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Jacked up headlights fixed

After 4 years of sucking up road debris my headlights started looking like total crap. There is a film, I assume came from the factory that was peeling off and there were thousands of little nicks and dings. You can really see it well in the first pic. I really hadn't noticed how bad they looked until I parked next to a 2007 a few weeks ago. I was at Autozone and came across the 3M restorations kit. I have to say running 500 grit sand paper over your headlights will make you pucker up, but it turned out great. Start to finish was about 3 hours.
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Nice work, I always wondered about that restore kit when I see it at the auto parts store. My daily drivers can use some of that treatment.

Thanks for the post.

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Thanks for the post--looks like a huge improvement.

Does anyone know if this will take out small scratches also (not just hazing)?

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My wife's '05 MDX had some light scratches and I just ran the polish over it and it took them right off. I didn't need to sand her's at all.


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500 grid sand paper is pretty coarse, next time try 1200 wed sand paper...Good job though

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Just depends how jacked up they are to start with.

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500 grit is crazy, wow. Start with 800 and work your way up.

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500 came with the kit. I needed it to get all of whatever that film was off. The kit started with 500 then 800 then 1200 then polish on a sponge applicator. Looks much better especially now that I put on the aluminim trim rings i bought off LT.


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Yeah, 500 is fine if you put in the work on the 800/1200/etc. Good job!

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Good post, thanks.

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How does it work? I mean you are scratching the lense all up. How does it get back to clear?
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How does it work? I mean you are scratching the lense all up. How does it get back to clear?
You use finer and finer sandpaper.

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Yep, that's all polishing is-just finer and finer scratches. Same way granite is polished from a rough rock to a super smooth, shiny finish.

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Keep in mind though that the original coating (now removed) is an UV filter for the plastic underneath.

May be a good idea to try to source a new coating material that has similar UV blocking properties or the plastic may go milky under sunlight.

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I used a similar kit on my sister's car and it also included two chemicals to put on after the polishing. 1 put a clear coat on the lense and the other I think was an activator. Not sure if the coat was anti UV but sure seem to finnish up well.

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