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Offline onederful100

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headlight restoration
« on: July 09, 2011, 10:15:11 PM »
this is on my mom's Mazda3.
i did the headlights over a year ago, but since it doesnt get cleaned that often, in about a year and a half it is dirty again.
a common problem.  i have used this method before with good results.
the headlights aren't too bad, but i've used it on worse ones before too.

These are the products i used:
Mark IV showroom finish detailer that i got from Pakshak.  but you can use any detailer.
Mother's chrome polish.  i've also heard of using toothpaste or regular polish.
Turtle wax liquid synthetic polish.  you can also use any wax or polish that is ok to put on glass or plastic for a protective coating.
and not pictured is a spray bottle with water and carwash soap




these are the before pics.  you can see how dingy and blurry looking it is, and the reflection is all blurry too.





first I clean with soap and water to get all the loose dirt off.
then use the Mother's chrome polish on half the headlight at a time using a circular motion until the polish starts to dry
but before it dries i remove it with the detailer
i use a small area at a time bc i like to remove the chrome polish before it dries
if it dries it is harder to take off
i had to do this process a few times bc it was dirty
i do it until i feel it is smooth and clear looking
I did this by hand using a soft towel for the polish and wipe off with microfiber but you can also use a powerball or high speed buffer for dirtier lenses
after cleaning with the chrome polish, i could see the yellow-brown dirt on the towel that came off the headlights
now i remove all the chrome polish with the detailer
next i use the turtle wax liquid synthetic polish to get a more slick finish and to get a protective barrier to shed water and dirt


this is what it looks like after.  like new!






but as long as you keep up with cleaning the headlights, there is no need to do this.


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Re: headlight restoration
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2011, 12:51:00 AM »
bürry nyce¿

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Re: headlight restoration
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2011, 08:05:22 AM »
What brah, you giving away your secrets?

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Re: headlight restoration
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2011, 08:18:18 AM »
Thank You. Would this work if my headlights are in worse shape? Very oxidized

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Re: headlight restoration
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2011, 09:49:42 AM »
I use liquid luster on the Fox lights... helps break down the long standing water spots. If thats not enough I use 0000 steel wool with the liquid luster.

Not like new but mugh better than the brown things that have been on the car for 18  years.

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Re: headlight restoration
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2011, 03:54:19 PM »
I use 3M plastic polish, but chrome polish is much less costly.

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Re: headlight restoration
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2011, 09:57:57 PM »
Oh! the 0000 Steel wool thing. Got to try that with my Braso or whatever that brass cleaner stuff is.
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Re: headlight restoration
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2011, 03:53:43 PM »
Thank You. Would this work if my headlights are in worse shape? Very oxidized

its worth a shot.
i did it on my dads old 96 Tbird that didn't clean for almost 10 years and turned out pretty good.

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Re: headlight restoration
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2011, 06:26:52 PM »
Oh! the 0000 Steel wool thing. Got to try that with my Braso or whatever that brass cleaner stuff is.

mental note... dont use the 0000 on clear lenses like the ones pictured... it works great for the oe fox lights...

just take your time... its hard water residue and cooked on road grime.

I just did the headlights on my wifes GS last night. used the meguires cleaner wax came out like new.

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Re: headlight restoration
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2011, 01:02:39 AM »
what's with these plastic lenses on all these cars?
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Re: headlight restoration
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2011, 06:21:45 AM »
what's with these plastic lenses on all these cars?

cheaper than the glass my balls are made out of.

Re: headlight restoration
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2011, 03:51:06 PM »

first I clean with soap and water to get all the loose dirt off.
then use the Mother's chrome polish on half the headlight at a time using a circular motion until the polish starts to dry
but before it dries i remove it with the detailer
i use a small area at a time bc i like to remove the chrome polish before it dries
if it dries it is harder to take off
i had to do this process a few times bc it was dirty
i do it until i feel it is smooth and clear looking
I did this by hand using a soft towel for the polish and wipe off with microfiber but you can also use a powerball or high speed buffer for dirtier lenses
after cleaning with the chrome polish, i could see the yellow-brown dirt on the towel that came off the headlights
now i remove all the chrome polish with the detailer
next i use the turtle wax liquid synthetic polish to get a more slick finish and to get a protective barrier to shed water and dirt


Nice.. I think my headlights totally need this. Awesome..they look like new. Maybe I can do this on the weekend.
« Last Edit: August 24, 2011, 02:46:20 PM by mark_andrews »

Re: headlight restoration
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2015, 11:46:11 AM »

Has any one had their S197 headlight lens look like the lens is peeling off in sections?
Is there a way of repairing it or is replacement the only answer.

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Re: headlight restoration
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2015, 12:46:10 PM »
Once it starts to peel, it keeps on going.  Check out CJ Pony Parts which is where I got my housings, comes with bulbs, just plug and play.

www.cjponyparts.com
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Re: headlight restoration
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2017, 12:00:06 AM »
I have never found the restoration to last...good for a quick fix, i would just replace if it keeper

 

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