 bucks lol. 60 would be worth it for my car but not the wife's ha.
Can you just cover it in some Xpel clear bra stuff? It should help w/ the oxidation and the chipping as well. You can probably get something pre-cut.

edit, oh forgot that this was for the corolla.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:35 PM   #6268
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Can you just cover it in some Xpel clear bra stuff? It should help w/ the oxidation and the chipping as well. You can probably get something pre-cut.

edit, oh forgot that this was for the corolla.
Not sure what that stuff is made of or how it handles heat. I did yellow vinyl overlays on the saabaru fogs and they turned brown and got brittle and would never come off. Any overlay I fear would end up worse and harder to correct than just re-buffing the headlight every 6 months
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:16 PM   #6269
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Anyone selling a decent condition GC that runs ok? Sister needs a car - its her first car. Dont care about mileage, doesnt have to be manual or auto, either is fine. So long as it runs and is cheap, let me know. looking to buy between now and october.
Saw a really nice looking 99 Impreza 4 door for sale on a used car lot in Mt. Pleasant the other day. No picture in the listing, but the car looked to be in excellent condition driving by quickly.

Priced at $4,500 I'm pretty sure.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:19 PM   #6270
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Anybody know whose this is?
Autotrader - 2004 STi, 7,500 mi, $25k
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:07 PM   #6271
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They took it down fast.
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:15 PM   #6272
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:24 PM   #6273
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Looks like it's still up to me.
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:45 PM   #6274
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Looks like it's still up to me.
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Old 09-20-2013, 04:31 PM   #6275
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