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What grit is good grit?

Routledge Mar 7, 2013

  1. Routledge

    Routledge Wind Deflector Trend-setter

    I've got an 8L pre facelift S3, but my headlights have become a bit minging, and I've seen people use a fine grit sandpaper to return them to their former glory.

    The question is.. What do I use? Am I going to need to order multiple types? I seem to remember them being plastic rather than glass.. Is that the case for all pre facelift models?

    Do I apply the hard work by hand or is it going to take forever?
  2. <tuffty/>

    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition...Its all about the flow... Staff Member Moderator Audi S3

  3. thegoal007

    thegoal007 Another S3 owner....

    I'm sure the first time I read an article here about this procedure(and it wasn't the link posted above) where someone had cleaned the headlights he talked about polishing it out by hand. So I went through the whole process.......take my word, you need a machine polisher. I don't know what that original guy was on when he said he done it by hand.

    I don't have a machine polisher ! You can see even with Tufty's writeup, he had to give it a number of passes with the machine!
  4. vfr800

    vfr800 Active Member Team Dolphin Grey Audi S3 quattro Audi A6

    I did one by hand once, it takes ages and it's a f***king boring job. Get a machine polisher or drill attachment ...
  5. Rice

    Rice Active Member

    I dont think it takes long at all, probably 20-30 minutes a headlight... Start with 800 grit, in a bucket of warm soapy water, alternate between going side to side and up and down. And work your way up, i went up to 3000 grit. Then used a bit of cutting compound.
  6. thegoal007

    thegoal007 Another S3 owner....

    the rubbing down with wet & dry from 800 to 3000 grade was a piece of p*ss, it's the final phase that's the killer....by hand and I'm not sure whether you'll get the results anywhere as near as having a machine . In the end I felt I should have left it well alone, it wasn't that bad, it somehow looks a bit worse now.
    ...Must invest in a machine polisher.
  7. mrfaststu

    mrfaststu Member

    when i do the wifes focus as the headlights yellow, and the once when i done my s3 lights i use g3 rubbing compound and machine polisher and does a xlnt job
  8. JudderMan

    JudderMan Well-Known Member

    Do you have a pic? Was going to give this a go in a few weeks without a machine but you've put doubts in my head.
  9. <tuffty/>

    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition...Its all about the flow... Staff Member Moderator Audi S3

  10. Scullies

    Scullies Well-Known Member

    I just did mine today, used polishing compound and a buffing pad with a machine.


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    Applied 1000 grit compound first, then machine polished it at a medium speed and applied some pressure. Did this process twice.

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    Than applied 2000 grit compound, polished it with machine at medium speed with some pressure. Then applied 2000 grit again and polished it at high speed with light pressure.

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    It still a bit hazy, but I cant do much about that as the sand as scrathed the lens to deep. When the new lens arrive a will wrap them in 3M clear film to protect them from being sand blasted again

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