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I don't think you should be paying him so maybe give him a chance to repair the damage first.
If he refuses to correct it, you're stuck with these tiles now so they need fixing.
What I'd be doing is using this 3M headlight restorer kit that attaches to a cordless drill. It should have everything you need in it to be abrasive enough to take the scratches out with T-cut-like paste, then gradually polish back up to a shine using various stages of wet sanding pads and buffing pad. The reason I'm suggesting is that in my head it needs to be quite delicate and I know this kit brings a headlight back up to a crystal clear transparency with no markings as I've used it a few times.
3m headlight restoration kit
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3M has a good product.
3M Headlight Lens Restoration
The headlights can be repolished with sandpaper + paint polish. You'll find the 3M kits that give you all you need in just about any store or Amazon. They work good, and you will get your lights crystal clear like new, but it has to be redone about once a year due to UV damage. You can also clear coat them with UV resistant paint but thats alot of extra work.
This will do a pretty good job. It won't take out any deep scratches, but use a little elbow grease and buff it well and you will be happy with the results. You can choose from a bunch of different brands but this one has a buffing and sanding sponge.
I bought the 3M kit. It had good reviews on other car detail websites and is sold in most auto parts stores. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet but I’m optimistic. I plan on working on my headlights this weekend.
The UV coating is probably sun damaged. They sell headlight repair kits that you can sand and polish off the bad UV coating with a drill but you gotta make sure to put protection on the newly polished lights or else they will get sun damaged again.
Link to repair kit
It's probably faded headlight lenses. Get a good lense polishing kit like the 3M Restoration Kit. It healed my wife's 09 Vibe's dim lights.
3 times in one session. The kit had the compound and sanding discs of three different grit levels that attached to the pad by velco. The last one was very fine and was where the magic really happened.
You will need to use a headlight restoration kit to get rid of the yellow. Something like this. It comes with sanding, finishing, and rubbing discs along with everything to get rid of the yellow.
It's provided to me through work but it's a 3M headlight resto kit but our kit doesn't have the polishing pad or compound anymore. Just 2 dry sanding steps, a wet sand and polymer. I'm sure you could buy the regular 3M kit from walmart and a separate polymer to help seal the headlights after the sanding. I'm not sure how it would look if you put the polymer over the buffing compound. But depending on how bad your headlights are, you need extra sanding disks to help cut through all the smutz to get to clean plastic.
It's...hang on now...a kit...stay with me...for restoring....we're almost there...headlights!
I'm sorry, that was too easy, and I'm drinking Whiskey. ;)
Something like this, is what you want. This was literally the first hit on Amazon, I'm sure there are a ton of other options.
The last kit we bought worked pretty much like we do surfacing lenses for eyeglasses.. coarse grit, fine grit, polish. Pretty sure it's the same high-impact polycarbonate.
Just saying, if you follow the instructions and apply proper elbow grease, the 3M kit worked great for us. I recommend a kit you use with your cordless drill.
Like VibeRaider said, use this.
It works great and remember to use a sealant after you're done or your hard work will be thrown away.
3m kit - 14 bucks on amazon. It has a final rubbing compound after the sanding. Then seal it once again, and you are good.
I took some terrible forester headlights to perfectly clear and beautiful with it. AND it allows you to use your drill to polish. Which makes it WAY better.
Have you just tried the toothpaste/compounds?
You need to actually sand them down progressively with something like this. Then hit it with a polishing compound, and then a UV protective coating.
It looks like you need to get a headlight sanding/buffing kit. I had the same issue on my 2002 Camry and while the low beams are still not good they improved a lot. It took me about 2 hours to do this with an electric drill. I would say this should be significantly cheaper than buying new lights.
3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System [link]
They also sell kits for headlight restoration. 3M one is amazing. I've done about 3 so far and they are flawless. This one requires a cordless drill, and it makes it super super easy and less stress on your arm lol.
Also, for your rust spot, it's not coming through the back right? I know subaru's they like to rot behind, so maybe get behind there with some undercoating spray to make sure it doesn't come back!
