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Headlight restoration

AlS3BE Oct 28, 2020

  1. AlS3BE

    AlS3BE Registered User

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    Anyone tried any of those kits that works on fairly rough headlights?
    Folks car failed mot with Misty headlights and I don’t really have time to sand them then polish them to clear so seeing if anyone has tried any of those wipe on/wipe off kits that works. They seem too good to be true but I just need it good enough to pass mot. Car doesn’t really go anywhere now think it’s done under 100 miles since March so just something good enough till I get time to properly sort it.
     
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  3. trufflebutter

    trufflebutter New Member

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    The misting is cause by grit and stones scratching the surface of the lens, so you'll need to polish that out to return then to clear. Should take you an hour at most, maybe a little longer if you take the units out of the car. However you can mask them off with a bit of tape and do them in situ.

    The kits I've seen use a drill, and are OK. If you have access to a rotary polisher and some cutting compound, you'll make light work of them. Just remember to seal them with some wax afterwards and top up when you wash the car.
     
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  4. Scotty75

    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter

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    Meguiars 0PlastRX will do the job nicely

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  5. AlS3BE

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    Was thinking something like this. seems too good to be true though
     
  6. Scotty75

    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter

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    May well work, fogging is only oxidation of the plastic after all. Cant speak for the wipes but PlastRX I bought a bottle for 12 nicker in Halfords and it lasts ages . In fact after 2 applications I've hardly used any.

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  7. AlS3BE

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    How far gone was your headlights?
    The ones I’m trying to sort is like that video
     
  8. Scotty75

    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter

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    Mine weren't foggy but lacked a glass like shine . Looked fantastic after though. Its basically a cutting compound that you can use with a microfiber cloth or a DA with a small pad . Gets good reviews.

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  9. AlS3BE

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    Don’t think it’s avoidable putting in the hard graft to get it right :wink:
     
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  10. Scotty75

    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter

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    Thats true of any detailing , graft always pays dividends

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  11. AlS3BE

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    hoping for a quick fix to get through mot then when I got more time I will sort it out properly.
    It’s not even my car and my folks don’t go out at night. Furthest they get is the shops and that’s less than half a mile away.
     
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  13. Scotty75

    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter

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    A good deed on your part , fair play

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  14. AlS3BE

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    got a feeling if I get it looking good the rest of my family is gonna ask me to do theirs :wink:
     
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    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter

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    Lol , yeah quite likely

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  16. jassyo06

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    Headlight oxidisation should be treated in the same way as paint oxidisation both correct in the same way............your just shaving a layer of pvc off then refining it just like taking a layer off the clearcoat then refining it best way machine polisher 10 mins job with a machine
     
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  17. AlS3BE

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    no machine so gonna be like an hour a side. My Porter cable disappeared when I moved house and not replaced it yet. It’s gonna be a hand job:wink:
     
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