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So I blacked out my headlights last week. The end result was very nice however I really could see the hazyness and scratches on my headlights.

This is what they looked like ( notice the hazyness )



So i decided to do a proper cleaning job and create a DIY for anyone who needs this done. I know there have been others made but not with detailed pictures. I hope this will help someone.

Supplies needed-
600,1000,1500 grit wetsand paper or whatever you feel will suffice this combo worked great imo.
Power poliher- recomended or you will be useing alot of elbow grease
Meguiars Plast-X- Can buy at any automotive store
paper towel.

Step one.
Clean car and headlights to rid of contaminents


Step 2
Mask around headlight to ensure you will not scratch your paint.



Step 3
Sand with 600 grit wetsand to get those big scratches out



Step 4
repeat with 1000 grit after wiping off with paper towel



Step 5
Repeat with 1500 grit


Result after sanding



Step 6
use your power polisher with a 4" foam pad and use a circle of Plast X and spead a nice even coat of polish over your head lights.



 

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Step 7
Now buff with a 6" foam pad





Step 8
Now for the best shine buff with a 4' cotton pad and clean again





Step 9
Unmask



end result notice hazyness is gone and they are more clear than ever









And thats it it is very simple. I know i was skeptical about the sandpaper at first but once you apply the polish it looks great!

Thanks for looking :)
 

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awesome! headlights look in better condition than the bumper :laughing:

good write up. i think i'll do it also
 

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Would this help the headlights look less yellow? Mine aren't particularly hazy, but the plastic just seems to be yellow... much yellower than my friends '02.

Great write-up btw!
 

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Would this help the headlights look less yellow? Mine aren't particularly hazy, but the plastic just seems to be yellow... much yellower than my friends '02.

Great write-up btw!
Hey thanks dude the whole process took me no more than an hour.
If the yellowness is somesort of film or reside builtup on the headlights the sanding may remove it. Mabey start with a little lower grit sandpaper im not sure do you have a pic of what they look like?
 

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id like to do this, then get some of that venture film to cover them with afterward so it doesnt happen again
 

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exactly. yes this stuf passes the "brillo" test. 3m stuf scuffs white, whereas this stuf scuffs clear if that makes sense. also, if you dont wax the 3m stuff enought it cracks up, my mom has it on her bmw... my buddy has this venture stuf on his tsx and it still looks really good. got it put on in 04 right when he bought the car. wish i woulda thought of that
 

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Would this help the headlights look less yellow? Mine aren't particularly hazy, but the plastic just seems to be yellow... much yellower than my friends '02.

Great write-up btw!
Yeah I have the same problem at the top of the headlights. It's like a solid line of yellow "haze". I've been told its due to chemicals/acid rain. :dontknow:
I've heard a lot of people have been able to clear it up with Meguiar's PlastX (same product as TS). I don't have a buffer but I'll just elbow-grease it in.
I'll do it next time I was the car (like 2 weeks) and let you know how it goes. I will NOT be sanding it, so hopefully it still comes out okay.
 

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exactly. yes this stuf passes the "brillo" test. 3m stuf scuffs white, whereas this stuf scuffs clear if that makes sense. also, if you dont wax the 3m stuff enought it cracks up, my mom has it on her bmw... my buddy has this venture stuf on his tsx and it still looks really good. got it put on in 04 right when he bought the car. wish i woulda thought of that
ya i understand that thats some good shit. i will deffinatly have to invest in some. i just polished all the scratchs out of my quarter pannels from fuckers hitting them with their zippers getting into my car. i will have to use this when i restore my bumper so it looks as good as the rest of my body.
 

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Yeah I have the same problem at the top of the headlights. It's like a solid line of yellow "haze". I've been told its due to chemicals/acid rain. :dontknow:
I've heard a lot of people have been able to clear it up with Meguiar's PlastX (same product as TS). I don't have a buffer but I'll just elbow-grease it in.
I'll do it next time I was the car (like 2 weeks) and let you know how it goes. I will NOT be sanding it, so hopefully it still comes out okay.
Sweet man let me know how it turns out and how your wrist feels after all that polishing hopefully it turns out good

damn that turned out nice manny, rep for you
Thanks man! id rep back if i was a premi

damn came out clean.



what kind of polisher is that? :)
Thanks man!
Its a SIMONIZ cordless random orbit polisher and sander.I picked it up for $40 on sale at Canadian Tire
 

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i did this to my sisters '00 civic and they turned out great, like new. good write up man.
 
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