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Old 07-07-2016, 04:51 PM   #51
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Whenever I restore headlights, I always try to maintain a good layer of wax with UV protection on them. I like Collinite 845. It makes me sleep better at night knowing there is at least SOMETHING on them that will make the clean/unfaded look last longer.
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Old 11-03-2016, 01:06 PM   #52
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Bug spray and toothpaste do not work. Wetsand starting with 1000, 2000, 3000, then buff. Make sure to protect after to keep them from doing that again.
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Old 11-08-2016, 01:20 PM   #53
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I have used Mother's Aluminum Mag Wheel polish whenever I did my headlights. Just swirl it on, wipe it off.
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Old 11-13-2016, 09:38 PM   #54
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Just have to make sure to seal them, or they'll become opaque again in a few months.
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Old 10-16-2018, 02:56 AM   #55
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If you can get them "clear" a body shop willing to clear them (harder to find than what you think, sadly) is worth the money. I "rescued" (cosmetically the car was beat to crap and sadly, I am a sucker for a rescue…I'm on my 3rd "rescued" car) my car and the headlights are do to be refinished.

Tail lights of my FRS. Painted (some haze, and hardly clear)



And cleared by a body shop. It cost me $80 and an afternoon. Car had to sit overnight, but it was REALLY worth it. Just waiting for the "need" to pull off my front bumper to do it to the headlights of the WRX



So we’re your tailights polished, or did the shop re-clear coat them?
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:15 PM   #56
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if it's an older car, you have to wet sand and then clearcoat it with a 1k or 2k uv protective clear, otherwise the yellowness returns in a few weeks/months. With new cars just buff it, no need to wet sand.
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Old 10-16-2018, 07:59 PM   #57
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if it's an older car, you have to wet sand and then clearcoat it with a 1k or 2k uv protective clear, otherwise the yellowness returns in a few weeks/months. With new cars just buff it, no need to wet sand.
I meant for the taillights. Mine have overspray aswell. Just wet sanding and polishing would work for the taillights?
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Old 11-27-2018, 09:04 PM   #58
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Cool beans
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:19 AM   #59
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I really liked Chrisfix's youtube video about this. I don't remember all the steps he said to take but I'll post the link:
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Old 01-01-2019, 04:37 PM   #60
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I really liked Chrisfix's youtube video about this. I don't remember all the steps he said to take but I'll post the link: How to Restore Headlights PERMANENTLY - YouTube
ive heard putting on clear coat comes off after 3-6 months, is that true?
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Old 01-13-2019, 12:52 PM   #61
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Mine are a dark yellow, will wet sanding even help at this point? And id definitely coat it with some kind of protection afterwords
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Old 01-23-2019, 06:49 PM   #62
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I use big spray. Tape off around the lights, spray the light and use a microfiber towel to scrub it. After that, I use a mixture of wax and polishing compound and it has done great for me.
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:06 PM   #63
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When I restore headlights for my customers I use 4 different sandpapers depending on how yellow the lights are. To get the headlights to look brand new, it should take you at least a 1 1/2 hours to get the headlights perfect.
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