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Old 06-02-07, 07:34 PM   #16
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Great results man !!! I'm going to try this one; I'm afraid of using the orbital buffer though. I don't want to sand it unevenly and mess up. I think I'm going to do it by hand first.
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Old 06-02-07, 10:35 PM   #18
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Try some 3M rubbing compound after the 2000 grit. I'm sure the buffer will help a lot more though.
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Old 06-02-07, 10:56 PM   #19
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Great results man !!! I'm going to try this one; I'm afraid of using the orbital buffer though. I don't want to sand it unevenly and mess up. I think I'm going to do it by hand first.
As long as you dont stay in one spot for long, you shouldn't have a problem. If you have a random orbital buffer, then you have almost no chance of ruining the plastic. Using 2000 grit sand paper takes out a very thin layer of the plastic lens. Just go side to side. No circular motions allowed!
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Wow, thats a great improvement
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Great results man !!! I'm going to try this one; I'm afraid of using the orbital buffer though. I don't want to sand it unevenly and mess up. I think I'm going to do it by hand first.
Are you talking about using the Orbital buffer to sand? If so thats a big NO NO. Use the orbital buffer to polish and just go in swirling motions all along the lense.
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Are you talking about using the Orbital buffer to sand? If so thats a big NO NO. Use the orbital buffer to polish and just go in swirling motions all along the lense.


I just realized he probably meant using the orbital to sand.

Lexizm, do not use the orbital buffer to sand !!!
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Incredible results!!!!

I agree with whomever said to use rubbing compound between the 2000 grit and plastix. After plastix, I would use plastic polish then finalize w/ a coat of wax.
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I just realized he probably meant using the orbital to sand.

Lexizm, do not use the orbital buffer to sand !!!
Thanks guys, I'm goig to do this in a couple weeks. Don't worry sanding by hand, I would have confirmed before I touched the lens.
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The turnout looks great. I just recently did the same with my SC400 headlights. I took a long time wet sanding to make sure everything was as smooth as possible (about 30 minutes per lense) because I'm a little **** about it. Then I used a rubbing compound before using the polishing compound. It came out rather nicely minus a streak or two on my drivers headlight (with the polish you can only apply in one direction and I accidently polished both ways on one lense). It all came in a headlight restoration kit I bought the other day at Advanced Auto for about $20. My lamps look brand new now. Now if I can just get this last clip to my passenger headlight so I can finish taking it out to seal up the moisture with some silicon gel I'll be good to go for the day.
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Anyone know where to get 1500 and 2000 grit sandpaper? I went to lows and the finest they got there is 600.
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Any autozone or pepboys should carry high grit wetsanding paper.
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that is a huge difference, great job
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Stuck, tons of Lexus owners ask about yellowing or dirty headlights...gonna merge some threads...
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