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NEOslim22 06-24-2008 02:47 PM

DIY- Head Light lens refinish
I got the 3M Headlight restoration kit they sell at Avanced Auto Parts.
It was about 18$ bucks. It came with
- Disc Pad Holder
6 - 500 grit pads
4 - 800 grit pads
1 - 3000 grit Trizact pad
1 - buffing pad
1 - packet of polishing compound

And a electric drill, i used a corded one. There is no way a battery operated dill will last.

First step was to pull the trim and corner markers off of the car, then pop the latches that hold the head light lens in place. They come off very very easy.
Mine were in very bad shape.

Then i took the supplied 500 grit pads and started sanding, i sanded problaly for about 20mins with the 500 grit on each lens.

Then i washed them off very well and then started with the 800grit did the same thing for about 15min on each. After each step when you wash them you can tell if you need to sand more, if you still have discoloration and scratches after using the 800grit. You need to go back and repeat with the 500grit.

Then use the 3000grit pad, it helps to add some water. use this pad for about 10 min on each. Wash them both good and let dry.

Only use a small amount of the polishing compound, if you use to much you will have it everywhere. Use the suppled buffing head, and a small quarter sized glob of compound. Then polish for about 5 or so minutes, i had to do this step twice.

And this is after is it all finished. Looks 100% better, and it costs under 20$ bucks.

SYN3RGY 06-24-2008 02:54 PM

Wow! Big difference, nice job. :thumbsup:

hotspy1 06-24-2008 03:08 PM

Nice work, Looks 1000 times better

ModBargains 06-24-2008 03:12 PM

Nice! They look awesome! A set of angel eyes would really put them together! http://www.modbargains.com/images/Cu...rchromiums.jpg
Let me know if you have any questions!

mdon 06-24-2008 03:19 PM

wow... really big difference!!!
looks great! !!!

DBLAZE 06-24-2008 04:00 PM

Looks good! Thanks for the DIY!

ElectricRed46 06-24-2008 05:45 PM

thanks for the DIY, i just bought the 3M kit last week, cant wait to do it

SHK&BAK3 06-24-2008 05:46 PM

I am adding this to my weekend DIY list.

Thanks for the post.

showdown 06-24-2008 06:37 PM

that turned out so rad! definalty doing this before spending alot more on new lenses.


blubayou 06-24-2008 06:56 PM

I am going to do this A.S.A.P and add angel eyes and Laminx to the lenses.

blubayou 06-24-2008 07:01 PM

Thanks a lot for the DIY.

MightyY 06-24-2008 07:12 PM

Put on some shoes!

willsbma 06-24-2008 07:16 PM

Thats definitely one way to save some coin. I bought new lenses for the front and I did that to my tails. Chalk one up to the DIY.

edisapimp 06-24-2008 07:20 PM

Nice DIY! They look super. Thanks for the writeup

00bmw323 06-24-2008 07:20 PM

nice job!

dirsh 06-24-2008 09:37 PM

very nice
I didn't think it was possible to make them look that good again

jlcool007 10-06-2011 09:48 PM

Does taking off this outer layer of slightly oxidized and pitted plastic potentially leave the lense *more* susceptible to oxidation again? Or is taking this layer off effectively giving the lens a new life?

and is the finish just as good as it came from the factory? i can't tell if there is slight cloudiness or anything from the pictures...

and nice job!

LeMansteve 10-07-2011 07:45 AM

Nice job! +1 on the plug-in drill. I used my battery-powered drill once and it lasted maybe 2-3 minutes of hard pressure.

eu teo 11-10-2011 10:21 PM

wow this is great thank you,

Snik 01-12-2012 11:51 PM

damn, cant believe i missed this one. was thinking about buying new lenses yesterday.

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