HEADLIGHTS RESTORATION Hello Friends,
My car headlights had issues with clear coat since long. Tiny pieces used peel and get caught into MF clothes while cleaning the car. It became too annoying lately so last month I went ahead and fixed it. Today I had time to post the work details and results. Note:
This will not work on headlights that are faded or hazed inside. Please make sure of it. Items required:
Formula 1 Headlight Restorer, Polishing Foam Pad + Backing Plate, Drilling Machine, Sandpapers of different grit (1200, 2000, 2500) and Strong Shampoo. Lets start:
1. Wash the headlights with shampoo and mask the surround area with masking tape. You can also remove the headlights if possible, so you can work on it easily.
2. For faded headlights, use headlight restorer on the polishing foam pad (5" or smaller) fitted to drill or a rotary polisher or DA polisher. Gently polish the headlight and take a break every few mins to prevent heat. Wipe using dry mf cloth and check the progress.
3. Incase the headlights are badly faded, you have to first wet stand using 2500 grit and then continue with headlight restorer as mentioned above.
4. Incase the clear coat is peeling from the headlights (Like mine), you'll need to go little aggressive. Wet sand using 1200 grit, then 2000 and finally 2500. Once all the clearcoat is removed, polish the headlights using headlight restorer as mentioned above.
WARNING: USE SHAMPOO MIXED WITH WATER FOR WET SANDING. DO NOT USE PLAIN WATER AS IT WILL CAUSE DEEP SCRATCHES.
5. Finally when the headlights look crystal clear, you'll need to protect them from fading again. There are different ways to protect the glass. You can use wax, sealant or dashboard protectant/dresser but these will not last long so you have to apply them frequently without fail. Another way is to spray clear coat but it aren't gonna be easy task and there is a chance of peeling again in future.
Meanwhile, I have come across Rust-Oleum Headlight Restoration Kit which available in ebay India. The kit includes headlight polishing pad, clear coat wipe and etc. This one is better for those who don't have polishing pads or polishing machine. However, keep sand papers handy especially for clear coat peeling headlights because this kit alone doesn't help in some cases.
Formula 1 Headlight Restorer is a good product for faded headlights and works efficiently with polishing machine but when done by hand, it takes lot of elbow grease. The product says that it contains sealant but I doubt its durability.
Anyway, here are some snapshots of my headlights restoration work and results. Attachment 236994Attachment 236995 Attachment 237003Attachment 236998 Attachment 236999Attachment 237002
Thats it! If you have any queries, feel free to post here or ask me via PM.
Thanks... Best Regards