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How to restore your headlights

I was reading and found this great tutorial on how to fix your headlights looking like crap from rocks or just wear and tear, with help from torontomazda3forums (bubba1983)

for more information click here: http://www.torontomazda3.ca/forum/sh...ad.php?t=24536

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Im currently refinishing my spare set of headlights, as they were quite fugly, the coating on them was chipping off and it jus needed some TLC and love. SO...ill be adding to this writeup as time goes on, as this will take me awhile, untill i get the right result i want....

First Step
Wet Sand entire headlight with 1500 Grit Sandpaper untill you come to a result which you are satisified....my result was to take off all the coating on teh headlight...Wipe with alcohol once done


Second Step
Wet Sand entire headlight with 2000 Grit sandpaper again, and wipe down with alcohol once finished


Third Step
I would recommend trying to source out 2500 and 3000 grit sandpaper and repeating step 1 and 2. I could not find any in my area, so i went to a local paint shop and asked for some help with a compound for plastic to take out 2000grit swirls. Once you have your compound, apply it to your headlight with either an orange cutting pad or a cloth of some sort.

Fourth Step
I opted to put a coat of meguiars plastx on after the compound, as the plastx has fillers in it i believe.

Fifth Step
Buff that shit real good!!

Half way there


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Re: How to restore your headlights

nice find ant, that plastix stuff works wonders on its own, but with the additional sanding prolly works all the better.


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Re: How to restore your headlights

yes def. i was looking all over the place for information this, cuz my lights are fading away bad, im gonna do these this summer once i get some demon eyes in, but its def. some great info
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Re: How to restore your headlights

yeah i used the plastix stuff on mine before my jdms went in, and hoooly goodness, first time i hit those highs the road was flooded wit yellowlight


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Re: How to restore your headlights

I wish I knew about this stuff when I owned my Subaru. Those fucking headlights were so clouded and yellowed that it probably only putting out 50% of the light from the bulbs.


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Re: How to restore your headlights

yeah, and even buying a couple sets of things needed in the application process above, and its still less than getting replacement lights.


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