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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, I’ll let you know how I get on!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, so I rubbed the headlights with 1200 grit Wet and dry.
Took a while to get through what was left of the old lacquer. I then used a plastic polish, followed by some clear lacquer spray. There’s a slight texture to the finish but they look so much better now. I’ll see how they fair over the next few months and feed back. The wet and dry works best with some spit or fresh water, I’m guessing the liquid allows the rubbed off material to get away and not clog up the sand paper?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 3M kit uses 500 grit, then 800 grit then Trizact 3000, then compound. The early stages, whilst brutal, do save some rubbing... as you say I did find that misting with water throughout helped, and the 500 grit stage was most important as thats what gives a good finish... the later stages are just refining the 500 grit scratches.

Personally I did not bother with lacquer as I was worried I'd undo all my good work with a dodgy finish, and in any case, any light scratches are easily removed with compound. Hasn't gone yellow again after three years, but its kept garaged most of the time.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you manage to get completely clear plastic by doing that? I’m working away from home at the moment, so quite enjoyed the challenge of getting one light done each night for a couple of nights in my apartment.
I finish this job early December, so might well take them off again and have a go over Christmas!

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