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Old 12-29-2004, 09:52 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Update - Sanded headlights - pics

After a couple years of driving in Arizona, My headlights have gotten a good amount of "sand treatment".

Anyone got any ideas on how to fix it? I'll get some pics tomorrow.

About the only thing I can think of is new lights, but I'd like to avoid that.
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Old 12-29-2004, 09:53 PM   #2
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w00t, I broke a hundred posts!!!

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best bet is clean the in and outside ,,theres something out there like headlight restore. not sure exactly what its called though...
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http://www.scratchpolish.com/headlight_restore.htm


Just do a google search for "mustang headlight restore"

There are a bunch of do it yourself sites too.
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does the sand fudge up the paint... i would go insane there.
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just the headlights for the most part. but they look horrid. maybe I"ll get a pic of them today and post it tonight.
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Just go get some Meguiar's #17 plastic cleaner and #10 polisher. I have used it on several cars includding some heavily yellowed headlight and it work super good and the stuff is about $6-$7 a bottle. You can find it at autoparts stores and at home depot

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How would I take some deep scratches out of a headlight? I was in an accident and I didnt' replace the headlight cuz it really doesn't bother me that much. I have like 3 or 4 pretty deep scratches in the corner of the driverside headlight and there's white paint inside the scratches, if I just knew a way to take the embedded paint out I could live with it lol
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Take some emery cloth and sand only the scratch untill you can no longer feel it then go over the area with Meguiar's #17 plastic cleaner and #10 polisher.
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That what I was thinking..I"ll try it some day
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Alright this is my thoughts for you 232, this is what we did to my buddy's civic. Go get some sandpaper buy 600, 800, 1200 and 2000 grit sandpaper. Also buy 3m fine cut polish, and some turtle wax paste polish restorer cant remember the name, its got a little bit of grit in it. Alright take and sand down with 600 until the headlight is all roughed up no more of that junk you're talking about on the headlight, then 800, then 1200, then 2000. The 2000 will make the headlight nice and smooth and should be fairly clear, keep working it until it's pretty clear. Then the turtle wax stuff apply and remove a few times. Then finally polish with the 3m fine cut, and your headlight should look like new.
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Yes you can do it that way but that is a lot of steps in a otherwise 3 step process. But if it works for you cool.
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you can clean the clear parts just take yoru time and do it right.
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here's what it looks like...
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The only thing I would think about is if the sand is actaully imbedded in the headlights. You might have to do some sanding then.
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Nice dress shoes...lol
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work boots, not dress shoes.

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I just noticed the polished toe and the little embroidery work on it lol
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heh. the ugliest dress shoes evar.
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Hahahah...you'd fit in good around my friends...
We all wear camo and my roommate only wears army issue pants...
But none of us are in the armed forces..lol
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Oh trust me, I don't wear this stuff off duty. I just got off work.

I'll have to put off the headlight cleanup. I need to put me on some new fogs. I'll hopefully be putting them on friday, since I've got the day off. The fog was soo thick last night on the way home, I almost ate a curb because I couldn't see the damned things till the last second driving through construction.
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What fogs do you have now?
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some crappy cheapies. I'm just gonna put on another set of cheapies for now, since I'm not sure what will go with whatever front bumper I decide to buy. they're 2" round, in the stock location, but back about 2 inches. I'll post pics this weekend if I get them done.
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I have some autozone specials right now...but they keep getting water in them..I think I'm just gonna invest in a pair of GT fog lights and go ahead and spend the money. Can always sell them later with the bumper
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yeah. I just want something to get me by for now. have you seen some of the sh1t at the parts stores? blue leds, strobes... the ricer revolution is taking over. Thanks APC!!!
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Hahaha...I put blue LED's in my fog lights.................
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Bet you didn't know you could buy them like that now. Under 50 buck too.
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Ya...I know you can....autozone baby
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there is a TA local that has blue fogs and head lights... looks stupid.
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He hasn't been pulled over yet??
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who knows not to my knowledge he still has em at least....
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I saw that shoe and said "military".

Real nice shine on them and it's a bear keeping leather that shiny.

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well, I've been wet sanding one of them for over an hour now, Just applied some plastic polish, we'll see what happens. I'm not too terribly optomistic.
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OK, plastic polish BAD. I ended up wet sanding the entire surface up to 2000 grit. I'm now in the process of applying rubbing compound with the Dremel.

Those of you that don't have a Dremel, do yourself a big favor and go get one. I can't believe how much easier it makes things. I was using the compound by hand, and got nothing. With the dremel on LOW speed, I'm getting a finish from the compound that far exceeds what I expected to have when I was completely done with the polish, wax, and all.

It's a long, tedious process, but it's coming along. when I finish up the first one, I'll post the before and after side by side.
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