You can buy headlight polishing kits at any auto parts store. It's a long process, sanding with finer and finer sandpaper and a drill. [link]
Much easier to just order a new visor. Most helmet brands sell them. You can also buy visors with anti-fog coatings.
dude, free shipping on many items from amazon.ca
here is one of the 3m ones, and I'm know there are more by 3m, but you'd have to just search regionally
I did all sanding by hand, the only sanding "tool" is the block that holds the sandpaper (which is a PITA to clip in and out each piece but better than just holding it).
Some of the nicer headlight kits come with a drill attachment so you don't need to buy a polisher. Something like this basically: [link]
You just have to be careful when using the drill to do the sanding.
I used the 3M 39008 kit and a Dewalt drill. I think there's a newer version out.
First I used the 500 grit to remove a lot of headlight material, then 800 grit, then water and 3000 grit.
After that, polish with the foam pad and viola! Now I need to get some UV sealant.
The best method I've found is the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System. It's easy and the results I achieved with it amazed me. I was able to do both headlights on my 17 year old cherokee in about 30 minutes or so and I only had to use one sanding disc of each grit for the entire thing. I even had plenty of polishing compound left. Just be sure to follow the instructions closely.
It works only on lights which are so worn that the hard coating over the polycarbonate hasn't just gotten hazy, it's worn off. Also it doesn't work on glass headlights. At any rate it's the wrong product.
At any auto parts store they sell a little bottle of plastic polish for this purpose. Sometimes it comes as a kit with a foam polisher ball that you put in an electric drill and a can of clearcoat to protect the new polished surface. Doing it by hand with toothpaste just to save ten bucks is tiring and stupid.
As long as the car is registered in VA.. personally, I would say go for it if you have the money. It may save you a ticket and an annoying encounter with the police. The inspection is only 16 dollars. Your headlights being cloudy is both unsightly and can reduce the effectiveness of your headlights. Also, to some degree, it reduces the ability of others to notice your car going down the road. I heard Pep Boys was running a special from a co worker on the service for 50 dollars, which isnt so bad. Just no matter where you go make sure they use this kit: [link]
It is far and away the most effective kit I have used. Also if you are handy, you can use it yourself with a power drill. Over the counter I think it only costs around 30 dollars.
edit: obviously it is cheaper on Amazon, but I think you can get it for around 30 at most auto parts stores.
it might just be the angle of the photo but the headlights look like they could use restored, I have had good luck with this before
I had seen other users do similar approaches before. This took about 30 minutes. Products used (non-referral):
It's about a $15-20 cost. Probably not worth it if you're just doing it for one jewel. Since it's such a small piece, I'm sure you could use the kit on your headlights after or do a lot of jewels.
3M drill kit and 2k antiuv clear coat
/r/autodetailing has a great wiki on this subject. Basic steps; 1/ Pick up or blow any leaves and junk that you can easily get to 2/ cover any exposed electrical wires and alternator/belt, a plastic bag works great for this 3/ spray a gentle degreaser or just soap and water to lightly coat the engine bay (starting with the underside of the hood) 4/ use a microfiber cloth or brushes to agitate 5/ finally, rinse and let dry.
Edit: maybe consider cleaning up your headlights while you're at it. I'm a fan of this 3m product. Follow up with a headlight coating afterwards as well.
I used this $11 3M kit from Amazon. Here is the link: [link]
3M's headlight cleaner on Amazon.
All you need is a regular ol' drill.
Technically those are projector headlights. All bulbs lose their effectiveness over time. I bet a combination of the plastic degrading and the bulbs not shining as bright contribute to what you're seeing. Have you tried using a product like 3m or Sylvania headlight restore? I've found the 3M is the easiest to work with and for ~$10 it's hard to beat.
I've used the 3M kits before with an electric drill. They work well. Make sure you sand wet (otherwise the sandpaper clogs up) and don't electrocute yourself.
Polish up what you've got using something like this kit from 3M so they look new again and then throw in some LED headlight bulbs.
I believe this Hikari 9007 compatible bulb is the correct one for your year truck, and I just put those exact bulbs in my 2011. They are an amazing improvement over the old halogens, while still keeping the same light pattern as the factory intended so you won't blind oncoming drivers. There are other cheaper alternative bulbs if you look around too, but be mindful of the reviews, some are better than others.
This should help! And it's only $10 after the rebate.
and clear coat it when you're done
Use the 3m kit and they will literally look brand new...
