Headlight Restoration

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Post by swilsco » Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:55 pm

Hi all,

Thought i would throw up a post for anyone else looking at restoring their headlights. I used the following product:
  • Quixx Headlight Restoration Kit & Lens Sealer
It has three sanding paper grit levels - 2000, 3000, and 5000. There are 4 pieces of sandpaper per each grit level. So that works out at 2xsandpapers per grit level for each headlight. Also included is plastic polish and a spray sealant.

Anyway, this thread is useless without photos, so here goes:

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Did take a couple hours but the result is worth it considering the kit is only about £10. I recommend.

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Post by patriot66 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:29 pm

They look super clean and shiny now. A bargain at only £10 ! :thumbsup:
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Post by RickRob » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:06 pm

Another post that reminds me to add another "to do" to my list!

Great job :thumbsup:
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Post by RyanB88 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:17 am

Just bought this kit for my zed. Will post my results up too!
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Post by Danderton » Thu May 18, 2017 10:46 am

I ordered this kit on Amazon at 10.20pm last night, it was in my desk at 9am this morning. Wizardry!

Planning on doing my headlights on Saturday weather permitting. Will post pics if I get it done.

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Post by flimper » Thu May 18, 2017 3:37 pm

Is this job idiot proof?

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Post by Chris_D » Thu May 18, 2017 6:21 pm

flimper wrote:
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Is this job idiot proof?
C'mon. It's idiot proof, but it aint Flimper proof! :evil: :lol:
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Post by flimper » Thu May 18, 2017 6:27 pm

fair point :)

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Post by Pugwash69 » Sat May 20, 2017 1:18 am

I've done this restoration on one of my other cars. I also fitted some Lamin-X afterwards, as it forms a very protective top layer.

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Post by MACK » Sat May 20, 2017 11:13 am

flimper wrote:
Thu May 18, 2017 3:37 pm
Is this job idiot proof?
It is but when you've just started sanding the lenses you will probably s**t yourself! But don't worry they do come up great in the end. Its not always necessary to sand headlights though. Depending how far gone they are sometimes just using a bit of compound like G3 etc with a cloth by hand etc is enough to bring them back, followed by a bit less abrasive finishing polish then sealer etc to protect from UV. A friend of mine does this quite regularly at his garage on customers cars or sales cars. Its quick/easy/cheap and avoids the post sanding panic first time out!
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Post by Danderton » Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:00 pm

Finally got round to doing mine at the weekend. Some shots (excuse the phone quality)
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I'll be honest I was expecting to be amazed, but wasn't blown away. It's definitely an improvement and for a tenner it's good value, maybe my expectations were too high for 14 year old headlights thinking they would turn out as new. Used about half the sandpaper and not much of the polish and sealant so plenty left to have another go at a later date.

It's still an improvement so i'm happy. Probably because in the back of my head I'm looking for an excuse to source some clear headlights! :D

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Post by MACK » Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:12 pm

Danderton wrote:
Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:00 pm
Finally got round to doing mine at the weekend. Some shots (excuse the phone quality)
Before:
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After:
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I'll be honest I was expecting to be amazed, but wasn't blown away. It's definitely an improvement and for a tenner it's good value, maybe my expectations were too high for 14 year old headlights thinking they would turn out as new. Used about half the sandpaper and not much of the polish and sealant so plenty left to have another go at a later date.

It's still an improvement so i'm happy. Probably because in the back of my head I'm looking for an excuse to source some clear headlights! :D

Dan
They do look a lot better. I've tried both the non drill based and the drill based kits and you do get better results with the drill based. I suppose there's no surprise there! If OCD kicks in and you were to do them again (or clear ones if you get them) then I can recommend either the 3M or Autogylm kit, I've been well impressed with both, definitely better than the meguires (all three are similarly priced) which only uses the drill for polishing not sanding.
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Post by buzyg » Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:55 pm

Great results guys. Will certainly keep this thread in mind for the future. :thumbsup:
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