Headlight restoration

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Delta6a, Jul 2, 2018.

  1. Delta6a

    Delta6a New Member

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    so I decided to have a go with the 3m headlight restoration kit, as the sun has decided to show its face it got going. The kits easy to use, definitely use the tape or if you have the lights off the vehicle even better. I gave the ML a good wash first to clean off the weeks worth of dead bugs and then dried it off for masking. The scariest part was using the first sanding pad, sort of part of no return situation, the dust from the contaminated plastic was plentiful. I followed all the instructions up to the wet sanding stage, I used loads of water and gave the light multiple passses until I was happy. I used the cutting paste supplied, went over the light more times than it advised, it polished them up great. As the light and bodywork covered in light dust I gave it another clean, fresh water rinse, then I used poor boys light body colour polish to finish the lights off. Overall a good clean up, I’ll give them another going over in a few weeks. Ive posted photos on the gallery part of the site as they won’t upload here due to size?
     
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    Major774 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Delta6a

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    Couldn’t see the pictures, but clear lacquer is definitely something for me to look at at some point. If I do them it’ll be will a spray gun rather than a can, I can paint much better that way
     
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    Major774 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Expand post #8 for the pictures.
     
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    bob6600 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    When you polish them, it removes the protection. You could use a headlamp sealant
     
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    The poor boys should give it some extra cover, I’ll look at other products as I go through the seasons
     
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    Gbrowncls55 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Gbrowncls55 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Did mine nearly two years ago ( wet sanding 800 to 3000 in stages, then machine polished) still crystal clear.
     
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    I’ve always had good results with Gtechniq C4. :)
     
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