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Old 12-27-2016, 08:11 AM
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Headlight restoration? Frequency?

How frequently is it best to do headlight restoration to clear up cloudy lenses?

Recommended methods kits?
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Old 12-27-2016, 10:51 AM
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Really a matter of (1) appearance and (2) functionality IMO. If the lenses look like crap and the look bugs you, or if you are having reduced visibility than go for it.


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Old 12-27-2016, 10:55 AM
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Oh - an I've used the 3M kit (that included the sanding discs to connect to your drill and the tape to protect your paint) at it came out really well. You do need to have a leap of faith though - as the first round with the heavy grit sandpaper leaves you with a feeling of "my god- what have I done"? But as you move to the finer grits and then the rubbing compound / polish it turns out great.


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Old 12-27-2016, 10:59 AM
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Thanks! Those were my thoughts as well.

Just wondering about any cautionary tales, such as "avoid Brand X".
In any case, i will not be doing it in winter weather.
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Old 12-27-2016, 11:15 AM
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I used the 3M kit on both on my wife's and daughter's cars back about 6 or 7 years ago.

My wife got a new car about 1 year later, so we didn't have any long term data on that one. My daughter's car (driving about 7500 miles/yr) needed to be redone about 3 to 4 years later. The kit grinds back any protective coating on the lenses, leaving bare (albeit clear) plastic that doesn't have the grit resistance that a new lens has.
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Old 12-27-2016, 11:52 AM
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After the restoration, install a film over it and you never have to do it again
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