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Old 04-04-2011, 10:09 PM
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Hey again, I tried using a headlight restoration kit and am happy with the end result. I'm not sure how the newer Rams headlights hold up, but my 01's lenses were yellowing pretty bad (sorry I didn't take any before pics, to excited to get to it).
If you want to cheap out on this restoration kit, you can just buy the bottle of polish, and buy the sandpaper seperately.
You will need 4 grades of sandpaper grit(wetsand is the only way to go), 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500. I didn't use the 1000, maybe a little too abrasive. Submerge sandpaper in water, keep it wet.
Also, use a spray bottle with water to keep the headlights wet.
Start with the most abrasive paper first, and go in one direction (ie; left to right or up and down). Do this until your headlights are good and hazed over.
Don't forget to keep the lenses constantly wetted down, if you don't spray them down constantly during the sanding process you risk larger particles of debris and sandpaper gouging the lense.
Now to the next grit of paper, (if you start with 1000, use 1500 next, followed by 2000, and 2500 last). Which ever direction you went with your first grit (left to right) go opposite for the next grit (up and down) and do the same for the next 2 grades of paper you use.
When finished, the lenses should be very fogged over and the lense scratches should be so fine (due to the fine grade of paper).
Next thing to do is water spray down the lenses to get rid of any particles and towel dry them for the next step.
Apply the polish to the entire lense with a terry cloth (soft material) and allow it to dry to a haze. Take a clean edge of the cloth and buff the lense. You should see a noticable difference. If the application of the polish does not work the first time, repeat this last step, allow polish to dry to a haze again and buff once more.
Hopefully my pics do some justice to this restoration kit's effectiveness.
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Great write up and great photos. I have to do my son's Neon lights soon, want to get them before they yellow too much.
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Thanks for the write up and the photos! Turned out really good.
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Did you do all the sanding & lenses polishing while the headlight lense was still on the truck or did you unbolt the headlight lense from the truck??
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I did mine on the truck, just taped off around the light. I only did the polishing on mine because they were only slightly hazed. The kit I got indicated to do the polish first unless the lights were severly hazed.
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I did my wife's 2000 Neon about 12 months ago (turned out good)... my 1998 Ram is just in need of a treatment now... I think the more vertical lenses on the Ram lessen the sun exposure and therefore the amount of deterioration/hazing over time.
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