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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:59 pm 
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Those of you that have restored your headlights by polishing the plastic lenses. What has the longevity of your results been like? Going to tackle mine in the next couple of weeks, but have read that once you've 'cut' away at the surface it needs to be 'treated/sealed' on a regular basis to maintain the clear finish.


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 Post subject: Re: polished headlights
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:19 pm 
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I've read that you need to apply some kind of uv protection otherwise they will discolour again. I've only every done it once to a car, and sold it afterwards so can't comment on longevity.

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 Post subject: Re: polished headlights
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:41 pm 
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yes, this is what im lead to believe too.

I have some Meguairs to apply to the lenses after they've been polished. But wonder if its something that has to be done once a month.


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 Post subject: Re: polished headlights
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Mine lasted 2 years before they started to cloud again. I used some UV polish, but you can get UV resistant lacquer, which should be better.

Maybe like this http://www.paints4u.com/ProductDetails. ... uctID=3589

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 Post subject: Re: polished headlights
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:57 am 
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Mine lasted 2 years before they started to cloud again. I used some UV polish, but you can get UV resistant lacquer, which should be better.

Maybe like this http://www.paints4u.com/ProductDetails. ... uctID=3589


Totally agree Will, polishing only will not last indefinitely, mine were done with a kit that contained a lacquer/hardener, they were then baked in the oven, the finish is very hard and durable, been on about a year now I think and still look excellent. To save me time posting pics again, mine can be seen in the topic below entitled "9-5 bonnet vents"

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 Post subject: Re: polished headlights
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:29 am 
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I used this kit recently on my sons Clio, it worked very well.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Quixx-Headlig ... Swu4BVu5hX

It includes a lense sealer which has to be reapplied now and again.

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 Post subject: Re: polished headlights
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:23 pm 
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Sanded, because they were pitted, not cloudy.
Then polished and sealed my headlamp lenses with the TurtleWax kit about four years ago. No clouding to date.


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 Post subject: Re: polished headlights
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:48 pm 
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Polishing them up is fine and it's easy to give them another polishing the gloss does drop off after a while
I prefer to lacquer them personally, this pair I did with cheap upol 2k (no uv protection) and they looked new still 3 years later. Either method is good just my preference


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 Post subject: Re: polished headlights
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:07 pm 
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Good info guys.

I was hoping there might be some sort of lacquer available. So may give that route a shot.

phil_saab wrote:
sgould wrote:
Mine lasted 2 years before they started to cloud again. I used some UV polish, but you can get UV resistant lacquer, which should be better.

Maybe like this http://www.paints4u.com/ProductDetails. ... uctID=3589


Totally agree Will, polishing only will not last indefinitely, mine were done with a kit that contained a lacquer/hardener, they were then baked in the oven, the finish is very hard and durable, been on about a year now I think and still look excellent. To save me time posting pics again, mine can be seen in the topic below entitled "9-5 bonnet vents"


Is that not a bit risky with 'plastic' lenses!? :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: polished headlights
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:57 pm 
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Plastic usually ok at lower temps, it doesnt fall apart in desert countries etc. I've placed parts in the oven to cure epoxy glues in the past.

However the Turtle Wax headlamp restoration kit, I mentioned above, comes with a lens sealant wipe and doesn't need baking.
It contains the finer abrasives you will need for the polishing and clarifying.
The only extras I used was some coarser grades to bust through the very hard OEM laquer that was still in place.


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 Post subject: Re: polished headlights
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:27 am 
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Stu, when I refer to baking I ment the oven at our bodyshop fella, my kit cost £30 and contained a laquer/hardener/uv protection which req it to be baked once the lamps had been painted.

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 Post subject: Re: polished headlights
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:30 pm 
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phil_saab wrote:
Stu, when I refer to baking I ment the oven at our bodyshop fella, my kit cost £30 and contained a laquer/hardener/uv protection which req it to be baked once the lamps had been painted.


Ah, gotcha. :bag:

Is the bodyshop in Chatham Phil (do you work there)? Been pondering having a few bits done on my merlot saloon (front and rear bumpers, mirror casings, possibly the bonnet too) and could use a good contact! 8)

Ive had experience with two places local to me (sevenoaks) over the years. One very good, the other, on a black Ford KA, left it with more orange peel than a tangerine.


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 Post subject: Re: polished headlights
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:26 am 
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My workplace is in Aylesford Stu, mostly top end stuff and very expensive, we're talking about £400 a panel!! Hence any work I've had done has been on the QT whilst the management have been out the building! :shock: :lol: Sorry mate.

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 Post subject: Re: polished headlights
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:02 am 
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No probs at all.


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 Post subject: Re: polished headlights
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:25 pm 
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Click on THIS LINK the demonstrator shows how you can get good results using products that we will all probably have in our arsenal. She does use far too much product in both polishing stages but she's cute so you can forgive that lol
Phils way using a lacquer to seal your hard work is clearly (excuse the pun) the best way to have great longevity but polish and a UV sealant like Ten Quid (FK1000p) will give great results also :)
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