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Old 05-21-08, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by GSteg View Post
I've had good good luck with blue magic metal polish. Yes it works on plastic too.
I've used Blue Magic in the past and it works okay but I got much better results with the Meguiar's Plastix that I squirted on the headlamp then worked in a bit with my fingers then (here's the kicker) I used my old Sears Random orbital ($25) buffer with a terry bonnet. Then finished with a Pak Shak blue microfiber towel. It looks GREAT!
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Old 05-21-08, 08:44 PM
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I forgot to mention I used a rotary with a cutting pad. I used the blue magic with a rotary. The blue magic is for the deeper scratches and the Plastx for the finer scratches and haze It's just more abrasive than Plastx. I can do one side of the headlight in under a minute for just polishing
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Old 05-29-08, 04:42 PM
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so i did this to my 00 gs300 last week and it turned out great! but i feel like there should be a "last step" after plastX, like some kind of uv protection or polish? but anyways thanks for the pics / guide i swear by this stuff now...cheap / easy / takes a lot of time but well worth it!
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Old 05-29-08, 05:05 PM
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Mothers sells a Plastic Polish with a UV protectant built in.....it keeps the lights clearer, longer than the meguires. Just a heads up.

NOTE: For the specific bottle, look on page 5 at my post.
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Old 07-04-08, 12:30 PM
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When I wetsanded last weekend I used windex instead of water...
 
Old 07-09-08, 06:59 PM
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I love you guys.

I rinsed them off, wiped them down, applied the PlastX with an applicator pad, and wiped off the residue with a microfiber towel. Here are the results:

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Old 07-13-08, 05:44 PM
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^^^ Excellent!
 
Old 07-13-08, 06:44 PM
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anyone know if this affects the green tint on 2gs lamps? if not i'll be doing it next but i don't want to lose my green tint.
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Old 07-13-08, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by jcat_GS3 View Post
anyone know if this affects the green tint on 2gs lamps? if not i'll be doing it next but i don't want to lose my green tint.
Green tint is on the inside chrome not on the lens. This will not affect it at all.
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Old 07-21-08, 10:06 PM
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how much sand paper did you guys use? i used about 4 sheets maybe 8 inches long 4 inches wide of 2000 and sanding for an hour and a half i cant get crystal clear as some of you im using ICE polish and PLASTIC X with microfiber towels
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Old 07-22-08, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by scshinobi View Post
how much sand paper did you guys use? i used about 4 sheets maybe 8 inches long 4 inches wide of 2000 and sanding for an hour and a half i cant get crystal clear as some of you im using ICE polish and PLASTIC X with microfiber towels
Move up to 2500 or 3000 grit paper and then have them machine polished. That should get them where you want them. Post pics if you have them.
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Old 07-24-08, 02:13 AM
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If I can't find 2000 papers can I use 600 and wet with clear oil instead of water.
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Old 07-24-08, 07:33 AM
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If I can't find 2000 papers can I use 600 and wet with clear oil instead of water.
600 is WAY too rough. It will leave marks you can not remove. If you can not get 2000+ grit paper stick with machine polishers and plastic polish compounds.
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Old 07-24-08, 11:23 PM
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600 is WAY too rough
true. All what the oil does is smoothen the edges but it will not prevent the spreaded scratches the sandpaper generates.

more questions I have

1-Does this procedure works with the stop lights as well (There is no reason why it should not)

2-Does this procedure work with glass head light cover (not plastic)

Many thanks for the answerers in advance.
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Old 07-24-08, 11:51 PM
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Why would you have to sand glass headlights? They don't oxidize. You could polish them, but I wouldn't even do that. When I had my maxima, a good washing was all I needed to clean my headlights. Shame a maxima had glass, but an SC had plastic
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