I used this kit: 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System, 39008 [link]
It was a couple hours of sanding, but the rest of the process went pretty fast
3M Headlight Lens Restoration System, 39008 [link]
I used this. It worked surprisingly well. I highly recommend!
Link to the headlight restoration kit I used:
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Amazing car, congrats!
You should definitely try clean the headlights it really will change the car.
I used this kit if interested REALLY easy
Also, was this the one you used?
3M Headlight Lens Restoration System, 39008 [link]
Next time use a 3M drill kit I've used this 3 times on different vehicles and it's the absolute best in giving your headlights a clean buff.
Also use a 2k anti uv clear coat , this product is currently the best. Expensive sure but do it right the first time so you don't have to do it again.
Try the toothpaste method mentioned in this article (Method 3 at the bottom). If that doesn't work well enough, 3M makes products like this one on Amazon that work.
I've personally used both methods, I always try toothpaste first as it is always the cheapest.
Yup. Here's the link on Amazon
Probably talking about 3M headlight restoration.
I used this and it worked like a charm. You need to be extra careful but it did the job pretty well.
FYI - I drive a MB CLK (2005).
The kits have all that you need.
Here's the exact one i'm sitting on, there's a deluxe version as well IIRC.
I'd HIGHLY recommend the kit vs any sort of diy.
Get your headlight assemblies/housings CLEANED or replaced, then put your regular bulbs back in and get your $$$$ back instead of blinding other motorists.
3M Headlight Cleaning Kit: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AIZ5HY/?ref=exp_southmainautorepairavoca_dp_vv_d
I used this on the outside of the shell.
3M Headlight Lens Restoration System, 39008 [link]
3M’s headlight kit does wonders. Grab some super high grit sandpaper to get into those corners by hand.
Tape around the light with at least two layers and replace it if it starts to fall/curl from the water. You can also loosen the corner panel if you can’t reach all of the light.
Proof that this kit is top notch
He don't need new headlights, this stuff works like magic [link]
Looks great man! I would recommend picking up a good headlight restore kit like This 3m one
I did it on my Mazdaspeed6 and couldnt be happier. took about 2 hours overall
I highly recommend this 3m headlight restoration kit.
It worked great on the one WJ headlight I did. It did all I could ask for, but the pitting in places was too deep. I bought a set of new ones on ebay for $80.
The quality is not OEM, but for the money they're spectacular and you would think they're OEM looking at the face.
The only issue is regular 9006 headlights won't go into the low beam housing. You need to use 9006xs bulbs which are a straight piece instead of having the 90 degree bend for the plug.
Highly recommend this 3M Headlight Restoration Kit if you're interested in fixing the yellowing of your headlight lenses
What did you use? 3M 39008 ?
I used this 3M Headlight restoration kit! It worked very well. After this picture was taken, I waxed the lights with plastic compounds.
Try a headlight cleaning kit.
OR Meguiars plastic cleaner and polish
3M Headlight Restoration kit and a house hold drill. [link]
Basically the 3M kit which works amazingly well.
Is the kit I used and it works perfectly well and actually had enough to do my other car too.
I used the 3M kit for my 2005 Civic. I paid 13 and some change for it
Fix those yellow headlights mate
edited to add that your s14 is clean as fuck
The headlights on that truck are looking a bit foggy.
If you want to do a perfect job this kit will serve you well. You will need a household drill to use this kit, believe me, it will be 1000 times easier to use the drill. It does not come with sealer so pick this up as well.
If you want to save a few bucks and bring a new meaning to sore arms this kit kicks ass, and it even comes with sealer.
Was it this one?
this kit will literally make both look 100% new in ~20min
You need a plastic polishing solution, either a DIY like toothpaste and finer polishing pastes, or an off the shelf deal like a headlight restoration kit
For the headlights, there is this
Rusty hitch solution I have never tried this, btw.
why not go with something like this?
This one is very highly recommended.
Check out /r/AutoDetailing
Yes, however this stuff does actually work pretty well on headlights.
2) assuming you have a drill,
3) youd need a new bumper. thats around $600 painted.
There's two 3M kits. The $14 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System and the $16 3M Lens Renewal Kit. Looks like the more expensive kit is a 4-step process rather than 3-step and you get maybe some different pads and some masking tape.
It's this one.