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Let me ask y'all something. After y'all spray the clear coat on your headlights to extend the life before they need refinishing, then the year to year and a half later when you DO require refinishing, how tough is it to sand all the clear coat AND oxidation off to start all over again?
Word! I wanna know this too so I can have a game plan for my "new" lights. The regular lacquer clear I used is all peeling and sucks now, maybe I should have used the uv blocker, or perhaps this lamin-x is the way to go. Is this something I can install myself?

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I clean my headlights once per month with Plastx to keep them like new

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I clean my headlights once per month with Plastx to keep them like new
Where can I get this stuff? And how is it used?

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Where can I get this stuff? And how is it used?
WalMart and the local chains carry it here - but you can buy it here also.

Instructions are in the package, but it's like almost any other polish.

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UPDATE - 7-29-13


It's been over two years since I started this thread, and my headlights still haven't turned yellow. This is the original UV-blocking clearcoat that I used in 2011 that you can see in the first post. This job was certainly well worth the effort.







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post #36 of 50 (permalink) Old 07-30-2013, 05:26 PM
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I'm going to buy a can of that asap.

Thanks!!

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Followed this method today, and the end result looks great! There wasn't a huge amount of visible yellow, but, as a stop-gap I had just sprayed clear over the poor looking ones last year.

The Start


Post 120 Grit Sanding


Post 220 Grit Sanding


Post 320 Grit Sanding (First Wet Sanding)


Post 400 Grit Sanding


Post 600 Grit Sanding


Post 800 Grit Sanding


Post Clear Coat spray.


Once the clear has hardened for a couple of days, I'll do a sand at 1000, 1500, 2000, then 2500 and then polish.
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I did this today; it is amazing how good it looks.

My headlights look great; and the little cracks in the corner lights disappeared, which I did not expect.

Thanks for the tip!!

Red '96 Cougar XR-7 240k mi. '02 4R70W, PST DS : '03 PI engine, 04 maf, 24lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, '02 4r70w + Jmod, DirtyD0g TC + cooler + 3/8" lines, 255 walbro fp. Alpine system.
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I used a three step polish job on my 95 Cougar headlights a few days ago, so I guess I'm good to go for a month or two. No clear coat afterward though.

By the way, what are these "clear corners" that seem to be referred to here a lot? I've never heard the expression before I joined here.

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OK, thanks Jason. I still prefer the stock ones, but that's just me.
Tbird Bob likes this.
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Has anyone tried Eastwood's 2k clear urethane rattlecan on theirs?

http://www.eastwood.com/review/produ.../category/978/

It's more pricey, but I would think it would be a more durable clearcoat than the lacquers and I might give it a shot on mine in the spring.

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Even Duplicolor has caught on! They now make a kit with a UV clear.

http://www.duplicolor.com/products/h...htRestoration/
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OK ..... Gotta check it out tomorrow morning then .... Thanks.

http://www.duplicolor.com/products/h...htRestoration/
⦁ HLR100 - Kit
⦁ HLR200 - Spray Polish
⦁ HLR300 - Clear Coat
Restores Faded Lenses
Provides Lasting UV Protection
Easy 2-Step Process
Includes Spray Polish and Clear Coat

A fine pair ... ... and whatever you do, Have a Safe Trip!
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I couldn't find the original post where the wet sanding deal was explained. Wanted to tell the guy I tried it, and worked most excellent! Started with 400, then 1000, to 1500, 2000. Then used some leftover Mothers Restore from a kit a guy gave me. Awesomeness abounds! 2 decades of yellow and pitting gone. On the road at night... nice. Thanks. I like this place.
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Hey. These are good tricks for the outside of the lens. Does anyone have any tricks for getting the condensation out from the inside... and keeping it out?? Thanks.
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I found out, completely by accident, that Chemtool-B12 carb cleaner will completely remove the oxidation layer on these headlights, and by painting them as soon as it's dry, they look factory!!

Don't do this on the car, it will waste your paint; use it on trashed ones.

The headlights I recovered were complete 'white' trash before; I'll post pix.

I'm still using the sign paint clearcoat; it hasn't gone bad yet anywhere I've used it.


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Even Duplicolor has caught on! They now make a kit with a UV clear.

Headlight Restoration Kit - Aerosol Kit | Dupli-Color
Their clear coat looks like a repackaged lacquer paint.

Does anybody here have any examples of where they have clear-coated the lens after polishing and it's lasted for more than a year?

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Their clear coat looks like a repackaged lacquer paint.

Does anybody here have any examples of where they have clear-coated the lens after polishing and it's lasted for more than a year?
When my car was still on the road, I seemed to need to polish them about once a year, but they'd always go opaque again in short order. I'll replace them both one of these days, as soon as I can figure out how to get those insane clips off.
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Their clear coat looks like a repackaged lacquer paint.

Does anybody here have any examples of where they have clear-coated the lens after polishing and it's lasted for more than a year?
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