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    Re: Autopia Guide to Headlight Restoration

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    holly molly that is the best review with pics for headlight rest i have seen. Am saving it!!
    and thanks for the info
    Thank you

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    Re: Autopia Guide to Headlight Restoration

    Todd that was a great writeup. Excellent information. Keep the information coming.

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    Todd that was a great writeup. Excellent information. Keep the information coming.
    Will do! If you have any ideas for write-ups, please PM them to me and I would love to do it!

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    Re: Autopia Guide to Headlight Restoration

    another masterful "how to" - thanks Todd.

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    Re: Autopia Guide to Headlight Restoration

    ok i did a friend healdight today. bought the kit with sandpaper included (2000,3000 and 5000). I did not use any machine equipment.
    But i noticed that the passenger side is perfect clear but the driver side esp on the top is still a bit hazy . i dont know why. i even did it twice. i mean it worked on passenger side with same method.
    I think that haziness is on the inside because when i scratch that area with my fingernail i cannot touch/feel the haze. Hard to explain
    So my question can this happen? Any helpful tips?
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    Re: Autopia Guide to Headlight Restoration

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    ok i did a friend healdight today. bought the kit with sandpaper included (2000,3000 and 5000). I did not use any machine equipment.
    But i noticed that the passenger side is perfect clear but the driver side esp on the top is still a bit hazy . i dont know why. i even did it twice. i mean it worked on passenger side with same method.
    I think that haziness is on the inside because when i scratch that area with my fingernail i cannot touch/feel the haze. Hard to explain
    So my question can this happen? Any helpful tips?
    Sometimes headlights will get a "belt line" particularly if there is a side that is more exposed to the sunlight. In most cases this can be removed (the oxidation is running a little deeper) by starting with a more aggressive sandpaper (1000 or coarser) until the "belt line" is fully removed.

    I suppose it is possible for the stain to be on the inside of the housing, although I have never personally experienced that.

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    Re: Autopia Guide to Headlight Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by Todd Helme View Post
    Sometimes headlights will get a "belt line" particularly if there is a side that is more exposed to the sunlight. In most cases this can be removed (the oxidation is running a little deeper) by starting with a more aggressive sandpaper (1000 or coarser) until the "belt line" is fully removed.

    I suppose it is possible for the stain to be on the inside of the housing, although I have never personally experienced that.
    oh ok. thanks. i bought a fine coarse of 600 and work my way up. will try it later in evening
    Also want to ask. what (if any) happens if i just use a 600 followed by a 3000. that huge jump is a problem?
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    Re: Autopia Guide to Headlight Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by polisher View Post
    oh ok. thanks. i bought a fine coarse of 600 and work my way up. will try it later in evening
    Also want to ask. what (if any) happens if i just use a 600 followed by a 3000. that huge jump is a problem?
    You`ll never get get 600 grit scratches out with 3k. Anytime I start with 600 I go 1000,1500,3000 after

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    Re: Autopia Guide to Headlight Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by Jsmooth View Post
    You`ll never get get 600 grit scratches out with 3k. Anytime I start with 600 I go 1000,1500,3000 after
    Exactly, 600 will need a couple of steps in between to fully remove the 600 grade marks. Or you could rub with 3000 grit for a VERY LONG time and probably remove them.. tomorrow...

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    so ok i bought those grits and gave it a go. i kept scrubbing for a long time and still after buffing it off it didnt come off . And it looks like it from inside . just sad.
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    Re: Autopia Guide to Headlight Restoration

    http://www.autopiaforums.com/forums/...to-detail.html


    I`m no where near at good as write ups as Todd but see if this helps

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    Re: Autopia Guide to Headlight Restoration

    ya i already saw that. thats the reason i started doing it.
    anyways i took a small clip of it. You can see that layer of foggy @ top. and compare to the one left headlamp which is all very clear.
    I scrubbed for like 30 mins just with 600 grit. and even while scrubbing i could see that hue layer.
    And check out the mess i made. So much stuff was coming out

    Fog headlight on a Lexus Es300 - YouTube
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    Re: Autopia Guide to Headlight Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by polisher View Post
    ya i already saw that. thats the reason i started doing it.
    anyways i took a small clip of it. You can see that layer of foggy @ top. and compare to the one left headlamp which is all very clear.
    I scrubbed for like 30 mins just with 600 grit. and even while scrubbing i could see that hue layer.
    And check out the mess i made. So much stuff was coming out

    Fog headlight on a Lexus Es300 - YouTube
    Wow that sucks... Sorry man... But your headlights look really good other than that! And I`m sure it`s a HUGE improvement over what it was! Best of luck

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    yup.it was surely a huge improvement from before. Esp the passenger side. I really like how it turned out. i gotta thank this forum
    Lexus Rx300

 

 
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