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Old 12-30-2007, 05:19 PM   #1
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Sand pitting on windshield and headlights

Any advice on getting a little improvement on the pitted headlights and windshield from something out there? I have a mothers power ball also, just wondering what to use, especially for the headlights. Thanks all.
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:03 PM   #2
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wetsand and polish....
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:14 PM   #3
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To fix your headlights you can restore them with a light wet sand and polish. If you want to remove slightly deeper imperfections you should first do a little wet sanding. Typically I'll tape off the surrounding trim and paint. Then I'll use 800 grit wet/dry sandpaper and buff with light to medium pressure with a soap and water mix misted on the surface regularly. Repeat this process with 1,000 girt and 2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper. This should leave the surface very smooth but hazy so you'll want to follow it up with at least two polishes and work them in thoroughly. If you don't want to wet sand you can go right to polishing. Typically I would use a medium cutting polish (Menzerna Intensive Polish) and follow it with a light finishing polish (Menzerna Final Polish II). If you went very aggressive with the wet sanding you may need to add a heavy compounding polish before the medium cutting polish to fully remove any haze. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Old 12-30-2007, 07:39 PM   #4
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To fix your headlights you can restore them with a light wet sand and polish. If you want to remove slightly deeper imperfections you should first do a little wet sanding. Typically I'll tape off the surrounding trim and paint. Then I'll use 800 grit wet/dry sandpaper and buff with light to medium pressure with a soap and water mix misted on the surface regularly. Repeat this process with 1,000 girt and 2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper. This should leave the surface very smooth but hazy so you'll want to follow it up with at least two polishes and work them in thoroughly. If you don't want to wet sand you can go right to polishing. Typically I would use a medium cutting polish (Menzerna Intensive Polish) and follow it with a light finishing polish (Menzerna Final Polish II). If you went very aggressive with the wet sanding you may need to add a heavy compounding polish before the medium cutting polish to fully remove any haze. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Same for the windshield?
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Same for the windshield?
Just get a new one....

glass can easily be ****ed up by sanding it....
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No, glass is much harder and requires a totally different set of products. Often times its cheaper and more effective to just replace windshields in my opinion. Glass polishing is not my expertise so you may want to contact a glass professional before beginning.

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No, glass is much harder and requires a totally different set of products. Often times its cheaper and more effective to just replace windshields in my opinion. Glass polishing is not my expertise so you may want to contact a glass professional before beginning.

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Thanks Greg,
Will try the wetsanding on the headlights. Appreciate the info. And yes, think I am stuck with the windshield. Pitted and messed up from the sand and winter weather.
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Thanks Greg,
Will try the wetsanding on the headlights. Appreciate the info. And yes, think I am stuck with the windshield. Pitted and messed up from the sand and winter weather.
Often insurance will cover a new windsheild for the price of the comprehensive deductible
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Exactly. If it takes more effort, try polishing with the rounded end of a ball peen hammer
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I found toothpaste to work real well on the headlights...no lie!
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:20 PM   #11
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Thanks all for the advice. I probably will just live with the windshield since in Colorado, when it shows, they lay all the sand on the road and would just tear up a new one if I got it as well.

Now for the headlights, I used my plastic polish and mini power ball. Looks much better, still need to spend more time on it and next, hit the fog light lenses.
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Old 01-08-2008, 08:00 AM   #12
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you might want to get a clear bra or something over the front of your car to avoid getting it again...
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