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Old 05-25-2012, 12:57 AM   #1
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Best Headlight Restoration Kit????

My fog lights need a little work, I was browsing the headlight restoration kits, but before dropping my money on one of them I figured I'd ask which ones people have used, liked the best, and worked the best? My store had Mothers, Meguires, 3M, Turtle Wax, to name a few. Some were just a ball And compound, others had some various sanding grits included. Also, my hella headlight lenses are pitted, they're glass though, would any of these work on them too, or no?

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I've used the Meguires kit before. My local auto parts store had it on sell for less than 20 bucks. Worked great though my lights were so far gone that I ended up just buying new ones.
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I would recommend not buying a kit and rather just buying some Megs Ultimate Compound and Ultimate Polish and then go for it. You get much more product for your $$.
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dont forget you NEED to re-coat the lights after doing ANY kind of polishing to them. The coating on them have already been removed, you can correct the lenses, but in doing so, open them up to UV damage within months.

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I would recommend not buying a kit and rather just buying some Megs Ultimate Compound and Ultimate Polish and then go for it. You get much more product for your $$.


Posted via FF Mobile Well I have ultimate compound and wax, can I just use those?
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That's pretty much what's gonna be in a kit. Maybe some sandpaper.
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I just did mine again, I had used the 3M kit (where you sand the protective coating off) and they have been getting worse and worse ever since, 8 months later and I can hardly get any light out of them. This time I used 800 grit wet/dry, then 1500 grit, polished with toothpaste and then sealed (and UV protected) by mixing 1:1 spar urethane and mineral spirits. All by hand, no power tools, and they look brand new. I know of a bunch of people who used this method and they are still like new after two years. I can put up pictures if anyone is interested.
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Before


After 600 grit hand sanding


After 1500 grit hand sanding


After toothpaste hand polishing


After 1:1 urethane to mineral spirit treatment
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Wow! What a result!
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I just did mine again, I had used the 3M kit (where you sand the protective coating off) and they have been getting worse and worse ever since, 8 months later and I can hardly get any light out of them. This time I used 800 grit wet/dry, then 1500 grit, polished with toothpaste and then sealed (and UV protected) by mixing 1:1 spar urethane and mineral spirits. All by hand, no power tools, and they look brand new. I know of a bunch of people who used this method and they are still like new after two years. I can put up pictures if anyone is interested.
when you say urethane here....do you mean using clearcoat mixed with mineral spirits to coat the lens?
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