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Old 11-27-2011, 06:12 PM   #1
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Easy DIY: Headlight/fog light restoration...

Picked up a cheap $9 headlight restoration kit from turtle wax. Better than($25 for) mothers or that company... how do you spell it... maquiars, whatever. anyway, it comes with 4 stages of sanding and the polishes. only thing missing was the polishing pad (so I used my big car polishing pad and polisher) it worked great. here are some before and after of the headlight lenses, and fogs:
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:27 PM   #2
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Wow good result and tips? Did you do anything diffrent?

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Old 11-27-2011, 06:35 PM   #3
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Wow good result and tips? Did you do anything diffrent?

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Just buy the kit at autozone; turtlewax: comes with 4 mini sanding pads. you use the lubricating spray as you sand fron #1 to #4; then apply polishing compound, smear it on the lense and polish it with a polishing pad, wipe clean. If you like the results apply the sealant wipe and allow to dry for 24hours, if youre not happy repeat sanding from #1 to #4. I did everything twice! Not hard, but the results are worth it.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:04 PM   #4
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TurtleWax ftw! Never buy anything different to clean Crystal.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:09 PM   #5
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i restored my headlights and foglights as well with "new looking" results just using 400, 1000 and 2000 grit sand paper and Meguiars PlastX on a buffer pad to buff them out to a beautiful shine. Also eliminated all the stone chips.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:13 PM   #6
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^see I would be all for doing this much work but when you can buy a new pair of headlight lenses for just $70, I'll buy a new set.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:16 PM   #7
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^see I would be all for doing this much work but when you can buy a new pair of headlight lenses for just $70, I'll buy a new set.
$9 to do lenses and fogs! Not bad!
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:17 PM   #8
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only took me an hour and half to do all mine and saved 70 bucks...well worth it.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:31 PM   #9
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cool!!!!!, thanks for the diy.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:33 PM   #10
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only took me an hour and half to do all mine and saved 70 bucks...well worth it.
Agreed. Was fun and had a few drinks.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:43 PM   #11
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only took me an hour and half to do all mine and saved 70 bucks...well worth it.
You saved more than $70; the cheapest ive seen lenses was $72 + shipping, well over $80; plus dont forget the fogs... Well over $70 - $80 per pair shipped. Thats over $150 in savings plus the fun of doing it yourself.
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your right......and the satisfaction of knowing you put the hard work into it.
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:14 PM   #13
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Looks good, I should probably do this on my e46 sometime...lol
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I tried the Turtle Wax kit and it looked OK for a while but faded eventually, I then did it with the 3M kit and it looks good still, so.......
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They all basically work the same, your paying for the brandname.
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:50 PM   #16
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greenskycity, you like power tools, however, you have to keep in mind that sanding should be vertical or horizontal or you will get swirl marks. not good. has to be done by hand, the polishing can be done with a powertool.
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I looked around a bit a didn't find any place that sells replacement lenses for 2004 and up coupes. Anybody know?
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That's awesome! I was thinking of doing the same for mine. Unfortunately, the ZHP uses glass fogs. At $100 a pop, they aren't cheap. I was thinking of doing this idea:

http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...t-restore.html

The results are impressive.
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That's awesome! I was thinking of doing the same for mine. Unfortunately, the ZHP uses glass fogs. At $100 a pop, they aren't cheap. I was thinking of doing this idea:

http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...t-restore.html

The results are impressive.
I think my fogs were glass as well. Actually the system worked better on the fogs than on the lenses.
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I think my fogs were glass as well. Actually the system worked better on the fogs than on the lenses.
Man, foglights after pic is VERY impressive. I am going to tackle this ASAP!!! I was 2 seconds away from ordering a new set since mine are so pitted and faded. Great job!
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