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Old 02-20-2013, 06:46 PM
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My headlights have that awful haze to them. I'm taking that its only the outside, when I rub my hand across them you can feel how it's rough. So I would like to make them nice and purrrty and clean them up, BUT need your opinion.

I have seen people wet sand their headlights with 2-4 different grits and then polish them after and there good to go, I've seen those tv commercials with all you have to do is wipe the crap on and your good, and also seen the 3m headlight kit.

What do YOU guys recommend? What would last longest to be more permanent instead of redoing frequently.
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If they are bad enough to feel it I would wet sand, polish, and give em a coat of wax. Start out with 6-800 grit, then 12-1500, then 2500-3000. Then rubbing compound, polish, then a coat of wax. This is pretty much the procedure I used when I tinted my tails, and they came out like GLASS!
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Wet sand is best and cheapest. The key to keeping them looking good is to seal them.

Wet sand with ~800 grit, then 1000 grit, then 1200 or 1500, then 2000, and if possible 2500 or 3000. Then polish with polishing compound(could use rubbing compound first also). They will be good as new at this point.

Then apply a sealer to protect them. Apply it once or twice a year. You can use the specific stuff(sold at auto parts stores), it's called headlight sealer. Or could use a paint sealer as well. I use opti seal on my paint so I also use it on my lights.

EDIT: I just realized ram em already summed it up for you...
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^^^^^What they said, I have used the 3M kit and it worked great.
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Guys recommend any rubbing compound/polish/wax?
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I'm sure there are better products but even the cheap stuff will work. I currently have a bottle of the cheap turtle wax rubbing and polishing compound from walmart.
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I have to input that I just did the headlights on my wife's car and they were so hazed the light output was crap...got 600, 1000, and 3000 grit paper...wet sanded then used plastix from maguiar's then used their sealant...they honestly look brand new! I used a buffer with the plastix but its not necessary...
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Yea I have no buffer so it'll be a muscle in it, unless I just buy a buffer ball or whatever for a drill. I'm just starting to get into detailing so machines come in this summer lol
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Buffer ball would work just fine
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I've done it by hand, it's doable, just wears your arms out. A drill buffer ball thing is a great idea.
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