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Thumbs up Polished headlamps!


Decided to give the (lexan) headlamps a polish today. They have been looking very dim bordering on milky since I bought the car not long ago. There is just something about dim and dirty headlamps that makes any car look tired and old.

I have read many posts - also in this great forum - about sanding them down with wet paper and that's also the method I used.

First I masked the lamp surroundings with masking tape. Then I rubbed the lexan shields with grain 400 wet paper and continued until the lamp surface was an even matte. I paused from time and dried them up with a cloth to check if all the imperfections were gone.

I continued with grain 500 and did the last sanding with grain 1000. This is still a little too coarse to give a glass clear surface and unfortunately I didn't have any grain 2000.

So I decided to finish the job using a small multi tool (Dremmel). First I coated the lamps with a thin layer of Autosol (cutting compound) and then I attacked them gently with a polishing pad on the Dremmel. I made an effort not to melt the lexan so I kept moving the pad around. It only takes a couple of minutes to polish a lamp this way. I repeated the polishing a total of three times on each lamp. I'm happy to report that this was very, very effective! In no time the lamps shields became clear and shiny.
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