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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-30-2011, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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headlight resurfacing?

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The old '01 is starting to show it's age. The headlight covers are starting to oxidize, if you will. I'd like to restore them to the their original glory.
I picked up a kit by Meguiar. It's a two step package. First, you scuff up the lens with 1000 grit, then follow with 3000. Once it gets as clear as it's going to, you apply a sealer to the surface.
Has anyone tried this? Is it any good?

I always thought the lens on one as old as mine were glass, but I was told no, they're plastic. Is this true?

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Re: headlight resurfacing?

When I worked at a salvage yard, we would "recondition" lights. Most of them would end up being insurance quality. After the sanding buff them with a 3M hand glaze.
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When I worked at a salvage yard, we would "recondition" lights. Most of them would end up being insurance quality. After the sanding buff them with a 3M hand glaze.
Thanks man. That glaze, is there a certain grit it comes in? Or is there only one? Any else I should know? I sorta hate to screw it up and wind up buying new buckets.

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Re: headlight resurfacing?

Just ask for 3M hand glaze at parts store. Another tip, when sanding, use lots of running water . We did ours over shop sink. Sand until it feels like it is not working anymore, then switch to next higher grit. Its a very easy process, hard to screw it up. Just a little time consuming. PM me if you have any more questions.
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Re: headlight resurfacing?

You want this.....its about 20 bucks. Comes with the drill attachment, sanding disks, buffing pad, and compound. Just did it to my girls jeep last weekend, worked perfect. Autozone, Advanced auto, and walmart stock them.


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You want this.....its about 20 bucks. Comes with the drill attachment, sanding disks, buffing pad, and compound. Just did it to my girls jeep last weekend, worked perfect. Autozone, Advanced auto, and walmart stock them.

That's what I got, havent tried it yet though.

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That fancy product looks alot more fun than doing it manually..
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Just ask for 3M hand glaze at parts store. Another tip, when sanding, use lots of running water . We did ours over shop sink. Sand until it feels like it is not working anymore, then switch to next higher grit. Its a very easy process, hard to screw it up. Just a little time consuming. PM me if you have any more questions.
I like that, "hard to screw it up". I'll give it a shot this week, thanks.

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You want this.....its about 20 bucks. Comes with the drill attachment, sanding disks, buffing pad, and compound. Just did it to my girls jeep last weekend, worked perfect. Autozone, Advanced auto, and walmart stock them.

I got my kit at Advance Auto, but I didn't see that one. Mine was $30, with $5 knocked off, it was on sale. From what I gathered by the counter guy, you need to seal the surface with a UV inhibiter once you get it cleared up. The kit I got had it in there.
We'll find out.

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Re: headlight resurfacing?

Post up some before and after pictures of the headlights. I'm intrested in doing this as well..

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