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Old 05-21-2015, 04:29 PM   #26
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+1 for the 3M kit. Works great.
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:53 PM   #27
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I had never had the reason for sanding side to side explained. Good post!

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I have this problem on my stock sti lights. will the meguirs kit remove slight top yellow hazing? I waxed them and they look a lot better but i want to try and get them clear again.

When you says Mcguires kit I'm not sure which one you mean because I've seen a few lately. I believe the 3M kit, if it has sandpaper and a plastic sealer (note: not wax), will be the only kit worth buying. You won't be able to permanently fix the UV damage on your headlights without actually sanding because it is in the plastic and must be removed. Any liquid fix will not last because ultimately clarity is from substrate (be it paint or plastic) being defect free.
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:26 PM   #28
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they look great after you polished them, unfortunatly unless you clear coat them they will begin to oxidize again. i've started ussing the Meguiar's G2000 kit, this includes a can of spray sealer that will help protect the headlights.
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:01 AM   #29
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Get a headlight restoration kit Meg's etc. Do a good job………………………..THEN bring it to a collision shop and have em TROW a layer of clear-coat on em(only bring the headlight housing there). BAM!! Fresh. New. Headlights.

THE END.
I like your style!

I had a terrible set of OEM headlights on my 04 FXT recently purchased, in fact they wouldn't even inspect the car till I got them fixed so I went to town with a 3 step wetsanding-polish-clearcoat... and I F'ed up the clear coat!

Next time I will have someone else do that last step
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Old 06-05-2015, 01:11 PM   #30
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Is "TROW" a material or a process, or am I simply missing an implied letter?
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Old 06-05-2015, 02:36 PM   #31
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checked out this thread and am thinking of doing it on my '14 hatch, the lenses are already starting to haze. Is it that common for headlights to haze this quickly on subarus? my last car had no problems for until it was ten years old.
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:40 PM   #32
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checked out this thread and am thinking of doing it on my '14 hatch, the lenses are already starting to haze. Is it that common for headlights to haze this quickly on subarus? my last car had no problems for until it was ten years old.

its because DRLS
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:01 PM   #33
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Thank you for this! Worked great on my 06 WRX. I sanded and used Meguiar's and it came out MUCH better
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Old 06-10-2015, 02:46 PM   #34
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hey guys, so I work at an auto retail store. I personally prefer the 3M headlight restoration kit with the wet sand papers, that works best. BUT an odd tip to clear up the headlights is to use bug repellent, like the OFF mosquito spray during ever car wash. its not permanent, only temporary, which is why its nice to do it every wash, once a week or so
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:11 PM   #35
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What product to clear coat if your interested in Doing yourself?
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:59 PM   #36
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The safest, fastest and easiest way to maintain clear headlights is to use ALR*C a non abrasive pure liquid "Deoxidizer" you can use over and over.

You can only sand a lens so many times until it's sanded down to nothing.
Sanding is a very invasive way to clean oxidized residue from plastic and it is not a one time solution
Abrasive cleaning destroys the outer hard coat and leaves the softer more porous plastic exposed to contamination and environmental damage.

Sanding is definitely one way to clean a headlight but if you plan on keeping the car, its not a good idea, the headlights will only get worse.
As time passes they become unrepairable.
If the headlights need an abrasive cleaning due to scratches or foreign adhesion , anybodies liquid polish would better to use than sandpaper.
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Old 06-26-2015, 09:34 PM   #37
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IMO the lights look great in the second picture. The fade isn't really noticeable, and the effect isn't unpleasant at all. But definitely keep at it for the look you want.
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Old 06-30-2015, 01:35 AM   #38
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Ive tried a bunch of kits but my headlights usually fog up again about a year later. They looked great at first but then would slowly go back to what they were. New headlights are in my future.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:34 AM   #39
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Ive cleaned my headlights several times.....and they are--well one in particular....are pretty 'crazed' and I want a new set.

but I don't wanna pay $600ish for new ones.....where to get the best deal for 06 wrx headlights?
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



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Old 07-04-2015, 09:35 PM   #40
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^ plus one for arm and hammer toothpaste plus water!
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:52 AM   #41
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^ plus one for arm and hammer toothpaste plus water!

I always use toothpaste on my headlights, works well.
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Old 12-06-2015, 05:42 PM   #42
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I did the work today. I got some 1000 and 2000. Sanded with that, then used Maguiar's 105 then 205. The wetsanding definitely helped remove any fine scratches I caused while removing the covers. However, the discoloration remains.

I don't feel like they turned out as well as I would have hoped. I still feel like there are some sanding marks left over causing the clarity to be less than perfect. Not sure which step to repeat. Supposedly, the 105 can remove 1000 sanding marks.

Thanks for all the advice though!

Great post, will give this a try! Yours turned out great!
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Old 12-07-2015, 01:16 PM   #43
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Default Toothpaste??`

Does toothpaste really work?? Seems hard to believe...
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Old 04-30-2016, 05:43 PM   #44
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I do this as my side business. if you want step by step pm me i ll be glad to help you out on how to get your lights nice and clean.


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Old 04-30-2016, 05:51 PM   #45
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Old 06-01-2016, 04:35 PM   #46
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Love the headlights
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Old 06-01-2016, 09:02 PM   #47
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Is "TROW" a material or a process, or am I simply missing an implied letter?
Read the post TREE times-in-a-row.


You must be's one of thems academically inclined type fellas, huh
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Old 06-01-2016, 09:09 PM   #48
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you restore them like you would paint. wet sand with 2,000 grit if they are really bad, then buff the shine back into them. keep them waxed so they dont oxidize as quick.
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Old 06-07-2016, 08:17 AM   #49
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+1 for the 3M kit for those reading this thread still...

A bit more time consuming but the results are hard to argue with.
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Old 06-14-2016, 03:39 PM   #50
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I've used meguiars headlight restoration, a terry cloth and a lot of elbow grease. I think the results are good.
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