Hey guys,.....well after a touch up paint mishap that i had on my roof, and trying everything i could to fix it (long story) , i decided to apply a similar process to my headlights.......here's what i did and the results:
NOTE : Your results will vary! This is purely meant to share my experience with this process. Hopefully yours will turn out just as nice.
Here are the products that i used:
Turtle Wax Polishing Compound ($1.96)
Meguiars PAINT CLEANER ($4.99)
Meguiars POLISH ($4.99)
Rags / Cloths / Applicator pad
Total Cost: ~$15
I already had this stuff from cleaning the exterior of my car, so the cost was really free. (with an initial fee a long time ago of course)
1. Start with 1500 Grit wetsand paper (depending on how yellow your headlights are, you may need to work with a more coarse grit and work your way up)
2. When almost all of the yellow is gone, wash the headlight lense with soap and water.
3. Wetsand some more as needed until all the yellow is gone (that you can get).
4. The headlight lense will look ok when wet, but when dry you may start to panic, as it will look dull and scratched to hell. This is fine (as long as you make it up to 1500 grit). The next few steps will cure the scratches and dullness.
5a. Take some TURTLE WAX POLISHING COMPOUND (or any other polishing compound you may wish to substitute) and apply it to the headlight
5b. When the compound becomes hazy, wipe off the compound.
5c. Repeat this process for a total of 3 times in a row.
6. Wash the lense with some soap and water again.
7. Repeat step 5a-c for 2 more coats.
8. Repeat step 6
9. Apply KIT SCRATCH REMOVER to the lense. Allow the product to haze and become white and flaky, then take a rag and remove the "chalky" residue leaving a nice surface.
10. Repeat step 9
11. Apply Meguiars PAINT CLEANER to the surface, allowing it to penetrate for 1-2 minutes, and then wipe clean.
12. Repeat step 11
13. Apply Meguiars POLISH to the headlight, allowing it too to penetrate for about a minute. Then wipe clean.
14. Repeat step 13
15. Apply a coating of wax to hopefully protect your headlights from turning yellow again.
I'm not sure how long this will last, but it's a pretty damn good alternative to new lights until i can save up the cash. Here are my before and afters:
I found it amusing that now i have to take out my corner lights because those are actually more yellow than my headlights now. lol. I'll have some pics on the car tomorrow for you all.....What do you guys think?