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Old 08-31-2009, 03:19 PM
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Anyone ever tried one of these restore kits?

http://www.urethanesupply.com/storeheadlight.php

I've got hazy yellow headlights... it's buggin' me..
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:34 PM
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Dunno how this kits works, but if you want to try it I have a bunch of different polishing compounds that I use for fiberglass repair. Probably the same sort of thing you do to remove UV and pollution oxidation on WilderNests and boats (fiberglass gets chalky with sun exposure, so you need to do a polish and wax once in a while). I even have a random orbit polisher so you don't gotta do it with elbow grease.
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Nope... But I keep seeing this on Speed Channel and it intrigues me...

http://www.autogeek.net/meguiars-pla...light-kit.html
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Old 08-31-2009, 04:31 PM
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I have done this on the T100, the cruisers, and other vehicles. I have the best luck with wet sanding with 1000, 2000, then finally 3000 and finishing up with a compound, like plastix.

tape off the surrounding trim, and go to town.

I have used just compounds, but it doesn't work like sandpaper. I used a "mothers ball" with the compounds. I tried my regular buffer, but it didn'w work that well.


Believe it or not, whitening toothpast works as well.
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My dad tried this, or something similar, that you can buy at Checker or Napa...Said it made them marginally better. He didn't want to spend the on new headlamps nor the on a second kit so I'm guessing it made them good enough so he could see at night again (I hope).

When I was helping him research this I read somewhere that sometimes more than 1 kit would be necessary (i.e. 1 kit per light)
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I polished the headlamp covers on my 9-5 and a happy with the results. The kit I used was two grades of wet sanding followed by a polishing compound followed by a UV protector. Supposedly without the UV protection, the haze returns quickly. The kit was a bit overpriced for what was in the bag but it did save a bit of running around looking for stuff. It called Crystal somethingorother.
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Your glass on the 80 yellows?

I hate the plastic lenses on new cars.
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On my MR-S the right headlight seems to have suffered solvent damage and it gets hazy.
The mequires plastic polish makes it look like the left side for a couple months. Then I have to buff the lens again as it starts to cloud up again. (like stated above, It is a short term fix.)

New headlights on the MR-s are $140 for the pair. I'll keep buffing occasionally for now.
(Apparently Toyota headlights are pretty inexpensive compared to other Marques.)
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Your glass on the 80 yellows?

I hate the plastic lenses on new cars.
No, not the 80 on the Taco... I may just order that kit and see what it does, I'm sure it will be some improvement.
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I've done many Subaru's with similar kits. I generally started with 800 grit wet sanding with something like windex. Moving my way all the way to 4000 grit progressively. Then the buffing compound, finally the sealant with the kit. I had really good results but it takes some time and elbow grease. Its easy to rush it and be disappointed in the end.
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