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Old 08-19-2008, 05:31 PM   #1
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DIY: clear your cloudy headlights

I don't know if someone has already made a thread of this or if this is even in the right section, but here is a DIY on how to clear your clouded plastic headlights. I cleaned up my headlights and the headlights on my mom's TL. I only took pics of the TL's step by step process. This process took me about an hour.

What you need:
masking tape
small bucket of water
600 grit wet sandpaper
1000 grit wet sandpaper
2000 grit wet sandpaper
PlastX plastic polish
microfiber cloth
carnauba wax

1. Tape off section around headlights with masking tape so you don't scratch the paint. Here's what the headlights looked like before.




2. Soak the 600 grit sandpaper in water and wet sand each headlight for about 5 min or so. I sanded diagonal both ways, vertical, and horizontal. They will look really cloudy once you dry them, but thats okay. Here's what mine looked like after sanding.




3. Repeat the wet sanding with 1000 grit. Here's what it will look like after. A little clearer than before.




4. Repeat the wet sanding with 2000 grit.




5. Headlights will be cloudy still, but now you're ready to make them shine. Use the microfiber cloth to apply the PlastX. Apply a few coats, using circular motions to work it in. Here's what it will look like after.




6. Headlights will be all shiny now. It should be a world of difference. Apply a coat of wax to protect them and you're all set. Here's the final product:





And here a few quick shots of my headlights.



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Old 08-19-2008, 05:38 PM   #2
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good diy im gonna be doing this soon
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:11 PM   #3
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Good DIY,
clearcoat also works.....
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Old 09-01-2008, 03:54 PM   #4
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this turned out great like 2 days ago on my headlights
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:49 PM   #5
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I also have had like new results from this. I never used the plastix stuff tho, just wax. Gotta try it that was next time!
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:51 PM   #6
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there is already a thread for this...

2k grit + clear = better
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:57 PM   #7
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thats one way to do it, i just took mine off, wet sanded them, then spayed a clear coat on them.
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:01 PM   #8
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Old 09-05-2008, 11:31 PM   #9
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nice write up...and to all others links to other writes up like this
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Old 09-06-2008, 01:10 AM   #10
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Old 09-06-2008, 08:57 PM   #11
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:06 PM   #12
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good dyi.. i use to do a high speed buffer and sum 3m perfect-it 2 rubbing compound. worked good, but tried sanding it annnd then buffing it now it looks new!
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:11 PM   #13
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Well done. I've done like 5 sets of lights like this and they all come out near new lookin.
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Old 09-08-2008, 12:17 PM   #15
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Here are my results. I used some fine grit sand paper and plastic polish. The buffed it with one of those buffing balls from autozone. It woks amazing! It went so quick I was looking for other cars to do it too afterwards!






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Old 09-28-2008, 06:34 PM   #16
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:32 PM   #17
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:58 PM   #18
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I gata try, Thnx for this info!
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:22 AM   #19
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AWESOME DIY! motivated me to do mine this past weekend. =D finally got some time to post pics up.

Last edited by MackDs160; 04-28-2009 at 10:33 AM.. Reason: "database error"- cant post pics (total B.S.)
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Old 08-30-2009, 03:39 PM   #21
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