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This is a discussion on [Headlight Question] Welp, I messed up. within the Exterior & Appearance forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; So, recently I purchased that 3M Headlight Restoration kit. I tried it on the driver's side headlight, and followed the ...

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    [Headlight Question] Welp, I messed up.

    So, recently I purchased that 3M Headlight Restoration kit. I tried it on the driver's side headlight, and followed the instruction precisely. After I was done, there were still swirl marks and scratches and now the headlight looks slightly foggy. I tried using Meguire's PlasticX and that did next to nothing.

    So... I'm wondering if using the same polish one would use on their car's paint would work in at least getting the headlight to the point where the cloudyness is gone. Any ideas?

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    You most likely didn't sand enough with the finer sandpaper that comes with the kit. I've used the kit on several pairs of headlights and all have come out great. Go to harbor freight and buy a bulk pack of wet sanding paper and go to town with the finest one, and then polish it out with the pad and cutting compound.

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    Hmmm... That would make a lot of sense. I'll give that a try today. Thank you! I'll come back here with pics if it still doesn't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSS829 View Post
    You most likely didn't sand enough with the finer sandpaper that comes with the kit. I've used the kit on several pairs of headlights and all have come out great. Go to harbor freight and buy a bulk pack of wet sanding paper and go to town with the finest one, and then polish it out with the pad and cutting compound.
    Exactly what I was going to say...wet sanding and polishing compound is all you really need.
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    I also wanted to add as an FYI that since you're taking off whats left of the factory coating, you'll have to keep up with the headlights a bit more as the plastic will start to cloud up more. You can always shoot them with come cleat coat if you're comfortable with that. Otherwise, keep some sandpaper and rubbing compound on hand.

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    Your year old car's headlight needed restoring?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    Your year old car's headlight needed restoring?
    My thoughts....

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    Well, kinda... Lots of dings from the road from wind storms kicking up rocks like you wouldn't believe. I was also more experimenting, and wasn't entirely educated on the UV coating and what-not until after the fact.

    OH WELL. I fixed it today. No worries. It also gave me an excuse to vacuum and clean my car. I don't mind keeping up on it. It gives me something to do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    Your year old car's headlight needed restoring?
    my red 11s headlights are gross...


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    hmm i used the meguairs kit for my car and was very happy with it, glad ya got it fixed though
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