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Old 04-13-2013, 03:11 AM
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Hadn't seen anyone post about how to do this so I figured I would since I just did it to my car. (sorry I know my fugly little hyundai isn't a Ram but the 12' doesn't have faded headlights, but the application is the same)

I previously did this to my 99' ram before I sold it. I picked up this little beast a couple days ago for daily driving. The headlights sucked and I couldn't justify spending a dime on this thing for new headlights.


I started out with 1000 grit wetsanding paper with soapy water. This is how it should look after it's wetsanded.


I then moved onto 2000 grit wetsanding paper, the key with wetsanding is as you move up in grits you have to sand more than you did in the last step. If you made 4 strokes with 1000 you need to make 5 with 2000 sort of thing. It should look a little bit clearer than it did after the 1000.


I then took a shop towel and hit it really hard with rubbing compound. I have a polisher I could have used but I was too lazy to hook it up. A power polisher will bring the shine out even better.



Simple as that, did the fog lights as well.

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great job man...

if i may recommend a next step, pick up some Optimum opti lens...

it will seal the light and prevent fading again...right now, i think you'll notice this fix is temporary without a protective coating.

from the manufacturer;

Opti-Lens Coating is the most advanced pre-polymer resin for headlight
protection. Once applied to the headlight or other hard surfaces, the resin will
form covalent bonds with the substrate and crosslinks to form a permanent
film. Opti-Lens coating contains high levels of UV blockers to prevent
headlights from fading over time.
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Cool! Yea I was thinking I may need some sort of coating but all I could think of was clear coating them and I didn't think that would turn out very good. I'll have to try and find some of that stuff.
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Cool! Yea I was thinking I may need some sort of coating but all I could think of was clear coating them and I didn't think that would turn out very good. I'll have to try and find some of that stuff.
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I found Quixx Headlight Sealer for $4 at Canadian Tire so I thought I'd give it a try.
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let us know how you make out!
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It actually glazed up the headlight really nicely. We'll see how long it lasts. It says to reapply every 3 months. Not as permanent sounding as the Opti-lens but it's a lot cheaper.
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I've also used a clear coat spray called Upol, it's rattle can based, but is uv resistant to help prevent yellowing. I use it on most of my retrofit headlights I do.

another option is to wax your headlights when you wax your car, same method as your paint. that helps to prevent yellowing as well.



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ive also read that valspar works well...

while i understand that the opti lense may be expensive, i would still use it IMO...

you will get many lenses outta that tube, and IMO it will last the longest...prolly outlive the car!
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Well thanks for the input guys good to know what's out there to keep the yellow fadeing from coming back.
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