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headlight restoration?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by azman, May 17, 2013.

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    [May 17, 2013]
    hi, i recently decided i would ugrade from the standard pre facelift headlights to the more modern looking facelift ones.
    i purchased a pair from ebay from a lad in bradford called gaz for 140,
    they looked in ok condition and had "fly eye" stickers over them.
    after deciding i would not keep the fly eye sticker on a couple of weeks later, it became obvious why they had said sticker on.
    they were dull and cloudy and looked dreadful.
    i have tried all sorts to restore, including the wet/dry method, turtle wax headlight restore.
    has any body got any other ideas how to restore or have i been had over?
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    [May 17, 2013]
    They take a fair bit of work without a polisher. Finish it off with Brasso
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    [May 17, 2013]
    I had to spend a lot of time using 600grit (around 30mins) on each headlight to fully sand off the oxidisation on the top layer, once I could see all the yellow discolouration and stone chips were gone I then moved onto 800 for 10 mins a piece, then 1200 (15 mins) then 2000 and finally 2500.
    Then dry and use a good rubbing compound (I used T-cut). Use 1 cloth to put the compound on and rub in a circular motion until it starts to dry, then use another cloth to finish it up. The last step of constantly rubbing down with a compound is what gives the final restored look.
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