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Old 12-22-2008, 02:31 PM   #1
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Headlight Restoration w/pics!

OK, everyone has their own way of restoring headlights to their brand new state or condition. I prefer it my way because it's proven to last longer than the off the counter stuff you would buy at your local auto parts store. I have done a few of some of you guys headlights on here and they seem to last and look great!

::DISCLAIMER:: I am not responsibly for any damages to your headlights, this guide is only here to help you. If done correctly you should not have any problems.

Here are the items you will need:

Sandpaper 1000,1500,2000 Some of you will notice that sometimes using anything smaller than 1000 grit will leave big scratches in your headlights causing you to do more work to smooth them out. But if your headlights are extremely hazy you might want to try a smaller grit.

High speed buffer shown in the pictures below is a Dewalt high speed buffer Part number DW849.

Wool Cutting pad

Soft Foam Pad

Heavy duty or Medium cutting compound

Swirl remover or Polish

Spray Bottle filled with Water



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Here's what we are dealing with..

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Now what you want to do is start wet sanding the headlights, don't be scared it will look worst before it gets better, After wet sanding you will probably get the same results but you will notice that it's a lot smoother.... like a baby's butt. You would want to start with a 1000 grit then move your way up.
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After you finish wet sanding to where your headlights are extremely smooth, Pick up the High speed buffer and attach the wool cutting pad to it. Now you want to grab that heavy Duty cutting compound and put some of it on the headlights. Before you start buffing....it's going to get real messy, so you would want to spread the compound around with a towel so it's evenly applied.

Now you can get your buff on. I have my settings set to 1800 rpm, it's plenty of speed to fix these headlights.

After this process you would notice that it's clear, your not done yet...
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Notice the differece between the two, good job!
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Next you take the cutting pad off the buffer and place a foam polishing pad on, This time your going to buff with the polishing compound. This process gives a very nice shine to them. I have my settings to 2200 rpm at this point.
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To help maintain the headlights and keep them new, I recommend putting some wax on them now and again. Thanks all, hope this helps. Feel free to ask questions.
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Old 12-22-2008, 03:57 PM   #2
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that shit is pussy, my before and afters were way better! shits an 08 civic! course they are gonna be fresh... got to be kidding me.

my shit had deep scratches and shit... way to buff bnib headlights lame!
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Old 12-22-2008, 04:24 PM   #3
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Old 12-22-2008, 04:27 PM   #4
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there is like 5 threads on this... god damn
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Old 12-22-2008, 04:36 PM   #5
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that shit is pussy, my before and afters were way better! shits an 08 civic! course they are gonna be fresh... got to be kidding me.

my shit had deep scratches and shit... way to buff bnib headlights lame!
fuk u asshole, its an 08 civic but they tend to haze like crazy, ask ur boi smoot. And If i recalled... i buff ur ctr lights bitch.
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Old 12-22-2008, 04:45 PM   #6
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yea the 99-00 ones that b unit now proudly owns...

how you gonna hate on this




<--- the real headlight king
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cant really say that i can hate on it... looks damn good
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nice step ....will try my later today....
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:11 PM   #9
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yea the 99-00 ones that b unit now proudly owns...

how you gonna hate on this




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u did better job then micheal jordan shoot hoop
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:49 PM   #10
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Looks like my write up. Good pics though.
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:20 AM   #11
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yea the 99-00 ones that b unit now proudly owns...

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wow u did the exact same thing he did...just a little more sanding...i bow to you headlight king
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good write up yo. i keep mine clean by waxin them everyday
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Old 01-01-2009, 10:12 AM   #13
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if you have water in your headlight is it pretty much f'd?
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if you have water in your headlight is it pretty much f'd?
pretty much, i would try to use like a air gun hooked up to a compressor and try to get as much of it out as i can.
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pretty much, i would try to use like a air gun hooked up to a compressor and try to get as much of it out as i can.
this is good advice also throw in a silica pad
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good write up yo. i keep mine clean by waxin them everyday
You must have alot of free time and add to the decay of society.


















































haha jk
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^ coming from a guy with a donkey as a avatar....
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^ it's pedo bear dumb fuck get it right!! GOSH!
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^ it's pedo bear dumb fuck get it right!! GOSH!
are you talking to yourself?
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lol wah happon?! i was talking to chase aka donki punch but i guess he got deleted and banned again LMAO!
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Here is some samples of what we do....

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and its only 20 bucks extra if your getting one of our details....
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^ how about buffing that oxidation out of the roof and we'll talk
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^ if its heavily oxidized will it buff out? or will it need repainting?
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You cant fix oxidation....
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^ if its heavily oxidized will it buff out? or will it need repainting?
It will not buff out if its oxidized that means the clearcoat is gone so there is nothing there to buff. The only thing i was trying to show with the pics is the headlight restoration that we do....
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lol just saw this...
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that shit is pussy, my before and afters were way better! shits an 08 civic! course they are gonna be fresh... got to be kidding me.

my shit had deep scratches and shit... way to buff bnib headlights lame!
r u fuckin joking me? its head lights. u followed a method that was put down way before u were even playin in ur daddys ball sack. grow the fuck up u didnt do anything cool. so wut if u had deep scratches. that just means that u had to sand more. the method did not chance between u 2. wow and ppl say im a dick. at least i talk shit about 1. things that matter 2.things that r funny as shit
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How much would u charge to do my headlights? 98 civic
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