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Old 10-05-2011, 04:12 PM   #1
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Faded/Yellowed Headlight Restoration--Here's a Tip

Here is a tip for us who have tried to restore faded/yellowed headlights on our MH, Cars,Trucks, etc. with mixed or poor results. Next time, try this:
Use a cheap headlight restoration kit with the drill polishing adapter and stick-on pads. You may still have parts from your old kit or can use a buffing head for your drill. This time use liquid Permatex Fast Orange Hand Cleaner WITH PUMICE on the pad before starting and no water. Then when done, use a good plastic cleaner like simple green or "Awesome" cleaner to remove the residue. You may have to put alittle elbow grease with an old soft hand towel when removing the residue with the cleaner. This worked for me when the normal kit procedure didn't do so good.
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I used the McGuiress kit and got lousy results. I am going to try your trick. Thanks
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:26 PM   #3
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Sanding with 2000 grit wet /dry sandpaper 1st then polish works great and it doesn't take as much time
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:11 PM   #4
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Faded or yellowed headlights

I had (have) that problem on my 01 Jeep GJ. My garage guy tried a kit and it did not work. I tried another kit and it did not work. I then realized that the problem was on the inside of the headlight, not the outside. I found another set of headlights and had mine replaced. They had some of the same problem, but not as bad. My garage guy suggested I try those newer bright light bulbs. He replaced my high beam bulbs and the lights were better. Why didn't he replace the low beams ones ? I don't know. It would be a good thing for me to find out.
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:51 AM   #5
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I've had great luck with the 3M polish kit sold at Walmart. Costs under twenty bucks, has multiple levels of sanding disks that go on a drill including a polishing paste.

I've done three vehicles and they all look like new. Biggest tip is it takes time! You cannot rush the process, I spent about 30 minutes per headlight to get them right.
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I used the Rain-x restoration kit for under 20 bucks. Worked wonders on my car and RV. Its a three stage process that takes awhile, but the results are incredible.
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:56 PM   #7
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Tonight I used a three step Novus kit for scratch removal. Worked like a charm. Looks brand new in about 10-15 minutes work. No electric tools, just my elbow grease.
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:23 AM   #8
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I just use a cleaner wax like Turtle Wax. It's worked great on every one I used it on.
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I had (have) that problem on my 01 Jeep GJ. My garage guy tried a kit and it did not work. I tried another kit and it did not work. I then realized that the problem was on the inside of the headlight, not the outside. I found another set of headlights and had mine replaced. They had some of the same problem, but not as bad. My garage guy suggested I try those newer bright light bulbs. He replaced my high beam bulbs and the lights were better. Why didn't he replace the low beams ones ? I don't know. It would be a good thing for me to find out.
I found a Brand new set of headlights for my 01 Jeep GC for $70 on ebay a couple of years back. This of course after i spent about $45 on so called head light restoation kits.
THe new ones work much better.
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Ok everyone this is how i do the headlights and it works great and have done many . The prolem lies with the uv coating on the outside of the lenses going south LOL!!!!! here are some pics of before fixing then during and then finished and ni its not the polishing of the lenses i sand of the flacking and yellowing uv coating and then clear them with a high quality automotive catalyzed urathane clear
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I just use metal polish with a rag. It has a fine abrasive and is perfect for plastic. Takes about 15 minutes and cost is pennies per cleaning with a $3 bottle of polish. Simple and cheap.
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Some time ago I bought a can of plastic polish from a army/navy/airforce surplus place for $1. It works great to polish any plastic including headlights or domes. Then I spray with 303 to help preserve it.
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